Evolutionary Leadership Training for Agriculture and Aquaculture

 Build strategies and capacity to grow your organization and industry
 Develop dynamic and collaborative leadership teams.
 Create a culture of innovation and creative problem-solving. 

LeadAtlantic is an evolutionary leadership program for Atlantic agriculture and aquaculture that is going to redefine leadership in the agricultural industry. LEAD will produce leaders committed to creating stronger and more profitable industries, a sustainable and innovative rural economy, and who have the leadership competencies to deliver on that commitment. Come be a part of the first class to experience this exciting new opportunity

Grounded at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, where you'll find state-of-the-art facilities designed specifically for the research and study of agriculture and related disciplines. The program creates a space where participants can collaboratively explore and apply evolutionary leadership practices to develop solutions for the agriculture and aquaculture industries. Founded on evidenced-based practices and adult learning principles, it incorporates the following features:  

  • Structured leadership courses
  • Individual personal assessment
  • Professional Coaching & mentoring
  • Technology leveraging
  • Customized agriculture & aquaculture content
  • Action challenge projects
  • A solutions workshop
  • Networking

Who Should Participate

Anyone interested in taking on a leadership role or who is currently in a leadership role across the agriculture and aquaculture industries.

Program Details

The program is offered once a year beginning in January. The four courses take place over four 2-3 day sessions. Courses are full-days that run from 9:00am - 4:00pm.  Some evening sessions are planned for networking and special speakers..  Course are fully catered for breaks, breakfast and lunch. 


Session 1 - Self Management

October 25 - 27, 2018

Day 1: The Agriculture and Aquaculture Industries
Day 2: Intro to Leadership & Transformational Leadership
Day 3: Self-management (EQ, social & emotional intelligence)

Session 2 - Engagement

November 16 - 17, 2018

Day 1 & 2: Communication & Teams

Session 3 - Innovation

January 25 - 26, 2019

Day 1 & 2: Creativity & Innovation

Session 4 - Complexity (rooms available at Comfort Inn)

February 28 - March 2, 2019

Day 1: Leading Change
Day 2: Creating the Environment for Success
Day 3: Solutions Workshop (action challenge project presentations)

Read the detailed course descriptions!

Included in the Program: 

  • Face-to-Face Courses  – Content is delivered by Faculty of Management and Faculty of Agriculture award-winning Professors.
  • Personal Assessment with detailed report and debrief: Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Executive Coaching – 3 Sessions with a Certified Executive Coach are included in the tuition cost
  • Action Challenge Projects - Participants work in groups with a Faculty Project Manager on a real issue in their organization with a goal to create an executable plan by the end of the program.
  • Action Challenge Proposal Form (pdf)


Key Take-Aways

Upon successful completion of the program participants will be able to:

  • Understand and demonstrate leadership behaviors, attitudes, skills and competencies (BASC)
  • Create, define and assess their own leadership style
  • Lead responsibly and demonstrate values-based leadership
  • Effectively engage and lead teams within, across, and external to the organization
  • Understand what a culture of innovation and creative problem solving is and how to create and lead it within their organization
  • Demonstrate complexity and systems thinking through strategic analysis, problem identification and problem solving capacity
  • Partner with others to increase organizational and leadership capacity overall

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Claude Caldwell

Dr. Claude D. Caldwell, Ph.D. – Professor Emeritus Chief Scientific Officer, Field to Fork AgriSystems Consulting has been working in Agriculture in Canada since 1980 when he started with Agriculture AgriFood Canada in Lacombe Alberta. He has spent the past 25 years as a researcher, teacher and extension specialist in Canada specializing in cereals and oilseeds. Originally trained in the United Kingdom as a biophysicist and crop physiologist, Claude has worked extensively in a variety of cropping systems, development of new agricultural technologies, new crop development, agricultural ecosystems and has been actively involved in germplasm development for almost 30 years. 

Dr. Caldwell has supervised many graduate students in varied aspects of plant culture and management and international cropping systems. His present research focuses on new oilseed product development, cereals and Christmas Trees! His international experience involves work in China, Vietnam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, The Gambia, Cambodia and Ethiopia. Dr. Caldwell brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for new ventures to the company.

Dr. Scott Comber

Dr. Scott Comber is an Assistant Professor in the Rowe School of Business. He co-created and teaches the 22-month Personal and Professional Effectiveness (Leadership) curriculum for the Corporate Residency MBA. Scott’s teaching areas of focus are leadership, organizational behaviour and organizational change. Prior to his Dalhousie appointment, Scott held senior leadership roles in the information technology, finance and healthcare industries. He has led initiatives in organizations to develop leaders, create conflict resolution systems and facilitated teams and leaders through change Scott is a certified Executive Coach, has served on a variety of boards, and is often invited to speak on the topics of leadership and change management.

Dr. David Roach

Dr. David C. Roach is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business Administration at Dalhousie University where he teaches master’s level courses in entrepreneurship, innovation and the commercialization of biomedical technologies. He also lectures internationally in the areas of innovative entrepreneurship, product design & development and marketing technology products. Dr. Roach has been instrumental in many early-stage companies ranging from aerospace to biotechnology and brings a hands-on approach to the innovation process. He sits on the board of directors and acts in an advisory capacity for several small and medium-size enterprises in Canada. His research interests include product management practices of SMEs.

Dr. Eddy Ng

eddyng Dr. Ng’s research focuses on employment policies and practices, gender and diversity at work, career issues, and organizational effectiveness.  He is frequently invited to speak at the Human Resources Professional Association, the Professionals in Human Resources Association (Southern California), and the California Agriculture Leadership Program. He also comments on workplace issues for popular Canadian and U.S. media outlets such as the CBC, Globe & Mail, and Local Edition of CNN Headline News. His research has been reported in the National Post, Toronto Sun, Canadian Business Magazine, Maclean’s, Benefits Canada, and the World at Work. He has been involved in research and consulting projects with the TD Bank Financial Group, DECODE, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Coca-Cola Ltd. (Minute Maid division), and the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.


Dr. Binod Sunararajan

Binod Sundararajan Dr. Binod Sundararajan’s research interests lie in organizational, professional and business communication; computer-mediated communication; CSCW, CSCL and social network analysis. He conducts research in business and professional communication practices, adoption and diffusion of mediated technologies, use of CMC in such diverse areas as entrepreneurship, justice, teaching, collaborative work and learning and management education.


Contact Mason MacDonald, Program Manager, for more information: Phone 902-893-6666 or email mason.macdonald@Dal.ca