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President's Student Leadership Program

Program details

The President’s Student Leadership Program is a fully funded, selected, non-credit program. Applications are welcome from all disciplines and levels of study. Successful applicants do not need to do any prep work prior to the start of the program.

Program duration:

The President’s Student Leadership Program runs for one full week in June, followed by a summer project requiring a weekly commitment of around 4 hours weekly on average to project completion, and continues through the fall and winter terms on bi-monthly Saturdays. You will also have the opportunity to be mentored by a senior leader in the community. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony in early April.

For 2024/25, the core week will be held June 9-15 inclusive. Two sessions in the Fall:

  • September 28, 2024
  • November 23, 2024, the weekend retreat will be held February 14-16, 2025.

Attendance at sessions is a program requirement.

Accommodations are considered for religious observance.

Tuition and fees:

Successful applicants are fully funded through a student fellowship that covers all costs of the program, ensuring that the program is fully accessible to all successful applicants.

Program info:

The President's Student Leadership program provides:

  • A unique experience working with peers from diverse backgrounds
  • The opportunity to learn in an intensive format from top leaders about key leadership challenges
  • Access to mentorship opportunities
  • A letter of accomplishment and a certificate to complement your academic record
  • Funding for program participation in the form of the President's Student Leader Fellowship
  • Ongoing interaction and contribution with future cohorts of the President's Student Leadership Program, helping to form a network of future leaders in the province

Sample weekday itinerary (in person mode of delivery)

Each day will follow a theme, e.g. increasing leadership impact through collaboration and partnership

  • 8 a.m. Breakfast in common dining room
  • 9 a.m. Student teams work together to plan approaches and questions for the day’s site visit
  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Depart for site visit*, lunch provided
  • 4 p.m. Team reports and reflections

After returning to campus, participants gather in their teams to prepare informal presentations for the group on their team’s findings during the visit

  • 5:30 p.m. Break
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner in common dining room
  • 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Post-dinner activity (guest speaker or leadership workshop)

*Site visit examples include:

  • Leading innovative company where the CEO, union leaders and top employees will dialogue with the participants
  • Leadership in the justice system: hearing from and engaging with key decision makers
  • Leadership in social services or healthcare: key challenges and approaches
  • Leadership in the arts and non-profit sector

Saturday and Sunday will be preparatory work and workshops

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Visionary Investment
The James W. Burns Leadership Institute at the I.H. Asper School of Business has been created through the visionary investment from Canada Life, IG Wealth Management and the Power Corporation of Canada, as well as the Province of Manitoba.

Contact us

James W. Burns Leadership Institute
Room 359 Drake Centre
181 Freedman Cres.
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4