Leadership competition begins round two

The National Capital Leadership Challenge launches its 2009 program to find and develop the next generation of tech company leaders. A joint initiative of local businesses, uOttawa’s Telfer School of Management and the Sprott School of Business at Carleton U, the Leadership Challenge seeks to ensure the capital region has the business leaders it will need to step into the forecasted breach that will be created when baby boomers retire in droves from high tech head offices over the next couple decades. “Great leaders must be groomed and mentored,” says Greg Boyle, a partner at Stonewood Group Inc., one of the sponsors of the Challenge. “This isn’t something that can be done overnight. If we don’t start making this investment now, the economic consequences could be profound.” Now in its second year, the program selects two winners from a group of twelve business school students who demonstrate strong leadership skills. The pair receives a $5,000 award and a paid internship with industry participants Control Microsystems, Bridgewater Systems, Enablence Technologies, and Pleora Technologies. Sponsors include The Human Resources Professionals Association (Ottawa chapter), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Corporate Renaissance Group, Connolly, Nichols, Allan & Co. LLP and inmedia Public Relations Inc. The Leadership Challenge winners will be announced in February.

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