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September 09, 2011 11:37 ET

University of Calgary: Haskayne to fund public sector candidates for Global Energy EMBA program

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - The world's most influential energy industry leaders do not always come from positions of great privilege or from grooming programs in private companies. In some cases, they work for government agencies or not-for-profit organizations, often in countries where funding is limited, and serve the public interest while sacrificing their own. The Haskayne School of Business is introducing five new tuition grants for government and not-for-profit sector applicants to its Global Energy Executive MBA (GEMBA) program, which gets underway this academic year.

The GEMBA is aimed at high-potential executives from around the world working in various energy industry sectors, including oil and gas, nuclear, renewables, and electricity, as well as analysts, consultants and public policy makers. It is the first program of its kind to combine North American-styled management training from an energy-focused business school with the expertise offered by a globally-renowned energy consulting and research firm – IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

To make it easier for promising public sector and not-for-profit leaders to participate in the exclusive program, Mr. Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA, has agreed to fund grants that will cover the $105,000 tuition for five qualified and deserving candidates from the following geographic regions: Africa, Middle East, Latin America (including Mexico and Brazil), Eurasia (including Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Ukraine), and South and Southeast Asia (including India). If accepted, these candidates will have to cover the cost of their own travel and accommodation to attend the program.

"Much of the world's energy policy is generated and monitored by government agencies and not-for-profit organizations," says Haskayne. "These people need to be at the table with their private-sector counterparts to map out the future of the energy industry worldwide. If they are not, a critical piece of the conversation – and of the ultimate global solution for our future energy needs – will be missing." Haskayne is an ardent supporter of the GEMBA program, having previously committed $1 million to its design, development and roll-out.

Although the grants are not accessible to prospective participants from North America, the opportunity exists for Canadian energy companies active abroad to extend the offer of assistance to their government contacts and colleagues overseas.

With its first cohort of students starting in April 2012, the program will be delivered over 16 months in five face-to-face modules located in key energy centres around the world (Calgary, London, Houston, Beijing, and the Middle East), interspersed with web-based learning activities. Key topics covered will include leadership, strategy, energy economics, finance and accounting, industry operations, marketing, policy, technology and the environment.

"We have a great first class of participants shaping up," says Haskayne Dean Leonard Waverman. "This is the only program in the world that caters to the decision-makers in the global energy sector and now – with these new grants – we can ensure that the most influential future leaders will come together to tackle our most critical problems related to energy, the environment, and the economy."

Details about the grant and how to apply can be found at; the application deadline date is October 31, 2011. The founding partners of the GEMBA program are Talisman Energy Inc. and ARC Resources Ltd.

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