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Professional Development Institute

The Conference Board of Canada's premier education destination delivering first class learning opportunities such as courses and workshops for business and government professionals to develop new skills, improve their job performance, and advance their careers.  
The Niagara Institute is the leadership development division of The Conference Board of Canada.

In partnership with the Board, we are pleased to sponsor a number of one-day workshops focusing on leadership skills that complement our comprehensive and skills development public and custom programs.  

Train the Brain for Leadership Success

This one-day workshop is a significant advance in leadership development - presenting some of the latest findings from neuroscience in a dynamic and practical manner that will help challenge how you manage and lead others and how you and your team make important business decisions.

Train the Brain for Leadership Success presents participants with important knowledge of the brain that will help them and their teams make better use of their brains to improve collaboration, break existing restrictive paradigms and think in greater breadth and depth. 

“Brain science has made major advances in the past decade. While we have studied human decision biases and other aspects of human decision-making for years, we are learning not just to account for the patterns that exist, but move forward to understanding how we can improve individual performance by "training the brain". We can improve the quality of our decision-making, creativity and ability to innovate. This conference will provide you with some appropriate insights."

Daniel Muzyka President and Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada

Dates and Locations 

October 19 Toronto More information/Register
October 26  Ottawa  More information/Register 

Robert Paris, program designer and facilitator talks about the Train the Brain workshop and it's impact on innovation and employee engagement.


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Presenting as a Leader®


Presenting as a Leader builds the fundamental skills required to deliver persuasive and compelling presentations. This one-day workshop provides participants with the tools and insights to influence their audience at every opportunity by connecting centered content to confident delivery.

Dates and Locations 


October 3  Toronto  More information/Register
October 5  Ottawa  More information/Register 

Leveraging Tension for Leadership Success

Leaders are often in a tug-of-war, facing countless conflicting demands such as planning vs. action, competition vs. collaboration, change vs. stability, and work vs. home. Wrestling these competing values and tackling chronic issues can move a team from surviving to thriving. A powerful way to make this happen is through utilizing a set of principles and tools called Polarity Thinking™. 

Leveraging Tension for Leadership Success will show you how to understand and succeed in mastering complex problems by tapping into the power of healthy tension.   

Dates and Locations


October 12  Toronto  More information/Register 
October 19  Ottawa  More information/Register 


Tim Arnold, program designer and facilitator explains polarity management and it's impact on success.

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Influential Communication Essentials


Influential Communication Essentials is a highly interactive workshop which will show participants how to communicate with clarity and intent. The workshop will give participants practical tools and guidance they can implement immediately. They will learn to organize their thoughts in a logical manner, craft key messages that will tell their audience what’s most important and use their physical and vocal presence to keep the audience engaged.

Dates and Locations 


October 19 Calgary  More information/Register 

Strategic Agility


Strategic Agility introduces and defines the concept of agile learning leadership and its relationship to having a strategic mindset—making decisions now in a timely manner that will lead the organization toward its future objectives. Growing your leaders’ willingness and capability to look, plan and move into the future with clear intentions and purposeful actions.

Dates and Locations 


October 17 Toronto  More information/Register
November 1  Ottawa  More information/Register 

View a list of all programs offered by the Professional Development Institute.
Save $150 on all one day workshops when you register until July 31. Use promo code PRM14.


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