Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is the application deadline? - The deadline to apply for our 2020-2021 10-month leadership program is May 31, 2020.
  2. How long is the program and when does it start? - The program starts in September 2020 with a short orientation and 2.5 day opening retreat. Our regular program days (called challenge days) are held one Monday a month (9am-5pm) from October 2020 - June 2021. Check out the 2020-2021 Challenge Day Schedule.
  3. How much does it cost? - The tuition fee for our 10-month leadership program is $4,250. This fee includes over 97 hours of instruction as well as the cost of all resource materials and assessment tools, meals and snacks at challenge days, and the hotel accommodations for opening retreat.
  4. How many people do you accept each year? - We accept up to 30 participants each year. Participants are selected based on the information provided in their application and by their two references. Leadership Saskatoon values diversity, and consideration is given to ensure the chosen candidates represent a variety of sectors, experiences, and backgrounds.
  5. Who is a typical candidate for this program? - We have leaders from all walks of life and all stages of their careers join us in the program! We try very hard to have balanced representation from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors within each class cohort. Our participants include new, aspiring and experienced leaders from large organizations, government, academic institutions, not-for profit organizations as well as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Leadership exists in many forms (hint: you don’t have to have direct reports at work to be a leader!).
  6. How do people fund their tuition to the program? - In a variety of ways. Most employers support the attendance of their employees either in full or in part. Some participants self-fund, and others make use of external grant programs to support their tuition fees.
  7. Where can I find tuition support? - The Government of Saskatchewan and the Muttart Foundation both offer grants for leadership training. These programs are external to Leadership Saskatoon and must be applied for separately. If you are considering applying to one of these grantors for funding do so immediately – their funding goes fast! The CanSask Job Grant is intended for employers from the private or not-for-profit sectors. The Muttart Leadership Bursary is for individuals from registered charities working in the field of social services or early childhood education and care.
  8. I am applying for a CanSask job grant to support this training. What information do I need for my application? - Please email us for more information.
  9. The application form says that the Saskatoon Community Foundation (SCF) provides a bursary for one candidate each year. How do I apply? - Each year, the SCF provides funding to Leadership Saskatoon to support tuition for one participant in our 10-month leadership program. In order to be considered for this bursary, applicants must work in the charitable sector and clearly demonstrate a history of community involvement. If you are interested in being considered for this bursary please complete this section of the Leadership Saskatoon application form.
  10. When is tuition due? - If you are accepted into the Leadership Saskatoon program, tuition fees are due August 15, 2020.
  11. Is this program delivered in-person? - Yes, the Leadership Saskatoon program is an in-person program. We recognize that the covid-19 pandemic is causing uncertainty for program delivery methods at all learning institutions. We remain optimistic that progress will be made on the pandemic prior to our course start in September 2020. That said, we are following (and will continue to follow) the advice of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and our emergency management organizations regarding our ability to deliver safe in-person programming.
  12. Is there an attendance requirement? - Yes. The program is highly experiential, and full attendance and participation is expected. The majority of the program takes place during regular work hours, so it is important that supervisors/managers of program applicants are fully aware and prepared to support the time commitment required. Read our attendance policy.
  13. Do I get a credential? - Participants who successfully complete the Leadership Saskatoon program receive a certificate of participation from Leadership Saskatoon and the University of Saskatchewan.
  14. I feel uncertain about applying to the program at this time. What does submitting an application commit me to? - Everyone is feeling uncertain. We also know that times of intense change can be a great opportunity to take stock of your opportunities for growth. Submitting an application commits you to nothing other than an expression of interest in our program. If you accepted as a candidate, our staff will be in touch about next steps in July 2020. Don’t be shy, apply!