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CCELD Executive Director
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Canada L3Y 8W6
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Q1. Why was the
A1. In our rapidly changing world, the only
possible assurance of organizational, community, national and
regional viability and success are our human resources. It is
well demonstrated in both the public and private sectors that
leadership effectiveness impacts results. Investments in
people, and in particular leadership learning and development,
are critical investments in the future.
The CCELD was created to support leadership development premised
on a multi-sectoral, multi-national and gender balanced approach
to helping Canada and the Caribbean develop a new generation of
leaders in the public and private sectors, equipped with the
skills to resolve complex issues.
Q2. Why the Caribbean and Canada?
A2. The Dialogue supports
the many close commercial and cultural ties between Canada and
the Caribbean. The two share a belief in democracy, human rights
and the rule of law. We have strong human links through
education, migration and tourism. We have significant
investments in financial institutions and beyond. And, we also
have a long history of economic and political co-operation and
know that the best way to overcome our geography and small
populations is to work together.
Q3. What is the significance of the
Dialogue’s 2011 theme?
A3. Under the theme of “Growth Through
Connection – Enabling Sustainable Progress,” participants will
explore important strategic areas including governance, regional
cooperation and infrastructure, innovation in public and private
institutions, the environment, sustainable economic growth and
Q4. Who is
responsible for running the Dialogue?
A4. The CCELD 2011 is a
not-for-profit organization registered in Canada. All funding
goes to the support of the conference. While a professional
conference-organizing firm with experience in Canada and the
Caribbean has been engaged to provide secretariat and logistics
services, Conference Alumni from Canada and the Caribbean are
taking the lead on a volunteer basis to plan and organize the
CCELD. These alumni constitute an existing network to welcome
Dialogue participants. Alumni also participate in the member
Q5. Who are the
Dialogue’s Conference Co-chairs?
are five Conference Co-chairs who help frame the Dialogue for
participants. They are:
Sue Lee, Senior Vice
President, Human Resources & Communications, Suncor Engergy
Inc., Calgary, Alberta
Executive Vice President,
Scotiabank, International Banking, Toronto, Ontario
Sir Roy Trotman, KA,
General Secretary, The Barbados Workers Union
Sir Richard Gozney,
KCMG, CVO, Governor of Bermuda
Sandra Glasgow, Chief
Executive Officer, The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica
Q6. What are the benefits of the Dialogue
for participants and their organizations?
CCELD has three primary objectives:
make participants more effective leaders in achieving results
for their organizations through expanding their understanding of
key issues facing organizations, sectors, societies and nations
in our region and exposing them to the strategies and approaches
being taken by other senior leaders in dealing with these
establish a strong peer network from business, government and
civil society and across the Caribbean and Canada with a shared
experience and commitment to shaping the future of their
sectors, nations and the region.
strengthen ties across the Caribbean and between it and Canada
amongst people who will be important actors in business, labour,
government and civil society for decades to come. It will help
break down barriers across sectors, cultures and nations.
Q7. Who participates
in the Dialogue?
A7. The CCELD brings together 120 high
calibre mid-career men and women selected from business,
government, labour and civil society from across the Caribbean
(which includes Bermuda and Bahamas) and Canada. Caribbean
countries represented include : Anguilla,
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin
Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti,
Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, Saint
Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Q8. What are the demographics of the
A8. There are 80 participants from the
Caribbean and 40 from Canada. The participant demographic will
have a gender balance.
Q9. How were
A9. Those proposed for participation by their
sponsoring organization are seen as having potential for senior
leadership positions and are expected to make a continuing
contribution over a number of years. A selection committee
reviews applications. For applications from both Canada and the
Caribbean, the selection committee ensured balance of
participation between countries, sectors as well as gender.
Q10. How much does the Dialogue cost?
A10. Please refer this
question to the CCELD Secretariat.
Q11. Who pays for participants to be a part
of the Dialogue?
A11. Financial support for
the Dialogue comes from the Government of Canada and Canadian
private sector. In-kind contributions are also made by a number
of organizations within the Caribbean and Canada. Participants’
own organizations are responsible for paying for their travel
from home to Ottawa and from Barbados back home again.
Q12. What is the
purpose of the study tour component of the Dialogue?
A12. The objective of the study tours and
site-visits is leadership development, not policy setting or
problem solving. Participants will dialogue with leaders in
multiple sectors to gain a better understanding around national,
regional and global issues from the perspective of their hosts.
These visits will fuel the most important interactions, those
between the participants themselves, as they reflect on and
discuss what they have learned, challenging their own
assumptions as well as those of their colleagues.
Q13. What parts of
Canada and the Caribbean are participants visiting?
A13. The CCELD participants will be divided
into 10 groups visiting one area in Canada and one Caribbean
country. The Canadian locations being visited are as follows:
Vancouver, BC; Calgary, AB; Winnipeg, MB; Toronto, ON; Sudbury,
ON; Kingston, ON; Montreal, QB; Halifax, NS; and St. John’s, NL.
The Caribbean locations are: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda,
Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and
Trinidad & Tobago.
Q14. How were the
travel locations selected?
A14. Locations were selected to provide
participants with a representative insight into Canada and the
Caribbean while exposing them to issues that are critical to the
Q15. Is it necessary
for participants to travel to so many places?
A15. Canada and the Caribbean are both
extremely diverse and understanding them as a whole is not
possible by understanding only one part. However, visiting all
locations in both countries/regions is not feasible. To adjust
for this, not all participants will be travelling to all
destinations. The Dialogue has been designed in such a way that
groups will travel to different locations simultaneously and
then share their learning with the entire cohort. This
results in more efficient use of executive time in addition to
Q16. Who do participants meet while they
are participating in the Dialogue?
A16. Participants will be visiting communities
and workplaces from the public and private sectors as well as
civil society. These will be on-site visits to discuss with
leaders in their environment the challenges they face, and the
strategies used in meeting them. Organizations visited will
include those engaged in environmental management, tourism,
education, health care, construction and infrastructure,
culture, community work, finance and law enforcement/security,
amongst others. Such a diverse mix of visits exposes
participants to a range of issues from multiple perspectives,
allowing them to look beyond the scope of their regular context
in their own organization and locale.
Q17. Who are
participants meeting while in [your specific region or country]?
A17. Please refer to the study tour agenda
for your region or country.
Q18. Is it true that HRH The Princess
Royal, Princess Anne is involved with the Dialogue?
HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne is the Dialogue
President. She will be attending a number of Dialogue visits
and events. Her participation is focused on the CCELD. HRH
will not be taking media interviews nor question and answer