Suncor Energy executive to co-chair the Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue
“It’s a great honor to work alongside the many influential world leaders that are engaged with the CCELD,” says Lee. “Developing tomorrow’s leaders has long been a passion of mine. To continue our development as a country and a society we need strong leaders who are able to think globally and act locally.”
The Dialogue, built on the proven model of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference and the Governor-General’s Canadian Leadership Development Conference, will bring together 120 future leaders from Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean to participate in a unique two-week leadership development conference.
Following the opening conference sessions in Gatineau/Ottawa, participants will divide into smaller study groups and travel to locations in Canada and the Caribbean to visit communities and workplaces from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. As a leading conference sponsor, Suncor will host study groups in St John’s, NL and Fort McMurray, AB.
At the conclusion of the study group travel, participants will reconvene in Barbados where each study group will present what they have observed and learned to the plenary, the conference president and invited guests.
“I am looking forward to the experiences and learnings that the participants will share at the end of the Dialogue. What I hope will emerge from this process are community-minded leaders with the ability to think creatively to solve problems and create stronger nations for the future,” says Lee.
The 2011 CCELD has been organized by alumni of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences and is the first of its kind. The Dialogue, themed “Growth through Connections: Enabling Sustainable Progress”, has been developed to promote cross-culture and cross-sector learning and will challenge participants to push their boundaries and expand their global appreciation.
Suncor Energy Inc. is Canada’s premier integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
The Suncor Energy Foundation is a private, non-profit charitable foundation established by Suncor to receive Suncor’s contributions and support registered Canadian charitable organizations. Its funding priorities are educational, environmental and community-based initiatives that primarily support Suncor’s operating communities. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has contributed more than $57 million to Canadian communities.
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