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Leader-in-Residence Program

The Leader-in-Residence program is designed to bring outstanding and accomplished leaders to share their experience, insights, wisdom and advice to the students of Pickering College.

Drawing from the world of business, the arts, politics, athletics, sciences, not-for-profits, philanthropy, education and the social sector, Leaders in Residence (LIR) are people of outstanding character and accomplishment who can be a model for the students of Pickering College and recognize this as an exceptional opportunity to positively influence young people.


Through class visits, seminars, public presentations, group conversations, and online discussions, they provide insights into the nature of leadership and the implications of serving as leaders in their chosen field. Their work will have the potential to inspire students to follow in their footsteps.

Addressing vital issues of the day, this unique program provides an opportunity for students, staff, alumni, parents and the community to meet with and work with leaders in an intimate setting. The LIR shares their personal and professional thoughts and feedback in a highly interactive way about how they would address key issues that face the school, the students, the community and the world.

The responsibilities of each Leader In Residence vary according to individual circumstances, but may include:

  • Working in the leadership class
  • Working with classes in the LIR’s area of expertise
  • Delivering an address in Morning Meeting
  • Conducting a seminar with a group of day/boarding students and/or members of the Student Committee
  • Hosting/facilitating an open forum (drop-in coffee or tea) with all students, staff and parents
  • Making an evening presentation to the broader PC and local community
  • Conducting a radio program or interview
  • Being interviewed as a foundation for a reflective summary of their work and their overview of the program
  • Potential mentoring program with selected students

Thank you to our past Leaders in Residence: