Leadership Days

Targeted for the busy professional in mind, our Core Program brings together individuals from all sectors and geographical areas of our community for a part-time 10-month experiential leadership development program. Through a series of focused and connected workshops (10 full weekdays, 2 half-days & 2 weekend days) and outside of class project work and homework, participants learn more about their own leadership styles and identify the skills areas they wish to hone.

Ignite your leadership potential by learning about these key topics (and more!)

    • Arts, culture & Innovation (in business and in the community)
    • Understanding Social Profit governance
    • Coaching and Mentoring
    • Community engagement
    • Engaging Diversity
    • Managing growth
    • Poverty and homelessness
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Understanding and Leading Change
    • Leading and participating in teams
    • Managing Conflict
    • Planning and Project Management
    • Systems Theory
    • Relationship Building/Networking
    • Personal leadership awareness


It’s important that Core Program participants are dedicated to their learning journey, so we ask that participants commit to attending all sessions, including the opening and closing workshops. Before applying, we ask that you verify that you are able to attend each session. As the Leadership Days are scheduled during the week, it’s imperative that your employer supports your application and will allow you the time away from your workplace to attend.



Note: Unless otherwise indicated,  Leadership Days run 8:30am - 4:30pm and will be held via Zoom until we receive notification from Public Health that it is safe to hold Leadership Days in person. 

Dates are subject to change, and additional days may be added to the curriculum as we roll out the enhanced project work.

Program Orientation

Thursday, August 19th (3:00pm - 6:00pm)

2-Day Opening Leadership Workshop

Friday, September 24th and Saturday September 25th (9:00am Friday to 5:00pm Saturday)

Note: This workshop is typically held away from Waterloo Region and is an overnight retreat, however adjustments will be made should the pandemic not allow us to host this session off-site and in person. 

Leadership Day 1 -  

Thursday, October 21st

Leadership Day 2  

Thursday, November 18th

Leadership Day 3

Thursday, December 16th

Leadership Day 4

Thursday, January 20th (2022!)

Leadership Day 5

Thursday, February 24th

Leadership Day 6

Thursday, March 24th

Leadership Day 7

Thursday, April 21st

Leadership Day 8

Thursday, May 26th

2-Day Closing Leadership Workshop

Thursday, June 9th and Friday, June 10th (8:00am - 5:00pm with dinner to follow -pending)

*New!* World Cafes

To support the Innovation Lab group project work, two World Cafe style sessions will be held outside of regular Leadership Days. These cafes are supported and attended by community members that work in the sector, have lived experience or are passionate about the topic being tackled by the Class. It is imperative that Class members attend and actively participate in these sessions. 

#1 - October 14, 2021 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

#2 - April 5, 2022 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm


Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Note: A list of Leadership Day dates and other Leadership Waterloo Region events that class members are expected to attend are available for download below. 

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