Young leaders sought

Young leaders from labour,
government, community, and private sectors are encouraged to apply for the 2011
Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue leadership development conference.
The application process is open until 30 September.

“This dialogue will offer
participants a unique learning opportunity that will challenge their assumptions
and expand their global appreciation, while listening to other points of view
in a fast-paced programme,” the organisation’s president, Britain’s Princess
Anne, said in a statement.

The dialogue brings together 120
future leaders from Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean to participate in a
two-week leadership development conference. From the opening in Ottawa, Canada,
on 28 May, 2011, to the closing ceremony in Barbados on 11 June, 2011, participants
explore governance, regional cooperation, and innovation in public and private
institutions, through the lens of the dialogue theme: Growth Through Connection
– Enabling Sustainable Progress.

After three days of plenary
sessions in Ottawa, participants divide into teams of 12 to travel in Canada
and then to a Caribbean country to visit communities and workplaces in the
public and private sectors, as well as civil society.  During on-site visits, participants meet with
leaders in their environment to discuss their challenges, and the strategies
used in meeting them.

The dialogue reconvenes for four
days in Barbados, where each team prepares a presentation on their observations
and conclusions for the plenary, the conference president and invited guests.

“The most interesting part is
getting a diverse group of people to come together as an interdependent team,”
said Lovenia Ebanks, Human Resources manager of Scotiabank & Trust(Cayman)
Ltd, a member of the CCELD local Committee.

“Participants from the private
sector, government and trade unionists join together to explore diverse issues,
ranging from health care to manufacturing and then reach a consensus.”

Participants will be selected from
Canada and the Caribbean from a broad range of backgrounds intended to reflect
the diversity in the workplace and the economy. In order to be selected, each
participant will already be successful in his or her chosen field, ages 30-45
and have demonstrated their potential to rise to the peak of their chosen
career. Detailed information and applications can be obtained from