Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Master the tools for making smart financial decisions


Through this highly successful program, managers with little or no financial training or experience can learn to use the language, tools, and techniques of accounting and finance. Complex principles are presented in practical, understandable terms in a friendly, supportive environment. You will return to your organization with the confidence to analyze financial information and participate fully in making business decisions.

Key Benefits and Takeaways

  • Read and analyze financial reports to assess customer, competitor, supplier and company performance
  • Use discounted cash flow, internal rate of return, Economic Value Added, payback and break-even analysis to make better investment decisions
  • Maximize shareholder value
  • Understand and evaluate financing strategies
  • Apply the principles of Activity-Based Costing, Target Costing and Open Book Management
  • Prepare and present business cases
  • Use critical numbers and the Balanced Scorecard to create a high performance organization
This program is designed for managers at all levels, including those in technical and non-financial areas seeking to make better business decisions by understanding financial information and its implications. This diversity is one of the program’s strengths: it addresses the needs and builds on the experiences of participants from all types of companies, not-for-profit organizations and government services.
The registration fee includes facilitation by our highly-rated faculty members, comprehensive workbooks, results-oriented exercises, seminar supplies, meal service (breakfast, lunch and breaks) and a Certificate of Completion from the McGill Executive Institute.

Topics covered during the program

    Financial Literacy
  • Defining accounting and finance terms
  • Following the complete accounting cycle, from recording transactions to reporting results
  • Interpreting the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statements
  • Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Reading annual reports
  • Learning Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Identifying key limitations of financial reporting
    Pricing and Costing
  • Understanding the rationale and pitfalls of cost allocations and cost-plus pricing
  • Using activity-based costing, activity-based management and target-costing
  • Applying the cost-volume-profit model to business decisions
  • Identifying and managing structural cost drivers and life cycle costs
  • Evaluating the contracting-out option
  • Strategic Control Systems
  • Defining and using performance metrics and the balanced scorecard
  • Applying the principles of open book management
  • Understanding budget preparation and interpreting results of financial reporting
    Maximizing Value
  • Using multi-attribute, accounting and financial models to analyze investment decisions
  • Understanding risk, inflation and opportunity and weighted average cost of capital
  • Calculating and interpreting net present value and internal rate of return
  • Applying sensitivity analysis
  • Managing Financial Risk
  • Grasping the role of finance and finance staff in an organization
  • Evaluating and managing financial risk
  • Using the capital asset pricing model and beta to assess cost of equity
  • Acquiring the fundamentals of financial derivatives such as options, swaps and futures
    Understanding Key Ratios
  • Understanding and calculating financial ratios
  • Learning about financial and operating leverage
  • Appreciating the role of the auditor

  • Linking Strategy and Finance
  • Employing strategic evaluation tools
  • Determining limitations to financial analysis
  • Connecting financial information to other strategic measures
  • Case Analysis
  • Financial and strategic evaluation
  • Discussion of alternatives
  • Recommendations and presentation

CPD Hours

This program has been approved for 26 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

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This was one of the best courses I have taken. I feel like I learned so much in four days. The leaders were great and communicated the material very well.
Derbhla Dunne
Canadian National Railway Company (CN)

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