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


Purpose of the program

The Leadership Excellence program will provide leaders in 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 LE 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 LE program include:

  • Vice-presidents

  • Senior vice-presidents


Program requirements

A college leadership excellence certificate will be awarded upon completion of:

  • Five (5) mandatory sessions, and
  • *Six (6) or more elective credits. A minimum of two (2) of these elective credits must be completed in person.** Please see the program summary table for more information.

*Elective sessions offered in-person at the Higher Education Summit will vary from year to year.

** Registrants may wish to complete at least two electives in the same year so only one HES registration fee is incurred.


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 LE program is a two-year pilot program. If the LE 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 Board Excellence (BE) sessions and having these recognized by the LE program.



Enrolment process for new registrants

Step 1: Complete and submit the enrollment form to to register for the program.

Enrollment forms: English | French
Step 2: You will receive a notification that you have been registered for the program and will be granted access to CLE workroom on the college system portal. This workroom contains:

  • 2018-19 LE program brochure - English | French
  • Registration links to upcoming webinars
  • Instructions for registration for in person sessions at the Higher Education Summit
  • Other program materials including the Manual for Effective College Governance

Step 3: You’ll need to register for the sessions in which you’re interested via the links in the CLE workroom.


Note: All webinars are offered at no charge. There is a fee for the Leadership Accountability Gap session and the Higher Education Conference (where the in-person electives can be completed.)


For Existing Registrants (before July 2018) – please contact Lisa Lam with any questions or concerns


For more details, please contact:
Lisa Lam,
Colleges Ontario or 647-258-7678.