Leadership Brandon

About the Program

The Chamber of Commerce and Westman Immigrant Services proudly present a dynamic leadership program designed to foster growth, connection, and a deep understanding of our city. This experiential program offers participants unique backstage access to the inner workings of our vibrant community through immersive experiences and engaging activities. Open to emerging leaders from diverse professional backgrounds, applications are now open for the 2024-2025 leadership program. The program requires a registration fee of $1500 (corporate) or $1200 (non-profit), covering all-inclusive benefits such as in-person sessions, complimentary lunches, comprehensive training, and various other valuable resources.

To apply, please complete the 2024-25 Leadership Program Application and submit it to gm@brandonchamber.ca no later than July 31st, 2024.

Congratulations to our Inaugural Class!

Pictured left to right (back): Connor Ketchen, Lisa Noctor, Kent Nordin, Matt Penner, Mayur Nankar, Heather Reimer, Erin Houck, Enver Naidoo                   Pictured left to right (front): Kirby Sararas, Megan Foster, Dezarae Bodnar

2023 - 2024 Leadership Sessions

September: Kickoff & Cohesion Building

Our September session marked the beginning of the 2023-2024 Leadership Brandon program with an engaging and dynamic introductory session. Designed to foster cohesion among participants, this session was expertly led by Leadership Facilitator Megan Foster. Participants engaged in personality tests to discern individual strengths and learning styles, laying a solid foundation for collaborative growth throughout the year.

October: City Governance

October brought participants to the Council Chambers for an engaging dialogue with Brandon’s local government. Meeting with City Counsellors, City Manager Ron Bowles, and His Worship Mayor Fawcett, participants explored civic engagement and governance’s vital role in shaping community dynamics.

November: Understanding Immigration

November’s focus turned to Westman Immigrant Services (WIS), where participants gained a deeper understanding of immigration’s impact on our community. Through a forced migration simulation and site tours, including WIS locations, participants immersed themselves in the immigrant experience and its significance for Brandon.

December: Embracing Community

December brought a festive touch with the Chamber Holiday Luncheon, providing participants a chance to connect with local business leaders and celebrate community spirit amidst the holiday season.

January: Community Leadership

January shone a spotlight on community leadership at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Esteemed guests, including MLAs and Ministers, shared insights into their journeys, emphasizing civic engagement’s transformative power and community stewardship.

February: Exploring Education

February’s Post-Secondary Tours offered a strategic exploration of education’s role in economic development. Visiting Assiniboine College and Brandon University, participants delved into workforce development, public policy, and rural mental health initiatives shaping Brandon’s future.

March: Downtown Revitalization

March saw participants dive into downtown Brandon’s revitalization efforts. Engaging with business leaders and social service representatives, the session highlighted ongoing initiatives and future prospects for downtown development.

April: Economic Insights

April brought participants to the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit. Keynote speakers and panel discussions explored economic competitiveness, talent retention strategies, and building resilient communities, offering diverse perspectives from influential leaders across sectors.

May: Cultural Exchange

May featured a meaningful visit to the Brandon Friendship Centre, where participants engaged with Indigenous culture, toured facilities, and learned about programs like Gakina Abinoojiiyag (GAP), fostering a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and community support.

June: Culminating Reflections

In June, the program concluded with a reflective session at The Backyard on Aberdeen. Participants shared key takeaways, reflections on their leadership journey, and contributed to a time capsule symbolizing their transformative experiences throughout the program.

2023 - 2024 Leadership Cohort

2023 - 2024 Facilitator

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