Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC)

The University of Manitoba is looking for at least one employee to attend the 2020 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

About the conference

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC) gathers emerging leaders for an informative and motivational 15-day experience that will build on their pre-established skills in leadership and management. The purpose of the conference is to advance the quality of decision-making in all key sectors of Canadian society.

2020 marks the eleventh conference.

Who should apply

The University of Manitoba seeks to sponsor at least one well-suited individual for this opportunity to represent the U of M community at the 2020 national conference.  Nominations/applications from both Academic and Support Staff are encouraged.

Nominees/applicants should be mid-career and likely in a high-level, decision-making position within the next ten years.

Short listed nominees/applications will be interviewed by the GGCLC Selection Committee to determine who will attend the conference.

How to apply

Email completed GGCLC Application/Nomination Forms to Mark O'Riley, Director, Learning and Organizational Development at, no later than Tuesday, July 16, 2019.


Candidates will be assessed on the following criteria:

1. Strategic Priority Alignment:  Ability to foster or strengthen the University’s strategic commitments to leadership development and Indigenous achievement as outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Taking Our Place. Candidates must have a strong commitment to the University.

2. Creative and Innovative: Individuals who see this as an exciting opportunity to make a difference and share their GGCLC experiences in their current and future roles in new and creative ways. 

3. Mid-Career Leadership Advancement: Given GGCLC’s mandate “to broaden the perspectives of future leaders,” the selection process will focus on individuals in middle management level positions within the University who are poised to take their leadership skills to the next level.   The candidate’s development plan should include, professional development plans and personal development goals that contribute to the University and broader community.

4. Volunteerism: A commitment and passion toward internal and external volunteerism is key.  Ideally, the candidate’s volunteer work supports progressive social causes that align with the conference and with the University’s strategic priorities. 

5. Characteristics: The conference proceedings are rigorous and intense. Strong candidates will possess a committed/driven spirit, respectful and appreciative of diversity and inclusivity, open-minded, confident, articulate, positive, poised, and focused.

Information session

Interested applicants and nominators are invited to a information session on Wednesday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge.

Christine Cyr, Manitoba co-chair for the 2017 GGCLC and 2015 GGCLC Alumna; and Justin Rasmussen, 2017 GGCLC Alumnus, will share their experiences and answer questions.

RSVP to Cynthia Oliveira, or 204-474-8850. Light snacks will be provided at the information session.

Additional information

More information about this exciting opportunity can be found on the GGCLC website.

Questions about the U of M application and selection process? Contact Mark O'Riley, Director, Learning and Organizational Development, at or 204-474-9491.


Download: GGCLC Nomination/Application Form



“My experience at the 2017 GGCLC conference was transformational! This conference provided an opportunity to engage and debate meaningfully with people from different sectors and with different cultures and backgrounds. I met people I never would have had the opportunity to meet, if not for the conference.”

- Justin Rasmussen, Indigenous student advisor, who represented the University of Manitoba at the GGCLC in 2017.