National Farm Leadership Program


Powering Farm Management Canada’s leader development program for Canadian Agriculture.


Participants will learn together and be placed in a learning group that fits their current role.


Business Owners

 Owners of farms and ag businesses.

Hi Potentials / Managers

Individuals under 40 who are aspiring to take on senior leadership or ownership of a business.


Individuals focusing on succession or stepping back.

Farm Advisers

Farm advisers looking for personal development.

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 Program Date



January 27 – April 10th, 2020


January 27: On Line Learning Community Begins

March 10 – 12: Residency – Sidney by the Sea, Vancouver Island 

March 16 – April 10: Online Learning Community Continues

April – December 2020:  Unlimited one on one coaching plus monthly cohort video conference check in.


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If you would like more information or to apply, please contact us.

Program Info: LeaderShift

To Apply: Farm Management Canada

LeaderShift – true leader development 

Designed for busy leaders who want to improve their personal and professional effectiveness.

Program Details


Unlimited one on one coaching for one year.

Unlimited access to the LeaderLab – a private online space to build community through conversation and to engage the curriculum on your own work and travel schedule. About 4 hours total per week anytime.

Your leadership will be assessed using a true leadership assessment tool with bench-marking to a global data set of leaders to identify strengths and limitations.

3 day residency: The highlight of the program where participants practice with their cohort – no power points or lectures. Venue is located on the water front of Vancouver Island 10 minutes from the airport. Participants are able to make connections to airports across Canada via Westjet on last day of program if they wish.

Build your personal development plan guided by the LeaderLab with individual coaching support. 

Regular video conferencing throughout the year to stay connected with your cohort.


Our Promise

Program will be effective on a busy schedule.

Develop skills in real time, while working in your business.

Understand your effectiveness against a global benchmark.

Build confidence and skills to initiate conversations that address persistent problems.

Support your business/career to strategically achieve more of what matters most.

Improve your overall effectiveness and increase performance of others.

Identify and challenge your current ways of thinking.

Learn how to integrate practices to increase well being.

Expand your network by connecting with Ag professionals from across Canada.

Program Features


LeaderLab – learn anywhere, any time, any device – on your schedule.

Residency focused on practice and skill development.

Confidential, mobile, social learning model

Self directed development – you are the focus.

Multi media: audio casts, video casts, graphics.

Multi faceted support model: cohort based, small learning groups, certified coach supported. 

Thorough leader assessment individually reviewed.

Want development for your team but can’t swing both?  We can keep your team together and work with you as a group. 

Investment:  $8400

includes residency accommodation and meals

Save on Tuition!

The National Farm Leadership Program is eligible for up to $2500 cost-share funding for farmers in SK, MB, NB, NL, PEI, YT.
Check with your provincial Ministry of Agriculture for eligibility requirements. 

To Apply:

Questions?  Contact us to discuss:

All applicants will have a “right fit, right now” conversation before admission.

Space will be limited.

What LeaderShift participants say

“I had the good fortune of meeting Kelly and Darrel at a conference in 2018 and after talking to them I could easily see that what LeaderShift was offering filled a major gap in training that Canadian farmers are usually offered. I started doing a deep dive into my overall management competencies in 2016 and found that production and marketing gurus were everywhere, finance coaching was readily available, but the human resource and leadership help was harder to find.  Particularly where family (farm) business is concerned, Kelly could bring personal experience and wisdom into the mix.  LeaderShift didn’t just help me professionally, it extended to my marriage and my whole family. I would highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to up their game and be a better person to work with.”


Kent Sereda, Sereda Farms Ltd.


“As it turned out, I took LeaderShift at a good time as I was I was transitioning out of my farm business and into semi retirement. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in becoming more self-aware, managing their anxiety and being a better communicator. Kelly and Darrel are very flexible, and were quick on their feet to adjust to the needs of the group. The experience exceeded my expectations and was worth every penny. Thank you guys.”


Darryl Toews, Alberta


“LeaderShift revealed a whole new side of leadership that has never been touched on in any previous course that I have taken.  I was able to apply the principals immediately and witness the positive effects of clear communication. The leader assessment identified areas where my leadership required improvement and both the LeaderLab and residency were great ways to practice in both an individual and group setting.”


Darcelle Graham – Executive Director


“LeaderShift has been a great help in gaining a better understanding of how my leadership style impacted those around me – my core relationships and my teams – and has helped me to become a more effective leader. The work was challenging, personal and at times uncomfortable. It was sobering to discover my reactive style was stifling constructive conversations. Participating in LeaderShift was a gift and has been life changing for me.”


Ed Dornn, President/CEO, Excel–7 Ltd.


“Participating in LeaderShift had a significant impact on my life.  In fact it was life changing.  Participating in the course work and especially the residency made me realize the potential that I had and gave me the confidence to have conversations in a way that I didn’t know I could.   LeaderShift gave me the confidence to lead our organization to the next level.”


Bonnie Pankratz – President, Axis Inspection


“After all my years in business, and dealing with all the issues of human relations, this course just made sense. On a human level we operate laterally, even though we are leaders in our respective spheres. Recognizing our own limitations and the need for “skillful transparency” as we navigate learning about others experiences and understanding our own, is so important in “Clear Leadership”. I am putting these new tools to full use!”


Roland Thiessen – Managing Partner, Westcap Group


“LeaderShift helped me realize the true price of my unhealthy work habits to myself, my team, my peers and my family. Working closely with my cohort and program coaches helped shine light on a new path forward where I am building the confidence to lead as my true, authentic self, and by doing so, empower the growth and development of those around me. I also appreciated the flexibility of the online learning community format, yet still bringing us together for a challenging and impactful residency.”


Heather Watson – Executive Director, Farm Management Canada