Overview

The Innovation Leader Certificate program engages participants in entrepreneurship, design thinking, and agile product development methodology and equips participants with transferable skills in the methods to support rapid ideation, validation, and prototyping and to successfully pioneer new solutions by unlocking individual innovation potential.

  • Innovative Curriculum - The curriculum for this certificate program has been developed by the (FDS) as a comprehensive and modular innovation curriculum that includes experiential opportunities for the participants such as visits with leading start-up companies and thought leaders in the innovation space. 
  • Innovative Delivery - The delivery format will be hybrid, blending in- and out-of-class learning and can include compressed, accelerated, early-morning, and custom formats alongside self-directed and flexible formats using online activities, projects, and self-guided field trips.

Taught by (FDS) instructors, participants learn best practices and methods for designing effective new products, services, strategies, and processes - ideal for anyone seeking to build entrepreneurial and innovation skills or a portfolio to support entrepreneurial endeavours.

The inaugural program starting in January 2018 will be taught by Sarah Prevette, founder of FDS.

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent;

OR

  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older).

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Curriculum

INL101
Introduction to Empathetic Design
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This course is an introduction to design thinking for developing user-centered solutions for a product, strategy, and process. Students will use qualitative research focused on what users do, say, feel, and think to understand deeply a user's perspective, motivations, and aspirations. In this course, students will learn to use a beginner's toolkit for rapid design sprints.
This course is offered in a hybrid delivery format combining both in and out-of-class learning. For the January 2018 term, the in-class sessions will take place on January 20, February 24 and March 24 from 1pm-4pm at Newnham Campus. The out-of-class learning activities will include self-guided field trips, project work and visits to leading entrepreneurial start-up companies located within the GTA.




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INL102
Methods for User Research and Testing
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In this course, students acquire a toolkit for user research collection and the skills to synthesize the acquired data into meaningful insights that drive design. Students will develop the skill to focus on salient information that surfaces from the data and will learn how to test and validate assumptions. This course explores how to leverage these methods in a practical manner with real audiences.



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INL103
Principles of User Experience Design
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In this course, students will understand the strategic importance of using design that meets the user's needs. Students will explore the use of design to develop intuitive, accessible, and supportive user experiences.



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INL104
Introduction to Best Management Practices for Innovation Projects
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This course explores the skillset required to leverage the ingenuity of people to drive innovation. Students will explore the importance of motivation, empowerment, and a shared vision for driving innovation and change. In this course, students will learn to be the catalyzer, mentor, and driver of change.



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INL105
Advanced User Experience Design
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In this course, students explore the advanced tools and techniques of user experience design and testing methodologies. Students will explore real cases to address the design for accessible and pleasing environments by using best practices and unique differentiation as a competitive advantage.



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INL106
Advanced Management Practices for Innovation Projects
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In this course, students are challenged to deepen the skills in cultivating the abilities to drive forward innovation. Students will learn how to manage obstacles, clear the path towards innovation success, and operationalize innovation projects using industry-standard tools.



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INL107
Essential Skills for Innovation Leadership
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In this course, students will explore the relationship between leading innovation and advocacy and ongoing stakeholder management. Students will learn how to engage cross-functional teams, build key performance metrics, and manage rapid change in an optimistic manner. Practical opportunities to develop and showcase leadership will be expected.



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INL108
Crafting Compelling Narratives (Pitching Your Ideas)
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In this course, students explore the importance of using persuasive communication strategies when creating messages and marketing material for different audiences for new and innovative ideas. Students will learn how to tell the story of innovation in a persuasive and engaging manner that drives sales of products or buy-in on new initiatives of strategy or process.



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Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, the participant has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

  1. Support entrepreneurial opportunities by conducting market research, user tests, and prototypes to identify potential users that would adopt new products, strategies, and processes.
  2. Develop strategies that test and validate assumptions and biases when generating ideas and recommendations, determining key performance metrics that drive innovation, and creating prototypes, user tests, and business models.
  3. Develop evidence-based business models for new products, strategies, and processes.
  4. Guide the development of a product, strategy, or process by employing agile product management principles to define priorities and strategies to address challenges.
  5. Generate user-centered solutions for a product, strategy, or process by using design principles and methodologies.
  6. Make sound judgments when developing new products, strategies, or processes by using critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  7. Support the communication for a product, strategy, or process to different audiences and stakeholders by using persuasive narrative tools and techniques.
  8. Support operationalizing projects by identifying obstacles and challenges, and drivers and mentors for cross-functional teams by using leadership theory and management practices.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Instructor Profile - Sarah Prevette

SARAH PREVETTE teaches creativity and design thinking to some of the country's biggest business leaders. Her organization, , drives innovation, product design and transformation across multiple verticals and industries.

Prevette has an illustrious history of innovation as a serial entrepreneur, high profile investor and strategic advisor to numerous organizations. She has been named by Inc Magazine as one of the top entrepreneurs in North America and one of the "Top 20 Power Elite" by Canadian Business. Sarah continues to be an evangelist for Canadian startups and gives back to the community through her work as a board director at both Communitech and ventureLAB.

Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahprevette

Program Contacts

Emiliano Introcaso
Academic Program Manager
[email protected]
416-491-5050 ext.24043