Professional Development Redefined: Introducing the Global Learn & Share Program

The Global Learn and Share Program, hosted by the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada), is created to link Canadian credit union and co-operative employees for success – both in Canada and internationally.  

A Journey of Growth and Impact 

Tailored for high-potential employees and emerging leaders, this program goes beyond traditional learning. It offers a unique blend of cross-cultural exploration, community engagement, and knowledge exchange. Benoit Andre, CDF Canada’s Executive Director underscores the importance of this experiential journey for leadership development.  

Classroom seminars, networking sessions, field trips, and coaching sessions, form the backbone of the program. Participants not only strengthen their leadership competencies, but also contribute to the development of credit unions on a global scale. What sets this program apart is its unwavering commitment to social responsibility. It builds on the pivotal role of credit unions and co-operatives in poverty alleviation and community impact.   

Expanding Horizons for Impactful Leadership 

One of the most remarkable aspects of the program is its power to expand horizons. Participants delve into diverse credit union and co-operative models, regulatory frameworks, and market dynamics. They emerge with fresh, innovative ideas and strategies to apply within their organizations.  

At the heart of this journey lies experiential learning – or learning by doing. Through seminars and on-site coaching exchanges, participants enhance their soft skills and apply real-world best practices to tackle real challenges. Small classroom sizes ensure dynamic discussions and responsive teaching. Whether enrolling as individuals or in groups from a single credit union or co-operative, the program is adaptable to participants’ needs. 

“Upon completion of the program, leaders will return home not just inspired, but also equipped to excel in their leadership roles. They bring with them cross-cultural insights, innovative thinking, and a global network of peers,” Andre explains. 

Benefits for All 

The Global Learn and Share Program’s benefits extend to both employees and employers. It fosters the growth of key competencies for effective leadership and nurtures leadership within organizations. It enhances employee retention, attracts top talent, and boosts job satisfaction, showcasing a commitment to forward-thinking professional development. Moreover, participants return with new ideas and inspirations to strengthen operations and community initiatives at home.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this life-changing experience. Register for the upcoming tour to Mombasa, Kenya in February 2024. Visit our page for more information and registration details. 

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