Virtual Leadership Institutes by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities

Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services

Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence

The Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services will incorporate technology and the best aspects of in-person training a group of peer learners, top national speakers, leadership development, and engagement to create opportunities for broader participation, organizational involvement and learning. The Canadian Leadership Institute will support a wide range of emerging leaders and provide training in the way that today's workforce operates, online and connected.

Azrieli Foundation

This Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services is funded by the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence, an initiative of the Azrieli Foundation.


Inclusion Canada

The Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence is proud to partner with Inclusion Canada to offer the Leadership Institute for Developmental Disabilities to care providers in the developmental services sector across Canada.

Why a Leadership Institute?

A leadership crisis is looming in the developmental service sector. Two-thirds of current CEOs and executive directors of nonprofit organizations and an equal number of government senior managers, anticipate remaining in their positions for five years or fewer. Many leaders of disability organizations are reaching retirement age and our service system needs to prepare the next generation of leaders who are prepared to move into these positions. In a study of intellectual/developmental disability organizations by The University of Delaware, over 50% of the CEOs surveyed did not have a succession plan for their organizations. Almost without exception, the leadership crisis has been a major topic of focus at recent conferences for intellectual/developmental disability professionals.

While some non-profit management and leadership courses exist, none are specific to leaders in the complex and changing field of intellectual/developmental disabilities services. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with eighteen major intellectual and developmental disability organizations, recognizes the responsibility to respond to this emerging crisis. We offer a range of development opportunities for emerging leaders in the intellectual/developmental disabilities field. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities is best known for our intensive in-person or virtual Leadership Institutes which are offered internationally.

Why a Virtual Leadership Institute?

The Canadian Leadership Institute has many benefits, including:

- Flexibility Although there is a set schedule of synchronous training sessions, the schedule is set over three weeks, meeting multiple times a week. This schedule allows leaders to train from anywhere, as long as they have access to a computer and internet.

- Accountability Since the Virtual Leadership Institute spans three weeks, there is more opportunity to apply information and practice skills learned. This creates more accountability of and among the network of leaders participating in the program.

- Accessibility - Leaders, faculty, and staff of the National Leadership Consortium can be connected from any remote location using an online system, eliminating potential barriers to participation.

What do Leadership Institutes Offer?

The Leadership Institute for Developmental Services offers a select group of emerging leaders from organizations across Canada the opportunity to come together virtually with a renowned faculty of experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. The Institute supports the development of skilled leaders who are passionate about quality, have the leadership, management and financial skills needed to run solid not-for-profit organizations and government agencies, are capable of assembling top-notch teams of caring staff, and have a solid commitment to progressive values that assure lives of meaning and impact for people who choose to receive support. The Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services emphasizes participation and collaboration. Reading and structured assignments are built into the curriculum. Written assignments and individual and group participation during the Institute are essential.

A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the training. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with influential leaders in the field.

The focus of the Leadership Institute is on supporting participants to determine and set direction to move their organization to a high-performance model and build a lifetime network of peers and leaders to sustain career growth.

To learn more about the Canadian Leadership Institute, e-mail Kristen Loomis at info@natleadership.org.