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Leadership Development

Leading in the ever-evolving landscape of post-secondary education requires strong skills and tools to be effective and successful. CICan’s celebrated leadership institutes draw on the latest management concepts and experience to prepare participants to successfully lead in the college and institute system. The programs contribute to institutional succession planning by looking at the competencies required to lead effectively in institutions of all sizes, addressing both career progression and the skills necessary to lead at a higher level.

Each institute is tailored to a different position and provides participants the opportunity to learn from distinguished college and institute leaders. Participants are guided by a core group of faculty as well as guest faculty who contribute to particular segments.  Central to the interactive environment is faculty’s sharing of their stories, knowledge, and experience to underline the skills needed to lead in higher education.  Participants will also be encouraged to contribute actively throughout the program through team learning, coaching, assignments, etc.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from across the country and become part of an email listserve and networking group to facilitate further engagement and learning.

Learn more about CICan’s Leadership Institutes for:

Program Chairs

Who should attend

Those currently in the role of program chair, or managers responsible for program areas or service areas, who seek to develop their leadership abilities and to better understand the trends impacting their current position.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of chairs and managers responsible for either program and service areas in the college and institute setting. It will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of these roles and also consider the profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the environmental context in which institutions currently exist;
  • moving from a program focus to a broader institutional focus;
  • the key elements and challenges of this role;
  • senior management expectations and team relationships;
  • building team capacity;
  • managing in a college/institute context;
  • the value of mentorship – for self and for team;
  • the key elements and challenges of the dean/director roles.

Managers

Who should attend

Those currently in the role of manager, program chair, associate dean, associate director, who aspire to become deans or directors. Recently appointed deans and directors may be interested to attend to garner knowledge on the leadership profile essential for success and approaches that may contribute to the development of their function within the institution.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed primarily to enhance participants’ knowledge of the expectations at the dean and director level. Managers who are looking to progress in their careers and develop their leadership abilities will examine the current and emerging requirements of the roles of deans and directors and the leadership profile and skills essential for success in a changing and challenging landscape.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the environmental context in which institutions currently exist;
  • moving from a program focus to a broader institutional focus;
  • the key elements and challenges of this role;
  • senior management expectations and team relationships;
  • building team capacity;
  • managing in a college/institute context;
  • the value of mentorship – for self and for team;
  • the key elements and challenges of the dean/director roles.

Deans Directors and Campus Principals

Who should attend

Those in the roles of dean and director (in academic, administration, finance and student services departments), and campus principals who aspire to become vice-presidents.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed primarily to enhance participants’ knowledge of the expectations at the vice-president level. Deans, directors and campus principals who are looking to develop their leadership abilities and advance their careers in the college and institute setting will examine the current and emerging requirements of the role of vice-president and the leadership profile and skills that are essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the environmental context in which institutions currently exist;
  • executive management expectations;
  • governance;
  • building a leadership team;
  • the key elements and challenges of the vice president role.

Vice-Presidents

Who should attend

Those in the role of vice-presidents or equivalent positions who aspire to become Presidents.

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed primarily to enhance the participants’ knowledge of the expectations at the President level. Vice-presidents who are looking to develop their leadership abilities and advance their careers in the college and institute setting will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of the role of President and the leadership profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership, skills and traits – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • key contextual issues facing Canadian college/institute executives-nationally and internationally;
  • internal and external roles/responsibilities/accountabilities of the President;
  • the role and relationship of the executive team with the President;
  • governance responsibilities;
  • the key elements and challenges of the role of the President.

Presidents and Directors General

Who should attend

Presidents and directors general

What you will learn

This intensive program designed by college and institute Presidents will provide participants an opportunity to share and network with peers from across the country while building leadership skills. It will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of the role and the sharing of experiences and stories will form the basis of an interactive environment.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment
  • key contextual issues facing Canadian college/institute presidents
  • the key elements and challenges of this role – multiplicity of presidential roles
  • internal and external roles/responsibilities/accountability of the president
  • role of the president and the board of governors

Emerging Leaders of International

Who should attend

Those in the role of manager or new director in international offices/divisions who seek leadership development for their current position; leaders who are new or interested in learning how to better lead their department and institution in international initiatives

What you will learn

This intensive program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of current managers or new directors in international divisions within colleges and institutes. Leaders who are either new or interested in learning more about how to lead their department and institution in international initiatives will gain significant knowledge about the international leadership role. It will examine the current and emerging leadership requirements of the role of International Managers and also consider the leadership profile and skills essential for success.

Participants will examine a number of key areas, including:

  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment;
  • the key elements and challenges of this role;
  • the role of the international office/division in your institution;
  • reporting structures, financial models, recruitment strategies, organizational structures;
  • off shore projects, programs and campus – opportunities and challenges, how to access funding agencies;
  • HR management practices and approaches;
  • risk management in international work.
VP-NELI was the best PD experience of my career. I was inspired by the facilitation team in ways that I could not have imagined and I established a network of colleagues and friends from coast to coast. Soon after participating, I was promoted within the institution and I’m thriving in my new position. I am so grateful to have had this experience.
Robin Hicks, MA
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, St Lawrence College, Kingston Campus

Upcoming Institutes

CICan Leadership Institute for Program Chairs (Offered in English)
Jun 24th - Jun 29th, 2017
Kelowna, BC, Hotel Eldorado

CICan Leadership Institute for Managers (Offered in French)
Jun 24th - Jun 29th, 2017
Saint-Sauveur, QC, Manoir Saint-Sauveur

CICan Leadership Institute for Managers (Offered in English)
Jun 24th - Jun 29th, 2017
Kelowna, BC, Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel

CICan Leadership Institute for Deans, Directors and Campus Principals (Offered in English)
Jun 24th - Jun 29th, 2017
Western Shore, NS, Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island

CICan Leadership Institute for Presidents and Directors General (Offered in English)
Jul 4th - Jul 9th, 2017
Mont-Tremblant, QC, Fairmont Tremblant

CICan Leadership Institute for Emerging Leaders of International (Offered in English)
Jul 16th - Jul 21st, 2017
Olds, Alberta, Olds College