Theal House, Brock University 905-688-5550 ext 5928


Now Accepting Applications for September!

The Program

The Community Leadership Program encourages leadership and positive change within the Niagara region by developing the capabilities of aspiring leaders who care about the community; who understand its strengths and weaknesses, and who are willing to make a personal investment to improve the community’s quality of life.

Leadership Niagara’s program invests in the current and future leaders of Niagara by providing an opportunity for program participants to explore their leadership style and practice leadership skills in a group setting; all while unlocking their intrinsic desires to becoming an active community leader.

Each year, our program brings together individuals from all sectors and geographical areas of Niagara for a 9 month experiential leadership development program. Through our series of tailored workshops (Learning Days) participants learn more about their own leadership styles and identify the skill areas they wish to hone. Through project work with a local non-profit organizations participant teams are able to reinforce the skills acquired through Learning Days while providing organizational support for the local non-profit in a “dynamic learning laboratory” context.

The training is designed to expand the number of individuals who accept leadership roles in business, government, and social organizations to meet future challenges in the region. Like all other community leadership programs, the Community Leadership Program strengthens the bonds within the region and serves as a retention and engagement tool for our Niagara businesses and non-profits.

Our approach

  • Experiential and skills-based learning, community involvement, personal reflection and practical engagement
  • Learning Days are facilitated by a broad range leading local academic, business and community experts
  • Introduction to current community leaders
  • Diverse perspectives from the public, private and non-profit sectors

What you can expect to gain

Since our first cohort in 2007, our graduates have consistently found:

  • Personal and professional learning and growth
  • Greater understanding of Niagara’s needs and opportunities; as well as that of their employers
  • A new-found network of meaningful contacts
  • Career advancement
  • Improved communication and team-building skills
  • A chance to tangibly give back to our community

Inspiring leaders. Building community.

Through experiential Learning Days and a Community Project, Leadership Niagara participants explore and strengthen leadership skills, develop a network of meaningful contacts, and learn more about Niagara’s unique challenges and opportunities.

Time commitment

  • September to May
  • 2-day Opening Retreat
  • 8 Learning Days (Fridays, usually 8:30am-4:30pm)
  • Project work is approx. 5 hours per month, but varies and is determined by individuals and project teams
  • Graduation event

Opening Retreat
The retreat is designed to give an in-depth introduction to the concepts of professional and community leadership and to introduce participants to the issues and concerns of the Niagara region. You will also have the opportunity to meet other participants and begin to form a cohesive network.

Learning Days
The group meets for one Learning Day each month. Each Learning Day is hosted by a different Leadership Niagara community partner where participants explore key concepts and patterns which impact community capacity building and personal leadership growth. Sessions are facilitated by volunteer leaders and professional facilitators, recognized as experts in their respective fields.

Community Projects
Team projects are selected from initiatives identified as important by local service agencies and organizations. They provide opportunities to utilize individual leadership skills, creativity, group dynamics and philanthropy to create visible and tangible outcomes.

Closing and Graduation

The final day allows you to synthesize the knowledge, skills, attitudes, activities and experiences that you have been exposed to over the course of the program. You will graduate ready and empowered to assume an active role in your community, business, personal life and as a Leadership Niagara Alumni.

2017-18 Program Outline

 Being a Community Leader in Niagara Learning Day 1 : September 15 & 16
Creating Collaborative Environments Learning Day 2: October 20
Influence & Impact in the Community Learning Day 3: November 17
Mindfulness & Energy Leadership Learning Day 4: December 8
The Community as a System Learning Day 5: January 19
Leading Change in Our Community Learning Day 6: February 16
Developing a Global Mindset Learning Day 7: March 16
Building Inclusive Communities Learning Day 8: April 20
Celebrating Community Leadership Learning Day 9: May 18

Applicants should be

  • Emerging leaders in the private, public and non-profit sector
  • Passionate, entrepreneurial individuals who have a desire to affect real community change
  • Employees in a middle management role or individuals who are looking to transition themselves into a middle management role within their organization
  • All applicants must have an interest in the well-being of the Niagara community

Program cost

Program fee is $3,000 per person. Employers typically subsidize the cost and payment plans can be arranged.

Applications should include

  • A completed form
  • Your resume
  • A short personal bio (100 – 120 words)
  • A high-resolution headshot

Download the Application Form

Application Submission:

Please submit your completed application before July 28, 2017 by:


Mail: Leadership Niagara, Theal House, Brock University,1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines, ON, L2E 3A1

Contribute Your Voice to the Leadership Niagara Board

Board of Directors

The Board is responsible for determining the mission, vision, and direction of the organization.  Members of the Board shall:
  • Act in a position of trust for the community by setting policies that will guide and protect Leadership Niagara and its stakeholders
  • Be responsible for the effective governance of the organization and provide support and guidance to the committees reporting to it
  • Make decisions that are in the best interest of Leadership Niagara
  • Speak with one voice publicly and support all organizational decisions.
Specifically, tasks may include:
  • Assessing and approval of the Strategic Plan, along the specific objectives (needed to execute Strategic Plan) as set forth by LN management
  • Monitoring the execution of Strategic Plan and objectives
  • Assessing and approval of the scope of activities, programs, and services set forth by LN management
  • Approving program plans as set forth by the Program Advisory Committee (PAC )and LN management
  • Provide governance with respect to LN and stakeholders/partner organizations
  • Approving organization budgets
  • Human resource functions with respect to the Executive Director including but not limited to involvement in performance and compensation reviews
  • Assessing and approval of significant operational issues facing the organization as needs arise
Requirements of Board membership include:
  • Demonstrate commitment to the mission, values and work of LN
  • Devote the necessary time to attend 60% of the scheduled board meetings (approx. 2hrs bi-monthly) and not miss more than 3 consecutive meetings. Board members are also expected to participate in committee work as needed (approx. 10-15hrs/year)
  • To devote the necessary time to board orientation and preparation for board meetings (thoughtful reading of monthly board packages and response to communications from LN)
  • To be open to participation in learning days, community projects, alumni engagement activities and special events
  • Willingness to contribute to the identification of individuals, organizations, businesses and industries that would benefit from participating in and support of our program(s)
  • Personal integrity and objectivity, declaration of ongoing conflicts of interest that would prevent them from fulfilling their responsibilities as member of the board
  • Serve as “Community Champions” of LN through conversations and/or presentation with community leaders and employers
  • To Exercise:
    • Leadership
    • Teamwork/consensus building
    • Systems thinking/vision
    • Sound judgment on difficult and complex matters that may come before board


To ensure board succession and continuity, membership on the board will be either 2-year or 3-year term limits. During the recruitment process, the Board will endeavor to have a balanced mix of term limits. Board members may be released at the end of the elected term, or by resigning, according to the Terms of Reference Policy.

Qualifications and Skills

For the board term beginning July 2017, ideal board members would possess one or more of the following qualifications and skills:

  • Be an alumnus of Leadership Niagara or similar community leadership program
  • Have an understanding of the Not-for-Profit sector and/or needs of Niagara community
  • Have direct experience with or a solid understanding of marketing and/or public relations
  • Have legal experience

Benefits of the Volunteer

As a volunteer with Leadership Niagara the board member may benefit from:

  • Opportunities for community engagement
  • Networking with and supporting the development of future community leaders
  • Building advisory skills while guiding the direction of an evolving organization

How to Apply

Questions and/or interested candidates should be directed to the Leadership Niagara Board Chair, Vivian Kinnaird ( ).  Applicants are asked to include a short description (1-3 paragraphs) expressing why they are interested in the position, their professional and/or volunteer experience, and specific skill sets that they possess.

Meaghan Erb – Bethesda

Another bright smile from another passionate leader from our #LNClass2017. Meaghan Erb is the Community Relations Coordinator with Bethesda Services. Meaghan was also the recipient of The Business Link bursary. #LNTurns10