Authentic and Transformational Leadership

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Join Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada in partnership with Royal Roads University for an exceptional leadership experience for 6 days in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, to discover how successful leaders build trust, develop cultural competencies and connections and grapple with today's real time organizational, societal and economic challenges.

Participants experience how organizations and leaders utilize authentic and transformational practices across multiple sectors to remove barriers and open diverse, collaborative and sustainable economic opportunities within organizations and communities.


Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada has been at the forefront of unique leadership programing in Canada for the past decade. Royal Roads University, is known for its history of excellence and for providing life changing experiences that enable professional and personal transformation.

Together they present an outstanding program that provides:

  • Leadership learning that builds confidence in collaborative, diverse and ethical decision-making
  • A focus on innovation and thinking across boundaries
  • Participation in an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect and grow with leaders in all sectors.

"ELD Canada offers an excellent program to foster leadership from many organizational perspectives. Not only was the program content relevant and of high standard, the relationship building and dialogue between participants is where the real learning happens."

Chelsea Quirke, Manager, Environmental Waste Management Programs, Air Canada


The six-day program combines three proven leadership learning components:

» LEADERSHIP MODULES - Led by Royal Roads University facilitators, participants experience workshops and team discussions, on key leadership competencies and are challenged to review their own leadership styles.

» EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING - In small groups, participants engage in-the-field over 3 days with senior leaders of business, labour, government, and civil society organizations, learning about sectoral leadership challenges, diversity, and best practices for success.

» PEER LED DIALOGUES - Throughout the week, participants, build trust in themselves and lead dialogues on some of the most challenging issues that are encountered within workplaces, organizations and communities.

"The opportunity to spend a full week with emerging leaders from a cross section of industry and government was priceless. An excellent mix of classroom and hands on learning."

Shayla Point, Director of Market Development, Laws & Stakeholder Relations, First Nations Financial Management Board


A diverse range of emerging leaders from business, labour, government, Indigenous communities, public administration and NGOs.

High-potential emerging leaders and star talent being developed for roles of increasing responsibility,

Mid-career executives and frontline managers who are expected to take on more complex decision-making in a rapidly changing organizational environment.


Leadership modules will be led by outstanding facilitators:

Teara Fraser, MA, CEO, Raven Institute | CEO, Iskwew Air

Teara is the first Indigenous woman to launch an airline in Canada. She established the Raven Institute to develop leaders who can draw upon Indigenous practices to creative modern approaches. In 2019, she was named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2019 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

Guy Nasmyth, PhD, Principal, Guy Nasmyth Consulting

As a former senior leader with the federal government, Guy has a longstanding interest in leadership and leadership development. Nasmyth is a consultant with the government as well as with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Nasmyth teaches at the graduate level in the schools of Leadership Studies and Professional and Continuing Studies at Royal Roads.

"This program brought together leaders of all levels from government, unions, NGO's, industry, and community in a manner that broke down natural and created barriers; we all learned and emerged transformed in some way. Through this program I developed a strong belief that the struggles and progress on the pathway to authentic reconciliation will be beneficial to all Canadians."

Brian Haugen, Director of Education and Engagement, International Union of Operating Engineers


Alumni from recently held Emerging Leaders' Dialogues have reported:

  • Positive impact to their capabilities as leaders, with 88% affirming their expectation of the experience had been met;
  • Recurrent descriptor of leadership learning among alumni are "communicative, common ground, collaborative and connective";
  • Alumni describe key outcomes as a renewed understanding of authenticity in leadership, engaging across diverse perspectives to build trust and empathy, and a broader understanding in a collective quest for solutions to local challenges;
  • Alumni reported increased professional duties but also took up key responsibilities in their communities and among their peers - bringing change and innovation to these contexts.

During this unique in-the-field experience, participants develop key competencies in:


  • Diversity and cultural intelligence

  • Complex problem solving

  • Collaborative negotiation

  • Promotion of innovation

  • Inclusion and competitiveness

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Conflict management