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Attention CSC and ELD Alumni

Get Ready to Connect and Be Inspired!

Visionary and effective leadership is critical to success. The ability to maintain awareness, foster community, and develop and utilise connections has never been more imperative. The Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues meaningfully connect leaders in a peer-to-peer network for a better tomorrow.

In conjunction with ELD Alumni in Jamaica, we are pleased to announce a new way to revitalise your leadership network, the 2015 Alumni NOW Workshop: Continuing the Dialogue – October 1-4, in Kingston, Jamaica. This workshop offers Alumni the opportunity to revive the energy and connectivity from the dialogues, and to give it new direction in your community.

Workship Programme in Brief

(Registration is free for CSC and ELD Alumni)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Alumni are invited to join an evening reception with CCELD15 participants and HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

Friday, October 2, 2015

  • AM: Workshop to facilitate greater connectivity and community amongst the alumni, including a conversation around what kind of initiatives would be interesting and feasible for alumni to undertake
  • PM: Alumni are invited to attend the CCELD15 Closing Ceremony;
  • Alumni invited to a join a social event in a relaxed setting.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • Option to join the Closing Plenary Sessions of CCELD15, including lessons from the experience and engagement with the perspectives of a new cohort of emerging leaders;
  • The Jamaican Ministry of Tourism will offer weekend destination packages, for one-day trips and overnight outings.

If you are interested in attending or assisting with planning or facilitating this Workship, contact Nancy Kielar at for details re hotel and air travel discounts.

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!

CCELD15Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue Canada and Montreal business leaders welcome Princess Anne to Montreal to promote leadership development and Canada’s emerging leaders

MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 - Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, arrived in Montreal yesterday for a private two-day working visit to promote the importance of investing in the development of emerging leaders in today’s turbulent business world.

CCELD15As President of Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada (ELD Canada), a not for profit, focused on providing in field leadership development programs for emerging leaders, Her Royal Highness is actively involved in a number of initiatives in this area. The visit began with a dinner hosted by the CEO of Power Corp, Paul Desmarais Jr., to highlight the work of ELD, the Canadian arm of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences, which have been running worldwide since 1956.

Mr. Desmarais thanked Her Royal Highness for her commitment to fostering international leadership development through the Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues.

ELD Canada’s mission is to provide emerging leaders with the critical skill sets that they need in order to lead into the next few decades. Participants are immersed in “in-field” leadership development activities in both Canada and the Caribbean – these activities test their ability to think globally and act locally, work in a diverse team environment and push their professional boundaries to facilitate change.


Princess Anne chats with The Right Honourable Joe Clark and Paul Desmarais Jr.

"These are challenging times for all leaders and one of the keys to meeting these challenges is to strengthen the skill sets of those leaders coming up next. The ability to be innovative and fluid according to changes in the marketplace both macro and micro is critical,” commented Mr. Desmarais. ”ELD Canada’s goal is for these future leaders to emerge from their experience with a stronger sense of interconnectedness that will enrich their lives, and also benefit their organizations and their communities”. He added that the ELD programs also provide a unique opportunity for Canada’s emerging leaders to showcase Canadian values, ethical leadership styles and good governance for future leaders from other countries where Canada has trade, business and social ties.

The last ELD, The Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue held in 2011, brought together 120 emerging leaders from Canada and the Caribbean in government, the private sector, labour and the not for profit sector. The next Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue, will take place in October 2015. For more information please visit: or click on the CCELD blue arrow on the Home page.

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.

Calgary businessman Ron Mannix [1986 CSC alumnus] to be honoured

The following is an excerpt from the Calgary Herald dated April 15, 2015:

Calgary businessman Ron Mannix is being recognized for his accomplishments by the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Ron MannixRon Mannix is the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Business Leader Award from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Mannix, the founder and director of Coril Holdings Ltd., is being recognized for his devotion to ethical leadership and commitment to improving Canadians’ lives, the school said Monday. He is also well-known in the city for his philanthropy.

Jim Dewald, dean of the Haskayne School, said the award considers candidates’ individual, corporate, industry and community leadership. “Mr. Mannix exemplifies the qualities sought at each level,” Dewald said in a release. “Known as a superb corporate business leader, Ron Mannix has also led myriad charitable initiatives. For the past 40 years, his community leadership has focused largely on health and social support, and more recently he has been a key contributor to the National Music Centre Foundation.”

In a statement, Mannix said he would accept the award on behalf of numerous people who have contributed to his family’s success over the years. “I am extremely fortunate to have had a number of very good mentors. I had superb directors and advisers to work with,” Mannix said. “I had excellent management teams who, in fact, did the real work and in many cases provided real vision and understanding of the industries we are in.”

The award has recognized outstanding Calgary business leaders since 1993. Mannix will receive his award June 18 during a gala event at the Westin. Ticket sale proceeds go toward an endowed scholarship for Haskayne undergraduate students”.

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.