Testimonials of Graduates from the Leadership Development Program
Over 100 professionals graduated from CPAC-TD Leadership Program from 2010 to 2015. They learned knowledge, techniques and tools of leadership in the program and became ready to be leaders of tomorrow. The achievements both in their professional and personal life have brought significant impact on their families and the community. Such a program will inspire international trained professionals to put their skills to work and maximize their potential to strengthen our economy and eventually benefit all of us.
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 10-week 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 CPAC 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 CPAC-TD 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 and TD 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 CPAC-TD 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-TD Leadership Program can help you with the challenges that you have on daily basis. Instructors from various fields offer first hand 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 intellengence 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-TD 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-TD 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
I highly recommend the CPAC Leadership Development Program for its five 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 snack 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. –Joyce Ren
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. –William Qian
This five section 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 keynote speakers; 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. –Angie Lin
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. –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. –Sandra Quon
CPAC-TD 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. –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. –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. –Cathy Zhao
CPAC-TD 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. –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. –Susan Guan
I attended all courses, they were carefully organized and presented by wonderful teachers and insightful leaders, it’s a very impressive, exciting and unforgettable experience. With this CPAC knowledge and experience, I could behave much better in my daily work, communicate with more leadership skills, feel less stressful in the high demanding, fast paced working place. I was not good at dealing with people before, it may come from the culture or my personality; this program opened my mind, let me realize there are so much potentials could be made if I use the positive ways to guide, inspire, and lead other people. We will keep doing the right things, and doing things right, becoming a better person. –Wayne Li
I have been to various training during my career, but the leadership training offered by CPAC certainly opened my eyes. During the six-week program, we covered so many interesting and practical topics, such as how to host meetings, how to communicate with coworkers and how to behave as a good leader. I got so much involved into every one of them, so there is no time to feel left out or bored. Also, you could meet professionals from different background; all of them brought something to the table. The interaction during the session is smart, funny and dynamic. I would recommend this course to anyone who is ambitious and eager to climb the corporate ladder. –Jane Yan
Thank you so much for arranging this program. During the past two-month mentorship, I have learned some specific leadership skills from my mentor, including management skills, communication skills and the most important, the right and balanced attitude to my future life and work. Besides this, big picture view, time & cost control, project management keys are also essential factors for a good leader, especially for a leader on engineering project management. The above mentioned match what I have learned on my CPAC LDP program very much. Surprised! –Janet Lin