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Class 2014 of the CPAC Leadership Development Program (CPAC LDP) will start on March 22, 2014, following the success of the program in the past three years in serving the increasing needs of immigrant professionals for career advancement.


Highlights of CPAC LDP for 2014 include: key attributes that a good manager needs to have in North America; secrets of motivation and influence your staffs and the senior management; strategies for problem solving & decision making; practical tools and techniques for facilitating meetings effectively; powerful skills to manage workplace conflict; in-depth analysis and understanding of your and others leadership styles and personal personality.


The curriculum of CPAC LDP is customized for internationally trained professionals based on their knowledge and skill gaps and is geared toward helping them develop and utilize their full potential in the North American workplace. This is a unique and first of its kind in the immigrant community.


Program instructors include HR director, senior consultant, executive advisor and university professor from well-known consulting/training companies and educational institutions in Canada. 


In addition to in-class training, mentoring is a value-added component of the program. Participants will be matched with mentors who have senior management/professional experience and insights from a wide range of sectors/industries, including finance, IT, engineering, consulting, government and etc. They are CEOs, Senior VPs, Directors.


Exclusive to the graduates of CPAC LDP, the CPAC Leadership Club was founded to serve the needs of its members for continuing development of leadership skills, sharing learning experience and building network. The club offers a series of professional development activities and events to the members every year.


The uniqueness of CPAC LDP lies in its three component structure: in class training, mentoring and the leadership club, which constitute an all-round and continuing learning and growing platform for internationally trained professionals to advance their careers and become leaders in Canada.


CPAC LDP has helped more than 60 internationally trained professionals successfully move from technical roles to management positions or from junior positions to the higher management positions since its inception in 2011.


                                       This program is subsidized by CPAC and TD Canada Bank Group

Program Length:    Six days training over six week-ends (March 22 – May 02 excl. the Good Friday weekend)
Time:                       Every Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration fees:   $995 plus HST for Early Bird before January 18, 2014;
$1195 plus HST for CPAC members and $1395 for non-CPAC members after January 18, 2014
Location:                 CPAC newly renovated office; 4150 Finch Ave E. Toronto, Ontario M1S 3T9

                                  Lunch and refreshment are provided for all training sessions.        

Registration/more information: please call Lily He, Project Manager at 416-298-7885 ext. 103; or email to    

Session Topics:

Pre-training AssessmentIndividual Personality and Leadership Style

Module 1   Identifying your Leadership Styles & Strengths

Module 2   How to be a good manager in North America

Module 3   Problem Solving and Decision Making

Module 4   Workplace Conflict Management Skills

Module 5   Tools and skills for facilitate all types of meeting

Module 6   How to be heard and influence your manager and your team

Testimonials from the Program Graduates

I highly recommend the CPAC Leadership Development Program for its very well organized workshops, which not only address the common challenges faced by all career-oriented professionals but also provide the meaningful tools and the systematic approaches to tackle the challenges. All workshops are led by the expert instructors who contributed highly valuable insights from their own professional experiences. Plus, with the help from the sponsor (TD), the cost of the program compared to the other professional associations or network event I attended, is surprisingly affordable at this quality level. It was also a great opportunity to expand my professional network and make friends.

In a word, with my view, it’s one of the most cost-effective programs delivered by the CPAC and it truly benefits the community in a long run.  Last but not the least, I have to say “thank you” to all the like-minded classmates, volunteers and sponsors. Without you, the workshop can never be the same. And of course, thank you, Lily, for all the efforts and time you’ve made for this program. – From Joyce Ren

CPAC-TD Leadership Development Program is a great successful training program. I benefit a lot from all those inspiring stories and skills shared by the instructors; All the instructors are experienced professionals, and they set up very powerful role models in many ways to me. I also learned more about myself,  become much more confident to communicate and be more prepared to take further leadership opportunity. My personal experience thought this program makes me believe that this program can effectively assist internationally trained professionals to rise to the higher career ladder in Canada. – From Angie Lin

CPAC Leadership Development Program is a life-changing program that will boost your career growth in the coming future. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn all the skills you’ll need and put them into use right away, such as how to communicate effectively, how to deal with conflict and how to influence your team and manager. The learning environment was encouraging, engaging and inspirational. The organization were excellent. I would recommend my friends to attend this program because it will benefit them as it already did for me. – From William Qian

The CPAC leadership development program focuses on building and enhancing leadership competencies to better prepare participants for future leadership opportunities. This multi-faceted program offers a variety of challenging learning and development opportunities that addresses the learning styles of all participants. – From Peter Xu

I truly enjoyed the 2013 CPAC Leadership Development Program.  Through this program, I have the opportunity meeting with our wonderful instructors – a group of Executive Advisor, Seasoned Professor and well trained professionals that are willing to share their professional and personal experiences. The in-class trainings provided us with a collections of practical tools and techniques we can apply at work or our daily life.  What I like the most about this program is all the training materials are easy to follow and the subject matter experts clearly demonstrated that they understand their audiences.  It was such a pleasure getting to know everyone in the class and I learned so much from each and everyone of you!   Thank you CPAC for your support of this great program. – From Sandra Quon

CPAC Leadership Development Program is the best short-term program I have ever attended in Canada. The five-day seminars covered broad areas which help us to be a better leader. The facilitators are highly qualified and experienced. CPAC and especially the Program Coordinator, Lily He, put a lot of time and effort to make the program more attractive and valuable. I am also very pleased to meet a lot of friends in the program, who are self-motivated to achieve more in performing better leadership in their career and life. And the members of the CPAC Leadership Club show their warmth to our new members. I really appreciate TD, CPAC and Lily to make the opportunity available to us. – From Margaret Zhang

CPAC Leadership Program is a very well designed and organized program. It is very beneficial to me to discover myself awareness, reassess my objectives and boost my confidence. The instructors are knowledgeable, friendly and inspiring. 

This is a precious experience and all the course materials are very valuable. I study them from time to time and each time, I gain different understandings from different perspectives and extents. 

I am glad that I joined this program and I will recommend this program to my friends or colleagues where possible. – From Hong Zhang

The leadership development project helped the Chinese Immigrants enhancing their skills of leadership and self management when they take the efforts to integrate into Canada. As a person who has been worked on community development for many years, I obtained lots of energy from the 5 professional speakers through the course.   It would be helpful for my future works and life. – From Cathy Zhao

CPAC Leadership Development Program is a surprising and amazing training program for professionals. I didn’t recognize its value when I registered the program. After five well organized workshops I got to know how lucky I am. It happened to me to meet the right person at right time who got me involved in this fabulous program. The high level seasoned speakers, the professional and experienced classmates, the passional and responsible organizer are all my gains in the whole process. Through this program I learned useful knowledge, built good network, joined the wonderful club. For me it is a great opportunity to broaden my vision, make new friends and enrich my life experience. I hope more and more people can benefit from this program. – From Linda Liu

This leadership program is excellent, very inspirational, energizing, bringing lots of ideas, with both substantial and in-depth discussion together, as I remark it as a mini-micro-EMBA program.  I learned a lot and I am inspired to rethink the way I plan and present my work. – From Kevin Chen

The CPAC leadership program (2013) had a focus on communication skills in workplace. The instructors had years of experience in their specialized areas, and were passionate about the subject. They shared their experience with the class and provided practical tools and tips to specific situations such as conflict management, how to influence people etc. It was a great program for self-improvement. – From Susan Guan

Through this leadership development program, I have discovered who I am and what I can be; practiced the principles of strategic communication and applied them; learned practical and proven ‘lean’ approaches to help busy people address the core problems; and became aware of the different ways of thinking and acquired the meaning of implementing creative thought and action in different situation. This program equipped me with the knowledge and skills in leadership I need, and provided a platform for me to advance in my career and serve people in Ontario.” — Sheng Wang

These sessions refined my leadership skills systematically and improved my leadership quality overall. The training emphasizes the core qualities of leadership and elevates us from managers to the leaders. I have immediately applied what I learned to the management style and thinking in my work. Those quality improvements will enable me to expand my career to a higher level. I also can apply those skills in working with the community, especially CAPC and new immigrant community to help new immigrants pursue their dreams in this great country, Canada. –Zhengyong Li

We have heard inspiring stories of success from our keynote speakers. They are very powerful role models in many ways, especially respect to leadership and career development. For me personally, this program is not for a sudden leap forward such as an instant promotion at work, but a continuing process of gaining more respect from my colleagues and people around me. My coworkers were noticeably more cooperative and supportive of my work. Through applying my newly learned knowledge to my work, I have gained more respect from my colleagues and people around me. I’m a better leader now. –Charles Zhang

The Leadership Program came into my life when I was struggling personally and professionally. The topics and materials of the program were so well organized and I believe the contents this program covered are essential for our future success. Just like specially designed for me, this program greatly improved my communication skills, cleared away my confusions, boosted my confidence, and really, increased my life satisfaction and  raised my long term goal expectation – It made real life-changes on  me! I definitely recommend anyone who‘d like to increase their future potential to participate. –Yong Cao

I would like to thank the CPAC for making available to us so many excellent trainers and keynote speakers. Their subject matter expertise was clearly demonstrated and their knowledge and stories have convinced and inspired me to commit 10 days of my time to listen, absorb, reflect, and ultimately to apply some of what I have learned. Today, I can say, that the positive energy that I have gained from participating in this leadership program will enable me to maintain a more positive attitude in my new job, in spite of the challenges I may face. –Min Ran

During the training sessions, I learned more about myself. Through the D.I.S.C profile, I got to know my personality and characteristics, what my strengths and weaknesses are, and how to apply them in my daily life. I learned how to better communicate with people around me; I learned how to build a strong team, how to manage effective meetings, and how to solve conflicts both at work and at home.

 In stead of just teaching us leadership theories, the tailor-made program was specifically designed for us, which is practical and relevant. Teachers / facilitators had spent lots of time in preparing, researching and design to present the best program customized for us, the materials are very rich and in depth. It really helps us to develop our own leadership style. –John Zheng

It has been a self-discovery journey from the beginning to the very end. After the training, I feel that I can understand about myself much better as well as about others. Also, the training provided me with a collection of practical tools and specific techniques to use in future. The training is especially helpful for me in learning how to interact with people effectively. –Susan Kwan

After Leadership Program, our views of ourselves have changed. Everyone has a potential to be a leader in one way or another. The program helped us learn how to changes ourselves, to have passion to lead and to lead effectively. Leadership not only just exists in business, our social activities but also in our family. The knowledge of the program will have a life time impact on me, both personally and professionally.  I become much more prepared and confident to communicate, to manage and to lead. –Roger Shi

The Leadership Development Program is a successful training program!  It has provided the essential training modules which we need in our daily management work. What I most like about this program is the Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership module, which guided us through self-awareness, emotional management, and emotional connection with the people around us. The Coaching for Success Module included a lot of techniques to improve my coaching skills when I need to work with my team members. The Keynote Speech Sessions make the program even more practical. People from key management position like Ms. Sue Tang and Dr. Jinyan Li who shared their personal experiences of growth and success. Through their speeches, I learned how to set the goals, to motivate others, how to connect with others, how to lead, and how to serve our communities.  –Lynn Li

This leadership development training is a phenomenal program. Every session has huge potential influence to our future leadership development. We learned that management is doing things right but leadership is doing the right things, how to build an effective team, how to facilitate a meeting, coaching coachees,  manage conflicts and understand the nature of Emotional Intelligence and how to improve it, how to read and analyze Financial Statements, how to make effective communication and become an effective leader. I do see the values to apply what we learned to our family, our team, our community and organizations, and above all, to our life. –Bill Wang

If you are a leader, this CPAC Leadership Program can help you with the challenges that you have on daily basis. Instructors from various fields offer firsthand experience and case studies from which you learn how to deal with conflicts, coach for success and build a strong team.

If you are not a leader yet, the program would prepare you things you need to have before taking on leadership role. For example, think from leader’s perspective, identify your personal leadership styles and strengths, effective facilitate team meeting, build your emotional intelligence and gain basic knowledge on financials and budgeting.            –Jeffrey Kang

“CPAC LDP provides me an opportunity to add value to myself. It teaches me some soft skills and provides me some great tools as well. It paves the way for me to become a great leader.” –Joe Chan

I wanted to just take a minute to tell you how great the CPAC Leadership Program was. It is truly a pleasure to have been able to spend time with the class. I have learned much about the leadership skills and how I can relate better with others, accomplish tasks better, and decrease stress in my life because of the Program. My ability to relate to the team has improved. I am more prepared to handle most anything that I encounter. This training is essential for success, time is well spent. –Zhen Zhang

CPAC Leadership Development Program is condensed and highly effective. Through this program,  I gained a comprehensive range of very practical and powerful leadership tools and approaches that can be implemented immediately. It also helps me to adjust my main attention from technical stuff to team performance and build confidence in my abilities. By continuous practice, I believe that I am on the right track to achieve handling leadership challenges and guiding people to sustained high performance in near future. –Frank Wang

“This program not only provides a powerful experience of leadership, teamwork and communication, but also offers access to a network of instructors, mentors and students. This network can be very helpful for job search, career development, business relationship building, as well as acquiring expertise outside my current field. I can confidently say that this program was one of the best choices I have made. I have found the right classes and the right instructors. ” — Julie Wang

This program brought me lots of benefits. Firstly, this program gave me the clear definition of leadership and all the aspects regarding leadership. Secondly, this program taught me lots of practical skills that I can use in work and daily life, which is a great help for my career promotion in the future. Thirdly, this program was full of knowledge, many points the instructors presented in the classroom gave me hints and directions which I need to keep working in the future. So, this program is really a great chance for me to develop myself. Though the time of the program was over, the thoughts and work still continue, the great benefits are definitely predictable. Thank CPAC for providing this excellent program. And thank Lily for excellent organization and diligent work for this program. — Xudong Cheng

If you want to be a leader, CPAC leadership program will guide you on the track. If you are already a leader, the program will systemize your leadership, pinpoint your leadership style and lead you to higher level.  –Daniel Zhu

This program is a unique program for leaders. Firstly, it is cost-effective. I learned many practical techniques in ten weeks, such as Dynamic Team Building, Making Meetings Work, and Conflict Management which are very useful in my daily work and life. Secondly, it is stress-free.  I don’t have to spend time on exams. I was relaxed while learning so I enjoyed every class. Thirdly, it is continuous. After finishing this program, I can continue to learn more from my mentor and my classmates. I would like to thank CPAC to offer this program to us. –Nancy Gao