Sustainability Leadership Certificate

The SLC is training a new kind of leader: A strategist who sees challenges within a broad systems perspective; An innovator who can imagine, plan and take action to develop a more sustainable world; A facilitator that inspires and enables others to do good work.

The Sustainability Leadership Certificate has been created through a partnership between RBC, College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, and COLAB.  The program supports aspiring leaders to develop their confidence in working with complexity through personal leadership, storytelling, skills for collaboration, and community action projects.

Participants learn how to lead change for environmental, economic, and social sustainability:

  • Practical skills, tools and confidence to lead and inspire change

  • Practice participatory facilitation, group leadership, prototyping, and systems thinking

  • Turn ideas into action by designing and implementing hands-on projects that meet real needs

  • Build a network of collaborators, personal supports, and leaders in sustainability

  • Bridge theory and practice for social, environmental & economic sustainability





Explore your personal relationship to leadership in the context of sustainability,  systems thinking, and a global perspective. Begin to hone your own leadership skills and self awareness.


Module 1 Assignment: Personal Storytelling Project

  • 4+ interviews with Sustainability Leaders

  • Creative project to summarize learning



Learn powerful tools for collaboration and change that can be effectively used by leaders to plan and lead in a complex world. 


Module 2 Assignment: Team Action Projects

  • Plan and implement a Community Action Project

  • Learn about the context that your challenge exists within

  • Reflect on your actions with your team using After Action Review

  • Present learnings at a Pecha Kucha style presentation night


Pecha kucha // presentation night

Teams collectively present their learnings, insights,  and challenges.



Reflection on your ability to exercise agency in the real world with assured direction and confidence to be a leader of sustainability. What personal and group skills to lead change will you take with you as you exit the program?




The entire SLC process has been extremely empowering for me and I never thought the program would have had such an impact on me. It was enlightening to discover that I have been practicing a valid style of leadership for years.
— SLC Participant
The excitement and motivation I got from the program was unbelievable. I definitely feel more confident about inspiring and creating change.
— SLC Participant


The SLC program runs every year, beginning in October. Register Here:

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