A Navy commander ships out to earn an MBA

Author: 
Shannon Moneo

Preparing a business analysis of Lululemon’s operations wouldn’t have been on Commander Lorne Carruth’s radar a year ago. “I drive ships,” said Cdr. Carruth, who’s stationed in Esquimalt, B.C., with the Royal Canadian Navy’s Coastal Division.

Responsible for the operation of 15 Navy vessels, Cdr. Carruth, 45, also oversees about 500 officers, a job not unlike being in charge of a large company.

So, it’s fitting that Cdr. Carruth, still working full-time, is taking an 18-month MBA program in executive management at Royal Roads University in Victoria.

“What I do at work is a lot of corporate-style governance. I have to play a leadership role. The MBA is a good fit,” the Dundas, Ont., native said. “I’m surprised, as a military member, to see how many of our core principles apply to the business world ... honesty, duty and honour.”

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