An innovative program which provides an opportunity for leaders to examine the relationship between industry and community across multiple sectors in real life settings, and to be challenged on their assumptions and preconceived notions of what it takes to be a leader.

Over 6 days, this program will bring together 50 Canadian and Caribbean emerging leaders for two days of educational modules and three days of experiential dialogues, in Jamaica.


The 5 educational modules, delivered by leading academics and practitioners from the University of West Indies and the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University examines sustainable leadership through the exploration of the three key themes: Green and Blue Economies, Technology and Innovation; and, Tourism and Culture. The modules will explore 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 gain experience in the field with diverse entrepreneurs and executives of 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 learn from practitioners about leadership strategies and management of major organizational issues; and dialogue within team groups to challenge your leadership assumptions and gain insights applicable to positional, career, and organizational opportunities

During the program you will:

  • BENEFIT from the delivery of five modules on the themes of Blue and Green Economies, Technology and Innovation, and Tourism and Culture
  • GAIN core competencies including Cultural intelligence, Complex problem solving, Ethical decision-making, Collaborative negotiation, Inclusion & diversity, Promotion of innovation and Conflict management
  • WORK IN A SMALL GROUP with a balance of gender, country 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 regions and develop cultural intelligence capabilities
  • OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE of completion from ELD Canada, UWI and ISID
  • BECOME A PART OF the global Emerging Leaders' Dialogues 5,000 alumni network