YCP 2015 Workshop Series: Leading Effective Teams with Sue Arndt

Friday, October 23, 2015 9:30am to 3:00pm
215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto – 4th Floor

Cost: $85

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/leading-effective-teams-with-sue-arndt-tickets-18554477943

Organizations need great leaders and whether you are in a position managing staff, interns or a team of volunteers, good leadership takes time and commitment. Join us in a day-long interactive workshop to learn about the techniques that inspire teams, bringing out the best in each and every individual.

Topics include:

  • What is leadership?
  • Qualities of a good team leader
  • Leadership styles and when to use them
  • Empowering and enabling a team
  • Effective delegation
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Dealing with conflict

Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own leadership style and participate in problem solving and role playing exercises.

Bio: Sue Arndt
Sue Arndt is Executive Director of Not Far From the Tree and has been leading and managing teams in the non-profit sector for nearly ten years.

With experience building and leading effective environmental programming teams in nation-wide and Toronto-based partnership programs, Sue looks forward to sharing her experiences and learnings.

The Young Conservation Professionals Leadership Program is a professional development program serving the environmental and conservation sector in Ontario. Thank you to The Sustainability Network for sponsoring this event in our 2015 workshop series.


YCP 2015 Workshop Series: Program Evaluation 101 with Aryne Sheppard

Thursday, October 22, 2015 9:30am to 3:00pm
215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto – 4th Floor

Cost: $85

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/program-evaluation-101-with-aryne-sheppard-tickets-18554609336 

“Did we do the right thing?” and “Did we do the thing right?” are two questions a good evaluation can help you answer. Program Evaluation 101 focuses on key principles and methods of evaluation so that you can more effectively understand the success and effectiveness of your work. Topics include:

  • Purposes of evaluation
  • Creating an evaluation plan
  • Building a logic model
  • Evaluation tools
  • Communicating evaluation results
  • Big picture issues

Participants will have the opportunity to build a draft evaluation plan during the workshop, and will leave with templates and practical resources. Bring a sample program (past or current) from your organization to workshop with your peers.

Bio: Aryne Sheppard

Aryne Sheppard is the Senior Public Engagement Specialist at the David Suzuki Foundation and is the principal at Living Simply Education & Consulting.

An adult educator and facilitator working in the areas of personal and social change, Aryne has a track record of creating innovative, experientially-based programs in both the non-profit and public sectors. She has studied evaluation and collective impact models, and has collaborated with experts to successfully evaluate her own engagement programs.

Aryne lives in Toronto and believes that valuing the inner life, as individuals and as a society, is one of the most important things we can do to create deep and lasting change.

The Young Conservation Professionals Leadership Program is a professional development program serving the environmental and conservation sector in Ontario. Thank you to The Sustainability Network for sponsoring this event in our 2015 workshop series.

New 2015 YCP Workshops Series: Writing Matters and Fundamentals of Facilitation

The YCP Leadership Program is excited to announce two new workshops in the 2015 YCP Workshop Series:

Writing Matters with Rachelle Delaney, August 10:

“Whether you’re crafting an article, blog post, newsletter, report, or even a tweet, you want your message to be clear, concise, and compelling…” Learn more and register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/writing-matters-tickets-17894849978


Fundamentals of Facilitation with Charlotte Young, August 11:

“Facilitated processes can help our organizations run more smoothly – from working better with board members and colleagues to interacting with potential sponsors and funders….” Learn more and register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fundamentals-of-facilitation-tickets-17895171941

Registration is limited. Thanks to the Carrot Common for hosting. Questions? Contact us at andrew@ycpleadership.ca.

YCP 2015 Workshop Series: Registration Open

Registration is now open for first two offerings in the YCP 2015 Workshop Series: Winning Grant Proposals with Terri LeRoux on May 28th and How Budgets Work with Andrew Kett on May 29th.

These foundational workshops are designed for early-career professionals working in the environmental sector to build practical skills, network, and learn best practices in finance and management. For the first time in the ten-year history of YCP, workshop registration is open to those not currently enrolled in the year-long leadership program.

For more information about the workshops, and to register, please visit:

Winning Grant Proposals: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/winning-grant-proposals-tickets-16753343702 

How Budgets Work: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/how-budgets-work-tickets-16753258447

2015 Call for Applications is Open

Are you an early-career environmental professional in Ontario looking to build your network, career, and leadership skills? The Young Conservation Professionals (YCP) Leadership Program call for applications is open until February 13, 2015. [NOTE: this deadline has been extended until February 27th or until program enrollment is full.]

For 10 years, the Young Conservation Professionals (YCP) Leadership Program, based at the University of Guelph and generously supported by the Arthur D. Latornell Endowment Fund, has developed the leadership and management skills of early-career professionals in Ontario’s environmental sector.

Since 2005, 187 professionals from 85 different government agencies, ENGOs, and businesses in Ontario, including 23 of the 36 Conservation Authorities, have graduated from YCP.

The program is structured for working professionals who enroll in YCP concurrently with their work schedule and apply their learning in the program to real-world, on-the-job projects at their employer. The program accepts up to 20 participants each year.

The program culminates in a graduation ceremony at the A. D. Latornell Conservation Symposium in November.

Testimonials from recent graduates:

“I would recommend this program to anyone looking at shaping their career path, because I think it gives you the tools to take control, learn from your peers, create opportunities and set realistic goals.”

“I would advise that they would gain skills (or at least more insight) required in the sector & that they would get a sense of others working in their field (that they would not normally connect with, or talk to as extensively) making them feel like they are part of a network moving towards a common goal (with similar obstacles!).

“…it was one of the single greatest experiences in my professional career! Its so hard to put into words what this program meant to me. I would say there is no single program that will help you develop your personal and professional life than this program!”

“…the program is great way to re-energize your career, learn new things, keep you current, and above everything else a great way to network with like minded individuals.”

More information about the application process can be found here and in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Applicants will be contacted by the leadership team in late February and successful applicants will be notified in early March in advance of the first residential retreat at the end of March.

Please contact us if you’d like to discuss your eligibility or the application process.


The YCP Leadership Team