This program is intended for Executive Directors and senior Management


Leap - Management Skills Development

  • Professional development

Further your career development and become well-trained to lead a sustainable and successful organization. 

  • Network with peers

Learn in a small group environment with other up-and-coming Executive Directors/Managers in the nonprofit sector.

  • Enhance management skills

Leap is a management skills development program that provides practical information, principles, best practices and tips in a variety of management areas.

Leap to Organizational Success!

Through a wide range of topics, Leap builds well-rounded nonprofit Executive Directors/Managers with a diverse set of management skills and abilities. Leap consists of nine modules (sessions), click on the "Leap Sessions" Tab for more details on each module.


As a requirement of CLSD COMPASS funding, SARC must report on training satisfaction rates. As a result, we ask that all Learners complete individual program evaluations immediately upon finishing any training, as well as within 3-4 months of completion. Your feedback will also be used to ensure that SARC continues to provide the best training possible.

What are the benefits of Leap?

For Learners:

  • Presents practical information, principles, best practices, and tips in a variety of management areas, and provides the tools to implement these principles into their leadership and daily management style.
  • Gives the opportunity to increase their leadership and management skills in a variety of areas (i.e. communication, branding and promotions, human resources, etc.).
  • Provides valuable resource material and handbooks to take with them and reference throughout their career.
  • Networking opportunities – Networking that comes from working and learning with the same group of learners at each Leap session. Who better to learn from than those going through the same experiences?  Past graduates have stated their appreciation for peer-based learning, saying that it was advantageous to be in a group for networking purposes, to listen and ask questions of others in the group, and to hear ideas on how to handle situations in the workplace that others have been through.
  • Encourages continuous learning and further career development.
  • Opens doors for career advancement within the organization.

For the organization:

  • Results in a well-trained Executive Director/Manager, leading to a successful organization and increasing organizational capacity and sustainability.
  • Provides an immediate return on investment as Executive Directors/Managers implement the skills and principles learned in all sessions.
  • Increases the likelihood of achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence within the organization and the supports provided to clients.
  • Promotes further organizational awareness and knowledge of current management principles and best practices.
  • Can be considered an integral part of an organization’s internal succession and leadership development plan.
  • Translates to a healthy organization and successful client and service outcomes.

Learners also receive: 

  • Certificate of Completion – Upon completion of all Leap sessions, in their entirety, Leap Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and be recognized for their commitment to leadership.
  • SARC training discount – All Leap Graduates will receive 10% off future in-person training events attended through SARC (some restrictions apply).

Leap Sessions

All Leap sessions are instructed by knowledgeable Facilitators and will include valuable resource material, interactive discussions, and learning exercises aimed at increasing competencies in essential skills of nonprofit management.

There are nine sessions in Leap:

Please note that to become a Leap Graduate you must attend all sessions in their entirety. 

Leap Facilitators

If you are interested in learning more about our Leap Facilitators, click here

Pricing for the 2020-2021 Leap year is as follows:

Full Leap program:

  • SARC Member Agency $2,700

  • Other Organization $2,940 + GST

Costs also include the Learner Handbook provided at each session, as well as lunch.

COMPASS eligible organizations: You may send two people from your organization under COMPASS per year - full Leap program only. 


Please see the COMPASS Training Package Terms and Conditions Agreement. By using your COMPASS Promo/Coupon code, you agree to these terms.



Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant

Leap qualifies for the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant (CSJG). You may be eligible for the CSJG.

For more information, please click here.

Registration is Now Closed.

We are pleased to bring the Leap program to Saskatoon and Regina for the 2020-2021 year! 


  • How Managers Communicate and Lead: September 29, 2020
  • Employee and Labour Relations Basics: October 14, 2020
  • Recruitment and Retention: November 4, 2020
  • Employee Accountability: November 26, 2020
  • Governance: January 7, 2021
  • Branding, Promotions, and Engagement: January 28, 2021
  • Financial Responsibilities: February 9, 2021
  • Legislation Impacting the Employment Relationship: March 9, 2021
  • Fostering an Effective Team: April 6, 2021


  • How Managers Communicate and Lead: October 1, 2020
  • Employee and Labour Relations Basics: October 29, 2020
  • Recruitment and Retention: November 10, 2020
  • Employee Accountability: December 9, 2020
  • Governance: January 13, 2021
  • Branding, Promotions, and Engagement: February 2, 2021
  • Financial Responsibilities: February 24, 2021
  • Legislation Impacting the Employment Relationship: March 11, 2021
  • Fostering an Effective Team: April 21, 2021


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  • "This was an exceptional course which provided me invaluable information and tools which will assist me in my daily work. The information that was learned will be transferrable to the teams which I support within my Agency. Thank you to SARC for developing this program." 

    Linda Boyko, 2019 Leap Graduate
  • "My Executive Director mentioned that he often wonders when he sends staff to training, if they actually get something out of it. With Leap, he doesn't wonder that because he sees me referencing my Learner handbooks all of the time".

    2018 Leap Graduate
  • "Having worked at [organization] for almost 15 years, you often think to yourself 'I know my job and I do it well, what more is there?' I am happy to tell you there is much more to learn and Leap is the perfect place to learn it."

    Ronda Johnson, 2019 Leap Graduate