Human Venture Alumni Program 2017-2018

Anna-Marie AshtonEvent, Updates

Do you want to keep exploring and striving with a community of caring people? Ready to dedicate time for learning?

The alumni program continues and extends the first and subsequent years of programming. It is open to alumni of Leadership Calgary, Leadership Edmonton, Introduction to Human Venture Leadership, and Integrity Leadership to build capacity for assessing, integrating and creating high quality resources, at all levels. This program serves as a training ground for a future associate designation. Participants will be supported by alumni with more experience in our one room schoolhouse, and this will include both one-on-one guiding and learning circle opportunities.

Course Description

The class will work on assessing and exploring the leading edge in various disciplines or lines of inquiry. By making time for this research and sharing information with others who are also exploring the same territory, participants will develop the necessary supports to sustain them and to facilitate an ongoing process of strategic learning and development. Participants can tailor their learning to apply to their life situations. Although this type of learning requires a sustained commitment to integrate initially, with ongoing nurturing it becomes part of how participants naturally attend to the information around them.


You will see increases in your:

  • capacity to learn from history and current events
  • ability to assess sources of information for quality
  • ability to diagnose sources of ignorance and error
  • striving skills, tenacity and resilience
  • sense of responsibility for challenges and desire to “go to the trouble”
  • capacity to contribute effectively to family/work/ community problem solving
  • capacity to challenge the status quo when better is possible

These are core life competencies that will benefit you wherever you go, and assist in whatever you choose to do in life.

2017-2018 Program Details

October 14; Nov 18; Dec 16; Jan 20; Feb 24; March 17; April 14; May 12/13

Classes run from 9 am – 4 pm.

Location: Rosemont Community Hall, 2807 10th Street NW, Calgary, AB (in Confederation Park)

Participants are expected to attend all classes.

Distance Learning Option

If you are interested in distance learning and can commit the same amount of time to the program (including being remotely present on the learning days, and working with others between sessions) we would love to have you join the class.

Program Team Positions

If you have kept up with the formal programs in the last three years, and are ready for a challenge, we would like to give you an opportunity to join the program team, designing and delivering the curriculum for the year. This is an intensive learning opportunity well suited for those who are interested in moving towards an associate designation. Distance learners can participate on the program team via our distance learning technology.

The program team will meet from 6:30 – 9 pm on Tuesday, July 25, August 29, and September 26 in preparation for the launch of the program. In July, we’ll share our ideas for the approach to the 2017-2018 program. We’ll review some of our design principles, and begin to plan the opening session, the support structures and the learning assignment for the year.

Please indicate your interest for the program team when you sign up for the program! Program team are requested to register by July 15. Please block the meeting dates in your calendar.

For Parents

We recognize how challenging it is to parent and to continue with formal programs. Babies and toddlers are welcome in our learning environment. Depending on the level of interest, we hope to create a distance learning option with access to a kitchen, nap space, and a paid caregiver. You would be learning with other parents and connecting remotely to the Rosemont Community Hall.  Please let us know if you are interested by August 1, so we have time to organize!

For Edmontonians

It isn’t super fun to commute to Calgary every month. We are hoping to create a distance learning option in a meeting room space in Edmonton, where a group of learners can connect remotely to the Rosemont Community Hall in Calgary. Please let us know if you are interested by August 1, so we have time to organize!


In person (includes lunch and snacks) $1800. If you can’t afford to pay this amount, we would still love to have you in the class. Please contact us to make arrangements.

Distance (online) $1300 – includes parents option and Edmonton option. If you can’t afford to pay this amount, we would still love to have you in the class. Please contact us to make arrangements.

Payment is due by Sept 14 (one month prior to start of class). Payment plans are available if needed, please let us know.

Note: the value of this program is $4000. If you can donate money to support the learning of other alumni, and to offset some of the costs of running the program, that helps us keep the costs low. Donations can be made here. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are issued.

Financial Assistance

Alberta not-for-profits and corporations can apply for the Canada Jobs Grant which can subsidize up to two thirds of costs – to a maximum of $10,000 per individual, and $300,000 per organization every year. Visit the Government of Alberta website for details.

A certificate will be awarded on completion of the program. For assistance making a case to your employer, or filling in forms, please contact

To Apply

Please send an email to, and indicate if you plan to attend in person, by distance, and if you’d like to be on the Program Team.