1. What to expect
  2. Who can apply
  3. Cost
  4. 2020 Mindtrust Schedule
  5. Feedback from Mindtrust Alumni
  6. Apply Now
  7. Questions?

The Mindtrust Leadership Development Program, commonly referred to as Mindtrust, is a joint leadership skills development program between Carleton University, the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Business, and Algonquin College. Mindtrust was created by local industry leaders to provide university students with an opportunity to polish their leadership skills and help pave their way to future professional and personal success.

The 2020 Mindtrust Leadership Development Program application period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. Selected students will be contacted by Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

What to expect

Mindtrust takes place over seven half-day sessions on Friday afternoons throughout January, February, and March. You will have the unique opportunity to learn how to develop leadership skills – the number one skill set employers say they want to see in new graduates – by hearing from local CEO’s and top-level executives who created the Mindtrust Program and who use these skills daily. Each session will explore a different leadership skill and give you a chance to test out your communication and problem-solving skills through practical, hands-on activities. You will be expected to actively participate in each session. This participation may include brief presentations, asking/answering questions, sharing your opinions, group problem-solving, receiving constructive feedback from the Mindtrust Leaders, etc.

During Mindtrust sessions, you will have the opportunity to:

assess your personal leadership skills and determine any areas of improvement

review and discuss effective communication strategies

explore the skills needed to engage others, collaborate and work effectively in groups and much more!

Who can apply

Mindtrust is open to graduate students (Master’s and PhD) and third- and fourth-year undergraduate students in any program. In order to be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be available to attend ALL 7 sessions of the Mindtrust Program (please review the schedule below)


The cost to participate in Mindtrust is $135.00 per student. This participation fee is only a tiny fraction of what this program would cost if offered externally. If you would like to participate in Mindtrust but foresee the participation fee as a potential obstacle, please note that the Student Experience Office (SEO) has a Student Activities Fund that may assist you. Please direct all inquiries about the Student Activities Fund to the SEO, located in 430 Tory Building.

2020 Mindtrust Schedule

Session Topic Date Time Location
Mindtrust Launch January 17, 2020 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Algonquin College
Balanced Leadership January 24, 2020 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Carleton University
Leadership from Within January 31, 2020

Networking Session 1

12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Carleton University
Combined Cohort Networking Session Leadership and Conflict February 7, 2020 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Carleton University
Group Process Skills February 14, 2020

Networking Session 2

12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Carleton University
Communication and Influence February 28, 2020

Networking Session 3

12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Carleton University
Leadership in Action + Awards Ceremony March 6, 2020 12:00 to 4:00pm
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Invest Ottawa

Please note that session time length is subject to change; some sessions may run slightly shorter or longer. Students must attend all seven sessions and one networking session of their choice. By attending all sessions, students will be able to add Mindtrust to their Co-Curricular Record.

Feedback from Mindtrust Alumni

“I really enjoyed taking part in the Mindtrust Leadership Program. The structure of the program allows for focus on core skills that are transferable to any work place environment. I appreciated their focus on communication, in particular mediation and conflict resolution. I am a strong supporter of empathy and collaboration and I felt supported throughout the program to ask questions, workshop with my peers and enjoyed refining my skills. For future participants I would say that during each session, ask yourself “how can I use these skills in my job now/in future? What would that look like?.” Come in with questions and ask away! The Mindtrust Leaders are there to equip you to thrive in the workplace, but they need you to meet them halfway so that you can achieve that together.”

— Kristina Reed, BA Political Science and 2019 Mindtrust Participant

“The Mindtrust Program is an interactive and supportive environment where you learn how to build your leadership identity. Each session is uniquely planned and led by different talented facilitators who are experts in that element of leadership, and they teach you techniques to develop, motivate, and influence team performance. I have been thrilled with the caliber of speakers and experts that have spent time with us; an entirely new network of peers and community partners has been opened to me.”

— Frohan Foroutan, MA Economics and 2019 Mindtrust Participant

Apply Now

The 2020 Mindtrust Leadership Development Program application period is now closed. We will be selecting 30 students for the 2020 Carleton Mindtrust Cohort. Selected students will be contacted by Wednesday, November 27, 2019.


Contact: mindtrust@carleton.ca