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
  • Tara McConnery, Services Director – National Office

Do you like mountains and safety? We have a Volunteer Opportunity for you!
Leadership Development Committee
We're looking to add 1-2 volunteer members to the ACC's Leadership Development Committee (LDC) to diversify the committee and better reflect the broader ACC membership. The LDC promotes and facilitates the delivery of leadership training and materials and works on a number of related projects.
ACC members from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, abilities and experiences, with a strong interest in leadership development and the future of the ACC, are encouraged to contact the ACC’s VP activities for more information.


Frank Spears, Committee Chair - [email protected]

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.

Handbooks shown in the flipbook links below can be purchased from the ACC online bookstore here.

Top Rope Rock Climbing Leader Module
Manuel (en français)
Instructor Agenda and Lesson Plans

Winter Backcountry Leader (avalanche) Module 
Instructor Agenda and Lesson Plans

Summer Mountaineering Leader Module
Instructor Agenda and Lesson Plans

Ice Climber Leader Module
Instructor Agenda and Lesson Plans

educational opportunities

The Leadership Development Committee selects individuals for the following scholarships: 

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
Trip Leader Guidelines

Saskatchewan Section

Trip and Leader Handbook

Calgary Section
Trip Coordinators’ Handbook