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  2011 Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue concludes on a high-note.

120 high-calibre, young men and women from business, government, labour, and civil society representing the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, and Canada wrapped-up 16 days of learning as the inaugural Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders Dialogue (CCELD) came to a close in Barbados on Saturday, June 11, 2011.

Built on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference founded in 1956, the Dialogue is an intensive learning and networking opportunity that provides a regional approach to leadership development.

Participants of the
2011 CCELD began their journey together in Ottawa, Canada in late May. In groups of 12, they then took part in two weeks of intense study tours to communities and workplaces in a total of seven Canadian regions and ten Caribbean countries. Participants spent the last four days of their journey in Barbados sharing the highlights of their learning with each other and CCELD President, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

Under its 2011 theme
“Growth Through Connections: Enabling Sustainable Progress” the Dialogue exposed participants to ideas, issues and people with the intent of fundamentally changing how they see themselves and the world they live in. If Barbados participant Vicki Marshall’s remarks to Her Royal Highness are any indication, the Dialogue was without a doubt successful in its goal. “What we have learned in two weeks will take two years to tell, but a lifetime to recall, apply, implement and experience. I know that greatness will come from this life and world changing encounter.”

In their final presentations, participants highlighted the many complex issues facing the regions and countries they visited as well as the hard work being done by leaders and organizations to overcome those challenges. Each study tour group remarked on the inspiration they came away with from all of their visits. An inspiration, they say, that will guide them as they strive to make a difference in their own workplaces and communities, into the future.

In his acknowledgement to Princess Anne, on behalf of the 120 Dialogue participants, Canadian Will McCartney expressed the


gratitude for the vision that such an opportunity provides. “This Dialogue was no accident. It’s planning started more than two years ago, but long before that, there was a vision. Over 50 years ago the Duke of Edinburgh started the First Commonwealth Study Conference. Since then, there have been many study tours like this, with many alumni assuming leadership positions across the globe. We thank you and your father for your vision of shaping leaders of the future.”

The Dialogue had the support of many private, public and not-for-profit organizations at the community, national and global level. Over 150 volunteers in 21 countries played significant roles to make this experience possible.

"I am very pleased to be a Co-Chair of this year's CCELD because this Dialogue embodies the principles of global cooperation and strong leadership, which are integral to running a successful business and building a resilient society." said Wendy Hannam, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Service, Products and Marketing Scotiabank.

Sandra Glasgow, Chief Executive Officer of The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and Dialogue Co-Chair agrees. “The impact and value of this initiative cannot be overstated. The bringing together of people to experience and discuss issues of importance to the Caribbean and Canada, with the intent of fostering relationships and the leadership needed to address the challenges of tomorrow will be felt well beyond those who took part, and for many decades to come.”

Financial support for the Dialogue came from the Government of Canada, through CIDA and IDRC, and the Canadian private sector. In-kind contributions were also made by a number of organizations within the Caribbean and Canada.

2011 CCELD Slide Show

2011 CCELD Memory Book