COVID-19 Update: The Leadership Excellence Program will run in 2020/21 with a modified delivery model that will, for the Fall and Winter portions, use virtual learning experiences.  For further information, please contact Diane Posterski, Program Manager.

Leadership Excellence Certificate

  • The Leadership Excellence Certificate program is open to college administrators in any of the 24 Ontario CAAT colleges.
  • Participants must enroll in the program to receive credit for sessions attended.
    To enroll in the certificate program, click here.
  • There is no program fee to enroll. However, participants are typically required to attend the Higher Education Summit (HES) in order to receive in-person elective credits, as well as the pre-HES session, Leadership Accountability Gap. All HES registration fees are the responsibility of the participant.
    (NOTE: DURING THE 2020-21 PROGRAM YEAR, THE HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. Participants may still acquire their credits, during this year only, through virtual offerings, noted below. Session fees may apply.)

For more information, please contact Diane Posterski, Program Manager.


Supplementary session (not for credit)

Good Governance! Leading through disruption and uncertainty

A virtual panel discussion

Join us as a panel of college Board Chairs and college Presidents discuss these working relationships and explore
the challenges that colleges have faced over the past year and will face going forward;
the relationship between the Board and senior management and the navigation between governance versus operational roles and responsibilities in meeting these challenges; and
key lessons from this unprecedented time.

Moderator: Linda Franklin, CEO, Colleges Ontario

Dr. Janet Morrison
, President and Vice Chancellor, Sheridan College
Dr. Audrey J. Penner, President and CEO, Northern College
Scott Allison, Chair, Centennial College Board of Governors
Ginette Ferguson, Chair, St. Lawrence College Board of Governors

Thursday, February 11

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Click here to register (complimentary event)


1. Prerecorded webinar:
The college, the board and the governor: legal framework and obligations
(formerly Duties and obligations of governors) (90 min)
This session provides an essential overview of the board's roles, the general and specific legal duties of governors, personal liability for corporate acts and omissions, and a brief overview of risk management and indemnification. College leaders will deepen their understanding of college governance.


Victoria Prince, National Practice Group Leader, Corporate Commercial,
Borden Ladner Gervais

We are adding two additional opportunities to view this session.

Jan. 28 (12:00 pm)
Feb. 2 (10:30 am)

Click here to register

Credit for these sessions will be recorded. 

2. Leadership Accountability Gap

Participants will discuss what it really means to be a leader today. This has become the most critical question for colleges as they contend with a myriad of challenges at a time of unprecedented change and disruption. To succeed, colleges will need truly accountable leaders in place at every level. This thought provoking and practical session will help participants become the truly accountable leader colleges require. Participants will walk away with practical insights on how to:

  • be a more deliberate and purposeful leader
  • learn to tackle the hard work that is holding you back
  • build a strong leadership culture in your college


Vince Molinaro, Founder and CEO, Leadership Contract Inc. 

All sessions have been completed for the 2020-21 program year.

3. Webinar: Working with college boards (90 min)
As a senior college leader, working effectively with boards of governors is a critical skill set. This session will highlight important aspects of the roles, intersections with the board, and how to ensure the board is educated, informed and able to perform its governance responsibilities effectively.


Catherine M. Raso, President, CMR Consulting

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2021:

Feb. 4 (2:00 pm) LIVE
Mar. 2 (8:30 am) Prerecorded
Mar. 18 (12:00 pm) Prerecorded
Apr. 13 (10:30am) Prerecorded

Click here to register

4. Webinar: Understanding college financial statements (90 min)
Financial statements provide critical information on a college’s financial health and its ability to pursue and achieve its strategic objectives. This session will provide an introduction for board members, board staff and senior managers on:

  • basic components of financial statements
  • financial statement objectives
  • generally Accepted Accounting Principles “GAAP” for colleges
  • role of senior management and boards vis-à-vis financial statements
  • what to focus on when reading the financial statements
  • reporting of financials to key internal and external stakeholders
  • upcoming “GAAP” changes for college financial statements


Robert Wilkes, CPA, CA, Partner, BDO Canada LLP 

Marcus Sconci, CPA, CA, Partner, BDO Canada LLP

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2021:

Feb. 16 (10:30 am) LIVE
Mar. 4 (12:00 pm) Prerecorded
Mar. 16 (8:30 am) Prerecorded
Apr. 15 (2:00 pm) Prerecorded

Click here to register

5. Leadership symposium: Strategic change leadership

Through online synchronous and asynchronous segments, you will:

  • Learn and apply a framework for organizational learning and change
  • Identify the organizational learning capabilities that enabled rapid change during the pandemic
  • Identify personal insights to improve your change leadership
  • Learn from experiences of other college leaders

Dr. Lori Nemeth, Senior Manager of Organization Development and Learning, Fanshawe College

Nancy Watt, President, Nancy Watt Communications

Preparation, asynchronous work begins April 28.

Full day, virtual live session on May 19.

Click here to register.

A minimum of six (6) credits is required

NEW Live stream: Building resilience skills for uncertain times (60 min)
Resilience isn’t built in the peaks; it’s built in the troughs. This interactive session will give you a chance to reflect on the unique sources of pressure you are carrying as a result of our evolving environment, reconnect with the choices that you have to enhance your resilience through this challenging period, and provide you with the insight and tools to handle the stress it will create. Through a combination of presentation, interactive exercises, and audience polling, you will be guided through the Inside Edge model for resilience and leave with practical ideas for the coming weeks and months.


Garry Watanabe, Principal trainer and sport lead, Third Factor

Session completed.

Webinar: Risk management for senior managers – an introduction (90 min)
This session will look at the critical role senior management plays in leading risk management, building a pervasive risk culture and ensuring that the board has the information it needs to endorse the president’s proposed approach to, and proposed strategies for, risk management.


Sarah Dionne, Senior Manager,
Enterprise Risk Practice, MNP LLP

Philip Racco, Senior Manager,
Enterprise Risk Practice, MNP LLP

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2021:

Jan. 26 (10:30 am) LIVE
Feb. 9 (8:30 am) Prerecorded
Mar. 4 (2:00 pm) Prerecorded
Mar. 11 (12:00 pm) Prerecorded

Click here to register

Webinar: College financial leadership (90 min)
Financial leadership is critical to both boards of governors, and senior college administrators. This session will highlight good governance practices around financial leadership, key components of revenue and expenditures, financial health indicators, the current financial status of the college system and the influence of the province on college financial matters.
Within the financial context, this session will also integrate good governance concepts, the importance of understanding legislation, regulations, risk management and fiduciary duties and standard of care, along with strong financial oversight.


Rani K. Dhaliwal, FCPA, FCMA, C.Dir.,
SVP Transformation & Strategic Partnerships, Humber College

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2021:

Feb. 25 (12:00 pm) LIVE
Mar. 2 (10:30 am) Prerecorded
Mar. 18 (2:00 pm) Prerecorded
Apr. 13 (8:30 am) Prerecorded

Click here to register

Webinar: Charting the course to confident decision making (90 min)
Drawing from lived experience, Karen will take participants on a leadership journey that uncovers the essentials of confident decision-making, extending beyond frameworks and tools to focus on the internal shifts necessary to move into a place of confidence as a leader. Join in as Karen illustrates what it takes to embrace responsibility, build trust, attract buy-in, and know when you have done "enough" – enough consultation, information-gathering, and contingency planning to move forward on a decision with confidence.


Karen Creditor, President and CEO, OCAS

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2021:

Apr. 29 (2:00 pm) LIVE
May. 4 (10:30 am) Prerecorded
May 6 (12:00 pm) Prerecorded
May 11 (8:30 am) Prerecorded

Click here to register

Prerecorded webinar: The college system – an introduction (60 min)
Join this session to better understand the context for the college system as a whole. Current key issues will be discussed, along with the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the strategic priorities for the system. College governors and college leaders will gain a critical appreciation for the sector in which their college operates, and its strategic role in the province.


Linda Franklin, President & CEO, Colleges Ontario

All sessions have been completed for the 2020-21 program year.

Prerecorded webinar: Labour and employee relations – an introduction (60 min)
The College Employer Council (CEC) provides system leadership to labour and employee relations. Join this session to better understand the role of CEC, collective bargaining across the system, managing with collective agreements, and legislative frameworks.


Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

All sessions have been completed for the 2020-21 program year.

More electives will be announced for the Fall and Winter terms. This site will be updated accordingly, and we'll let all participants know once they are finalized.