Innovation Leadership Program

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower" -Steve Jobs


An invitation to thoughtful leaders

We are thrilled to announce the inaugural convening of our Innovation Leadership Program in partnership with the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR).

This five day executive education program will equip professionals with strategic approaches to address complex problems. Drawing on local case studies on Haida Gwaii, in combination with the support and perspective of the teams at HGHES and WISIR, this inspiring program will give attendees contemporary perspectives on social innovation, equipping them to lead high impact projects and programs.

The program takes place September 25-30, 2014 at Haida House at Tllaal and will open with a welcome reception and dinner, followed by 5 days of programming. This location will also provide the accommodation for participants. Stay tuned for a full program schedule.

Registration will be limited to a small but diverse group of action-oriented individuals. Visit our registration page for more information.


Follow this link for the full program brochure!




Our Instructors

Michele-Lee Moore, PhD
Michele-Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, where she also leads the Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab. Her expertise lies in understanding global-local networks and how to undertake processes of social innovation to create change in environmental and water governance.

Dan McCarthy, PhD
Dan is Assistant Professor of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo. His expertise lies in complex systems with a special focus on First Nations partnerships that relate to fostering adaptive capacity for Community- based Natural Resource Management.

Cheryl Rose, Lead Facilitator, MSc
Cheryl is the Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR), at the University of Waterloo. Her expertise lies in leadership studies, education and training for social innovation, cross-sectoral collaborations, and strategy development.

Barb Wilson, Co-Lead
Kii’iljuus (Barbara Wilson) is a Haida, a member of the St’awaas Xaaydagaay (Cumshewa Eagle clan). She holds a Cultural Resource Management Diploma from University of Victoria and is an “Alumna of Distinction”. She is a published author and PICS Fellow in Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education. Barbara facilitates students’ learning of the ways of her ancestors through stories, traditional knowledge and awareness of current issues for the Haida Nation. She actively promotes environmental education.


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