It’s time to face the difficult truth. Today’s leaders have not taken the necessary action to slow, let alone reverse, global warming – it is happening now and we are only beginning to feel the impact on our daily lives. Current and future leaders are not prepared to make decisions, reform policy, and reshape our world when the time comes. We’re seeking 40 young, impact-driven, and demonstrated global leaders with an interest in the future of leadership, a desire to make an impact and concern over climate change. Are you one of them?

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Mike Gerbis

CEO of GLOBE Series & The Delphi Group

Prof. John Robinson

Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Erin Blaskie

Director of Marketing at L-SPARK

Sonya Shorey

Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa

Judy Laws

Leadership & Executive Coach, Foursight Consulting Group

Manu Sharma

VP & Director, Mindtrust Leadership

Claude Haw

President Mindtrust Leadership


This conference runs six days from Sunday, June 28, 2020 to Friday, July 3, 2020.
We provide breakfast, working lunches and dinners all six days.
Day 1
28 Jun 2020
Day 2
29 Jun 2020
Day 3
30 Jun 2020
Day 4
01 Jul 2020
Day 5
02 Jul 2020
Day 6
03 Jul 2020

Welcome Reception

Reception with food and drink at the hotel. Welcome messages from the Forum organizers will be brief and will include an overview of Forum program and the Pledge process.

Leader in You and Personal Value Proposition

We explore leadership from within – The Leader in You – and a framework for your personal and organizational vision. We help you develop clarity around your own personal value...
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Introduction to UN SDGs and Writing for Impact

A brief introduction of the broad framework of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Impact Centered Design. This session includes a short session about writing for impact.

Ottawa River Cruise

Reception and dinner on a sightseeing cruise boat along the Ottawa River. See some of the best scenery in Ottawa and hear about the history of the lumber barons of...
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Chilling after boat cruise

Opportunity to mingle with the other participants and the extended Mindtrust team. Post-dinner social activities along Sparks Street (short walk) for those interested.

Leadership and Conflict Management

Conflict is inevitable in our work, community and personal lives. Conflict  can arise from an unmanaged and unresolved disagreement over a topic that we hold close to our hearts. This...
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Group Discussion: Climate Change and Weather

Global warming is changing the climate globally!  The Arctic will be ice-free within a few years and the Earth may reach one or more “tipping points” with abrupt, perhaps irreversible...
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Rideau Hall Tour

When people think of leadership, they often think of political leadership. While Canada is a world leader in many ways, we are constantly striving to be better and do better....
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Dinner at Hotel

Casual dinner at the hotel with opportunity to mingle with the other participants and the extended Mindtrust team. Post-dinner social activities in the ByWard Market area (short walk) for those...
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Strategic Decision Making and Partnerships

Progressing toward our goals, especially at the organizational and community level, requires sound approaches to solid and strategic decision making, both individually and as groups of people. Partnering with other...
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Canada Day Activities

Leadership exercises in small groups while exploring central Ottawa and enjoying the Canada Day crowds.

Canada Day

Enjoying all that Canada Day festivities has to offer while engaging in some leadership development activities.

Dinner at Hotel

Casual dinner at the hotel for those who need a break from the Canada Day festivities followed by concert and fireworks on parliament hill.

Communications, Influence and Advocacy

There are many communications styles, strategies and techniques. We explore how you find your own best style to engage and influence others to magnify your own efforts for greater impact.

Group Discussion: Fresh Water and Sanitation

Climate change increases the likelihood of both heavy rains and extreme droughts as the water cycle is highly dependent on weather. Warmer air holds more water vapour, leading to intense...
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Indigenous Leadership and Community Circle

Today we take a short trip to visit the Wabano Centre to meet First Nations leaders, hear about what global warming means to them and engage in a discussion about...
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Dinner at Wabano Centre or Algonquin

Reception and dinner at the First Nations Wabano Centre with demonstration of indigenous dancing and ceremony while eating an indigenous-inspired meal.

Group Discussion: Zero Hunger and Global Poverty

Climate change threatens our ability to ensure global food security and jeopardizes the quality of food supplies. The production rate of the world’s most staple crops could fall drastically due...
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Leadership in Action and Plenary Discussion

This final session brings it all together and allows the participants to refresh their learnings, develop their skills and practice using the tools while they demonstrate that they can work...
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Graduation, Pledge and Tour of Bayview Yards Innovation Centre

Presentation of the graduation certificates to the participants. Each participant will be asked to make a formal pledge to the Forum. Following the Leadership in Action session at Bayview Yards,...
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Gala Dinner

Hosted by the Mayor of Ottawa and Invest Ottawa, celebrate the successful completion of the Forum with food and drink. Take the last opportunity to chat with the Forum participants...
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Forum Location

University of Ottawa
75 Laurier Ave E, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
President (at) MindtrustLeadership (dot) ca

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