In-Person Program


Founded by KPMG Enterprise and Ivey Business School, CommunityShift™ offers deep experiential learning and networking for C-level leaders of Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations.


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Fall Session

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Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

Program Content

CommunityShift™ is a unique leadership development program founded by KPMG Enterprise and Ivey Business School. It’s designed exclusively for C-level leaders of Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations, so you’ll be learning with some of the top executives in the country.

A rigorous 5-day program for 35 of Canada’s not-for-profit leaders, CommunityShift™ will change the way you look at your operations and provide a catalyst for change.

This program will include representatives from across sectors (e.g. education, health, youth, community service) and will include not-for-profits and charitable organizations.

CommunityShift™ builds on the success of QuantumShift™, a long-running developmental program for entrepreneurs, co-founded by KPMG and Ivey. QuantumShift™ has grown into a national network with more than 550 alumni, actively engaged in continued learning and networking activities.

Who Should Attend?

CommunityShift is designed to benefit the leaders of Canada’s influential charitable and not-for-profit organizations with assets/revenues greater than $5M. Successful participants will be leaders in their sector and community, insightful and articulate, with a desire to learn and develop and be ready and willing to contribute to the learning of their peers.

The application process is rigorous and requires the support of the participating organization’s board.

Participants commonly include individuals in Senior Director, VP, President, and C-suite roles.


The program’s application process is rigorous and requires the support of the participating organization's board.

Any C-level leader of a Canadian charity or not-for-profit organization may be nominated. All applications are confidential and are made through KPMG Enterprise. Participants are selected by The Ivey Academy. 

If you have any questions, please contact: Bobbi-Jean White

What You Learn

Top faculty and outstanding guest speakers will challenge participants to share experiences, learn from each other, and apply the learning back to their own organization. 

Topics covered include:

  • Fostering collaboration
  • Managing the external environment & stakeholders
  • Leading deep and comprehensive change
  • Measuring impact
  • Individual and team decision making in challenging situations
  • Negotiating effectively
  • Developing personal leadership

How You Learn

The Ivey Leadership Program is deeply experiential, grounded in case research, and facilitated by expert faculty from Ivey Business School. Our real-world approach to learning for executives is about practical application. You'll finish the program with new skills, crowdsourced wisdom, and a clear strategy to tackle specific challenges back at work.

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Expert Faculty Led Sessions
Expert Faculty Led Sessions
Ivey Case Method
Ivey Case Method
Peer Learning Teams
Peer Learning Teams
Simulations And Role Play
Simulations And Role Play
Assessment Tools
Assessment Tools
Industry Guests
Industry Guests

Select Participating Organizations

Participant Testimonials

This was the first time in my life as a leader that I have had the opportunity for such a focused and multidimensional reflection on who I am as a leader, the skills I have, and the areas I need to develop. I have lots more processing to do to fully unpack the riches of the week, but this is a great start and has reignited my desire for professional development.

Julie Kerr, Executive Director, Hull Services

A great opportunity to refresh and enhance leadership knowledge. The learning community created was excellent and provided diverse insights and connections. It’s hard to go from office to classroom for a week, but the ROI can be significant.

Scott Fortnum, President & CEO, Children's Health Foundation

If you are willing to stretch your thinking, make yourself vulnerable, and provide energy and engagement to the discussions, you will be rewarded ten fold in return. This program ignited my appetite for continued learning more than anything else I have attended or studied previously.

Trevor Dawydiuk, Director of Finance, Trinity Place Foundation of Alberta

The Ivey Academy's quality staff and engaging approach challenged my paradigms and provided motivation to reflect and improve my leadership. I now have a leadership circle to help that continual growth.

Darren McKee, Executive Director, Saskatchewan School Boards Association


When are new program dates announced? plus small icon minus small icon

CommunityShift is offered once per year at our London campus. Contact us to receive a notification of new dates for specific programs.

What funding resources are available for executive education programs at Ivey? plus small icon minus small icon

Organizations and participants in Canada may benefit from the Canada Job Grant or the Canada Training Credit to offset a portion of program fees. Visit our Funding Resources page to learn more.

What is the application process? plus small icon minus small icon

To obtain more information, please click on the Request Information button and fill out the required fields. A KPMG Enterprise professional will follow up with you to continue the application process. If you have any questions please get in touch with Bobbi White at