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authentic and transformational Leadership

victoria, british columbia, Canada

2021 (TBC)

Join Commonwealth Leaders Dialogue Canada in partnership with Royal Roads University for an exceptional leadership experience in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

Today's leaders operate in increasingly complex environments, and organizations need leaders that can connect with and guide their diverse teams. Learn from leaders and through peer-to-peer dialogue on 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.


The 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.

"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


Commonwealth Leaders Dialogue 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.

"[CLD] 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


  • A diverse range of 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 front line managers who are expected to take on more complex decision-making in a rapidly changing organizational environment.

"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

REPORTED outcomes

Alumni from recently held 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-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

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