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Inspiring leaders. Building community.

Accelerate Civic Leadership is an intensive, six-month-long digital program (January to June) 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 full-day Opening Retreat (Friday, January 22nd, 9 am – 4 pm)
  • Attendance of all twelve Learning Days* (bi-monthly on Friday’s, 9 am to 1 pm)
  • Commitment to project work, approx. 5 hours per month, but varies and is determined by individuals and project teams.
  • Graduation event (July 7th, 2021)

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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 bi-monthly for Learning Days twice each month. Each Learning Day is hosted online via zoom and participants will 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.