Leadership Development

The purpose of the Leadership Development Committee is to promote and facilitate the delivery of leadership related training to ACC members across Canada through the Alpine Club of Canada.

Leadership Development Committee members:

  • Frank Spears, Committee Chair – Prince George Section
  • Nick Buda, Committee Co-Chair – Thunder Bay Section
  • Jeff Dmytrowich, Saskatchewan Section Chair– Saskatchewan Section
  • Chris Petrauskas, Programs Director – National Office


Frank Spears, Committee Chair - activities@alpineclubofcanada.ca

Terms of Reference can be found here

The North Face Leadership Program

Twice annually (winter and summer), the ACC, with generous assistance from The North Face, runs leadership courses exclusively for our volunteer activity organizers from our local sections across the country. Offered in the mountains, these courses enhance leadership and decision making skills that are applicable to ACC activities across Canada. More information about the Leadership Program is available here .

ACC Technical Training Development Program

ACC Technical Training Development Program Preface can be found here

Top Rope Rock Climbing Leader Module

Instructor Agenda and Lesson Plans


Winter Backcountry Leader (avalanche) Module

Instructor Agenda and Lesson Plans

Summer Mountaineering Leader Module

Under development with delivery anticipated fall 2017

Financial Grants

The Leadership Development Committee selects individuals for awarding the following financial grants.

Karl Nagy Memorial Scholarship
Developing skills in the next generation of guides and Club Leaders More information about the Karl Nagy Memorial Scholarship can be found here

Jim Colpitts Memorial Scholarship
Facilitating learning experiences that change lives More information about the Jim Colpitts Memorial Scholarship can be found here

ACC Section Developed Leader Resources

Montreal Section
Trip Leader Manual

Ottawa Section
Trip Leader Manual - http://alpineclubottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ACC-Ottawa-Trip-Leader-Manual-v1.011.pdf
Trip Leader Guidelines - http://alpineclubottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ACC-Ottawa-Trip-Leader-Guidelines-v1.01.pdf

Saskatchewan Section
Trip and Leader Handbook- http://accsask.ca/leadership/leader-handbook/

Calgary Section
Trip Coordinators’ Handbook - http://www.acccalgary.com/images/stories/documents/TripCoordinatorHandbook_201403.pdf