Emerging Leaders' Dialogues
Canada is delivering the Emerging Leaders for Sustainable Community Development program.  This innovative 6-day program, promotes relationship building and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous individuals and communities. Participants are energetic, visionary leaders in their fields. As the central theme of the program, models of sustainable community development and issues of governance will be examined from a domestic and
international perspective, with an emphasis on countries where best practices are making a difference.

Strong leadership is essential across all economic and cultural sectors. To achieve results and to nurture and promote values and guiding principles, it is necessary to invest in our human resources. Executive learning accelerates the development of leadership capacity, productivity and innovation. This executive program will teach you to create and implement strategies to balance competing priorities while forging collaborative relationships across indigenous and non-indigenous communities, and sectors. You will explore the tools required to tackle economic and social issues, and create an environment of collaboration between industry, labour, civil society and government sectors.

During the program, the growing recognition of the importance of strong cultural intelligence in leaders is addressed; and you will develop the capabilities required to work effectively across cultures. You will explore strategies for how indigenous and non-indigenous communities can work together to share best practices, different perspectives, and together better Canada's society and economy.

The 5 educational modules, delivered by leading academics and practitioners from the Institute for the Study of International Development and Vancouver Island University examines indigenous and non-indigenous governance structures which contribute directly to the program's dialogue. The modules will show how flourishing national and regional economies are rooted in structures of sustainability that include responsible and ethical governance, technical innovation, cultural intelligence, and collaboration. During the 3 days of experiential dialogues, you will hear from diverse entrepreneurs and executives of band councils, business enterprises, labour unions, government departments as well as civil society organizations. As these sectors face complex
economic, social and environmental issues, there are also emerging opportunities for innovation. You will also take part in dialogues within team groups that will challenge your leadership assumptions and provide insights applicable to positional, career, and organization opportunities.

Impact on participants
BENEFIT from the delivery of five modules on the themes of Ethics and Good Governance; Inclusiveness, Diversity and Community Engagement; Collaborative Leadership and, Sustainability

WORK IN A SMALL GROUP with a balance of gender, indigenous, non indigenous and sector representation, to develop a paper on how this will impact your leadership within your organizations and communities

CREATE A NETWORK of leaders across business, government, labour and civil society

STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIP TIES between indigenous and non-indigenous leaders and develop cultural intelligence capabilities


BECOME A PART OF the global Emerging Leaders' Dialogues 5,000 alumni network

Participate in relationship building and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous communities

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Application details
COST: $3,500 CAD
Includes: Meals, program sessions, study tour travel, course materials and accommodation.
Not included: Travel to/from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC

Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo,
Vancouver Island, BC


Program Administrators

Working Committee

  • Paula Amos, Marketing Manager, Aboriginal Tourism BC
  • Matthew Bock, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
  • Dr. Rick Colbourne, Adjunct Professor, Fulbright Fellow (Visiting Research Chair Indigenous            Entrepreneurship)
  • Dr. Jonathan Dewar, Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre
  • Daniel Hughes, Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Hilary Hunter, Regional Program Development Advisor, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Eric Klapatiuk, Member Service Representative, Integris Credit Union
  • Emmanuelle Lopez-Bastos, National Representative, UFCW Canada
  • Brianna Thorne, Student Ambassador, Vancouver Island University
  • Rob Woods, Senior Manager, Indigenous Markets at CIBC

Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada
ELD Canada in collaboration with leading academic institutions offers unique and impactful programs annually in Canada and the Commonwealth, centred on themes such as leadership growth, ethics and good governance, and sustainable development. These programs extend connections between Canada and Commonwealth countries by developing social and economic ties and good governance practices.

ELD Canada's intensive in-field, experiential programs develop peer-to-peer critical leadership competencies, including collaboration, integration, and critical thinking. Emerging leaders gain experience and understanding of the processes under which multiple sectors operate and apply that experience to the betterment of their organizations, communities and countries as they advance as leaders. By working together, these sectors can connect the necessary knowledge, investment, technologies and resources to address issues which can often be overlooked
by a single-sector approach.

We monitor leadership educational developments and trends to ensure that they are included in the educational modules offered for participants. As well, we work with program development experts to build on-line capabilities for alumni to partake in continuous learning and experiences through peer to peer leader networking.

Led by the President, HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, Emerging Leaders' Dialogues is a not for profit organization with over 5,000 alumni around the world. ELD Canada Inc. is a registered Canadian charitable organization and a Commonwealth Accredited Civil Society Organization led by a Board of seasoned professionals.


The Duke of Edinburgh's Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada
President's Council

ELD Canada has a charitable donor funding program, the President's Council, to provide the financial resources to support its operations. Donors are invited to support ELD Canada and are recognized as Members or Patrons. These supporters understand that personal relationships are the basis of successful initiatives, and that real leadership is required in a globally connected marketplace. The role of the President's Council is to provide examples of ethical and accountable leadership to Alumni, and to be active as speakers, hosts and panelists at programs and events.