Growing leaders is one of the most important and complicated responsibilities we have. Our program recognizes that leadership doesn't come just from a textbook but rather from intense experiences that create dialogue and build the emotional and intellectual capacity of participants.

Our program has a 60-year legacy

It started with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 with 300 men and women from across the globe coming together to discuss human challenges of industrial communities.

Today, it continues under the presidency of HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne. The alumni from various years act as advocates, educators and participants to support discussions focused on Sustainable Community Development in Canada and the Commonwealth.


Our Goals 

Our programs support 80 emerging leaders each year. We aspire to increase that over the next five years. We seek partners who will assist with:

1. Program support

a. scholarships
b. an increase in program frequency and locations
c. development of leading-edge curriculum modules
d. building an on line alumni peer-to-peer leader networking portal

2. University partner: financial, teaching/speaker/facilitator and accommodation support of an in-residence program. ELD Canada has partnered with:

a. Vancouver Island University
b. University of West Indies
c. Acadia University
d. McGill University, Institute for Studies in International Development

3. In-kind donations: as a host organization or for other services for in-residence requirements.


Core concepts of our program 

The ELD Canada program template has been designed to work with a variety of partners, and in numerous geographic locations. We work with academic institutions to ensure that program content is relevant and ground breaking, and with regional alumni who provide access to established leaders via the experiential dialogue tours. 

Regardless of location, the program components are designed around three core themes:

1. Leadership: This intensive program develops peer-to-peer critical leadership competencies, including cultural intelligence, collaboration, integration, and critical thinking. It also places great emphasis on trust, integrity and leadership with accountability. This creates connected leaders who can create partnerships across sectoral, cultural and geographic divides.

2. Multi sectoral approach - This approach is unique amongst leadership programs for offering cross sector opportunities and enabling emerging leaders to experience and understand what processes other sectors operate under. By working together these sectors can bring together the necessary experience, knowledge, investment, technologies and resources to address industry issues which may have been overlooked by a single-sector program.

3. Sustainable Community Development - The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Balancing the need for sustainable development with economic growth is a challenge for all sectors of society. ELD Canada programs provide participants with an academic framework to understand sustainability and allows them to see first hand the way organizations are, or are not, incorporating sustainable practices into their operations.