Our 21st Year of Local Community Leadership Development.

Our flagship program has developed 388 leaders since its formation in 2001.

The Community Leadership Development Program is a challenging program for emerging leaders in Greater Victoria. Learners will experience powerful learning opportunities delivered by local leaders and through important peer-to-peer learning. The community action project is where they will put their learning into action. Students will work closely with a group of leaders to strengthen their resolve. They will have the tools and the confidence to lead their organization.

Founded in 2001, the Community Leadership Development Program is the flagship program of Leadership Victoria. The program provides a powerful learning opportunity for aspiring leaders in support of socially responsible organizations that make up a strong and resilient community. It takes emerging leaders from public, private, and not-for-profit sectors and sets them up for success as leaders in our community.

This program is open to 25 dynamic leaders, ready to make a lasting difference in our communities.

Community Leadership Development Program Fast Facts 

  • Our graduates work with over 12,000 staff members in local organizations

  • 69% of alumni have taken on more or significantly more responsibility or leading others since graduating

  • The combined annual budget of teams and organizations led by graduates is approximately $1.5 billion

  • Our graduates volunteer over 2,770 hours per month and over 33,000 hours per year

The program is a six-month learning experience that runs from October to March. We combine customized content, including live workshops and online classrooms, with open public events so participants can deepen their connections to the leaders of Greater Victoria.



Which organizations participate:

  • Businesses who want to change the world

  • Civil societies, Local community groups, and neighborhood organizations 

  • Private and public sector employers for aspiring leaders to enhance their corporate social responsibility

  • Educational institutions that provide career development opportunities for community-minded staff members

  • Organizations looking to develop an understanding of community and connectedness in their employees

Successful participants have been:

​People with a strong connection to support community initiatives within their organization.

  • Aspiring leaders seeking opportunities to put new leadership skills and experiences into action to support meaningful change in the Capital Region District

  • Established leaders wishing to apply their knowledge to a broader community, to make meaningful connections and to learn leadership from a different context.

  • Seasoned leaders who are passionate about supporting meaningful change to create a vibrant community

The CLDP support local leaders and organizations by:

  • Creating self-aware leaders who understand their strengths and tendencies to build effective teams and working groups

  • Uncovering leaders who can build a shared vision and alignment of teams with diverse skills and experiences

  • Developing effective leaders to overcome the complex challenges that communities face

  • Creating resilient leaders able to plan and complete meaningful projects with community impact

  • Developing leaders able to manage meaningful change in our community

  • Developing leaders who compel others to action and see projects through to completion

  • Building a network of like-minded community influencers to support collaboration and community action

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COVID-19 Response

The Community Leadership Development Program mixes a robust online learning platform, with in-person learning days.  While attendance at learning days are expected, participants should not attend if feeling ill.  Leadership Victoria is working closely with community partners including venues and caterers to ensure all Public Health directives are followed.  We have designed this year’s program to pivot online as required and are investigating the ability to stream the learning events from venues into people’s homes. 

Some strategies we have taken:

  • Orientation, the leadership intensive and all learning days have been designed to be delivered online if required. 

  • Venues and catering will strictly follow public health directives. 

  • Masks will be required in any space where physical distancing may be a challenge, including entering and exited venues. 

  • The number of staff and volunteers will be minimized to ensure social distancing can occur.

Leadership Victoria staff, volunteers and students will continue to stay up to date with Public Health Directives and change as required to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 





The cost of the program is $3900. All fees must be paid to confirm your seat. Some participants may be eligible for bursary support. Bursary applications will be sent to you if indicated on your program application. Payment plans can be discussed with the Program Manager.



The program begins in October with a 3 hour orientation session. A few weeks later, the leaning begins with a 2 day leadership intensive weekend away. Learning days occur one Saturday per month through the fall and winter. Participants can expect 4-6 hours of work each week and 6 learning days throughout the program.


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When we speak with alumni, we often hear about the impact of the relationships they built throughout the program. You will make lasting friendships with your cohort of peers. You will learn from local experts who are excited to share their knowledge and experience with you. Professional coaches are there to support you along the way. We also bring in local influencers to share their stories and guide your leadership development. We've included sitting and former mayors, gold medal athletes, and local business leaders. Last year, students were introduced to approximately 100 local influencers.


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Leadership Victoria isn't your typical leadership course. We connect you to the community leaders of Greater Victoria. Participants are immersed in a real-life community action project to immediately make a difference locally as you put theory into action. Leadership Victoria attracts leaders from various industries with diverse skillsets, creating a unique environment combining online learning, in-person facilitation, and powerful peer-to-peer learning opportunities.



Community Action Projects give participants an opportunity to work collaboratively, practice group development, and engage in participatory decision-making. In essence, the project makes community laboratories by providing unique opportunities to exercise skills and knowledge gained from the course and apply leadership skills in a tangible context that results in concrete outcomes. 

Community agencies and their constituents benefit as participants develop their leadership capacity. In the course of their projects, participants gain practical insight into the workings of Greater Victoria communities. Community Action Project teams showcase their projects at the graduation ceremony. 

In 2020-2021, The Community Action Projects will work with four local organizations with the theme "Belonging in my Community."  



See our current and past CLDP Alumni