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Our mission 

Challenging leaders to do their best.

Impact statement


Commonwealth Leaders Dialogue Canada is unique for operating cross-sector, experiential global leadership programs where participants collaborate to develop new perspectives and skills which enable them to meet today's leadership challenges.

The programs provide peer-to-peer dialogue on inclusivity and diversity so that they are prepared to lead diverse teams and work with partners in an increasingly interconnected world.

By working together, these leaders can utilize the necessary knowledge, investment, technologies and resources to address industry issues which can be overlooked by a single-sector approach.

Leadership competencies developed through CLD Canada programs include:

» cultural intelligence

» complex problem solving

» ethical decision making

» collaborative negotiation

» inclusion and diversity

» promotion of innovation

» conflict management


Program Impacts

Growing capable, ethical leaders is one of the most important and complicated responsibilities countries have. CLD Canada programs recognize that leadership does not come just from a textbook but rather from experiences that create dialogue and build the emotional and intellectual capacity of participants. 

The competencies each participant acquires extend to their day-to-day interactions, with colleagues in their respective organizations and out to the multiple stakeholders their organization serves. Their experience becomes deeply embedded in their critical thinking, which they carry with them as they advance professionally. This is how, together, we grow the future leaders of the Commonwealth.

» Dissemination of leadership best practices shared amongst colleagues and peers;

» Preparation of leaders with innovative skills to implement sustainable development techniques within their own organizations;

» Strengthening of relationships between leaders across the Commonwealth, creating opportunities for stronger professional and economic ties;

» Increased economic opportunities and partnerships between Commonwealth leaders and organizations;

» Expansion of an inter-generational leader's alumni network spanning business, government, labour and civil society;

» Certification of emerging Commonwealth leaders  through participation in the program.

What program alumni tell us

Empowered by their experience, they have advanced to top levels of leadership in their organizations, communities and countries. As alumni they:

  • volunteer for leadership roles in their communities
  • sponsor emerging leaders from their organizations to participate in CLD Canada programs
  • volunteer on regional and country committees planning next level alumni forums and future programs
  • lead national legacy projects and programs, and
  • provide funding needed to sustain the programs.

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