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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

accelerated-learningACCELERATED LEARNINGFinish in 6 months

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 Eubanks, is currently the Chief Information Officer and SVP Operations Support at goeasy Ltd. Michael is the former 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.

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.

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.

Steve Ojwang layer maskSteve Ojwang, Director, ICT Infrastructure at York University

Steve Ojwang is the Director, ICT Infrastructure at York University and is responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of all third-party and internally managed common enterprise IT infrastructure used by the University to support business processes and services across the institution. Steve has more than 18 years of experience leading IT Infrastructure and operations across organizations in industries such as financial services, automotive, nonprofit, startup and Architecture & Engineering. His expertise spans technology strategy, IT infrastructure, program management, solutions design & delivery, change management and operating models. As a technology leader, he focuses on helping organizations grow through innovation and developing winning strategies to enhance the relationship with their customers.

Prior to joining York University Steve was the director of IT at Leonardo Worldwide, leading the platform engineering team in building a fully automated infrastructure for the company’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. He has also led technology function in both the private and public sectors with a focus on strategy, business transformation and innovation. Additionally, he is a strategy and technology consultant. Steve holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas, and a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University Of Toronto – Rotman.

John Weigelt. National Technology Officier, Microsoft CanadaJohn Weigelt, CD, BENG, MENG, RMC, CISM, CISSP
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.

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, MBA, SCF, PMP, ITILv3&4, CISM, CISA, CIP, Cert. APM, COBIT

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.



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