News and Events


We are delighted to announce that Alan Parker has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.

Congratulations to you Sir Alan, from all of us involved with The Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Study Conferences and the Association of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues.

Sir Alan Parker is Chairman and Founder of the Brunswick Group LLP and he currently chairs The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conferences UK Trust. His father, Sir Peter Parker, was the conference director of the founding conference in 1956 and continued his involvement thereafter until 1995.

Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD 2014)

The third Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue will take place over a two-week period in October 2014. It will bring together 120 high calibre mid-career men and women selected from business, government, trade unions and the community service sector.

Applications for membership are scheduled to open during the third week of January 2014 and will remain open for a period of at least two months. For more information please visit

Reception at Queen’s Park, Toronto

CSC and CCELD Canadian Alumni and guests from across the country gathered for a reception in honour of our President, HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The reception was hosted by His Honour The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David Onley and Her Honour, Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley.

After a few introductory remarks, the assembled Alumni and guests were delighted with the opportunity to personally meet and chat with His Honour and Her Royal Highness.

Prior to the reception, Mr. Robert Taylor and Mr. Hemi Mitic briefed Alumni on the planning for the 2015 Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD) which begins in earnest in January 2014. They emphasized that without the vision, volunteer efforts and enthusiasm of Alumni, programs such as the CCELD would not be viable. The willingness of Alumni to “pay it forward” to future leaders is invaluable to the success of the Dialogues to GATHER | CONSIDER | TRANSFORM.

To view photos taken at the reception, please visit the Gallery and click on Toronto Reception.

New EPLD Leader in New Zealand

We are pleased to advise that Ezra Schuster has taken over the role of EPLD Leader and Board Chair of the CSC (Commonwealth Study Conferences) in New Zealand, replacing Caren Rangi. Ezra attended EPLD 2010 and since then he has been involved with ongoing Alumni activities. Please join us in welcoming Ezra to the Association of Emerging Leaders' Dialogues.

Africa-Canada Emerging Leaders' Dialogue

After careful consideration, the Africa-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (ACELD) Executive Committee has postponed the ACELD originally planned for September 2013. Further planning and restructuring will be undertaken and a new date set.

The past 12 months have been exceptionally busy for the dedicated alumni, volunteers and the planning teams who continue to make a vital contribution to the success of the Dialogues. Their work will not go unrewarded as further steps are taken to plan for the ACELD.

In the meantime, ACELD committee members and alumni in Kenya, with support from African countries and Canada, are working to organize a Dialogue in 2014.

The ACELD Committee, representing African countries and Canada, wishes to thank: our President, HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, who supports the vision of the Dialogue; the sponsors who have expressed support through their funding commitments; the Advisory Council for their loyalty and insight; and the many institutional partners, organizations and individuals who have taken a strong interest in continuing and extending the reach of the Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues to the next generation of leaders.

CSCLeaders: Tomorrow’s Commonwealth

Applications are open for CSCLeaders 2014: 23-30 March 2014 in the UK followed by a choice of Alumni Events around the world.

CSCLeaders is an annual two-part Conference which brings together 120 exceptional leaders – operating at a senior and strategic level - from government, business and NGOs across the Commonwealth. Participants learn and work together intensively; developing networks which will help connect the Commonwealth today and in the future. Their journey will focus on an annual challenge, which will help to frame or reframe an issue in the world. The challenge for 2014 is: How do you get societal - as well as economic - value out of technological innovation?

If you know people in your country or region interested in participating in this exciting leadership development experience, please encourage them to apply. To find out more and watch the CSCLeaders film, go to

Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders' Dialogue (CCELD 2011)

The CCELD 2011 was an amazing success!

40 Canadian and 80 Caribbean Leaders EMERGED from this first-ever Caribbean-Canada Dialogue. On May 28 participants from business, labour, government and the community assembled in Gatineau, Quebec (Ottawa) Canada for three days of Opening Session discussions on important economic, social, environmental, and regional development issues. Participants were then divided into 10 study tour groups and travelled for a further four days to a diverse number of locations in six Provinces to build their understanding of how these issues impact on decision-making and leadership. Thereafter each group travelled to one of 10 Caribbean countries for similar visits for a further four days. The groups reconvened in Bridgetown, Barbados from June 8-12 to report on their leadership learning experiences.

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne graciously served as President of the Dialogue. She gave freely of her time and met with each study group; her thought-provoking and insightful observations were truly appreciated by all participants. She also visited some groups during their study tours.

Canadian CSC and GGCLC Alumni took the lead in fundraising, planning and hosting the Dialogue Opening and together with CSC Alumni and Volunteers from Bermuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guyana, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada planned and hosted the study tours. The Dialogue Closing was organized and hosted by the Barbados CSC Alumni.

Looking forward… the 2011 Leaders have pledged to continue the Dialogue and are committed to sharing their experiences in 2015 with the next group of emerging leaders.

For more news and information, visit the CCELD website which will continue to be up and running:

An Audio Montage from Australian Alumni

Our Australian friends are working on an ambitious and very interesting Oral History Project that highlights interviews with HRH Prince Philip, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne and more than 20 Australian Alumni reminiscing about the Conference years since 1956. When completed, the audio montage will be accessible on their website. Please stay tuned!