Course Description

LeadAtlantic is an evolutionary leadership program for Atlantic agriculture and aquaculture. 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.

Grounded at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, you will 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

Course Outline

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.  Courses are fully catered for breaks, breakfast and lunch. 

Face-to-Face Courses – Content is delivered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Management award-winning Professors and will also include special guests and industry experts.

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.


Session 1 - Self Management

Oct 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

Nov 16 - 17, 2018

Day 1 & 2: Communication & Teams

Session 3 - Innovation

Jan 25 - 26, 2019

Day 1 & 2: Creativity & Innovation

Session 4 - Complexity

Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2019

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

*Coming Soon: detailed course descriptions below.

What You Will Learn

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. 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. Claude D. Caldwell, Ph.D is a Professor Emeritus Chief Scientific Officer, Field to Fork AgriSystems Consulting .  He 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. Jenny Baechler is the Associate Director, Corporate Residency MBA Program and the Management without Borders coordinator. Her research integrates the fields of public administration/management, peace/conflict studies, international development studies and complexity theory – exploring opportunities for and barriers to multi-actor, cross-boundary collaboration in the context of international security and development efforts. Her teaching for the Faculty of Management focuses on the management skills related to cross-boundary collaboration: interdisciplinary team dynamics, conflict resolution, design thinking, systems thinking, creative leadership and stakeholder engagement.

Dr. Ramon Baltazar is Assistant Professor of Management in the Rowe School of Business. He has been teaching and consulting for 30 years in the areas of management and organizational strategy. Dr. Baltazar has published a variety of articles, cases, and chapters in scholarly management journals, conferences and books. At the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University, he received the Professor of the Year Award at the Graduate and Undergraduate level on 3 separate occasions.  

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. Jim Barker: Dr. Barker’s teaching and consultation focuses on managing the value creation process across organization and market levels, and emphasizes strategic leadership, stakeholder relationship management, sustainable enterprise management, and strategic change and innovation. He has worked with scientists at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, and with scholars at University of Melbourne, U.S. Air Force Academy and University of Western Australia. 

Dr. Eddy Ng: 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.

Recommended For

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