Our Civic Leadership Initiative is dedicated to encouraging and supporting citizens towards civic leadership.
Whether it be roles in nonprofit groups, business, local government or a neighbourhood improvement project, British Columbia needs knowledgeable and capable people to make us the best we can be.
We are an independent non-partisan research and education initiative based in Vancouver, British Columbia that seeks excellence in civic leadership.
We believe that society must constantly cultivate and support new leadership to ensure good governance in municipalities, agencies, boards, commissions and non profit groups.
Some of our recent contributors have been:
Former Mayor of the District of North Vancouver
Yuen Paul Woo
Canadian Senator, House Leader of the Independent Senators
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We believe that good governance is one of the most important elements of a successful society and there is too much at stake to leave this to informal and casual processes. All of us benefit when those committed to civic leadership improve their knowledge and gain insights and wisdom from those who have already lived these experiences.
Our initiative operates under the guidance of the Global Civic Policy Society which was formed with the insight that global problems and solutions often arise from the civic level. We have two core principles:
- Respect for British Columbia institutions and history.
- Social policy informed by economic analysis.
The Public Office Seminars originated from two political opponents Bradley Shende and Sam Sullivan of two different political parties who fought each other in a political campaign.
Afterwards they got together and agreed that encouraging people to serve in civic leadership and educating the public about governance issues was not a partisan activity. They recruited people from all parts of the political spectrum and hosted their first exploratory meeting. Here are some highlights of the meeting: