April 17, 2024

Length of Course

3 hours

Delivery Method



$425 CAD


This masterclass provides a condensed learning experience in the three key areas of strategic planning: strategic analysis, decision-making and strategic choice, and strategic implementation. At the end of the masterclass, participants will be familiar with the trends and dynamics impacting each aspect of the strategic planning cycle, different national and regional strategic planning cultures, and ‘tools’ which support analysis and decision-making, and which guide implementation.


Ann Fitz-GeraldAnn Fitz-Gerald is the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Professor in Wilfrid Laurier University’s Political Science Department. She has worked at both at King’s College, London University’s International Policy Institute, and at Cranfield University, where she was the Director, Defence and Security Leadership. During her time at Cranfield, Ann led the UK-Government funded Global Facilitation Network for Security Sector Reform and Cranfield’s Centre for Security Sector Management. She also designed and developed the Masters programme in Security Sector Management, which is delivered in both the UK and East Africa.


The masterclass format is a concise summary of 4-5 sessions delivered over a 3-hour period. Upon completion of the masterclass learning objectives, participants will receive a BEI certificate.

Proposed Agenda



30 min

Session 1 - Facilitating effective strategic planning: principles, frameworks and resources

30 min

Session 2 - Data synthesis through systems thinking and critical problem solving

10 min


50 min

Session 3 - Analytical and decision-making tools

20 min

Session 4 - Requirements for achievable (vs aspirational) plans

10 min


30 min

Session 5 - Managing and measuring intended outcomes and impact; Masterclass summary