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Certificate in Cloud Computing Strategy

Create a compelling case to get your cloud computing initiative off
the ground

More organizations than ever are using the cloud to become more scalable, adaptable and secure. However, moving away from physical servers to remote solutions is no easy undertaking. Cloud Architects and Consultants need to have a thorough understanding of various cloud service models, as well as the countless associated business risks and implications—all while using change management tactics to facilitate a smooth and successful adoption initiative. This intensity of interest has placed cloud computing strategy in the top 5 skills needed by Canadian organizations.
+300% recent growth in cloud computing jobs in the GTA area
3/4 organizations are currently adopting cloud solutions

Cloud computing is changing the way businesses operate

1 of 5 top skills needed by organizations
#1 recent technological change affecting the IT field


Why Choose York?

100% ONLINEStudy anywhere, anytime

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REAL-WORLD CASE STUDIESUpgrade core job skills

Use real-world skills to communicate, plan and manage a smooth cloud computing adoption

Even the best managed organizations sometimes struggle to undergo change—especially when it involves their data and IT systems. If you want to take an organization into the cloud, it’s going to take more than technical expertise.

Cloud Architects and Consultants need to have the confident strategic communication and change management skill that only comes from real-world experience.

Created in collaboration with industry leaders, the 3 course Certificate in Cloud Computing Strategy gives you a solid foundation in both the business and technical sides of a cloud computing adoption. Taking a platform agnostic approach, you’ll learn to create a compelling business case and architectural diagram to support a cloud initiative, leveraging deep expertise in various service and deployment models, governance and associated organizational implications.

“Cloud platforms and apps drive growth and the vast majority of IT enterprises have at least one application in the cloud. Investments are soaring, year over year. As the momentum continues, it will be critical for technology-dependent industries to recruit and retain cloud-centric skills and talent.”

Michael Eubanks
- Michael Eubanks, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, LCBO (Advisory Council Member)

Through collaborative work on real-world case studies, you’ll enhance your learning with critical skill building, gaining the cross-functional competencies top employers are looking for, like analytical thinking, negotiation tactics and communication skills. With courses taught by leading cloud computing professionals, and dynamic career supports, you’ll be set up for success in a challenging and exciting new career.

The Certificate in Cloud Computing strategy covers all the core areas you need to know, giving you the skill and expertise to:

  • Compare various cloud service and deployment models
  • Define the essential characteristics of cloud computing
  • Discuss how governance, security, privacy, risk management, regulations, and compliance impact an organization’s cloud strategy
  • Compare the core services offered by the top three cloud providers
  • Create a compelling business case for cloud adoption
  • Discuss the impact of emerging technologies in cloud computing
  • Create a high-level architecture diagram for a cloud adoption
  • …and more

The best jobs in cloud computing demand the perfect blend of business savvy, technological expertise and communication skill. This program gives you the edge you need in a competitive market.

Want to take your career to the next level? Get your head into the cloud.


Who should take this program?

The Certificate in Cloud Computing Strategy is ideal for anyone working in, or consulting on, IT operations or enterprise solutions. Recent degree graduates looking to launch a career in technical sales are also a good fit.

This program can enhance the careers of people with experience in:

IT OperationsIT Operations

IT ConsultingIT Consulting

Business Strategy/AnalysisBusiness Strategy/ Analysis


… and related fields

Program Delivery

We know you’ve got a busy schedule. That’s why this program is offered entirely online.

Log in, study, participate in discussions in your online course forum, submit your work, talk to your instructor and log off when you need to. As long as you stay on track with your course work, and finish within 6 months, you’re free to make the program work around your other commitments.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Compare various cloud service models (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS) and cloud deployment models (public, private, hybrid, community cloud)
  • Define the essential characteristics of cloud computing such as on-demand self-service, rapid elasticity, measured service, etc.
  • Discuss how governance, security, privacy, risk management, regulations, and compliance impact an organization’s cloud strategy
  • Compare the core services offered by the top three cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • Create a compelling mini-business case for cloud adoption
  • Discuss the impact of emerging technologies in cloud computing (i.e.: artificial intelligence, internet of things, cloud security)
  • Analyze and critique real-world cloud adoption case-studies
  • Demonstrate the capability to create a high-level architecture diagram for a cloud solution.

*subject to change

Advisory Council

Michael EubanksMichael Eubanks
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, LCBO

Michael is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). His former recent Roles and responsibilities included CIO for the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) and Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for One Inc., Vice President, Architecture Relationship Management and Technology Strategy at Canadian Tire Corporation, and various senior technology roles at Best Buy International and the T. Eaton Company LTD.

Michael is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors for North Toronto Soccer Association and a member of the York University Alumni Board. Michael is a graduate of York University, University of Toronto Rotman School of Business Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Program and the Harvard Business School Executive Program.

Fahd GulzarFahd Gulzar
MBA, PMP, CAMS, Agile Certified Practitioner
AWS National Programs Lead, Canada Public Sector, Amazon

At Amazon Web Services (AWS), Fahd works with internal and external stakeholders to develop and lead cloud computing education and workforce development programs for the Canadian Public Sector. In addition, Fahd is responsible for leading the localization of existing AWS Programs to better meet the needs of Canadians.

Prior to Amazon, as Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Fahd was leading large scale fraud and anti-money laundering implementations at SAS Institute, a leading data analytics firm.

Fahd is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) with proven results in incorporating Agile framework in his work.

Fahd graduated from the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Waterloo and holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

John Weigelt. National Technology Officier, Microsoft CanadaJohn Weigelt
National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

As the National Technology Officer for Microsoft Canada, John Weigelt is responsible for driving Microsoft Canada’s strategic technology efforts. In this role, Mr. Weigelt helps business and governments innovate with technology while avoiding the unintended consequences that might arise.  He leads Canadian outreach for technology policy issues across a wide range of subjects including: economic development, digital economy, open government, environmental sustainability, accessibility, privacy, security, critical infrastructure protection, government 3.0, spectrum and intellectual property.   Mr. Weigelt’s 25 plus years of experience in cyber security, and his pioneering work in protocols, practices, policies, programs and partnerships to increase cyber assurance, provides him with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated with overcoming the inertia often associated with initiatives to increase trust and confidence in the digital world.

Vinay PuriVinay Puri
National Director and Leader, Cloud Security, Deloitte Canada

Vinay has over 22 years of experience in cyber security helping organizations, primarily in the financial services, retail sector, and insurance sectors, to implement a comprehensive cyber risk management program. Vinay leads cyber security teams in designing, building, and managing infrastructure security, leads Secure Transformation Cloud for clients, Agile Enterprise Security for digital platforms, application security, incident management, and DDoS protection. His innovative ideas and analytical skills have been instrumental in identifying gaps in cyber security posture and architecting complete security framework for a number of enterprises.

Vinay leads Secure Cloud Transformation and the overall cloud security practice for Deloitte Canada. Vinay is a dual master in Computer Science and Information Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School, operated by the Department of Defense, United States. Vinay holds more than 10 niche security related internationally recognized certifications.

Rachel Guinto, Advisory Council, Certificate in Cloud ComputingRachel Guinto, AVP – Global Information Security Risk Management, Manulife

Rachel Guinto is a veteran risk and information security practitioner in the financial industry. Her roles over nearly 20 years have crossed security domains in operations, governance and leadership at Scotiabank, CIBC and CISO of the Ontario Pension Board. She is currently AVP Global Information Security Risk Management at Manulife focusing on application and infrastructure security assurance.

Olav Hanrath, Vice President Distributed Hosting Services at RBC

Bio coming soon.

Marin Litoiu, Professor, ITEC, York University

Bio coming soon.

Chris Russell – Chief Information Security Officer at York University

Bio coming soon.

Jon VanUden – Vice President Cloud Strategy, Engineering and Delivery at TD

Bio coming soon.


Wessam Abdelwahab - Cloud Computing Strategy nstructorWessam Abdelwahab
MSc ISM, TOGAF, SOA, Cloud & Microservice Architect, PMP, ICAgile-PM, CBAP, ITIL

Wessam Abdelwahab is a Senior Enterprise Solutions Architect with over 15 years of extensive experience in managing, architecting, designing, developing, and implementing secure large-scale distributed systems within the private and public sectors. He led the architecture, integration, and infrastructure upgrades for multi-million-dollar systems within the financial industry as part of legacy systems modernization and digital transformation. He is a Cloud Evangelist transforming IT landscapes and accelerating the journey to the cloud.

Instructor Claude K. Sam-FohClaude K. Sam-Foh

Claude Sam-Foh is the former Chief Enterprise Architect and Chief Cyber Security Officer with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He has extensive business and IT knowledge, gained through more than 30 years’ practical experience in both fields.

His area of expertise encompasses enterprise architecture, information management, information security, privacy leadership, cloud computing, service management, portfolio, program and project management, business systems analysis and agile management.

Claude has recently joined the School of Continuing Studies at York University as a curriculum developer and Instructor.

Claude makes business and IT learning fun and adapts his delivery to the level of his students. He challenges them to think strategically and emphasizes on applying the knowledge they have learned in the workplace.  His motto is “Knowledge Secured and Wisdom Applied”.

He leads by example, teaches with passion, and creates a learning environment where students are motivated to excel.

Leonid SorokinLeonid Sorokin

Leo has over 10+ years of experience in various solution architecture and enterprise architecture roles with large organizations in the financial, manufacturing, and software industries. He is currently a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft helping the largest Canadian organizations adopt cloud technology. Leo has extensive experience with service-oriented architecture, application integration, cloud-native application and hybrid-cloud architecture, as well as security software architecture. Leo is also TOGAF® 9 Certified, a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect and holds a Computer Science degree from York University. Leo has also taught technology related courses in several educational institutions. In his spare time, Leo enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, traveling around the world, and dissecting the latest technology buzzwords.



Program Policies

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Confidentiality and Financial Security

Given the experiential and practical nature of the courses and the application of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to York University, The School of Continuing Studies works to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will limit the amount of personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information (including proper name, address, etc.) is omitted from all written documents in order to protect personal privacy and confidentiality. Instructors should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class or allow students to do so.

We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

How to Register

All registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not guaranteed and programs can reach their maximum enrolment capacity, so early registration is recommended.

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, instructors and course dates/locations.

Online – Visit our website at to register in any course or program offered by the School of Continuing Studies.

Mailing Address and Changes in Personal Status

All correspondence, including your registration confirmation and grade report, will be sent to the email address provided at the time of registration. Refund cheques will be sent to the mailing address on file.
To maintain accurate student records, notification of any changes to your name, address and contact information are required. To update your personal information:

  • Log in to the Student Portal with your student ID and password and update your personal information OR
  • submit a written request to the Registration Coordinator at

All name-change requests must be accompanied by official documentation justifying such a change.

We will not accept telephone requests to change a name or address.

Education and Amount Certificates (Income Tax Receipts) (T2202A)

Income Tax receipts will be available online in February of the following year. Please refer to the income tax guide for allowable deductions.

Session Transfer

Students must contact the Program Manager for permission to transfer to another session.

Transfer requests are only granted for documented medical reasons. Please contact the program manager for information on the required documentation.

Notification of change or cancellation of classes

When necessary, the School of Continuing Studies may alter, postpone or cancel classes. In these instances, students will be notified by email, based on the information provided at the time of registration.
Cancellations or changes will also be posted on the School of Continuing Studies Twitter account.

Cancellation of courses/programs – Fee Refunds

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses. Should a course or program be withdrawn or cancelled, the School will issue a full refund of fees paid.

University Policy on Student Conduct

Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect, and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;

It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom, and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,

The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class, and may, at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.

In any case where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the Program Manager for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at:


Students registered in certificate programs will be evaluated using the following categories of achievement:

Grade Grade Point Per Cent Range Description
A+ 9 90-100 Exceptional
A 8 80-89 Excellent
B+ 7 75-79 Very Good
B 6 70-74 Good
C+ 5 65-69 Competent
C 4 60-64 Fairly Competent
D+ 3 55-59 Passing
D 2 50-54 Marginally Passing
E 1 (marginally below 50%) Marginally Failing
F 0 (below 50%) Failing

all of the above-noted grades are used to calculate averages and credits.

Definitions of Grading Descriptions

A+ Exceptional. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques and exceptional skill or great originality in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

A Excellent. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/or some elements of originality in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

B+ Very Good. Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

B Good. Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

C+ Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

C Fairly Competent. Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

D+ Passing. Slightly better than minimal knowledge of required concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an assignment or course.

D Barely Passing. Minimum knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an assignment or course.

E Marginally Failing.

F Failing.

Students must achieve a passing grade in each course as they progress through the program. In the event that a student does not receive a passing grade, they must retake that course in the following session—and subsequently pass that course—before proceeding to successive courses.

Grade Appeal and Reappraisal and Petitions

Students may, with sufficient grounds, request a reappraisal of any “tangible” work required for a course/program. Tangible work may include written, graphic, digitized, modelled, video recording or audio recording formats. Students seeking a grade reappraisal must complete and submit the attached form, along with the original work and instructions for the assignment, to the Program Manager within 2 weeks of the date of issue of the letter of grade.
Students and instructors will be informed in writing of the reappraisal result and the reappraiser’s comments. The School of Continuing Studies will ensure the anonymity of both the student and the reappraiser.

Download a Grade Reappraisal form

Financial Petitions

You may submit a financial petition if you experience a serious documented medical illness or a death of an immediate family member that causes you to drop courses. Financial petitions may be granted at the discretion of the University, and will be considered for a period of one year after the occurrence of the illness or death.

The Financial Petition form is located here:

Please complete the form and return it via email or via fax at 416-650-8042.

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