The Canada Western Region is committed to providing leadership development opportunities for our board leaders.

This is accomplished through:

  • Supporting an annual Dare to Lead conference for incoming board members from all regional chapters
  • Conducting portfolio calls for key board functions to share ideas and best practices with other board colleagues across the region
  • Encouraging best practices sharing across the region
  • Archiving presentations to be used for chapter board development
  • Collecting best practice samples for chapter management

Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead is IABC/Canada West’s annual training conference for incoming chapter leaders, and is hosted by the six chapters in rotation. In addition to providing speakers and resources for the conference, IABC/Canada West provides grant money so each chapter in the region can send delegates to the conference.

The next Dare to Lead conference is scheduled for May 27 and 28, 2017 in Vancouver.

Dare to Lead has opened its call for speakers. Do you have a leadership experience to share? Expertise on ethics in communications? An interesting perspective on changing communications technology? Dare to Lead is looking for presenters on those topics and more. Learn about the conference and apply to present. Deadline to apply is March 5, 2017.

Check back for registration details.


For a complete list of resources designed to help IABC leaders manage their chapters and regions easily and effectively, please visit Tools and Templates under Chapters on the website.

Leadership and Succession Planning in Volunteer Organizations
by Brent A. Collingwood, Director, Univ. of Alberta Business Career Services and Cooperative Education Program (for 2007 Dare to Lead) 14 slides 287K

How to Win Awards
by Jennifer Wah, ABC and Gail Pickard, ABC (Presented yearly to IABC/BC members considering submitting to any IABC awards program) 18 slides 64K

Break the Planning Cycle: a Long-Term Strategic Planning Model
by Harold Simons, President IABC/BC (for IABC/BC 2002-2003 Strategic Planning Committee and 2003 Dare to Lead) 23 slides 222K

How to leverage leaders in your chapter
by Gail Pickard, ABC, Coordinator of the BC Grading Centre for ABC Portfolios, IABC/BC (for 2003 Dare to Lead) 22 slides 1213K

Don’t gamble on your chapter’s success – 10 magical ways to make money
by Jennifer Wah, ABC (IABC/BC) and Lori Joseph, ABC (IABC/Kansas City) (for Leaders’ Institute and 2003 Dare to Lead) 19 slides 83K