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​What is the International and Executive Leadership Academy?

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The International and Executive Leadership Academy builds leaders for tomorrow. Students broaden their horizons by learning about local, national, and international social justice issues through enhanced curriculum, guest speakers and by attending conferences. Students develop and hone their leadership skills through attending camps run by the YMCA and earning their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Located in the heart of downtown Mississauga, TL Kennedy Secondary School is the ideal learning environment for students to become involved in building community relationships with Mississauga's private and public business partners and honing civic responsibilities. The International and Executive Leadership Academy dovetails with TL Kennedy's existing Specialist High Skills Major in Business Administration and Management and its upcoming Information Communication Technology Specialist High Skills Major.

​​The program consists of six courses – two leadership classes each year (one per semester) in grade 9 and grade 10, and one leadership class each year in grade 11 and grade 12:

  • Personal Leadership Development: 
    Grade 9 students in this course will cultivate their understanding of the foundations of leadership by maintaining a personal leadership portfolio which examines their strengths and challenges in becoming leaders in their own lives and beyond.
  • Civic and Community Leadership: 
    In this course, Grade 10 students will focus increasingly on curriculum devoted to the idea of personal action in the community, including involvement in environmental and social justice issues.
  • Community Leadership and Beyond: 
    Grade 11 students will develop increasing commitment to community projects through this course, which will emphasize action through individual and group projects aimed at shifting support from local action to a wider Canadian view.
  • Global Leadership:
    Grade 12 students complete the program with this course, designed to prepare them for post-secondary life, providing them with an understanding of themselves as global citizens


Why was the Academy created?

We live in dynamic, technological times with constant opportunities for change and innovation, which demand dynamic and inspiring leaders. We also live in a world in which being a global citizen and fulfilling our civic, social and environmental responsibilities are required more than ever to ensure that we address community and global issues ethically and act upon them with conviction.

The International and Executive Leadership Academy prepares students to be flexible and adaptive for post-secondary and workplace needs, provides students with access to professionals and experiences in their fields of interest and produces graduates who meet the needs of Ontario's rapidly developing ICT sector. Upon graduation, students will have built the following critical personal inventory of skills and abilities such as:

  • Self-reliance
  • Self-discipline
  • Perseverance
  • Determination
  • Self-confidence
  • Initiative
  • Creativity
  • Community involvement
  • Social responsibility
  • International understanding 
    and global awareness

Students will be equipped with the ability to utilize:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Teamwork and collaborative approaches
  • Personal and business ethics and social responsibility
  • A wide range of technology – to meet current business standards and an 
    awareness of leading edge technologies for maximum flexibility in the work force
  • Clear, confident communication in a variety of forms
  • Conflict management skills



How does the Academy build leaders?  

Students will have the opportunity to prepare for post-secondary and career aspirations by completing school-based and outreach campaigns and activities that allow them to develop as leaders throughout their four years, such as:

  • Co-curricular excursions, including:
    • Outdoor education opportunities including low and high ropes work and overnight excursions
    • Leadership conferences
  • Fundraising campaigns and outreach:
    • Each grade 9 class will develop a connection to a community or global charity of their choice to support throughout their four years at T. L. Kennedy
    • Grade 9's begin to develop a Personal Mission Statement and Volunteer Profile to include a Plan of Action for community involvement which will be modified to suit their continued development in this area throughout their four year program
  • Certifications and training opportunities, including:
    • First Aid and CPR through St. Johns' Ambulance/Canadian Red Cross

Students will work towards completion of the prestigious gold, silver, or bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award through their curricular and co-curricular activities:

  • To obtain the award students will demonstrate commitment in four areas:
  • Community Service – building a personal resume of experience
  • Adventurous Journey – extracurricular activities to include overnight excursions focused on developing awareness of the natural environment
  • Skill – in personal, social, practical and vocational areas
  • Physical Recreation – to promote a healthy lifestyle and improve personal performance

T. L. Kennedy currently offers two Specialist High Skills Major programs which offer an additional potential focus for grade 11 and 12 students in the International and Executive Leadership Academy regional program:

  • Students may wish to apply for either the Business Administration and Management Specialist High Skills Major or the ICT and Computer Science/Engineering Specialist High Skills Major
  • Each of these additional designations allow for students to develop skills and certification specific to post-secondary applications such as:
    • WHIMIS, Customer Service Training and Office Safety Awareness through NORCAT
    • Customer Service Certification through NORCAT


Where is the Academy offered?

The International and Executive Leadership Academy is offered only at TL Kennedy Secondary School, located in the heart of downtown Mississauga and is the ideal learning environment for students to become involved in building community relationships with Mississauga's private and public business partners and honing civic responsibilities. This program accepts applications from students living inside and outside of the Peel District.



Who can apply?

The admission requirements are:

  • Level 3 on grade 7, final report card
  • Learning skills of "G" or "E" on grade 8 progress report
  • Completed application form (available online starting October 17, 2017 under the download application link on the home page)

Applicant profile:

  • Self-motivated
  • Curious to learn and try new things
  • Works well on a team and in a collaborative environment
  • Willing to be actively involved in extra curricular life of the school
  • Interest in issues beyond the school community

Demonstrates an appreciation for, and a sensitivity to other cultures and perspectives



The application deadline for the 2021-22 school year is November 23rd, 2020 at 3 pm.

Application forms will be available online starting November 9th, 2020.

To find out more, please attend the upcoming VIRTUAL regional program information session:

Date: Tuesday November 4, 2020

Virtual Session Starts: 8:00 pm

Location: Virtual Session

Regional Program ​​Applications are only accessible on the PDSB Regional Programs website​. The applications will go live at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020 and close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020.

February 1, 2021 - 1st round offers open after 3 pm

February 8, 2021 - 1st round acceptances close at 3 pm

February 9, 2021 - 2nd round offers open after 3 pm

February 16, 2021 - 2nd round acceptances close at 3 pm​

To contact us about the Leadership program, you may leave an email at [email protected]

​​Our Partners

  • Sheridan School of Business, Hazel McCallion Campus
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Scotia Bank of Canada
  • Newcomer Centre of Peel
  • Trillium Health Canada
  • City of Mississauga – Ward 7
  • Mississauga Valley and Huron Park Community Centres
  • MP, Mississauga East, Wladyslaw Lizon and assistant Jocelyn Chadwick
  • Mississauga Library – Cooksville Branch
  • India Rainbow
  • My Life Centre
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • The DAM, Develop, Assist, Mentor​
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