leadership@cs.toronto.edu

 

Technology Leadership Initiative

Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

40 St. George Street

Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

ABOUT THE INITIATIVE

Paired with the world-class education offered by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and leadership training opportunities, the Technology Leadership Initiative prepares students to accelerate their careers through industry-integrated learning.

What is the Technology Leadership Initiative?

The Technology Leadership Initiative is a unique learning opportunity within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto designed to prepare students with industry-ready skills, strong leadership capability, and an understanding of the technology landscape. Students in the Technology Leadership cohort take part in industry-integrated courses, leadership development workshops, and work internships. Academic content is enhanced with industry-inspired problems, company site tours, guest speakers, and networking events.

Industry-Integrated Learning

The Technology Leadership initiative follows the same curriculum as the traditional CS program, with the exception of special sections for dedicated courses each year.  This year CSC207 will be modified to be industry integrated and project-based. Students in this course will work on real problems faced by our partner companies and learn to use tools used in industry. This course, taught by Paul Gries, will adhere to curriculum standards and students will write the same final exam as the regular sections.  The workload in the dedicated sections will be similar to the workload of the regular sections.

Leadership Skills Development

Each year, eight three-hour required workshops will be offered by industry executives to teach students the inner workings of organizations and how to navigate them effectively to advance ideas :

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in industry site tours, guest speaker panels, and networking events throughout the term.

Work Internships

In the summer following each academic year of the program, students will be placed into summer internship positions on a best efforts basis to provide a work environment for the development and practice of both computer science and leadership skills.

Our Team

Paul Gries

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Department of Computer Science

Karen Reid

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Department of Computer Science

Michael McCarthy

Executive in Residence

Department of Computer Science