CommunityShift™ provides an excellent environment for C-level leaders of Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations. Founded by KPMG Enterprise and Ivey Business School, this leadership development program abounds with challenging content, engaging learning, and talented facilitators.

Who should attend?

Leaders of Canada's charitable and not-for-profit organizations with assets/revenues greater than $5M. Successful participants are leaders in their sector and community. They have a desire to learn and develop, and are always ready to contribute to the learning of their peers.


Session Dates

November 17 – 22, 2019

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London, Ontario, Canada

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

551 Windermere Road

Program Fees

$3,000 (Domestic) and $10,000 (International) CAD 

Program fee includes all materials, meals and accommodations.

Program fees are tax exempt.

Additional Details

Program Fee: 
$3,000 (Domestic) and $10,000 (International) CDN 
(Program fee includes all materials, meals, accommodations.) 

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What do I get?

After completing the CommunityShift™ program, you'll receive an authentic digital artifact – also known as a badge. This badge showcases your achievements and commitment to professional development. You can share your accomplishment with your network by displaying digital badges on social media, websites, ePortfolios, professional networks, and email signatures. Included in your badge is a digital certificate. Your network will be able to view your personalized and authentic certificate through your online digital badge.

In addition to a digital badge, you will receive a CommunityShift™ Certificate of Completion, a powerful credential from the top business school in Canada.

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 surrounded by some of the top executives in the country.

A rigorous five-day program for 45 of Canada’s not-for-profit leaders, CommunityShift™ will change the way you look at your operations and provide a catalyst for change.

This in-residence 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 500 alumni, actively engaged in continued learning and networking activities.


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

For detailed program content, download the brochure.

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

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Program Faculty

A.C. (Ann) Frost

Associate Professor

A.C. (Ann) Frost

Ann C. Frost is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Ivey Business School. Prior to joining the school in 1995, Frost was a doctoral fellow at the Center for Industrial Competitiveness at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a research associate at MIT's Industrial Performance Center. She earned her BComm and MSc from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. in industrial relations from the Sloan School of Management, MIT.

Frost's research interests include workplace restructuring, dynamics in industrial relations, the high performance workplace, and knowledge management in services. Her research has been funded by the Russell-Sage and Rockefeller Foundations (changes in low skilled - low wage work in the American hospital industry) and SSHRC (job quality in Canadian call centres and care team interactions in Ontario intensive care units). Frost is also involved in a multi-year, SSHRC-funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative project entitled Rethinking Institutions for Work and Employment in the Global Era.

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Gerard Seijts


Gerard Seijts

Gerard Seijts received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1998. Prior to joining Ivey Business School in 2000, he was on the faculty at the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Gerard is teaching on several leadership programs. For example, he has worked with organizations including Aecon, Intact Financial Corporation, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving Limited, Hutchison Ports, Cigna, A.S. Watson, Bank of China Hong Kong and many others. He has also worked with local government in Canada and Hong Kong on issues such as leadership and change. Gerard has taught EMBA, MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership, leading change, organizational behavior, performance management and staffing.

His research activities, spanning journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, cover a wide range of topics including leadership, change, goal setting, training and development, teams, organizational justice, and performance management. He also enjoys writing practitioner-oriented articles.

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Ariff Kachra

Lecturer (part-time)

Ariff Kachra

Dr. Ariff Kachra has been affiliated with the Richard Ivey School of Business for over 2 decades. He spent 5 years at the school full time where he served as the Academic Director of the Ivey Consulting Program, Founding Editor of the Ivey Business Review, the Founder of Ivey’s Diversity Initiative, and Managing Director of Ivey’s Executive Development Center in India. During his full-time tenure at Ivey, Dr. Kachra won 3 teaching awards in the HBA program and 3 teaching awards in the MBA program. More recently, Dr. Kachra served as the founding Dean Arts and Sciences at the University of Central Asia (UCA). Dean Kachra developed and managed academic partnerships with leading universities in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, oversaw the planning, launch and operations of faculty and student recruitment and retention, the Registrar’s Office, Student Affairs, Library Services, UCA’s Teaching and Learning Center, UCA’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme, Academic and Non-Academic Services on Campus and Strategic Planning. Dr. Kachra is a seasoned executive faculty member who spent 8 years teaching Executive MBA students at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management in California. During his tenure at Pepperdine, he received multiple teaching awards and served as the Director of the MBA program; Pepperdine’s Program is one of the largest MBA programs in the US. Today, Dr. Kachra is the Founder and Managing Director of Strat-ology Consulting Inc., a boutique management consulting house specializing in Strategic Facilitation, Executive Development, Training, Executive Coaching and Educational Consulting. Dr. Kachra is an expert facilitator with specific interests in working with Boards and Top Management Teams to map out their strategic direction. He also has several years of management consulting and senior management experience in Canada and abroad.

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Where You Learn

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre

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551 Windermere Road
London, Ontario, Canada
N5X 2T1

The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre provides business professionals with an extraordinary and intimate setting like no other. Housed in a Georgian manor with 30 beautifully landscaped acres of parkland and gardens, The Ivey Academy is minutes from Western University and the Ivey Business School.

Spencer has 125 guest suites, 14,000 sq. ft. of event space (including three amphitheatres), cycling and hiking trails, a fitness centre, a high-ropes team-building course, five dining rooms, and free parking.

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