ELSCD 2017 - Partners

The Advisory Committee, management team and delegates, of the Emerging Leaders for Sustainable Community Development program, would like to express our gratitude to our partners, who have contributed a variety of resources so that we might launch this important new initiative. Our partners are helping to promote relationship building and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Their support is providing emerging leaders with the tools necessary to tackle economic and social issues, and create an environment of collaboration between industry, labour, civil society and government sectors.


To the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Tla'Amin First Nation (whom we recognize as a different language group), Cowichan Tribes, Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, and Qualicum First Nation we raise our hands and say Hay ch qa' sii'em siye' yu mukw Mustimuxw. We acknowledge and thank them for welcoming students, faculty, and staff to their traditional territories.

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS (www.BCAFN.ca) is a Provincial Territorial Organization representing the 203 First Nations in British Columbia. BCAFN representation extends to First Nations currently engaged in the treaty process, those who have signed modern treaties, and those who fall under historic treaty agreements. BCAFN works towards creating new and better memories for First Nations that include meaningful participatory relationships with the provincial and federal governments as well as industry, and which aim to close the socio    economic gap between First Nations and non-First Nations people.

Established in 1956, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S COMMONWEALTH STUDY CONFERENCES (www.csc alumni.org/) provide an opportunity for people from all over the Commonwealth to examine the relationship between industry and the community around it.The purpose was not to produce high sounding resolutions but to challenge the participants' assumptions and prejudices; to give them the chance to examine real situations and the issues arising from the interaction of businesses, their employees and the communities in which they operated.

The EMERGING LEADERS' DIALOGUES CANADA PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL (www.eldcanada.org) is made up of Patrons and Members who 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.

The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America, aka FULBRIGHT Canada's, (www.fulbright.ca) mandate is to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. Fulbright Canada, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary, provides support to students, scholars, teachers, and independent researchers through a variety of programs which are open to individuals in all academic fields with the exception of medical training.


McGill University's INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (www.McGill.ca/isid/) supports critical cutting-edge research through fostering the engagement and collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of faculty, practitioners, and students. ISID's academic programs aim to train a new generation of passionate and innovative future leaders in the skills they need to conduct rigorous, normative and evidence-based analysis of the concepts, policies, and practices of international development.

TELUS (https://sustainability.telus.com/en/our-approach/strategy/) is creating remarkable outcomes for their customers and communities by harnessing the power of their technology, the reach of their brand and the hearts of their team, they are driving business value and addressing pressing social challenges in Canada. Telus believes in the harmonious relationship between their company, their team and the health and prosperity of communities.For this reason, they take a balanced approach to sustainability strategy development, and one of those focuses is on providing opportunities for future leaders.

TODSEN-MCTAY INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES has been developing sustainable communities for over 20 years, with each designed to provide the features desired by homeowners, consistent with the beautiful surrounding environment in which they will live, relax, work and play. Vancouver Island is one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Canada, and Nile Landing, most recently developed by Todsen Design and Construction Ltd. and McTay Holdings Ltd., is an example of how developers can create housing that complements the natural landscape.

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY (www.viu.ca), is a public post-secondary institution, producing quality graduates that are in demand by employers across the country and around the world. VIU is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 16,000 full-time and part-time learners, including over 2,100 international students, 1,500 aboriginal students, and employing over 2,000 faculty and staff.