Ontario Leadership Consortium

The Ontario Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities is an opportunity to come together with other agency leaders to learn from each other, leading experts, self-advocates and their families, and funders. This program is being offered in London, Ontario June 10-15, 2018. The University of Delaware will bring their week long intensive program that will support leaders to transform supports in Ontario for people who have a developmental disability. Guest speakers and self-advocates from Ontario will be added to supplement an agenda of compelling workshops and presentations. The expected outcomes of the Ontario Leadership Consortium include:

  • Exploring new service models and developing leaders who think beyond the current "traditional" service models
  • Succession planning and developing "next in line" leaders preparing them for executive level positions

Applicants should work in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that provide, advocate for, or fund community-based services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Only staff of MCSS funded transfer payment agencies will be accepted. Participants will be selected through an application process administered by the University of Delaware. Representatives from agencies and the Ministry of Community and Social Services will be chosen from across Ontario. Application deadline is April 16, 2018.

The Leadership Consortium has provided the best learning experience I have ever had. I learned about my strengths and how I am perceived by those who work around me. I was challenged to think about how supports really should be and I was given the tools necessary to carry out a change initiative tailored to the agency I work for. I am excited for the future of this field.
     --Melodie Cook, Operations Director, Community Living Windsor

The Ontario Leadership Consortium has opened my eyes and mind to a clear definition of person directed supports. I am walking away with new ideas, leadership insight and renewed passion for people with disabilities, in our sector and our communities.
     --Jennifer Gleva, VP of Human Resources, Christian Horizons


June 10- June 15, 2018


Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre,
551 Windermere Rd,
London, ON N5X 2T1, Canada (Please do not contact the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre directly regarding accommodations. We will make your reservations and send you a confirmation.)


$2,000 US early bird if application is received by end of business on April 2, 2018 and $2,250 US if application is received on or after April 3, 2018 and by April 16, 2018. Tuition includes 5 nights of accommodations and meals.


Limited to 32 spaces, chosen by application process 


April 16, 2018 

Why a Leadership Institute?

A crisis is looming in the field of developmental disabilities. Fully two-thirds of current CEOs and executive directors of nonprofit organizations, and an equal number of government senior managers, anticipate remaining in their positions for five years or fewer. Many leaders of disability organizations are reaching retirement age and there is not a next generation of leaders prepared to move into these positions. In a study by The University of Delaware, over 50% of the CEOs surveyed did not have a succession plan for their organizations. Almost without exception, the leadership crisis has been a major topic of focus at recent conferences for developmental disability professionals.  

While some generic non-profit management and leadership courses are available nationally, none exist that are specific to leaders in the complex and changing field of developmental disabilities services. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities recognizes the responsibility to respond to this emerging crisis and the University of Delaware is joining forces with fifteen major developmental disability organizations to offer intensive week-long training for emerging leaders in the developmental disabilities field.  

What does the Leadership Institute Offer?

The University of Delaware Leadership Institute offers a select group of future leaders from organizations across the United States and internationally, the opportunity to come together with a fabulous faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities. The Institute supports the development of skilled leaders who are passionate about quality, have the leadership, management and financial skills needed to run solid not-for-profit businesses and government agencies, are capable of assembling top-notch teams of caring staff, and have a solid commitment to progressive values that assured lives of meaning and impact for the individuals receiving support.  

The course emphasizes participation and collaboration. Extensive reading and structured assignments are required in advance. Written assignments and individual and group participation during the week are essential.  

A highlight of the course for past participants has been the relationships that are built over the week-long experience. Participants will leave with a network of colleagues and enduring relationships with some of the most influential leaders in the field.  

The focus of the Leadership Institute is on supporting participants to determine and set organizational direction to move their organization to a high-performance model, and build a lifetime network of peers and leaders to sustain career growth.  

For an application form, click here

To learn more about the Leadership Institute, e-mail Kristen Loomis at kloomis@udel.edu.