Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 has now been confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and travel has been banned between many regions of the world. Organizations around the world are asking their employees to not travel, attend gatherings, and work from home.

After taking into consideration this rapidly evolving situation, the Mindtrust leadership team has decided to postpone the Global Leadership Forum which was scheduled for June 28 to July 3. We hope to maintain the theme, agenda, speakers, etc. for the Forum but will need to re-confirm the speakers and participants once a new date has been established.

We will let you know the new dates in the coming months. In the meantime, best wishes for you and your family while the world comes to terms with this pandemic.


Claude Haw
President, Mindtrust Inc.


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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New speakers being added daily

Mike Gerbis

CEO of GLOBE Series & The Delphi Group

Jane Porter

Manager , Sustainability, Stratos

Prof. John Robinson

Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Sonya Shorey

Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa

Erin Blaskie

Director of Marketing at L-SPARK

Manu Sharma

VP & Director, Mindtrust Leadership

Karen Secord

Executive Director, Parkdale Food Centre

Jeff Leiper

Ottawa City Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward

Judy Laws

Leadership & Executive Coach, Foursight Consulting Group

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

We kick off the Forum with a welcome reception which includes food and drink. The evening reception provides you an opportunity to meet the organizers and your fellow youth leaders....
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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

We start off the forum with an introduction broad framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Impact Centered Design. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint...
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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: Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for...
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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

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However,...
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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

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes,...
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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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