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Emerging Leaders Program

The CIP Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an interactive program designed for aspiring and early-career stage planning professionals to help provide enhanced learning and networking opportunities.

ELP-vertical-standard.pngThe 2023 program is comprised of:

  • three foundational modules led by senior planning practitioners and professionals, with required readings/learning resources (March 31, April 21, May 26);
  • specialized program at the CIP national conference in Halifax, NS (June 27-30);
  • individual reflection article (400-500 words); and,
  • final, online discussion (August 17).

Applications for the Emerging Leaders Program are now closed. CIP will notify participants in mid-February regarding admission to the program. Please note that the program is in English and available to CIP members only. Not a member? Join today.
All participants are required to commit to the full program, as it is designed to be interactive, incremental, and iterative. Participants must attend the 2023 national conference in person.
Cost: A small conference registration fee will be required; however, upon completion of the Emerging Leaders Program, this fee will be reimbursed. Participants are responsible for all travel, accommodation, and incidental expenses.  
CIP celebrates and promotes diversity, equality, and inclusion by offering equal opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, colour, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or appearance. CIP believes that having participants who reflect the diversity of our membership and the Canadian population, makes us stronger.

The completed ELP program will:
  • Introduce skills and concepts related to meaningful leadership;
  • Provide opportunities for peer-to-peer network building and mentorship; and,
  • Inspire personal growth and career success.
For any questions about the program, please contact 

Module Information:

Each module will held at 1:00 p.m. ET via Zoom (cameras on, please!).
MODULE 1: WHAT IS A LEADER? March 31 – 2 hours
Objective: Determine what type of leader participants might be by defining leadership, discussing leadership styles, and how to adapt to their organizational culture. 

Guest speaker: Eleanor Mohammed RPP, MCIP
MODULE 2: GOAL SETTING & SELF-CARE (April 21) – 90min
 Objective: Discover participants’ ‘why’, while exploring the softer side of leadership, including mindfulness and self-care, reducing stress, and increasing social awareness.

Guest speaker: Natalie Persaud RPP, MCIP
Objective: Understand the value of mentorship, including learning how to build professional relationships to prepare participants for their national conference experience and the connections they will make.
Guest speaker: Kristy Kilbourne RPP, MCIP
After each of the three modules, CIP will publish a blog post related to that session's module on the Careers in Planning blog. The Emerging Leaders Program Blog Series is designed to share key insights from our ELP program with the entirety of our membership. The post will share highlights and resources for those interested in delving further into the topic.
2021/2022 Emerging Leaders Program Recap

The first Emerging Leaders Program was held online and delivered through eight interactive modules, led by senior planning practitioners and professionals, concluding with an individual written reflection.

Congratulations to all 25 participants who completed the program and special thanks to Natalie Persaud RPP, MCIP, co-creator of the Emerging Leaders Program and moderator, for her time and commitment.
Read Natalie’s reflection on the program from the Winter 2022 issue of Plan Canada here and find a blog post for each module of the 2021/2022 program here.