XO What's New?

Graduates 2011!
Photo Credit Richard Chicoine

What's New?
  • Welcome to Ashleigh Rooney, our Program Intern!  
  • Alum John Walmark, Paul Francis and Cindy Maki are now on our Board of Directors!
  • Curriculum is NEW! (How about joining us as Guest Alumni Speaker? Let me know!)
  • CAP Projects?  This year, it's a full class project, a Leadership Conference (April 25-26). Cool!
  • Alum Nikos Mantis is our Caterer for the Retreat - yummo!
  • The XOWhat Blog has moved to Wordpress as "XOWhat@Leadership.  Sign up at www.xowhat.wordpress.com
  • This is the "final" XOWhat from blogspot...but I'll keep the archives open for a while
  • New photos of all years are posted at www.leadershiptb.com and facebook... take a peek and "like" us
  • I am pleased to continue as your Facilitator, and to work with Rebecca Johnson and Pat Forrest in Management Services.  (Behind the scenes - is fun!)
  • So long from here... see you at the new XOWhat@Leadership...


Leadership from Sea to Sky (Whistler BC)

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Summer's Here!
that means that the XOWhat Blog will post wheneverly!

I will be featuring Leadership Programs in other parts of Canada...
as well as news about our 2012 Class initiatives.

Back to regular (weekly) schedules at the end of August,
when our newest cohort will be highlighted.

In the meantime, if you'd like to take on the role of "Guest Blogger",
just send me your stories
and they will appear!

Starting in the west!

Introducing ...
"Sea to Sky" (British Columbia)
Canadian Community Leadership Co-Chair, Jonathon Perkins visited Leadership Sea to Sky.  In the CCLNet newsletter, QUEST, he tells us:

"On May 18th, I was priviledged to visit with the current cohort of the Leadership Sea-to-Sky program in Whistler, B.C., as part of a visit to observe the
Trudeau Foundation Summer Institute.

As part of their regular learning day, the group was hosting a discussion with Seth Klein of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office,
followed by a community event later that evening on the same subject.
Seth's powerful message was around the significant opportunity we have
 to change the course of Canadian poverty reduction plans
by emphasizing the concept of the living wage.

Read more HERE:
A visit to Leadership Sea-to-Sky
Take a look...What is CCLNet?
Leadership Thunder Bay Class
photos on CCLNet's New Website!
PSST...How's the 100 Day Plan???


Presenting...Our Graduates!

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Harbour Youth Services 40th Anniversary AMAZING Race CAP Team!
Dani Feenstra, Evelyn Tuomi, John Walmark, Kimberly Nott

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"Electoral Participation ONWA" CAP Team (Ground-breaking research!)
Paul Francis, Krysta Logozzo, Mary Jo Dool, Joe Zamal
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The "Out of Darkness" CAP Team (A Canadian First Walk!):
Gregory Brenk, Samantha Moir, Fern Tarzia,
Nancy Campbell, Robin Cawlishaw

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YES Student Mentoring CAP Team ("Leadership for our next generation")
Vivian Ledger, Nikos Mantis, Margot Ross, Stephanie Ross

What a difference these leaders have made in our community - already!

Let me conclude an incredible Leadership Thunder Bay year with an invitation to  a piece written by Peter Block in his book, "Community: The Structure of Belonging".

"The context that restores community is one of
and gifts -

rather than one of problem solving, fear and retribution.

A new context acknowledges that we have all the
and resources that an alternative future requires.
Communities are human systems
given form by conversations
that build relatedness,
where citizens show up by choice.

is the unit of transformation
and the
for the experience of belonging.

Conversations that focus on stories, parables and a focus on the future,
restore our communities (and our people).

A heartfelt THANK YOU
to our Host Organizations
for allowing our small CAP teams
become part of YOUR Conversations
and YOUR futures!



Congratulations Alumni!

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An Invitation for You

Leadership Thunder Bay is one of 20 programs across Canada.  We are proud to be part of the Canadian Community Leadership Network, affiliated to support the growth and development of each participant.  

LTB's core is its' volunteers - mostly Alumni - who work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that your experience is always at the height of quality and tailored to your leadership learning objectives.  Our communities become stronger, each time a new graduate commits to sharing their own leadership skills with others.

Leadership Thunder Bay invites you to consider volunteering with us!

The Board of Directors is comprised of Alumni.  We are seeking nominations for the Board, with one vacancy to run until November 2011, with reappointment for a 2 year term.  We may have another position to fill at the AGM in November as well.
(The Board meets monthly for 90 minutes, as well as taking on roles with AdHoc Committees and Strategic Planning initiatives.)

Are you ready to make top level decisions with us?  Let our President, Stewart Kallio know about your interest in serving with the Board.

The Program Committee oversees the design of the Curriculum, decides on content and guest presenters as well as locations for Leadership Learning Days.  A separate Evaluation Committee reviews results and assists with learning objectives.  The Community Action Project (CAP) committee supports the experiential component of the program).

We need:  2 members for the Curriculum Committee (maternity leaves!), and others for Evaluation and CAP/Conference Committee.

Are you interested in serving on the Program Committee?
Let Rebecca Johnson know about your preferences.


The Community Engagement Committee - Alumni!

Would you like to be the Class Representative for 2010-2011? Two of you can share the duties of attending Alumni Meetings (monthly) and helping to plan special events (like the Fireside Chat in November and special luncheons, etc.)

If you are ready to step up as an Alumni/Class Rep or member of Alumni Committee, please let Melanie Zigman, Alumni Chair (or myself) know about your interests.


Other Opportunities

We need you in many other ways as well:  Guest presenter/Alumni at Learning Days... Co-facilitator at the Retreat... Contacting sponsors and assisting with fund-raising... Ad Hoc committees.... Photographers/Writers/Artists... 


"Success is getting what you want, and happiness is wanting what you get." (David Gardner)

Wishing you much happiness and success,

PS Act on these opportunities NOW!


Top 100 Canadian CEO to Speak At LTB Grad

Julie Dill is President of Union Gas Limited. 

Special Guest Announcement!
An open invitation...

Union Gas Limited has been an outstanding Sponsor and supporter of Leadership Thunder Bay - from Day 1! We are pleased to announce a special guest appearance by Ms. Julie Dill, President at our graduation ceremonies. She is outstanding! Ms. Dill will be speaking about authenticity in leadership.

Please invite your colleagues, family and friends to this special portion of our celebration evening, beginning at 6:40 pm. There is no charge to attend, but please RSVP to Rebecca Johnson (rjohnson@thunderbay.ca). And of course, ask everyone to stay for cake!

Ms Julie Dill has a wealth of experience in the energy sector, having served in a number of executive capacities in the natural gas and power industries.  

Before assuming her current role in January 2007, she served as group executive – investor relations and chief communications officer for Duke Energy. She was responsible for monitoring changes and trends in investment markets, as well as developing, maintaining and enhancing key relationships and communications with retail and institutional investors, financial analysts and financial institutions. Dill also led the corporation’s communications and public affairs functions.

Dill joined Duke Energy International (DEI) in September 1998 as senior vice president of planning and finance and chief financial officer for DEI, where she was responsible for economic and strategic analysis, planning and all aspects of financial and management accounting and reporting. In June 2001, she was named executive vice president, Asia Pacific. She was responsible for the assets and operations in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, which included 1439 net miles (2300 km) of natural gas pipelines, 778 net megawatts of thermal power generation and energy marketing across the region. She was named vice president of investor and shareholder relations in January 2005. She was named to her current position in January 2007.

Prior to joining DEI, Dill was fiscal director of transportation with Equilon Enterprises, a Royal Dutch Shell company. During her 17 years with Shell Oil Company, she served in several leadership capacities that included assignments in exploration and production, internal auditing, and refining and marketing. Dill was also involved in the transition work and strategic planning for the alliance between Shell, Texaco and Star Enterprises in the U.S. refining and marketing business.

Dill received a bachelor of business administration degree, summa cum laude, in finance from New Mexico State University (NMSU).

Dill serves as vice-chair of the Ontario Energy Association and is past chair of the Canadian Gas Association. She also serves on the Board of the United Way of Chatham-Kent, was a founding member of the United Way of Chatham-Kent’s Women’s Leadership Council and sits on the Advisory Council for the College of Business and Economics at New Mexico State University. She was named one of the top 50 Women in Energy in 2002 and named by the Ontario Energy Association as the Energy Leader of the Year in 2010.  She was named to the New Mexico State University College of Business Hall of Fame in 2000, and was the 2010 Distinguished Alumni for the College of Business.  

Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with nearly 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.3 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas's growing storage and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America.  It offers customers an important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S. supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. A Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, Union Gas has assets of $5 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
President, Union Gas Limited
For more information, contact Executive Communications 713.627.5400
Spectra Energy 5400 Westheimer Court Houston, TX 77056-5310
Union Gas Limited 50 Keil Drive North Chatham, ON Canada N7M 5M1 519.352.3100


Executive Profile
Julie A. Dill


Where You Heading?

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A few more weeks, and you'll be hitting the trails as an Alumni...

Happy Trails to You

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

-   Dale Evans and Roy Rogers
Did you just hum along to this old campfire song?
Did you hear the leadership message?
Great advice pops up out of nowhere every day.

Being "mindful" - in the moment -
helps you to dig well beneath the surface of just any old lyric to spark up your leadership style.

"Its the way you ride the trail that counts..."

This month's theme is "authenticity", being true to yourself...not faking it...knowing where you're going...

Who packed your camper full of gear...set your direction?
Are you travelling so fast that you don't catch
that special double rainbow
as you glide past?

Some Old "Cowboy Rules" Still Apply to Leadership!Roy Rogers was known as King of the Cowboys.  Dale Evans was Queen of the West.   Roy and Dale started off in radio, and became the tv leaders of a generation of kids in the 50's.
Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules:

1. Be neat and clean.
2. Be courteous and polite.
3. Always obey your parents.
4. Protect the weak and help them.
5. Be brave but never take chances.
6. Study hard and learn all you can.
7. Be kind to animals and take care of them.
8. Eat all your food and never waste any.
9. Love God and go to Sunday school regularly.
10. Always respect our flag and our country.

Just for fun...for the right-brainers:

"Don't Fence Me In"

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above,
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze,
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees,
Send me off forever but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in.

Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies.
On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.

I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can't look at hovels and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in.

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies,
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in

Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies
On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.
Ba boo ba ba boo.

I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in.
Poppa, don't you fence me in