What is Community Leadership Capacity?

Leadership excellence of both formal and informal leaders spanning all sectors, within all silos, of all stakeholder groups, at all levels of a Community. 

The BECOMING A COMMUNITY BUILDER initiative has been launched to grow Community Leadership Capacity in Rural Alberta.

Who is it for?

The initiative is designed and facilitated by IAN HILL, award winning Change Agent, Business Leader and one of North America’s foremost Community Builders. In 2012, the program was beta-tested in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, engaging 1053 citizens with outstanding results.

Alumni Comunities

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Town / County Two Hills, Town / County Ponoka, Grande Prairie, Vermilion, Bonnyville / MD / Cold Lake, Stony Plain / Parkland County, Delburne, Nanton, Hanna, Consort / Veteran / Special Areas 4, Wheatland County / Strathmore, Pincher Creek / Waterton / Piikani Nation, Lacombe / Lacombe County 

Practice makes perfect

BECOMING A COMMUNITY BUILDER is a 90 day, competency based, community and professional leadership development program. The program offers two distinct learning tracks to an UNLIMITED NUMBER of community participants. 

Community First

The first focuses on adult community members and is designed for those looking to grow both professionally and as community leaders. The second track is specifically designed to engage and develop leadership capacity amongst youth.

As the needs of our communities change and the dynamics and demands of leaders increase, there must be a corresponding adjustment in how leaders operate their businesses or organizations, mobilize community resources, build community capacity and interact with all stakeholders.

This will ensure that they are fulfilling their roles in building strong (both figuratively and literally), sustainable, thriving communities for today and into the future. The leadership approach the times require (and the one that many long for) is what we refer to as a “Community Builder”!

What does it take to make dreams come true? What does it take to be taken seriously by adults or even your peers? What does it take to get things done and change the world for the better?

Simple, but it takes leadership. As a Participant you will learn the key competencies that help to make a person an effective leader today and lay the foundation for future leadership success for yourself and your community!

The BECOMING A COMMUNITY BUILDER initiative has been launched to grow Community Leadership Capacity in Rural Alberta.

If you would like to see an increase in volunteerism, greater community ownership and pride, increased business profitability, improved performance for yourself and those around you and the strengthening of your community’s resiliency, then BECOMING A COMMUNITY BUILDER is for you and your community. 

The Programs Starts

September 26th, 2014

The 90 day program

To be effective, training and development must actually create performance improvement. Seminars, videos, training manuals, and other passive learning process just aren't effective.

We have designed a process that creates behavior change through an innovative 21 day blended learning model we call The Change Continuum – a proven process that supports performance improvement. The 90 day program includes:

  1. Four workshops via live streaming video (one every three weeks),
  2. Four coaching sessions via live streaming video (between the learning sessions),
  3. Weekly reinforcement exercises and motivational emails,
  4. A learning portal containing on-demand video archives of all sessions, materials and support forum for the dynamic exchange of information amongst all participants,
  5. A concluding survey to identify the ways in which this program has influenced individuals’ participation and leadership abilities,
  6. The learning portal will be available for use by your community in perpetuity.

“Amazing program, I think everyone should take it. LOVE how you can work at your own pace and learning style.”


Award Winning Change Agent and Business Leader

Humanitarian, Business Leader, and Award Winning Social Innovator, these are some of the words that often used when referring to Ian Hill. Whether running a multi-million dollar business operation with over 1000 employees, to spearheading first of their kind life-changing community projects, to a unique Canadian-wide initiative. Ian Hill has been recognized for being a catalyst for positive change throughout North America.