Program Overview

  • One on One Mentorship Sessions: 
    • One hour monthly meetings where participants access highly individualized support from their mentor. Mentor and Mentee work together to create a work plan to address challenges and identify goals and objectives to be achieved throughout the program. These sessions will take place in person and/or via video conferencing.
    • Focus area: Individual needs for career and leadership development, professional aspirations and alignment with personal and organizational goals and values.
  • Group Mentorship Sessions
    • Participants join mentors, guest speakers and experts for group mentoring sessions both online and in-person with a focus on priority competency subjects and broader leadership needs. Group mentorship will also take place through structured, intentional networking opportunities facilitated by the mentor to provide individualized support and development of social capital.
    • Focus area: Leadership topics including Innovation & Change management, Building Human, Social and Political Capital, Strategic & Shared Leadership, Fundraising and Fiscal Responsibility.
  • Peer to Peer Mentorship Sessions 
    • Two in-person peer-to-peer sessions are offered at the beginning and end of the program, providing an opportunity for participants to engage with and learn from one another through shared experiences, workshops and experiential learning. All these elements of mentoring, coaching and networking are linked in a way that produces an integrated leadership development system.
    • Focus area: practical challenges and current issues; co-learning, co-mentoring, collective solutions.

Executive Leadership Program Components:

  • The program will run over a one-year period. 
  • 10 participants from across Canada will be accepted into the program.
  • Participants will be paired with CEOs and/or senior leaders of large cultural organizations for monthly, one-hour one-on-one mentorship sessions. 
  • Monthly group mentorship sessions will be provided and will present opportunities to connect with guest speakers to develop competencies in specific, high priority competency areas identified by current CEOs and executive leaders. 
  • The program will provide focused and structured opportunities for professional development and networking in order to build social capital.
  • Participants will attend the 2020 Canadian Arts Summit, where they will meet with their mentors in person, as well as the other program participants. During this time, they will also participate in facilitated conversations with the leaders of Canada’s largest arts institutions who will be in attendance. 
  • Participants will return to the 2021 Canadian Arts Summit to complete the program. 
  • The program will provide focused and structured opportunities for professional development and networking in order to build social capital.

Participation in this program is through a competitive application process and at no cost to participants. Successful applicants receive:

  • Return air and ground transportation to the Canadian Arts Summit April 16 – 18, 2020 (Banff, Alberta) and the 2021 Canadian Arts Summit (location and date TBD) and their home residence
  • Registration, accommodation and meals during the Canadian Arts Summit 
  • One-on-one, group and peer to peer mentorship sessions, program materials, professional development.