Colleges Ontario and the College Employer Council are pleased to announce a new jointly offered College Leadership Excellence (CLE) program.


Purpose of the program

The College Leadership Excellence program will provide leaders in senior middle management, who are interested in pursuing senior management roles in the college system, with specific knowledge and skills to increase their preparation for future senior management positions.


Target group

The CLE program is targeted to those persons who are looking to move from senior middle management to senior management including:

  • Associate vice presidents

  • Deans

  • Associate deans

  • Directors

  • Chiefs [includes, CFOs, CIOs, CHROs, etc]

  • Registrars

  • College chair [academic, department]


Others who may also wish to participate in the CLE Program include:

  • Vice presidents

  • Senior vice presidents


The CLE program will consist of four (4) mandatory sessions and eight (8) elective sessions. Each elective session will count as either one or two credits towards the College Leadership Excellence certificate. Delegates will need to attend all the mandatory sessions and complete six or more elective credits in order to qualify for the CLE certificate.


It is anticipated that delegates would take one to two years to complete the certificate. Sessions must be completed within five (5) years from the first session taken. Sessions taken outside this time period will not be recognized. A table summarizing the program sessions can be found below.


Note: The CLE program is a two-year pilot program. If the CLE program is terminated after year two, Colleges Ontario and the College Employer Council will enable any delegates with partial certificate completions to complete their CLE certificate by accessing additional College Centre of Board Excellence (CCBE) sessions and having these recognized by the CLE program.


How to register

This new CLE program is available to Ontario colleges through the purchase of a College Leadership Excellence package. The CLE package can be purchased for $895 plus taxes by completing this form and sending it to the contact below.


For more details, please contact:
Lisa Lam,
Project Management, Design and IT Services Officer, Colleges Ontario or 647-258-7678.


The CLE package includes:

  • Higher Education Summit: One full two-day Higher Education Summit registration (must be used within 2 years of purchase)

  • Webinars: All mandatory and elective webinars

  • Leadership symposium: One registration at the Leadership symposium (must be used within 2 years of purchase)

  • Access to CLE Workroom (on BoardEffect Portal): Multiple access points to program materials (online, BoardEffect phone app)

  • Manual for Effective College Governance: A digital copy of the Manual for Effective College Governance, searchable version


Once the package has been purchased, the delegate will be provided with links to all available webinar and in-person session registrations.


Digital copies of the College Leadership Excellence program are available in English and French.


Requirements for CLE Certificate

2012 PAs