The Mindtrust Leadership Development Program (MLDP) has been delivered successfully since 2005 in partnership with Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Algonquin College (since 2015). MLDP is responding to the need to develop next generation leaders and is intended for impact-driven, and mature students with an interest in the future of leadership. This program features seven interactive sessions facilitated by leadership development experts and incorporates community leaders to share experiences and wisdom while making the program practical and real.

During the pandemic with restrictions on group meetings, MLDP was re-designed for either a fully on-line or hybrid delivery to meet the immediate community needs in the current environment.

Program Overview

MLDP 2023 will include a hybrid (on-line and in-person) delivery while focussing on the unique aspects of the program including:

  • A variety of learning activities about important leadership topics while providing a solid base for the participants to undertake their own leadership journey,
  • Interactive teaching approaches to allow maximum participation and attention,
  • Interaction with Mindtrust leaders to share their knowledge, experience and wisdom, and
  • Working with students from other institutions to develop long-term relationships.

The on-line sessions are optimized for delivery with a mix of pre-work/readings, short intro video for each topic and a 2-hour facilitated session. Each topic is divided into two sections as follows:

  • Topic lecture (45 to 60 minutes in length) will be pre-recorded and available to the participants in advance of the real-time session. This lecture will be available for self-serve by the participants, along with any additional reading material, links to third-party videos and access to online assessments and surveys.
  • Real-time interactive session (approximately two-hours in length) conducted with Zoom utilizing break-out rooms, real-time chat, real-time polling and shared white board capability. This includes two or three exercises using the break-out rooms with a Mindtrust leader assigned to each group to participate, observe or provide guidance. Each session will include a 10 to 15-minute Q&A session with Mindtrust leaders.

The session facilitator will manage the content delivery and a Mindtrust moderator will manage the Zoom controls including recording of session. The final Leadership in Action, “bringing everything together”, session will be in-person (if possible) and includes a Q&A session with the Mindtrust leaders. Graduation will be acknowledged using Credly Acclaim badges, which can be included on each participant’s LinkedIn profile and personal resume.

The program consists of seven modules which cover key concepts related to leadership in today’s world:

1. Launch Session

  • Overview of program, introductions
  • Leadership dimensions and model
  • Leaders – born or made? (discussion)

2. Leadership from Within

  • What makes a great leader? (discussion)
  • Leadership versus management and leadership from within
  • Leadership style (INSIGHT assessment and discussion)

3. Leadership Communications and Influence

  • Communications styles and how it impacts effectiveness
  • What is influence? (discussion)
  • Key qualities of influence
  • Influence action plan

4. Conflict Management

  • Sources of conflict and models for conflict management
  • Escalation, de-escalation, and resolution (practice)

5. Balanced Leadership

  • Self/family/work life balance, what does it look like for you?
  • Physical/mental/emotional(social)/spiritual
  • Value system (discussion)
  • Resilience and stress

6. Team Collaboration and EDI

  • Practices of an effective facilitator
  • Observation, active listening and asking questions
  • Productive group environment (discussion)
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

7. Leadership in Action (in-person if possible)

  • Small group leadership exercises, lessons learned, group presentation
  • Presentation of Personal Leadership Statements and feedback

Note that all sessions will include breakout sessions and a panel discussion with Mindtrust Leaders with open Q&A.

MLDP 2023 Schedule:


Time (*1)


Leader (*2)

Location (*1)

January 20

1:00-4:00 pm

Introductions and Overview


Desmarais 4101 uOttawa

January 27

1:00-3:00 pm

Leadership from Within



February 3

1:00-3:00 pm

Communications & Influence



February 10

1:00-3:00 pm

Team Collaboration & EDI



February 17

1:00-3:00 pm

Balanced Leadership



March 3

1:00-3:00 pm

Leadership & Conflict



March 10

1:00-4:00 pm

Leadership in Action


RBC Foundry, Bayview Yards

Sessions will be led or co-led as shown above. The session leaders are:



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

  1. When will the Program be held? The program will take place during seven sessions from January 20 to March 10, 2023.

  2. Where will the Program be held? The program will be held in a combination of in-person and online (Zoom webinar) sessions.

  3. How much does it cost? The participant fee is $350 .

  4. What is included? All costs for the seminars and graduation badge are included. 
  1. How many people will be admitted to the Program? Who is eligible? Up to 60 participants will be admitted, with preference given to mature and final-year students in degree and diploma programs at post-secondary institutions. Individuals from disadvantaged and racialized communities will get priority access to the program.
  1. What is Mindtrust? Mindtrust is a charitable corporation based in Ottawa, with the following mission: Mindtrust brings together youth leaders in the local community to learn, share experiences and support one another in the pursuit of leadership excellence.
  1. What else does Mindtrust do? Mindtrust has been delivering the annual Mindtrust Leadership Development Program (MLDP) since 2005 with alumni of more than 1,000 graduates. This unique program is offered in partnership with University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Algonquin College, for upper-year students, and is delivered by educators with strong experience in developing leaders in a variety of corporate environments. One unique and compelling aspect of MLDP is that each seminar/workshop includes a number of community leaders to make the learnings practical and real-world.

In 2020, Mindtrust launched the Youth Leadership Program (YLP) for young leaders between the ages of 16 and 29 years. This is a 10-hour program to introduce fundamental leadership concepts to prepare young people for their leadership journey.

Note: The Program is offered in English only.