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Step into Leadership Learning at Banff Centre this Fall

With an incredible line-up of programs this fall, Banff Centre is the perfect place to wake up to your creative leadership potential. Inspired by artistic practice and Indigenous wisdom, Banff Centre Leadership programs prepare and empower you to make your unique contribution to society. Discover our Cultural Leadership program and Leadership Intensives, below.

Cultural Leadership - November 11, 2018 - June 13, 2019

Canada's cultural sector is undergoing rapid and intensive transformation, creating an exciting opportunity for leaders who are committed to and passionate about strengthening this field. This program builds skills, networks, and contextual knowledge to help leaders make a lasting impact. This program is a fit for those working in the artistic and/or cultural sectors, including both for and not-for-profit organizations and collectives.

Apply by September 11

Cultural Leadership Alumna Spotlight: Sandra Bute

Sandra Butel is Artistic Director & CEO of the Regina Folk Festival. She says the Cultural Leadership program's focus on the arts sector made it a powerful experience. "The quality of instruction was exceptional. This program works for people at many different career stages." The program is spaced out over seven months, which Sandra says provides additional value. "It was really helpful for me to be able to integrate learning into my work as I went along. The program reminded me why I'm working in the arts."

Regina Folk Festival

Foundations of Purpose - September 23-17, 2018

Every leader reaches a point where they must pause and take stock of what matters most. Foundations of Purpose uses a range of practices that support participants to explore and navigate this leadership threshold. The process will bring a renewed sense of purpose to participants' work.

Register by September 11, 2018

Truth and Reconciliation Through Right Relations - September 23-27, 2018

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action, Banff Centre is committed to creating space to better understand the truth of Canada's shared history with Indigenous peoples. This program will develop a deeper understanding of our shared history, the meaning of reconciliation, and the role all Canadians play in improving our relationship.

Register by September 11, 2018

Leadership Alumnus Michael Pealow: Making an Impact

Expand your awareness of the ever-changing context within which you work – and from which new needs, desires, and possibilities for action are continuously emerging. Sharpen your perspective on big picture trends and your immediate operating reality, so you can better shape initiatives to achieve lasting impact.

Register by October 2, 2018

Leading by Design - October 14-18, 2018

Learn to increase the impact of your programs, services, or projects by listening deeply to the needs of the people you serve. Hone your ability to test ideas early to rapidly improve them. Find new and unexpected ways to solve challenges and leverage opportunities, in order to bring better things into the world.

Register by October 2, 2018

Business and Leadership Programs – (formerly known as Professional Programs, Government Studies)

Business and Leadership Programs provides the educational requirements for the Society of Local Government Managers. The successful completion of these programs provides members with the opportunity to apply for professional accreditation and use of the designation Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM). For more information.

Additional Educational Opportunities for Alberta Students - Dalhousie University

Municipal managers, administrators and local government staff members in Alberta will now be able to enroll in in NACLAA Levels I and II through Dalhousie University.

Students currently taking NACLAA courses from another academic institution are able to transfer completed courses, and receive credit for these completed courses, towards the appropriate Dalhousie University NACLAA certificate.

For more information click here | Course Descriptions | To register click here |

Executive Certificate in Local Government

Dalhousie University’s Local Government Program is happy to offer the new Executive Certificate in Local Government.

This unique ten (10) unit online program starting April, 15, 2018 will cover:

  • Challenges and emerging practices for service excellence
  • Strategic alignment
  • Collaboration imperatives
  • Policy making
  • Council-Staff relations
  • The illusive public interest

We have designed a convenient way for you to join us, as your schedule permits, to view interviews with leading experts, read significant literature and interact with your colleagues. The prestigious Executive Leadership Certificate in Local Government is awarded to participants who satisfy the academic requirements.

Elected Officials and Senior Municipal staff whose professional responsibility requires them to interact with Council are invited to apply for this unique program.

Program Facilitator — Gordon McIntosh, PhD & CLGM has 36 years of executive, consultant and educator roles in local and regional government. Dr. McIntosh’s current research is focused on the situational leadership success of Chief Administrative O­fficers.

Join your peers and thought leaders for a timely opportunity to discuss contemporary matters facing elected and appointed executives in local and regional governments.

The final Intake date for the next offering of the Executive program is August 27, 2018. The program will run September 24 - December 10, 2018

For more information on this program, click here: Executive Certificate in Local Government

Information Leaflet

To apply, click here: Application Form

If you have any questions regarding this program or any of the other certificates offered by the Local Government Program, please contact Shelby Lang, Program Manager at or 902-494-7459.

“Make a leadership difference”

The Local Government Leadership (LGL) Institute is dedicated to helping civic officials make a leadership difference in local government throughout Canada and overseas.
Local government officials do not gain legitimacy through a license to practice like a medical doctor. It comes from adding value to local government processes and community futures while rooting themselves in professional values.

The term ‘leadership’ was rarely used to describe either the political or managerial imperatives of local government. Now, perhaps the most important and commonly-shared understanding in the sector is that high-quality leadership is vital. It is the key to the continued improvement of the sector and its credibility and reputation with the public it serves.

The LGL Institute was established to assist civic officials in building their professional leadership competencies. Alumni of LGL programs have become a network world-wide sharing their challenges, expertise and success with others to transform their communities

Local Government Leadership Insitute  
Phone: 250 727 0156
Cell: 250 881 0761
Fax: 250 727 0124

Royal Roads University (VICTORIA, BC)
Master of Business Administration

  • Royal Roads University, situated in Victoria, British Columbia, is offering an MBA in Executive Management for educational administrators.
  • The Royal Roads MBA is flexible and is designed for mid-career professionals currently involved in administration, educational, business or support functions in public or private institutions or organizations.
  • The two-year program is delivered through a combination of Internet-based distance learning and three short (three week) intensive residency sessions.
  • In addition to the core MBA curriculum, the program includes an organizational consulting project and four full-course specialized options in educational administration and management.

For more information, please access the RRU website at or e-mail The toll-free telephone number is 1-877-778-6227

Olds College

Land & Water Resources Diploma Program -
Rural Land Use Planning Major

The two-year Land and Water Resources program offers training in environmentally sustainable management of rural land. It involves the study of soil, water, plants, ecosystems and environmental sciences with applications to the workplace.

Graduates of this program move on to a variety of careers related to oilfield, agriculture, municipal government and environmental regulation. The program combines classroom, laboratory, field and independent study methods that prepare students for successful careers.

Students can choose from three majors, which becomes the focus of the second year: land reclamation, environmental stewardship or rural land-use planning..

The three majors share a common core of first-year subjects with 30% of the second-year courses being specialized. Core courses provide a solid basis in soil, water and plant science, agricultural practices, environmental issues, land management, communications and computer use.
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Links of Interest

By using this web site you have access to:

  • Detailed information on the Foundation’s extensive offering of administrative justice courses
  • The individual course registration forms and fee information
  • Information about the advantages of becoming a member of the Foundation
  • Biographies of the group of instructors used by the Foundation.
  • Information on the Board of Directors and the bylaws of the Foundation
  • Information regarding the annual training conference

Welcome to Alberta's Peer Network
You're constantly working to bring diverse groups of people together and get the job done.
The Peer Network for Dispute Resolution is a partnership that has created a group of peer mentors who municipal leaders can contact to obtain advice and/or assistance to help address local issues. Partnering organizations, including AAMDC, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Local Government Administration Association, and the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association each have two mentors representing their association. Other partners that help guide the program include Alberta Municipal Affairs, the Society of Local Government Managers, and the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.

Municipal disputes are a unique blend of issues and personalities. Municipal leaders who have successfully resolved disputes are in the best position to offer advice about the challenges of finding solutions that benefit all involved.

Consider calling one of our peer mentors. These senior leaders can talk to you about your unique situation, suggest alternatives and give you a hand when you need.