Alumni and Events


As a member of the EDP alumni you will enjoy an ongoing relationship with your fellow graduates. A number of events are run throughout the year, bringing together alumni networks of business leaders and graduates and facilitating the exchange of ideas and expertise.

Find out more about the Canterbury MBA Graduate Association


We provide personal and professional development opportunities to support you in your career progression.

Thought Leadership Series

Leading business minds from New Zealand and abroad feature in our Thought Leadership Series. Industry, students and alumni are invited to be inspired by innovative and insightful expertise from executives and entrepreneurs.

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Hear from leading business minds from New Zealand and abroad in our premiere Thought Leadership Series. Industry, students and alumni are invited to be inspired with innovative and insightful expertise from executives and entrepreneurs.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Barbara Chapman, Chief Executive of ASB
  • Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand
  • Garry Diack, CEO of Tait Communications
  • John Spence, International Business Thought Leader (watch video)
  • Geoff White, CEO of Trade Aid (watch video)
  • Andrew Shaw, Partner Lane Neave
  • Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism
  • Brian Lee, CFO of Smiths City
  • Anthony Leighs, Leighs Construction
  • Rick Hellings, CEO of Smiths City
  • Joel Bamford, Senior Economist for Commerce Commission
  • Doug Hastie, CEO of Syft Techologies, founder Chanui Tea
  • Rob Jamieson, CEO of Orion New Zealand Ltd
  • Jim Boult, CEO of Christchurch International Airport
  • Steve Hampson, CEO of powerHouse Ventures Ltd
  • Dave Clive, Assistant Commissioner (South) of New Zealand Police
  • Brett Anderson, CEO of Christchurch Casino
  • Dr Allan Freeth, CEO of TelstraClear
  • Roger Sutton, Chief Executive of CERA
  • Nicki Crauford, CEO of Institute of Directors
  • Rod Quin, CEO of Westland Milk Products
Why Authentic Leadership Matters with Harold Hillman

Leading in Constant Change with John Spence

Leading a Commercial Social Enterprise with Geoff White of Trade Aid

‌Upcoming events

Ethical Organizational Culture: Understanding and Fostering Ethical Organizational Culture

Facilitator: Kathy Lund Dean

As organisations get more complex, understanding how organisational culture contributes to ethical decisions is more important than ever. Join Kathy Lund Dean, Ph.D. (Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA) for an interactive session exploring different types of organisational culture and how culture impacts ethical decision-making.

The workshop is interactive and attendees are recommended to bring an iPad or laptop for activities.

Using activities, discussion, and diagnostic tools, participants will have an opportunity to consider their organisation’s culture with respect to ethics, gaining awareness of their own organisation’s ethical climate. The session will also include discussion about changing unhealthy cultures—what mechanisms and possibilities exist, what’s likely to work, and what almost certainly will not. Ultimately, the session is about helping participants think proactively about their organization’s capacity for supporting ethical decisions.

For more information, download the pdf: MBA Masterclass Ethics

Friday 23 March 2018

8.00 – 11.00am (light breakfast at 7.30am) L-526, Level 5, Business and Law building

Seats are limited. This workshop is exclusively for UC MBA students, graduates or by invitation from EDP. RSVP to Leigh Ellis,

email at


UC Executive Development Programmes Thought Leadership Series 2018

How Social Enterprise Can Change the World

Malcolm Rands – Founder ecostore, Executive Chair Fairground Foundation

Tuesday 13 March, 5–7.30pm, C1, Central Lecture Theatres, University of Canterbury


To kick off the UC EDP Thought Leadership Series for 2018 we invite you to be inspired by innovative and insightful expertise from Malcolm Rands, founder of ecostore and Executive Chair Fairground Foundation. Malcolm and Melanie Rands founded ecostore in 1993 with the intention of supplying NZ with the everyday goods they needed to live in harmony with the environment. At the same time ecostore was designed to be a cause-related business to channel resources into a not-for-profit organisation called the Fairground Foundation. Please join us for this exciting presentation followed by drinks, nibbles, and networking.  Learn more (and register).


Masterclass Workshop: Presenting with Impact

Whether you are energising your team, persuading colleagues or selling to a client, the power of your presentation makes the difference between success and failure.

Better quality pitching of ideas and concepts including delivering credible and powerful presentations, often for multi-cultural audiences, has increasingly become a core and critical activity for managers/executives in both large organisations (commercial and not-for-profit), and SME’s (Small & Medium Enterprises).

This practical workshop has been delivered around the world to MBA students and executive managers. It is designed to upskill managers to perform better in:

  1. Pitching: Be able to build the 30-second lift speech, a full presentation that illustrates & validates that content while maintaining SSS … short, sharp, smart.
  2. Presentation skills: engaging multi-media presentations for both in-house and representational use.
  3. Fine-tuning presentations toward being a ‘virtual dialogue’ driven by a presenter that is keen to communicate and transparently argue the issues.
  4. Authoring content and structure, followed by delivering, individually and / or in group, smart presentations.

The purpose of this workshop is to train the participants in methods to continually improve their performance. Build participants’ skills and confidence as highly effective world-class presenter-communicators!

Saturday 10 March 2018

9.00am – 5.00pm (light breakfast at 8.30am and lunch at 12.30pm, provided) Room 526, Level 5, Business and Law Building, University of Canterbury

Seats are limited – This workshop is exclusively for UC MBA students, graduates or by invitation from EDP. RSVP to email:

MBA Masterclass Presentation.pdf


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