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Community Leadership capacity is the key to building a thriving Community in the 21st Century

Community Leadership Capacity is leadership excellence by both formal and informal leaders in all sectors, stakeholder groups and at all levels. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has set out to proactively and holistically increase the leadership capacity of the Region by offering Leadership Boot Camp leadership development program.

RMWB has partnered with renowned Community Builder and Social Innovator Ian Hill to create this first of its kind program that will equip participants with the leadership competencies and leadership tools the times require.

RMWB Leadership Boot Camps is a 15 week competency based leadership development program and is being offered in three different locations throughout the Region; Fort McMurray, Janvier and Fort Chipewyan. This will allow for maximum participation and maximum impact!

By equipping leaders at all levels of the Region with the tools and competencies of today’s effective leader, we will build the thriving community that all will want to live in and be an example across the Globe.


As the needs of our communities change and the dynamics and demands of leaders increase, there must be a corresponding adjustment in how leaders operate their businesses or organizations, mobilize community resources, build community capacity and interact with all stakeholders.

This will ensure that they are fulfilling their roles in building strong (both figuratively and literally), sustainable, thriving communities for today and into the future. The leadership approach the times require (and the one that many long for) is what we refer to as a “Community Builder”!

Session descriptions and learning outcomes. | Click here to apply to participate

When we ask personnel managers of companies to identify the key qualities they look for in hiring recent college graduates, they rank a job candidate’s leadership skills as the main factor in hiring. Ask community organizations what they feel students need to learn in college, and you will hear them say: Students need to learn leadership skills, so that they can help their communities.

Designed specifically for today’s College Student, this track will teach the leadership competencies that will assist them in becoming highly successful leaders in the work place and make a positive impact in their communities.

Session descriptions and learning outcomes | Click here to apply to participate

In today’s changing times, High School Students are more sophisticated than ever before, with a move of a mouse they can travel the world, seeing and hearing anything they want is just one “click”. The only way that young people will navigate these times of change successfully is to become more capable leaders today and in turn, more impactful citizens tomorrow. Designed specifically for High School students Building Future Leaders for impact today, looks to solve what Figura called “ the impending leadership void in our workforce and communities!”, by establishing the foundation for successful leadership action and impact. See your high school counselor to learn more.

Session descriptions and learning outcomes | Click here to apply to participate

RMWB Employees - Please see your supervisor on how to participate in the tracks specifically designed for you.

The next program starts March 5th
and includes:

This competency based program utilizes an innovative and proprietary learning model called The Change Continuum that is based on “21 days to establish a habit” and a blended learning approach. The 15 week program includes;

  1. 5 Live workshops (one every three weeks),
  2. Live video chat support coaching sessions (between the learning sessions),
  3. Weekly reinforcement and motivational emails,
  4. A Learning portal containing on-demand video archives of all sessions, all materials and support forum for the dynamic exchange of information.
  5. The Learning Portal will be available for use after the initial 15 week program for on-going use by the Community.
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Ian Hill

Award Winning Change Agent and Business Leader

Humanitarian, Business Leader, and Award Winning Ian HillSocial Innovator, these are some of the words that often used when referring to Ian Hill. Whether running a multi-million dollar business operation with over 1000 employees, to spearheading first of their kind life-changing community projects, to a unique Canadian-wide initiative. Ian Hill has been recognized for being a catalyst for positive change throughout North America.

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Today, Ian’s main focus is His humanitarian effort, “Let Them Be Kids”, of which he is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Let Them Be Kids is a Canadian wide volunteer non-profit organization created to build stronger communities on the grassroots level, while building playgrounds and skate parks in areas of need. Over a 130 Communities across Canada have been impacted through this effort.

He has also received acclaim for the development of innovative and first of their kind leadership development programs. Over 250 municipalities in Canada, The United States and Australia have participated in these programs over the last 3 years.

Ian has been recognized for his commitment to positive change by the National Council for Community and Justice and the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, which both named him Humanitarian of the Year. Canadian business legend Harry Rosen presented Ian with the Adler Business leader’s award. And most recently Ian’s Let Them Be Kids program was nominated for the Prime Minister’s National Volunteer Organization of the Year award.

"Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Lou Holtz, and Tom Peters all have...inspirational messages, but none of them can reach into your soul...like Ian Hill!."
Steve Allen, Business owner. Elected official

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