Senior leadership skills development. Cross-country conferences. Public policy projects. Encounters with leading Canadians.

Action Canada is all of this and more.

With Canada as our classroom, we aim to enhance Fellows’ understanding of the country and public policy choices for the future.

The program revolves around five intensive, five-to-eight-day working conferences in locations such as Haida Gwaii, Vancouver, Kugluktuk, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Quebec City, Nain and Charlottetown.

Fellows meet with senior leaders from all sectors, including government, industry, the media and NGOs. They participate in Action Canada’s signature leadership-skills development sessions such as Power of the Question, Northern Policy Teams exercise, and Dialogue Dinners. And, Fellows hone their writing, speaking and media skills with some of Canada’s top authors, journalists and broadcasters, including Andrew Cohen, Tom Clark, Alain Dubuc and Monique LaCoste

Throughout the year Fellows also work in teams on public policy projects related to an annual theme that focuses on issues such as northern development, education systems, or economic policy. Several of these projects have inspired Canadian public policy.

Joining Action Canada requires a substantial commitment of time and energy. Fellows undertake this 10-month program in conjunction with their work, graduate studies or other projects.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience that reaches well beyond the fellowship year. Becoming a member of the Action Canada Network ensures Fellows have the support and skills they need to achieve their goals for Canada.

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