Opportunity for Youth: Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities

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AFOA Canada is pleased to partner with Nutrien, who will sponsor one Indigenous Youth who will attend the Harvard Business School program along with Senior Administrators, Executive Officers, Elected Leaders and Senior Managers working in Indigenous communities and organizations on-reserve, off-reserve and in urban, rural and isolated settings across Canada.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The program was developed under the guidance of HBS Executive Education, the Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program is the only program of its kind in North America. The program brings together HBS Faculty and guest speakers who are “specialists” in their fields and proficient in Aboriginal matters.

This four-day program provides the participant with the opportunity to view community investments in a broader context. While it is important to understand investment tools, strategies and products, it is equally important to understand how governance practices can shape the management of the investments with a longer-term view toward building sustainable communities. The skill sets of entrepreneurial finance, negotiations, and change management complement effective governance of community investments. Participants learn using the HBS case study method. Interactive lectures and small study groups ensure lively, thought-provoking discussions and the sharing of innovative ideas. At the program’s conclusion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Harvard Business School.

PROGRAM THEMES: The themes of the program will cover the following:

Investment Governance – Participants will better understand investments and good governance practices over investments.

Entrepreneurial Finance – Participants will build a framework and develop a better understanding of the valuation of potential investments, specifically pre-revenue start-ups.

Negotiations – Participants will enhance their negotiating skills and develop negotiation strategies at an individual and team level.

Change Management – Participants will develop effective strategies for leading through change at both an organizational and community level.