Leadership Development


Executive Directions Summit

The Executive Directions Summit program is focused on developing participants’ leadership tools to navigate the increasing complexity of social issues and fast-paced change. Participants are challenged to have courageous conversations and prepare for situations where taking bold action is regularly required.

Applications for the winter 2020 cohort are being accepted until november 20!

To apply, please contact us at programs@calgarycvo.org or download an application below.

Interested in learning more? Register for our upcoming information session on October 28 with CCVO program staff and Summit facilitators.

about the program


Two facilitators guide small cohorts to support, encourage, challenge, and hold each other accountable during the group sessions and through two levels of the program. With peer cohorts of 12-14 Executive Directors and CEOs, participants can expect deep learning, camaraderie, critical feedback, and peer support during the 18-month program. Individual coaching sessions provide focused time for each participant to address current challenges in their leadership role.

Summit graduates report that they experience:

  • Improved self-awareness

  • Renewed energy and focus

  • Increased ability to solve problems and make better decisions

  • Deep connections within their cohort of peers

  • Better conflict resolution skills

  • Stronger conflict resolution skills

  • Overall increase in competence, capabilities, and risk taking

  • More confidence and courage to lead

I joined Summit to ‘raise my game’, not really knowing what that was supposed to mean. I learned what it meant – in spades! Summit made me tremendously more effective for my organizations and connected me with a group of peers from whom I continue to learn.
— Summit cohort 4 alum

Program details

Who: Nonprofit Executive Directors and CEOs.

When: Over 18 months, participants will complete two program levels. Summit 9 cohort dates are listed in the table below.

Download the Summit Cohort 9 Program Overview

Download the Summit Cohort 10 Program Overview

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Where: Full-day cohort classroom and individual coaching sessions are held in Calgary, Alberta.

Cost: $6,000 per level of seven cohort sessions and eight individual coaching sessions. Participants are encouraged to apply for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant to offset two-thirds of the total program fees. Participants outside of Calgary may also be eligible for assistance with transportation, accommodation and meal costs with the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. Grant applications must be submitted and approved prior to program start date and take at least 30 days for processing. Full details on the grant program can be found on the Canada Alberta Job Grant website.



Summit Cohort 10 Facilitators


alison stutz


Alison is the CEO for the provincial charity - Deaf & Hear Alberta, while heading her own coaching practice.  With 20+ years of hands on leadership experience Alison has been challenging executives, managers and teams to take risks, develop new skills and become authentic innovative leaders.

She routinely works with both seasoned and emerging leaders – in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Working with leadership teams and board of directors to create Neuro-safety leadership competencies to nourish their organizational climate resulting in high performance teams, develop a solution focused mindset and execute strategies.  Alison coaches new and established leaders to connect to their core values: build leadership capacity, resiliency, define how they want to contribute, and create insights to what they need to do to achieve their goals.


sidney craig courtice


As a Coach, Mentor, and Facilitator with over 20 years of experience as a consultant and manager, Sidney knows that leaders and teams work best when they understand and apply their natural strengths.  She works with them to help build their strengths onto a sturdy foundation of skills that stimulates more trusting team relationships, enhanced communication, deeper understanding of inclusion, and greater productivity. As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Mentor Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and certified in six coaching models*, Sidney is able to bring various lenses to people’s personal and professional growth.

Sidney has a Master’s degree in Workplace Learning and Leadership and is certified to facilitate several programs that highlight people’s natural abilities, including Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, Intercultural Development Inventory, and Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I 2.0 and EQ360).  


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