Rising Leaders Network

 *Registration for this network is now open for 2020*

Don’t miss this opportunituy to join this vibrant and growing network!

The Rising Leaders Network is designed for emerging and rising nonprofit leaders!

In 2019 Peel Leadership Centre (PLC) introduced and launched two networks, Executive Directors Learning Network (EDLN) and Rising Leaders Network (RLN) to support nonprofit leaders and aspiring leaders to strengthen existing leadership skills and competencies as well as develop new ones. RLN is specifically designed to develop and strengthen the leadership skills and competencies for emerging and rising leaders.

Regardless of the sector and as demonstrated and validated by our experiences with COVID-19, organizations that are agile, flexible and can easily adapt to changes are best positioned to respond to changes, shocks and disruption.  Those who lead these types of organizations must themselves be adaptable, resilient, act transparently, possess a high level of emotional intelligence, can build trust, and embrace and foster a culture of continuous learning and lead by example.

Building on the successful launch of this network in 2019, Peel Leadership Centre is excited to launch the 2020 edition of our Rising Leaders Network.

Join the RLN to:

  • Connect with other nonprofit rising and emerging leaders
  • Acquire new skills that can help propel your leadership journey
  • Learn from Subject Matter Experts on topics relevant to nonprofit rising leaders
  • Access specialized professional growth and development opportunities
  • Participate in dialogue critical to nonprofit leadership
  • Build peer relationships and grow your professional network
  • Gain access to an exclusive RLN online space for sharing information, resources, and asking questions

RLN Topics & Dates at a Glance

Topic Date
Keys to Successfully Lead, Inspire & Manage Virtual Teams June 25, 2020
Calibrating Work/Life Boundaries July 16, 2020
Managing and Resolving Workplace Conflict September 24, 2020
Learning and Leveraging Risk Management in the era of COVID-19 October 20, 2020
Shared Leadership Through Crisis: Lessons & Reflections – Joint EDLN & RLN Session October 27, 2020

The 2020 RLN program includes four interactive workshops each facilitated by a leading subject matter expert. NEW this year, RLN participants get free access to an additional bonus session. 

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis all sessions will be offered online and is scheduled for 2 hours. 

  • The 2 hour online format includes a presentation and will allow ample time for questions and discussion
  • The 3 hour in-person format includes an interactive workshop/presentation and will allow time for discussion, sharing and networking (light meal and refreshments will be provided)
  • The RLN sessions are scheduled for late afternoon on Thursdays. Sessions 1, 2 and 3 to be delivered online between 3:00pm-5:00pm and the final Joint EDLN & RLN session which will take place on a Thursday in the morning between 9:00am-12:00pm.

Annual Registration Fees

Single Fee rate: $160 plus HST (that’s only $40 per session!)

Bonus Sessions

PLUS, RLN participants will also get complimentary access to an additional bonus session for free!


  • Please note that unforeseen circumstances could impact the actual dates of the sessions in which case the dates of the sessions may be subject to change.

Session 1:


Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Online

Session Description:

Almost overnight, the COVID-19 crisis has been a massive workplace disruptor redefining how and where work happens.  Remote or telework was not a new phenomena with many employers offering/allowing employees to work from home using a set or flexible scheduling.  With COVID-19, remote work moved from being an option to being a necessity. For workplaces already set up to accommodate telework the transition was easier than those that were not set up to support remote work. With so many employees working from home the challenge for employers became how to effectively lead, inspire and manage remote teams. To do this well takes more than using an online platform. This session will provide tips and practical advice on how to engage, support and get your team to effectively perform.

Presenter Information:

Matt Barr, Director of Operations and Delivery, Yeeboo Digital Inc
As Director of Operations and Delivery, Matt draws upon his 10+ years of team leadership, digital strategy, consulting and project management experience in charity and non-profit digital campaigns, software implementation and website launches to focus on delivering client happiness through the successful launch of digital projects and campaigns, all built with love by the Yeeboo Digital team. Matt leads a team of internal and outsourced web developers, digital project managers, web designers, digital marketing specialists and coordinators. As Yeeboo Digital’s Lead Digital Strategist, he works with a diverse range of charity and non-profit clients as part of a Digital Production team on the day to day implementation of simple to use, smart and strategic digital projects. 

Session 2:


Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Online

Session Description:

Is there such a thing as work/life balance?  Dedication and commitment to giving ones all for a great cause is the universally accepted profile of the nonprofit worker.  In the face of myriad and massive social challenges, sacrificing and overlooking ones well-being has become second nature for many who work in the nonprofit sector. Establishing boundaries around work and one’s personal life is important but achieving and maintaining these boundaries during COVID-19 when work, home and family life are occurring under the same roof represents a huge challenge. This session will explore the idea of work/life calibration and provide invaluable tips of practical things you can do to manage work and personal life boundaries.

Presenter Information:

Edwin Correa is a trusted HR Consultant, EQi2.0 & EQ360 Certified Coach and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) who works with individuals, teams and leaders to unlock their potential and become their best selves. After spending over a decade working in Human Resources in both Employee Relations and Labour Relations supporting multimillion dollar global and national brands, Edwin understands that Trust, Communication and Accountability are essential to the success of your leaders, your teams and your organization.

Through his extensive experience in both coaching and Human Resource management, Edwin approaches HR opportunities and challenges from two distinct yet essential perspectives: The “business” side and the “relationship” side. For example, Edwin understands the impact effective leadership and fulfilled employees have on productivity, ROI and future talent development. At the same time, his profound comprehension of Emotional Intelligence enables him to coach and develop individuals so that they meet milestones and achieve higher levels of performance. Highly experienced with a robust wealth of knowledge, Edwin is equipped to support a full range of people management needs. Edwin is passionate about helping his clients become a better leader, team member, ambassador and human.

Session 3:


Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Online

Session Description:

Whether within or outside of the workplace situations of conflict can arise because not everyone’s approach is the same. In navigating through workplace dynamics we encounter co-workers with different and sometimes clashing personalities, have different ways of working, who see things differently and those whose ambitions competes or collides with our own. In some instances conflict may arise when one has to lead a team where previously they had a peer-to-peer relationship with team members. Though we may be working towards the same goal, there may be disagreements regarding the best way to achieve the expected results.

Conflict within the workplace is not necessarily an indicator of an unhealthy or dysfunctional work environment. In some cases, conflict can be generative in terms of bringing forward new and innovative ideas. However, if the conflicts erode trust, negatively impacts the work environment and productivity, efforts to manage and resolve the conflict become of paramount.

Using 1-2 case studies of workplace conflict this session will explore the nature of the conflict, reasons why disagreements can arise, identify approaches that can be used to resolve the situation and look at the final outcome of the resolution.  Participants are encouraged to share their experience with conflict, how they handled the situation and what was the end result.

Presenter Information: 

Ingrid Wilson is an accomplished senior executive with 25 plus years experience in corporate human resources and business strategy. Her business expertise spans several industries including, Non-for-Profit, Healthcare, Information Technology, focusing on Financial and Insurance Services over the last 17 plus years and more recently the Cannabis industry as an advisory board member. Ingrid has worked in private and public companies, in regulatory environments; with global expertise working for organizations with diverse operations including the US and Europe.

She provides strategic HR advisory services to board members, CEOs and senior leadership teams in a variety of industries, on strategic people matters such as organization structure and culture transformation, acquisition and integration strategies, human capital planning, succession planning and team development to ensure successful business results and alignment with business strategy. She also builds HR strategy and inclusive talent management programs for all levels, to build road maps for business growth, develop people and create healthy and sustainable cultures.

Ingrid has pursued excellence in strategic human resources through the CHRP and CHRL designation, and through programs at Queens University and the Rotman School of Management. Ingrid also holds the Compensation Management Specialist designation, through the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program.


Bonus Session:


Date: October 20, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Online

Session Description:

2020 is truly our “annus horribilis”. How do work through all these challenges with COVID 19? How can businesses and communities deal with the non-stop threats? Risk management enables you to use a disciplined approach to work through a lot of these challenges. A Risk Management framework that can be used in any type and size of business – for profit, not for profit, public, private.

This presentation will walk through the fundamentals of Risk Management and provide easy to understand concepts and tools like Risk Appetite and Tolerance, Risk Heat Maps and Key Risk Indicators. We look forward to a robust and interactive session.

Presenter Information:

Bill Wesioly, CPA-CMA is an independent Risk Management consultant and Professional Leadership coach. He is an enthusiastic and accomplished leader and his goal is to enrich the effectiveness of people and organizations, doing that with both skill and heart.  

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, he worked in the Financial Services Industry in increasingly responsible leadership roles, first with BMO and then with RBC.  His main area of focus was in the field of Enterprise Risk Management which included successfully building and leading risk management programs such as Risk and Control Assessments and Scenario Analysis and Key Risk Indicators.  

He currently develops and teaches a number of Risk Management courses including CPA Ontario’s Enterprise Risk Management Certification Program and the Centre of Outsourcing Research and Education’s (CORE) Risk Management in Outsourcing course.  His recent consulting assignments included Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada, CapitalOne Canada Business Risk Office, Bridgeway Family Centre in Mississauga and the Ktunaxa First Nation in Cranbrook, B.C.

Session 4:


Date: October 27, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Online

Session Description:

With more than six months of leading and managing through the COVID-19 crisis, one consistent observation has been that everything is being transformed – be it individuals, families, organizations, communities and the world at large. This session will bring together the Executive Directors and the Rising leaders to explore the 5 Best Practices of Leadership – What every leader should possess to lead the modern workplace and today’s workforce.

During the session, you will have the opportunity to share insights about your current role during this chaotic time. Reflections will lead you to consider adopting one Best Practice for leading others to lead themselves and for owning your leadership presence! 

Presenter Information:

Josie Di Vincenzo offers over 30 years’ experience designing and facilitating learning, supporting culture, values and the change management process, in addition to coaching individuals, teams and aspiring Leaders; to maximize their skills, improve their effectiveness, and to accomplish extraordinary results; throughout North America and Internationally. By sharing valuable experiences, Leaders are able to adopt practices for supporting others in transferring desired behaviours in the workplace.  Josie has a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University (M. Ad. Ed.), is a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP), a Professional Certified Coach (PCC); Adler International Learning Inc. & Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, a Certified Legacy Leadership Facilitator™, Licensed Coaching Out of the Box Facilitator®, Certified Change Management Registered Practitioner (APMG International), Certified EQ-I 2.0 + EQ 360 Practitioner, and DISC Practitioner. Her practice is informed by research and has been a longstanding faculty member at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at info@peelleadershipcentre.org.


We look forward to welcoming past participants as well as adding new rising and emerging leaders to PLC’s Rising Leaders Network (RLN)!

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