Envision Financial Community Leaders Igniting Change (CLIC)

Do you want to bring change to your community?

Or to your organization?

Or even to yourself?

Community Leaders Igniting Change (CLIC, for short!) teaches participants how to navigate complicated challenges they are facing in their community, their organization or company, or in their personal or professional lives.

With no prerequisites but a desire to go further, CLIC provides an open, collaborative environment to build skills such as relationship-building, strategizing, critical thinking, and self-reflection. Guest speakers include content experts, community leaders, and city officials.

“I’m passionate about improving resources for homeless youth, and having our youth’s voices heard. I joined CLIC to learn how I could use my experience to gain more support within my community.” – Kyla Bains

Program Details

Taught by Dr. Kathleen Burke of the SFU Beedie School of Business, CLIC is run over 12 weeks with the first 10 sessions consisting of content delivery, facilitated discussion, small-group work, and guest speakers.

The final two sessions are reserved for presentations where each student shares what led them to CLIC, the challenges they are facing and the changes they want to make, and how CLIC has prepared them to face those challenges.


Short readings (approximately 2 hours per week) will be assigned from The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, by Alexander Grashow and Ronald Heifetz. The book will be available to borrow for free during the program, with the option of purchasing if desired.

How to Register

We will be selecting up to 25 individuals to participate in the CLIC program at Simon Fraser University Surrey Campus. The next cohort will get started in early April, 2018.

Registration fee for the CLIC program is $75. If you are unable to pay this fee, please let us know, as we do have financial assistance available. You will need to dedicate approximately 5 hours per week to the program: one 3-hour class (Thursday evenings 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.) and 2 hours of reading and related commitments between classes. The 12-week program will start on April 5, 2018, and end on June 21, 2018.

Some additional information about previous CLIC program cohorts is available here. Stories about CLIC graduates can be found here.

If this program interests you, please complete the following application before 4:00 p.m. on March 23, 2018.Online Application Form