Leadership Vancouver Island


Applications open: June 5, 2024
Applications close: August 15, 2024


*If you would like a Word application instead of a PDF, please email Brooke at brooke@clayoquotbiosphere.org. Print applications are also available at the CBT office (316 Main Street, Tofino).


Leadership Vancouver Island (LVI) is a community-focused, values-based leadership development program that aims to inspire and build capacity for outstanding leadership, learning, and service. The west coast chapter is focused on the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region and its communities. The purpose of LVI is to foster leadership development, raise community awareness, and build innovative communities. 

LVI is a regional program coordinated and administered by the CBT and guided by a special committee composed of representatives from across the region including Ricardo Manmohan (Co-chair, Tofino), Abby Fortune (Co-chair, Ucluelet), Anna Atleo (LVI Alumni), Iris Frank (Tla-o-qui-aht Education), Jesse Betman (LVI Alumni), Josie Osborne (MLA Alberni-Clayoquot), Marcie Callewaert (LVI Alumni), Michelle Hall (LVI Alumni), Rebecca Hurwitz (CBT Executive Director).


LVI is a program recognized by Vancouver Island University and guided by local leaders in government, business, and non-profit organizations. Over its 10-year history, LVI has evolved to become a unique and effective leadership development experience, and for the past four years, the west coast chapter has tailored a unique approach for west coast communities. The CBT coordinates and administers LVI on behalf of the region in order to grow local leaders, provide local educational opportunities, and develop cross-community and cross-cultural connections. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to receive six credits from Vancouver Island University.


LVI helps the CBT to achieve its vision by growing capacity in local communities, facilitating cross-cultural community building, and supporting and strengthening traditional knowledge. The CBT provides administration and coordination support for LVI in fulfilment of its mission; specifically, to provide logistical support for education and local training initiatives, and to help facilitate the exchange of local knowledge.

“The LVI program is not only a life-changing experience for the participants, but is reshaping our region. It is an opportunity for participants to connect with their community, learn about themselves and strengthen their skills while developing lifelong relationships. This program is building local leaders that will enrich our community in so many important ways‎.”

– Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni