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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Leadership Education and Development (LEAD)

The Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD) has been developed by Ontario Tech University in consultation with Procept Associates Limited.  This leadership program was created for existing leaders in the organization in order to develop a leadership capability which will create and sustain positive work environments that embrace innovative and transformative practices and cement organizational excellence.

The program design is strength based and solutions focused and allows for a high degree of discussion to foster collaboration and an appreciation for the perspectives of others.

The program is robust and demanding and includes:

  • 8 days of training over 3 months
  • 19 micro-credentials
  • 100% commitment


This program is intended for managers and directors.  Participants must be meeting expectations from a performance standpoint.


  • An expression of interest will be communicated out to the campus community
  • Those interested will respond to the expression of interest
  •  Human Resources will work with those who express interest and their leaders to approve employees into the program and  create the best possible cohort from those who expressed an interest.

Program attendance and expectations

Attending and actively participating in each of these sessions will maximize the success of the program and assure an optimal learning environment for all.

It is expected that all participants, with the full support of their leaders, will attend all sessions.

Participants who miss more than one session of the program may be ineligible to complete the program with their cohort.

Note: Participants will be expected to complete micro credentials (18) associated with the content of each LEAD session.

It is important that all nominees and their respective nominators carefully review the program schedule in advance to ensure adherence to the strict attendance and participation requirements.


This program includes a series of seminars designed to develop and enhance your leadership capacity and better equip you for leadership accountability and responsibility. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of their leadership capabilities, enhance their communication and coaching skills, build better relationships, and exchange ideas and experiences with fellow participants.

The LEAD program aims to:

  • Help participants move towards being an authentic transformational leader.
  • Help participants understand and demonstrate the university's values.
  • Raise awareness about the role and challenges of leadership at the university.
  • Assist leaders in identifying the necessary capabilities required to develop themselves and their teams for their current and/or future roles at the university.

Program Structure


Leading Virtual and Hybrid Teams                                                                                             

Strategic Thinking™ – Leadership Practices for Innovative Organizations                             

Thinking on Purpose: Outsmarting Evolution                                                                            

Strategies for Effectively Leading Through Change                                                                  

Working with Empathy                                                                                                                

What Did You Just Say?                                                                                                               

Exercising Influence® – Building Relationships and Getting Results                                     

Constructive Debate™ - A Collaborative Approach to Building Better Ideas                           

Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Sensitivity                                                                              

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