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Program Concept

Update: Accelerate Civic Leadership

Our beloved flagship ACL program will be delivered differently this year, taking into account social distancing requirements and the new context in which Leaders are working. As such, we will be offering our ACL+ program online.

We are also adapting our curriculum so that we focus on the new skills, capabilities, mindsets that leaders will need to successfully navigate the new normal, and the changed context in which they will be operating. We look forward to providing you with further updates as our Intensive program is further defined and welcome any thoughts and questions you have in the interim.


Accelerate Civic Leadership+ 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 development programs, Accelerate Civic Leadership strengthens the bonds within the region. It serves as a retention and engagement tool for our Niagara businesses and non-profits.


Virtual Leadership Experience

Accelerate Civic Leadership+ is our answer to adapting our flagship Accelerate Civic Leadership (ACL) program for virtual learning. Our programming will be 100% virtual for 2021 as we work to protect our participant’s and community’s health and safety.

As a result, the program has been modified to maximize our participants’ engagement and knowledge mobilization for the realities of our new virtual learning world.

Our ACL programs encourage civic leadership and positive change within the Niagara region by developing the capabilities of aspiring leaders who care about the community. In other words, those who understand its strengths and weaknesses and who are willing to make a personal investment to improve the community’s quality of life.

What's Different?

100% Online

All elements of our leading self, leading others, leading community framework delivered 100% online through live Zoom sessions and self-directed learning.

Half-Day Session

Designed as half-day sessions with today’s professional in mind and to mitigate Zoom fatigue.

Virtual Community Projects

Virtual Community Experience Project work with community partners/cases.

What's The Same?

Experiential Learning

Experiential and skills-based learning, community involvement, personal reflection and practical engagement.

Civic Leadership

Opportunity to understand collaborative civic leadership and why it is critical to our region’s success.


Exposure to leaders and experts from a wide range of sectors, industries and backgrounds.

Community Connections

Opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for our community’s assets and the complexity of the challenges it faces.