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Learn How to Apply for a Full Sponsorship to Participate in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program in Vancouver, BC!

November 27, 2017

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association will hold the 9th edition of the CVMA Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) at the 2018 CVMA Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Generously sponsored by Virox Animal Health, the Program helps Canadian veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians/technologists and veterinary leaders/managers to identify and develop leadership skills while building a leadership network within the profession.

Highly Interactive!

The program is a highly interactive eight-hour workshop spread across two half-days. Participants are also invited to attend some of CVMA’s signature events including the CVMA Summit and the CVMA AGM and Awards Luncheon.

A full sponsorship to participate in the 2018 Emerging Leaders Program is open to all DVM CVMA members who graduated within the last 10 years (2007 or later).

The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6, and will be facilitated by Dr. Rick DeBowes, co-founder of the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience.

Sponsored participants will receive the following:

  • Travel to and from Vancouver, BC
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the JW Marriott parq Vancouver
  • Eight-hour workshop with Dr. Rick DeBowes
  • Complimentary registration for the 2018 CVMA Convention (value $645)
  • Up to two sponsored participants per province will be selected.

Participants leave the ELP with rave reviews. Dr. Amanda Ahokas from the Fairfield Pet Clinic in Victoria, BC, said this about the program:

"The ELP helped me to challenge how I think every day. The main change I made since attending the program was trying to start each day with a positive intention. I try to maintain this outlook throughout my day and it has really improved my interactions with everyone around me."                                     

More information about the Emerging Leaders Program can be found here.

If you would like to apply for sponsorship, please complete the application form and send it to Sarah Cunningham at by March 23, 2018.