Global Business Management - Family Enterprise (International Only) - 970

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Two years
Gain a critical understanding of the important elements of global business, a cultural orientation to Canada, and the language and communication requirements to be effective in establishing an international presence for the family business.


The program is open to a mix of 15 students from around the world, sponsored by a family enterprise. The task is to gain a global cultural understanding of the nuances of international trade keeping in mind the specific family business perspective. This program provides opportunities to foster professional agility and versatility through a mentoring process along with a post-graduate opportunity to work for up to three years.

Family business across the world continues to be a major part of any country’s economy. In Canada, Family Business represents 65% of all business. Unfortunately, 70% do not make it to the second generation and 90% do not make it to the third generation. Understanding the compromises of what is good for the family and good for the business along with family health, and the relationship between the generations is critical to the future of a family business. This focus is embedded in the program to support those with an interest in connecting their family businesses with North American markets and the world.

Program Highlights

  • Focus on English communications, Canadian business culture, and international business to support and connect your family business with Canadian markets and the world, or develop new business opportunities
  • Provides the business math, stats, and accounting/finance foundations needed to tackle advanced business courses and make sound financial decisions
  • Benefits from entrepreneurial perspectives and other industry insights from professionals and mentors who work in international trade
  • Mohawk College is located in the midst of the Toronto- Waterloo Innovation Corridor, home to more than 15,000 tech companies and thousands of start-ups that require talented people to help them turn their research strength into global commercial success

What you'll learn

  • Understand customer needs and gather business requirements
  • Research potential opportunities considering cultural, financial, legal, and distribution issues
  • Use industry-standard tools and techniques to transform raw data into meaningful information to support business decision-making
  • Identify the risks and financial rewards of different international investment alternatives
  • Create strategies and business plans to develop and support the international presence of the family business
  • Develop B2B sales and negotiation skills as well as a personal brand to launch a successful professional career in Canada or abroad
  • Practice in the management of conflicts, complex family structures, diverse personalities, and difficult relationships.
  • Gain insights into the psychological dynamics of family leadership, business management, and family and business governance to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of businesses.

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Fall 2020 program delivery

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,376.00 $8,432.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,826.00 $8,807.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,633.00

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Additional Information


The criteria for admission is as follows:

  • Minimum IELTS of 6.5 with no band below 6.0 (higher requirements in Family Enterprise stream due to placement requirements for effective communication)

  • Family business sponsorship

  • Statement of Purpose outlining the nature of the family business and a story about how this program will assist the applicant and the family business. The statement should include: proof of ownership, clearly states business name, nature of the business and its objectives, how they program will help the applicant and their business moving forward. Applications will be screened for the best qualified candidates given the nature of the program, family expectations, whether an appropriate match will be available and the specific interests of the applicant.

  • Degree or Diploma or equivalent work experience by a mature applicant with the support of a family business representative

  • Admission counselling is available to help clarify expectations and facilitate a qualifying submission.

  • This is a BYOD (Bring your own device) program where you will learn applicable software applications to support your learning. Please see Laptop Requirements under Additional Information.

Applications will be screened for the best qualified candidates given the nature of the program, family expectations, whether an appropriate match will be available and the specific interests of the applicant. An admission decision will be made accordingly and the applicant will be notified by early October or sooner. Students will be expected to sign confidentiality agreements as all students will be required to hold confidential, information that may be considered proprietary.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

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Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Small Business Owner
  • Franchisees or Franchisors
  • Business Development Executives
  • Sales Representatives
  • Operations Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Buyer
  • Customs Broker
  • Inventory Auditor
  • Inventory Control Coordinator
  • Purchasing Agent

Where you can work

  • Mohawk College is located in the midst of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, home to more than 15,000 tech companies and thousands of start-ups that require talented people to help them turn their research strength into global commercial success.
  • Other common employers include:
    • Tech Industry
    • Start-ups
    • Banks
    • Finance
    • Insurance
    • Healthcare
    • Manufacturing
    • Sports and Entertainment
    • Management consultancies
    • Transportation and Trade Industries
    • Government entities that assist International Trade


Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Bring-Your-Own-Device Suggested Specifications

Minimum Recommended Settings

Operating System Windows 10 Home
CPU (Minimum) Intel Core i5 to i7
RAM (Minimum) 16 GB
Storage 500 GB to 1 TB
Screen Size 12” - 17”
Price $1650 - $1850 range

Dell Systems: DELL G3 15, DELL G3 17

The Dell Systems listed above meet the minimum specifications. A search of DELL’s website entering the various criteria for RAM will list laptops that will meet the specifications. Don’t forget to access Mohawk’s purchasing discount if buying online. You can do so by, logging to your MyMohawk account, on the left-hand navigation select Technology Solutions, Computer Store. Use your Mohawk College email to receive an exclusive coupon code.


MacBooks can be used however PC Platforms are preferred. Applications may not behave the same way as they do in Windows, students using MacBooks may need to make a hard-disk partition to allow Windows to run.

Program Specific Software (subject to change)

Students will be advised how to access program specific software during Orientation. All required software is free to use while on campus through Apps@Mohawk College.

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