Leadership Development Program for Non-Profits

Lead with Confidence & Clarity

Join a leadership development program designed specifically for you: Executives, Senior Managers, and Board Members in the non-profit sector.

What makes this program unique?

  • Built for Non-Profits: Each module is designed to address issues uniquely faced by non-profits.
  • Practical and Engaging: Not only is the program rooted in best-practice and leadership theory, but it’s paired with practical tools and resources for quick implementation.

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“The intentional time to connect to other leaders and discuss these topics was important. We rarely have those opportunities so I very much valued that connection.”

– Christian Harvey, Executive Director, One City Peterborough

Leadership Development Program: Overview

Who is this for?

Laridae’s Leadership Development Program caters to experienced leaders, as well as those new to the role. It is ideal for you if:

  • You are currently, or will be, a senior leader or volunteer board member of a non-profit organization.
  • You want to better understand the value of healthy dynamics between executive leadership and the board.
  • You want to best leverage your capacity to lead your organization to have an even bigger impact in your community.
  • You are eager to learn, have an open mind, and are willing to try new things.

What you will get out of this program

As a non-profit leader, you will graduate this program with the practical know-how you need to avoid common but costly missteps, and guide your organizations with newfound confidence and clarity.

  • Deepen your understanding of good governance
  • Develop strategic clarity for your organization
  • Manage and mitigate enterprise-wide risk
  • Lead purposeful change
  • Tell a powerful organizational story
  • Plan for leadership transition and succession
  • Increase your impact and leadership potential

“The tools and resources I received are directly applicable, useful, and produce tangible results in my work.”

– Dawn McColl, Assistant Executive Director, VCCS Employment Services

A Unique Format Designed for Effective and Engaging Adult Learning

When COVID hit, we moved our training programs online, employing engaging and collaborative online teaching methods that have only improved over time.

Laridae’s Leadership Development Program employs a uniquely “scaffolded” approach, with a diverse set of opportunities for interactive learning.

Interactive Classroom Sessions

Delivered virtually, our classroom sessions are interactive and engaging. All sessions are facilitated by leaders with extensive experience in the non-profit sector, who ensure that participants can apply theory to their own workplace.

Take-home Tools and Guides

Participants never leave a session empty-handed. Each module includes take-home tools and guides which are yours to keep, so you can keep applying your learning in the future.

Coffeehouse Discussion Sessions

Our popular ‘coffeehouse’ sessions provide a relaxed atmosphere for facilitated group discussion, where all participants learn from each other and build the confidence to strengthen their leadership and management skills.

“I think Laridae did a great job virtually and I don’t feel that we missed out at all.”

– Karen Wilson, Executive Director, Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough

Topics Covered: Non-Profit Leadership Essentials

Our Leadership Development Program consists of six core modules that teach participants the essential leadership skills they need to excel at their job.

Module 1: “Governance 101”

Deepen your understanding of good governance. Ensure that your Board members work well together, make effective decisions, and fulfill their fiduciary duties. Learn about the role of the Board versus the role of management, how to get good advice, and how to conduct Board business both efficiently and thoroughly.

Module 2: “Strategic Clarity”

Develop strategic clarity for your organization. Good strategy builds organizational capacity, enables good decision-making, assists with communication, and creates healthy work environments. In this module, you will learn how to build a positive strategic planning process. One that leads to deeper engagement, consensus, and a renewed commitment to your mission and vision.

Module 3: “Risk Management”

Manage and mitigate enterprise-wide risk. Learn how to implement an enterprise-wide risk management framework. Begin to proactively—and preventatively—manage your biggest risks. Improve your business acumen through the use of risk-identification methods. You will leave with the tools necessary to assess your organization’s risks and implement mitigation strategies.

Module 4: “Readiness for Change”

Lead purposeful change. Self-assess your readiness for change as a leader. How will your team members and organization react when change occurs? What role will they play on the team to help manage change? What do you need for change to be successful? 

Module 5: “Storytelling for Non-Profits”

Tell a powerful organizational story. How can you cultivate your organization’s stories? Why should we tell stories? What are the essential elements of a good story? This module will teach you how to use storytelling to effectively market and communicate your brand, fundraise, advocate, recruit, and engage staff and volunteers.

Module 6: “Succession Planning”

Plan for leadership transition and succession. A change in key leadership functions is a cultural and operational milestone for an organization. Prepare for inevitable leadership transitions by identifying and cultivating leadership from within your organization, planning for external recruitment, and making sure that each stakeholder understands their role and knows “what’s next” when a leadership change occurs.


Meet Your Instructors

Laridae’s team of experienced consultants deliver the training. We have coached and supported leaders at all levels of the non-profit sector. See our bios below!

Ugette Vanderpost

A gifted educator and speaker, Ugette brings to this role a wide range of leadership skills. For over twenty years she has been dedicated to guiding others as they engage in their own learning and professional development. Her experience includes organizational development, strategic problem solving, and transition planning. Her strengths are in facilitating conversations that build trust and commitment towards a common vision. As a head of school, facilitator, and coach Ugette has honed collaboration techniques that build effective relationships across diverse communities.

In her role as Consultant at Laridae, she is committed to designing engaging learning opportunities for all clients. Ugette is currently completing her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University. A lover of the great outdoors, Ugette also volunteers her time as a Varsity Rowing Coach for Trent University. She lives with her family in the Otonabee countryside, just outside of Peterborough, Ontario.

Valentina Kibedi

Community development and partnership building have been at the heart of Valentina’s career. For over ten years, Valentina has been building a range of experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors—including four years at the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Valentina has a passion for supporting mission-driven organizations to develop customized, actionable strategies, and transform their cultures. At Laridae, Valentina leads a range of strategy, facilitation, and planning projects, and provides training and coaching to non-profit professionals across Canada. Whether through strategic facilitation, stakeholder engagement, management and leadership training, or coaching, Valentina helps leaders implement change that lasts, and supports them to develop resilient teams and organizations.

Valentina holds a degree in Criminology from York University and has volunteered for a variety of community organizations in Peterborough and across the GTA.

Diane Pick

Diane’s expertise includes strategic leadership and building high-functioning organizations. With 30 years of experience as a leader of Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario she has a deep practical understanding of the challenges that leaders in not-for-profit organizations experience. Her knowledge and expertise provide community leaders with support to maximize their impact and leadership potential. Her communication and facilitation skills enhance the interactive training program so all participants sharpen their leadership skills to leverage their capacity to demonstrate effective outcomes for their organizations.

Diane has engaged in ongoing leadership training including a certificate in Public Sector Leadership from the Rotman School of Business and has held the designation of Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leadership for more than 25 years.

Siam Grobler

As a Consultant, Si is involved in strategic planning, communications, and branding. He also provides training and coaching to non-profit leaders. To ensure his clients receive trusted counsel for their most pressing needs, Si draws from his diverse academic background and work experience. He holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in Biology and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development. This education has taught him to fully understand a problem and its context before providing a creative solution.

Before joining Laridae, he worked with the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce to support the local small-business community and to attract and retain new Members. He is passionate about improving the sustainability and impact of the non-profit sector, which is why he serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit and teaches the Social Enterprise and Social Innovation course at Trent University. He lives in Peterborough with his family and enjoys being outside running, golfing, camping and skiing.

Danielle Rocheleau

As CEO, Danielle leads the Laridae team, driving the future growth of the company. The foundation of Danielle’s professional experience, career, and passion has been rooted in community development. An entrepreneurial, strategic thinker, Danielle deploys collaborative approaches to problem-solving. She leads some of Laridae’s highest profile strategic planning, governance, communications, and branding projects.

Prior to consulting, she held executive roles with the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) and Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED). Danielle has actively engaged in governance throughout her career as a volunteer Board member of non-profits. She recently completed her Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program at McMaster University. Bilingual, Danielle is originally from Timmins.

How to Participate


Register your interest and we’ll let you know when the next cohort opens up.

Non-Profit Organizations

Book a Private Leadership Development Program for Your Team or Community

Do you want your board, executive leadership and senior management to be on the same page? Are there organizational challenges that you would like to solve together? Contact us to discuss booking your own private Leadership Development Program.

Associations & Capacity-Building Agencies

Provide Value to your Members and Community with the Leadership Development Program

Do you want to offer unique added value to your members? Do you want to build capacity in your community or network? Are there community challenges that you would like to solve together? Contact us to discuss how you can bring the Leadership Development Program to your network or community.