LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

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.

LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE CERTIFICATE

MANDATORY SESSIONS

1. Pre-recorded 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.

Facilitator:

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

Participants must register for one of these sessions:

Sept. 15 (8:30 am)
Sept. 24 (2:00 pm)
Oct. 15 (12:00 pm)
Nov. 3 (10:30am)

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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

Facilitator:

Vince Molinaro, Founder and CEO, Leadership Contract Inc. 

Both components are mandatory:

1. Recorded session (Oct. 30) plus reading and additional resources.

2. Live Stream:
Nov.13
8:30 am – 10:00 am

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Fee: $175.00

The live session will be interactive and require you to have access to Microsoft Teams. Full details are available on the session registration site.

3. Pre-recorded webinar: Working with college boards (60 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.

Facilitator:

Catherine M. Raso, President, CMR Consulting

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

4. Pre-recorded 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

Facilitators:

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

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

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

5. Leadership symposium: Strategic change leadership
This session will build participants’ confidence and competence in leading complex change and innovation in the college environment.

 

This will be held in 2021. Details will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

ELECTIVE SESSIONS
A minimum of six (6) credits is required
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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.

Facilitator:

Garry Watanabe, Principal trainer and sport lead, Third Factor

Thurs. Nov. 19, 2020
12:30 -1:30 pm

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This session is featured as part of:

Striving and Thriving
New insights for unprecedented times

A Colleges Ontario Virtual speaker series

Pre-recorded 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.

Facilitator:

Linda Franklin, President & CEO, Colleges Ontario

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2020:

Sept. 17 (12:00 pm)
Sept. 22 (8:30 am)
Oct. 1 (2:00 pm)
Oct. 13 (10:30am)

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Pre-recorded 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.

Facilitator:

Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2020:

Sept. 17 (2:00 pm)
Sept. 22 (10:30 am)
Oct. 1 (12:00 pm)
Oct. 13 (8:30am)

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Pre-recorded 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.

Facilitators:

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

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

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

Pre-recorded 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.

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

Pre-recorded webinar: Charting the course to confident decision making (60 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.

Facilitator:

Karen Creditor, President and CEO, OCAS

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.
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.