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CCELD15It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Mr. Donald B. McDonald, AC, as Chair of CSC Australia. Previously, Donald was Chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and a Director of the Australian Classification Board. He was also Chief Executive of the Australian Opera Company, a member of the Board of the University of New South Wales Foundation and Chairman of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation.

Donald succeeds Mr. R.F.E. (Dick) Warburton, AO, LVO who, after 15 years as Chair, has retired. Our sincere thanks and appreciation go out to Dick for his extensive and most valuable contribution to CSC Australia.

We extend a warm welcome to Donald on behalf of all AELD Alumni.

Order of Canada Honours

We take great pleasure in announcing that three CSC Alumni have been appointed Members of the Order of Canada:

  • Barbara Byers, C.M., Ottawa, Ontario (CSC 1992), for her contributions as an important voice in the Canadian labour movement.
  • The Honourable Catherine Callbeck, C.M., Central Bedeque, Prince Edward Island (CSC 1980), for her contributions to the citizens of Prince Edward Island as a former politician and senator, and as a business and community leader.
  • Frederic Wien, C.M., Halifax, Nova Scotia (CSC 1980), for his contributions in support of Indigenous populations in Atlantic Canada as a professor and as a promoter of economic and social autonomies.

Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to the country.

Our sincere congratulations go out to Barbara, Catherine and Fred. You make us proud!

CCELD15CCELD2015 Highlights

Highlights from the Opening and Canadian Study Tours: The opening night dinner was a great success with Directors and Alumni offering stirring remarks. Many of the participants were energized by the networking passports and devoted their spare time to meeting as many of their peers to gather as many signatures as possible. The cohort appeared to come together very quickly!

The opening plenary sessions were fast-paced. The first day went from RCMP Corporal Craig Kennedy in red serge singing the National Anthem to AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde offering a stirring discussion on leadership and closing the gap between the standard of living for the average Canadian and that of the average member of Canada’s First Nations community. Within the first hour of the day Canada has been shown at its best and at its worst. The morning and afternoon included panel discussions on Ethics and Good Governance, and Social inclusion, as well as an interactive open café session on the CCELD discussion imperatives (see: with alumni facilitating the discussion at each table. This session was quite a hit with the participants, a few members of the social inclusion table were excited when many of the points they made at their table, were brought up again by Pauline Greaves in the Social Inclusion panel discussion. From there the participants travelled to Rideau Hall to meet with the Governor General, who quickly opened the floor to questions. His answers covered everything from the neutrino observatory in Sudbury to the value of education and a level playing field as a foundation for innovation. This was followed by a boat cruise down the picturesque Ottawa River.

The final day in Ottawa/Gatineau began with a panel discussion on the CCELD 2015 theme “Leading Through Innovation and Transformation.” At the end of the session, each speaker, particularly Marie Kelly of ONA, was swarmed by questions. The rest of day was devoted to a collaborative leadership workshop with James Clemens.Stay tuned for highlights from the Closing and the Jamaican Study Tours.

Stay tuned for highlights from the Closing and the Jamaican Study Tours.

Check out the Gallery for the CCELD 2015 photos.

Michael Champagne, CCELD 2011 alumnus, a true inspiration!

Michael has been selected by Time Magazine (Winnipeg) as a “Next Generation Leader”. He is “Working to bring hope to Canadian Indigenous People” – to learn more about the amazing work that Michael is doing click on

Chris HaryleyBristol University bestows Honorary Doctorate

It is with great pleasure that we advise that Chris Hartley recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Bristol University

Our sincere congratulations go out to Chris for receiving this prestigious award. It is a wonderful achievement!

CSC 2003 Alumnus Appointed President, MasterCard Canada

Brian LangWe take great pleasure in advising that Brian Lang was recently appointed President, MasterCard Canada.

In this role, Brian will drive the regional strategy to expand and grow the business while delivering new payments technology in the market. He was most recently the head of business development for MasterCard in the Middle East and Africa where he expanded card acceptance in markets like Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan while establishing payment innovations like new wallet platforms in United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

“Brian will be a strong leader for us in Canada. He has a deep understanding of the Canadian market and the payments industry with a long track record of success in serving customers around the world...” said Chris McWilton, MasterCard President, North American Markets.

A well-deserved promotion, congratulations Brian!

The Queen’s Birthday Honours

Carolyn BlochIt was great to read in The Queen’s Birthday Honours listing that CSC Australia Executive Committee member Carolyn Bloch has been appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

Carolyn was a member of the Sixth Commonwealth Study Conference staged in Australia and India in 1986 and was appointed as Group Leader for a study tour to North Queensland at that time. Since that conference, she joined the Executive Committee of CSC Australia in May 1992 and has been a most active member of this committee over more than 23 years.

In addition to specializing in study tour planning and delivery, Carolyn was appointed inaugural Chair of the EPLD Organising Committee in 2004 and in that role she supervised the highly successful staging of the first EPLD in June/July 2006. With the formation of the Pacific Leadership Foundation (PLF) in 2008 to provide a much stronger Pacific region focus, Carolyn chose to step down as Chair and from that point she served as Deputy Chair of the PLF Board until late 2014.

Carolyn is one of 41 persons appointed to the Royal Victorian Order on this occasion and she is the only appointee outside the UK. This Award is in recognition of the outstanding work she has done for CSC Australia and the Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue over many years.

Hearty congratulations Carolyn!

CCELD comes to Jamaica

Jamaica Observer, Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Board director of Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD) Robert Taylor, with chairperson of the local planning committee Lisa Bell, and president and CEO of Scotiabank, Jacqueline Sharp. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

HIGH Commissioner of Canada, His Excellency Robert Ready yesterday hosted the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders' Dialogue (CCELD) Sponsorship Breakfast to introduce the plans for the establishment of the dialogue in Jamaica

The CCELD, which is built on the proven model of the Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences, brings together high-calibre mid-career individuals selected from business, government, labour and civil society from across the Caribbean and Canada for a leadership exchange.

A study tour across the Caribbean will begin September 6, 2015 and ends in Jamaica from September 20, 2015 to October 4, 2015.

The initiative is geared at providing participants with intensive learning and networking opportunities under the theme "Leading Through Innovation and Transformation" and allows participants to develop peer-to-peer critical leadership competencies, including abilities to collaborate, integrate and think critically.

The initiative is geared at providing participants with intensive learning and networking opportunities under the theme "Leading Through Innovation and Transformation" and allows participants to develop peer-to-peer critical leadership competencies, including abilities to collaborate, integrate and think critically.

The conference is organised under the patronage of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and alumni volunteers supported by a professional conference organisation and will be funded by private and public sponsorships.

[The CCELD closing ceremonies will take place in Jamaica from October 1-4, 2015, and will be presided over by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.]

ELDEmerging Leaders’ Dialogue Asia 2016 – Launch and Dinner with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne

The launch of the Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue Asia 2016 (ELDA) will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at a dinner to be attended by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at the Royal Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

CSC and ELD alumni are invited to attend this important occasion. For more information, please contact Dinner details will be emailed together with registration information.

ELDA 2016 will be held from October 20 to November 1, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participants will attend plenary sessions for two days preparing them on key issues to be focused during visits to one of the 10 proposed Dialogue locations in Malaysia, Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and Singapore. The participants will then reconvene for the final two days to share, discuss and debate on what they have learned and actions planned.

Diversity in leadership roles is a challenge in growing economies in Asia, changing the landscape for doing business and managing organizations, institutions, government agencies, corporations and civil societies.

There is an urgent demand for next generation leaders to transform, rebrand and reskill to meet these challenges and take up opportunities in emerging economies. Leaders need to reequip themselves to prepare for senior level responsibility in all walks of employment, community and country life.

ELDA 2016 will be open to emerging leaders from Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries in Asia and countries hosting Dialogue visits, “the world is our classroom”. The ELDA will be an interactive learning experience designed to build leadership capacity, grow networks and strengthen ties between nations and regions.

Sponsorship and participant registration information will be available following the launch.

EPLDEmerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue (EPLD) – 2014

The third EPLD was staged across the Pacific region from 16 to 28 October, 2014. This EPLD brought together 88 participants from 18 countries/territories of the Pacific region.

The Noumea Opening over two days included a total of 20 ceremonial and theme speakers. The speakers were all of very high quality with the vast majority being drawn from the Pacific region and the Opening Chair, Mr Kosi Latu (Samoa), did an excellent job of keeping things running smoothly. After the Opening, eight study tours were successfully implemented across Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomons and Vanuatu. The Vanuatu Closing comprised most impressive study tour presentations and related sessions that were staged with HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and The Hon. Edward Natapai MP (former PM) as most effective Co-Chairs.

Sincere congratulations to the New Caledonian Organising Committee, the Regional and Country study tour committees and the Vanuatu Organising Committee all of whom are to be highly commended on their excellent planning and delivery efforts.

For more details – the programme, study tour reports and photographs – click on the blue arrow on the Home page or visit the EPLD website at and click on Conference.


EPLDPrincess Anne attends Brisbane Fundraising Luncheon

On Friday 24 October 2014, an Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue fundraising luncheon was held at the Queensland Club, Brisbane in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, the then Queensland Premier, The Hon. Campbell Newman MP and some 100 distinguished guests.

This event was planned and delivered by Mr. Chris Hartley (CSC 1995 and Selection Board Member of CSC Leaders UK). This most successful luncheon raised significant funds for CSC Australia’s ongoing activities and Mr. Hartley was thanked and congratulated for his efforts by the CSC Australia Chairman, Mr. Dick Warburton.