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National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP NELI)
Jun 25 - 1st, 2015 | Parksville,
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, , Canada | View Map


The National Executive Leadership Institute for Potential Vice-Presidents (VP NELI) targets individuals considering senior positions in academic, administration, finance, and student services departments, such as college and institute vice-presidents, directors of pedagogical services, directors, chief operating officers or bursars, as well as positions in fund development, contracts and business development. It may also interest current vice-presidents looking to move to a larger institutional context.

An intensive, week-long residential program, designed to enable participants to explore whether a vice-president’s position is one they wish to pursue in the future. Participants will be guided by a core group of VP NELI for Potential Vice-Presidents faculty with guest faculty providing leadership for particular segments. The skills, knowledge and experience of the participants themselves will be built upon in an interactive environment. The week will be structured to allow participants to examine a number of key areas, including:

  • the environmental context in which institutions currently exist
  • leadership – self-assessment and skills assessment
  • the key elements and tough challenges of being a vice-president
  • presidents’ expectations and the president/vice-president relationship
  • building a leadership team
  • governance and the appropriate roles of the vice-president
  • making the decision to apply
  • applying for the job

Note: The operational language will be English. Participants will also be signed up for a group electronic list in late May and will receive further information on the agenda, getting to know one another, arranging rides, etc.

Early registration is encouraged for a maximum of 25 participants. Participation is restricted to individuals from CICan member institutions and to a maximum of two (2) participants per college. Should space permit, an additional participant may be considered.

Location and Schedule

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive
Parksville, BC V9P 2E3

Thursday, June 25 – 17:30
Registration, Reception and Dinner (participants only)

Friday, June 26 to Monday, June 29 – 8:30 to 14:30

Tuesday, June 30
Breakfast and Departure


  • Don Bureaux, President – Nova Scotia Community College
  • Suzanne Desrosier, Vice-President, Employee and Student Development – New Brunswick Community College
  • Salvador Ferreras, Provost and Vice-President, Academic – Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Cheryl Jensen, President & CEO – Algonquin College
  • Sean Kennedy, Vice-President, Student & External Relations – Niagara College
  • Christine Trauttmansdorff, Vice-President, Government Relations & Canadian Partnerships – Colleges and Institutes Canada

Registration Fee

VP NELI Registration – $3395
Please note that accommodation IS included in the registration fee.


  • Accommodation (5 nights)
  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (5)
  • Dinner (4)

Spouse Registration

Spouses may join the group for the Friday, June 26 and the Monday, June 29 dinners.

  • Sunday & Monday Dinners – $150
  • Sunday, June 28 Dinner Only – $75
  • Monday, June 29 Dinner Only – $75

Note: The fee structure for the leadership program is presently under review for 2016.

Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Prior to May 25, 2015:  A refund of 50% of the full amount paid.
  • After May 25, 2015: No refunds.
  • Substitute are accepted by email up to June 23, 2015.
  • You can cancel your own registration online up to June 23, 2015 or email us your cancellation request.
  • We do not accept cancellations by phone.


Please note that accommodation is included in the registration fee. Rooms are booked on your behalf from June 25 to June 30 (departure).

If you arrive a day early, you would need to make your own accommodation arrangements. You can visit the Vancouver Island Tourism website for general information.

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive
Parksville, BC V9P 2E3

Travel and Distances

If you are traveling by plane, we invite you to take advantage of our 10% discount rate for the following company:

Air Canada
Group Code: QFMEUZY1
Reservations: online only at

  • Travel destination for Nanaimo, BC (YCD) only
  • Travel period begins Thursday, June 18, 2015 and ends Tuesday, July 7, 2015
  • No discount will apply to Tango and Executive Class lowest bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

Distance by Car from:

  • Nanaimo City Centre – 20 minutes
  • Victoria City Centre – 2 hours
  • Comox City Centre – 50 minutes

Distance by Air from:

  • Sea Plane Terminal (Nanaimo) – 20 minutes
  • Nanaimo/Cassidy Airport (YCD) – 25 minutes
  • Comox Airport (YQQ) – 50 minutes

Distance by Ferry from:

  • Departure Bay Ferry Terminal – 30 minutes
  • Duke Point Ferry Terminal – 40 minutes
  • Blackball (USA) Terminal in Victoria – 2 hours


Program Information:  Michèle Clarke, 613-746-2222 ext. 3150

Registration Information: Neiges Sénéchal, 613-746-5916


Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive
Parksville, V9P 2E3
Jun 25 - 1st, 2015
00:00 am - 23:59 pm
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive
Parksville, , V9P 2E3