Canada and Commonwealth Regions Benefit from Capable, Ethical Leadership

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. 

Who we are

Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada Inc. (ELD Canada) is a registered Canadaian charity which brings together early to mid-career leaders and places them in a unique one-week experiential programs to build their smarts and their ethics and become top decision makers in their organizations, communities and countries. We're multisectoral and bring together leaders from arts, education, environment, indigenous communities, private and public sectors, public health, and civil society organizations.


With a community of peers, participants:

  • learn from an advanced leadership curriculum, taught by seasoned academics,
  • gain in-field experience working with diverse entrepreneurs and executives, learning about leadership strategies and management of major organization issues
  • participate in group challenges to test skills, assumptions and gain insights
  • present their thesis and learnings at a conference, and
  • become alumni members who act as mentors and funders


Hear from our 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 program supports 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 online 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.

What program alumni tell us

Empowered by their experience, they have advanced to top levels of leadership in their organizations, communities and countries. As alumni they:

  • volunteer for leadership roles in their communities
  • sponsor emerging leaders from their organizations to participate in ELD Canada programs
  • volunteer on regional and country committees planning next level alumni forums and future programs
  • lead national legacy projects and programs, and
  • provide funding needed to sustain the programs.


But don't take our word for it.

Sharlene Linette Cartwright-Robinson JP, CCELD 2011, became Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands in December 2016. She is the territory's first female premier and leader of the People's Democratic Movement.

Ben Almond, Regional Managing Director & SVP of CH2M Canada, CCELD 2011, received recognition for his outstanding contribution to his organization by being recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Leaders under 40.

Yolanda K. McClean, CCELD 2015, CUPE Ontario 2nd Vice President, was recognized in September 2018 as one of Canada's 100 Accomplished Black Women. 

Antonette Wemyss-Gorman, CCELD 2015, in 2018, became the first woman to be promoted to Naval Captain in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Tasha Brooks, ELSCD 2017, accepted a position as the Education Navigator at Vancouver Island University Cowichan campus, to support students as they journey through post-secondary education.

How we work

We have a board of directors that meets 3 times each year. Our board has 9 directors of which 4 are alumni. The Executive Director oversees program development and operations. We're a registered Canadian charitable organization, with approximately 80% of funds received committed to program delivery within Canada and Commonwealth countries.


Business Number: 832527261RR0001