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Inspiring leaders. Building community.

Accelerate Civic Leadership is an intensive, nine-month long program (September to May) that requires investment from both the participant and their sponsoring employer. 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.

Acceptance into the Program is contingent on a commitment to the following requirements:

  • Attendance at the two-day Opening Retreat (Friday & Saturday)
  • Attendance of all ten Learning Days* (Fridays, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Commitment to project work, 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.


2019/20 Program Schedule

 Leaders of Learners Breakfast Breakfast: September 10
The Journey Begins: Exploring Your Inner Leader Opening Retreat: September 20 & 21
Creating Collaborative Environments Learning Day 3: October 18
Influence & Impact in the Community Learning Day 4: November 15
Mindfulness & Energy Leadership Learning Day 5: December 6
Navigating Community and Systems Learning Day 6: January 24
Leading Change Initiatives Learning Day 7: February 21
Bi-National Day- Global Leadership Exploration Learning Day 8: March 27
Building Inclusive Environments Learning Day 9: April 17
Commitment to Service and Your Leadership Brand Learning Day 10: May 22
Program Graduation June 5, 2020