More About the Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services

How will Participants and their Organizations Benefit?

Participants will learn the skills needed to:

  • Manage and sustain person-centered, values-based transformational change;
  • Succeed in leadership challenges unique to the field of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities;
  • Challenge the status quo through experimentation and risk-taking;
  • Set ambitious goals for yourself and your organization;
  • Build and sustain positive organizational culture and inspire the positive contribution of team members at all levels; and,
  • Communicate the learning to your organization upon your return.


The Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services will be a virtual training held:

Pre Sessions: January 11th and 12th (12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET)
Start: January 17, 2024 (12:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET)
End: February 1, 2024 (12:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET)

Applications are due November 24, 2023, but participation will be limited to 40 leaders so apply soon! This limited class size offers opportunities for collaboration and building a lifetime network of peers to sustain career growth. The class will be selected to include representatives from each region and leaders from all regions are encouraged to apply.

Who Should Apply?

The Leadership Institute is a three-week-long, intensive online leadership development program for those identified by their organizations as current or emerging leaders. Participants may work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund community-based services and supports for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families.

Institute participants will come away with demonstrated leadership ability and a firm grasp of the values that are critical for quality, individualized supports. Both current executive-level leaders and those who anticipate filling these leadership roles in the future are invited to apply.

What Does the Institute Include?

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The focus will be on determining and setting organizational direction and moving the organization to a high-performance model. Building strong leadership capacity in the Canadian developmental services sector is critical to the success of the caregiving field and to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. As part of the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence’s commitment to education and leadership development for care providers, the Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services, led by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, aims to foster a collaborative base of Canadian leaders in the developmental services sector dedicated to a shared vision of sustainable, person-directed and inclusive service systems for people with disabilities.

To do this, the Institute will include presentations by leaders in the field, exercises and discussion groups, leadership assessments and activities, and opportunities for collaboration around organization and systems change.

Topic Areas:

  • The history of the field as a context for change and trends for the future;
  • Understanding one's own strengths and needs relevant to leadership;
  • Managing people and organizational relationships;
  • Achieving true self-directed supports;
  • Technology as a Tool to Support Autonomy and Choice;
  • Dignity of Risk;
  • Managing for quality and outcomes to meet the needs and desires of people with disabilities and their families;
  • Strategic planning, visioning a better future, strategically-driven decision making, and organizational change;
  • Selecting and supporting quality staff;
  • Assuring commitment to positive values/promoting a positive organizational culture;
  • Building leadership within one's organization or province;
  • Applying strategies for problem-solving;
  • Adapting to philosophical, organizational, and public policy shifts;
  • Having a positive impact on public policy and the future of services.

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To learn more about the Canadian Leadership Institute for Developmental Services, e-mail Kristen Loomis at