CODI Evolves!

Major news:

  • SEEC takes over the MCOD, under Dr. Marilyn Laiken
  • The original CODI Inc. is dissolved
  • A new CODI non-profit is incorporated

The Canadian Organization Development Institute (CODI) was formed in 2007 as a professional development enterprise, by Drs. Marilyn Laiken and Ingrid Richter as Academic Directors, and Jeff Solway, M.E.S., as Managing Director. With the help of a brilliant and dedicated faculty, CODI has met and exceeded its mission: to facilitate the development of OD as a distinct, advanced, professional field in Canada, in large part by offering the most comprehensive OD training available in this country for those wishing to enter the field.

In 2014 CODI’s founding partners decided to dissolve the existing structure/business model for CODI. With a great deal of positive support, encouragement, and hard work from a group of senior practitioner colleagues, CODI has now been transformed into a non-profit with the following mission:

“We provide pathways to professional credibility for OD professionals, connections to other like minded professionals and access to fresh thinking about the field of OD and Change.”

Several years ago, CODI 1.0 (i.e. the original CODI) was invited to partner with SEEC, the Schulich Executive Education Centre of the Schulich School of Business, at York University in Toronto. SEEC was very eager to create a “Centre of Excellence in OD”, and asked CODI 1.0 to work in partnership on development of a SEEC/CODI masters certificate.

  • With the dissolution of CODI 1.0, its professional training has moved fully to SEEC. We are confident of continuity, as the Program Director continues to be Dr. Marilyn Laiken, and the faculty include several who have taught for CODI 1.0 for some time.
  • Additionally, the new MCOD will benefit tremendously from all of SEEC’s infrastructural support, its beautiful downtown teaching facility, and of course, its internationally sterling reputation.
  • CODI 1.0’s two professional designations, CODP and CSODP (click here), have also moved, to the new CODI non-profit. “CODI 2.0” is oriented to supporting the ongoing need for professional development among practicing Canadian OD specialists. Additionally, CODI 2.0 will work to ensure that there is a solid connection between the practice of OD and current research on organizations and systems change. For the new CODI’s site, click here:
  • In early November of 2015, the original CODI (1.0) website was transformed into this website by Marilyn Laiken.

About the new SEEC Masters Certificate in OD (MCOD)

The new MCOD program will build on the important theory and methodology taught since CODI’s inception, and will continue to be updated to reflect the changing organizational landscape. With some redesign, the MCOD’s core elements continue to be Intensive in Organization Development and Change, Business Acumen for OD Professionals, and the OD Practicum. The new MCOD will also include the existing course, OD and Change Essentials, as a required component.

Specifically, for 2016:

  • Intensive will consist of two modules, on April 18-20/16, and on May 11-12/16, with Michelle Chambers and Doug Miron.
  • The Business Acumen for OD Professionals course will run June 6-9/16, with Michelle Chambers.
  • The OD Practicum, with Ray Gordezky and Marilyn Laiken, will begin with an evening orientation on June 6, 2016, and conclude January 31, 2017.
  • The existing two-day introduction to OD, OD and Change Essentials, will run within the new MCOD for the first time on October 27-28, 2016.
  • Essentials Online, a highly interactive web-based version of Essentials, will not be offered in 2016, but look for it in 2017.
  • As noted in our previous newsletter, Dr. Laiken may offer one or both of her teams workshops in 2015/2016, depending on interest indicated. If you are interested in one or both of these, please get in touch or click on either of these course titles to view a course description PDF:

Please consult SEEC’s web page for more details about the MCOD.

If you have an academic concern regarding the MCOD, email Dr. Marilyn Laiken (; if your concern is administrative, email Sung Nahm ( at SEEC.

About our Contact with You

If you are already on CODI’s contact list, you are familiar with our occasional emails, featuring news of upcoming events, course announcements, valuable resources, and employment/contract opportunities in OD.

CODI’s distribution list began nearly 9 years ago with about 170 names – people who CODI’s Directors and faculty thought would be interested. Since then, the list has grown to nearly 1000, including people from all parts of Canada and all over the world − and almost entirely by request, through the “join our list” button on the CODI homepage. Yet more gratifying, a remarkable percentage of each email sent is opened − indicating that this is a service the OD community really values.

By late November, this list will be shared with the new CODI non-profit, and with Marilyn Laiken for the SEEC MCOD and her teams workshops. If you are NOT comfortable with this, you can use the link at the bottom of this or any of our emails to remove yourself from the list. If you wish to add yourself to the list, click here.

A personal note

Since CODI’s inception, I have been responsible for its development as an organization, and for its communications. I have prepared all of the emails sent to our CODI community. It has been a pleasure and an honour. I am not an OD specialist (my background is small business and communications), but I am an enthusiastic supporter of the field. With this email, I am retiring from my work with CODI. So to all of you, thanks for your interest in CODI and in our communications, and good luck with your future in OD!

Managing Director,
Jeff Solway