Adventure Leadership Education

Adventure Leadership Education

Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business (CCAL)

Haskayne Adventure Leadership offers unique transformational learning experiences through a range of specialized programs that take students beyond the classroom and into the outdoors. These experiences include nature-based and experiential learning, wilderness solos and expeditions, leadership retreats, martial arts training, arts-based learning, meditation, Qigong and mindfulness practice.

Our programs draw from a diverse body of traditions and research to help students enhance their academic study and experience of leadership and cultivate the foundational qualities and personal capabilities required by leaders in any domain.


Leadership Expedition

Leadership Expedition

The Haskayne Leadership Expedition (OBHR 559) is a unique field course designed to help students cultivate the practical skills and qualities they will need to thrive as leaders in the modern business world. The course is highly experiential and students will have multiple extended opportunities to practice and receive feedback on their leadership skills in a dynamic and challenging environment.

The Haskayne Leadership Expedition is a five-day backpacking expedition that will take participants into spectacular high mountain terrain in the Rockies. Recalling the old adage that “there are no passengers, only crew” on a true expedition, students will quickly find themselves engaged in learning to lead every aspect of the journey. Alongside the fun, camaraderie and adventure, course elements will include training in a range of technical skills for travelling safely and efficiently in the mountains (e.g. trip planning, navigation & route-finding, risk assessment, camp craft, wilderness skills, ecological awareness), problem-solving challenges, leadership assignments, structured personal reflection, small group work and both the structured discipline and adaptive creativity required to achieve expedition goals while travelling in challenging wilderness terrain under unpredictable conditions.

The course is intense and challenging and is designed for undergraduate students committed to both developing themselves as leaders and playing a leadership role within the Haskayne School of Business. No previous outdoor or expedition experience is required. Yet, you must be fit enough to participate in a week-long wilderness backpacking expedition in the mountains carrying a pack and sleeping in a tent.

There are only 24 places on the course, and priority will be given to Haskayne undergraduate students who are committed to developing themselves as leaders and to giving back through acts of leadership and service. Students must have achieved a C- or higher in OBHR 317 to participate in the Leadership Expedition.

The Leadership Expedition will run from August 28 - September 1, 2023. A pre-trip meeting will be held for all registered students in August before the course. 

To get a sense of the expedition, check out this video about the 2015 program and this video about the 2019 program. Here's a message from Dr. Julian Norris, in which he describes the Leadership Expedition and speaks about the value of spending time in the mountains. For detailed information about the program, please read the course letter.

In addition to tuition, there is a supplemental fee for this course to cover the additional costs associated with running an expedition.

Applications for Fall 2023 are closed.

Students must apply to participate in this course and must have achieved a C- or higher in OBHR 317. All applications are reviewed, and the top 24 will be offered a place in the course. Those not selected will be offered a place on the waitlist.

The Haskayne Wilderness Retreat

Wilderness Retreat

The Wilderness Retreat (OBHR 447) is a six day retreat set in the natural splendour of Kananaskis region of the Rocky Mountains. The Wilderness Retreat is one of Haskayne’s most unique and exciting elective courses. It is offered at both the undergraduate and MBA level.

Leading in Complexity

Leading in Complexity

Leading in Complexity (OBHR 668) is an intensive course designed to give students the theoretical maps, practical tools and personal foundation from which to lead and make effective decisions in complex, high stakes contexts. Drawing from both systems theory and developmental psychology it blends a traditional classroom format with nature-based activities, experiential learning, reflexive practices, and a unique martial arts-based somatic coaching approach to create a dynamic learning environment.