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Leadership Presence in an Online World

Thursday, May 2, 2024
8:45 AM–9:00 AM Pacific time: Registration and Login
9:00 AM–12:00 PM Pacific time: Webinar

Eligible for 3.0 CE Hour(s) of Communications and Leadership Learning

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Event Details


Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $250.00 + GST = $262.50 until April 18, 2024

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $300.00 + GST = $315.00

Non-Registrant Price: $300.00 + GST = $315.00

Student Price: $150.00 + GST = $157.50


Jennifer Wu | Continuing Education Coordinator
Direct: 236.521.9709
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.9709
Email: [email protected]

Event Presenter(s)

Michael Samson


Michael is President of INSPIRE CANADA, a boutique organization development firm.

Since 2007, Michael has assisted engineering and technology companies with their organization and people development needs, ranging from supporting significant organizational change initiatives to providing unique leadership team development experiences involving community engagement.

He and his team work across Canada supporting clients rise to meet their aspirations and create great organizations, as they define this.

Michael completed his master’s degree in organization and leadership development with LIOS, Leadership Institute of Seattle at Saybrook University. Through the program, Michael was fortunate to learn from both one of the first students of Kurt Lewin – ‘the father of Organization Development’ and senior leaders of Leadership Development at both Microsoft HQ and Amazon HQ. He was given special access to Amazon’s Leading at Scale™ program with permission to incorporate for his clients.

He has a degree in commerce, specializing in human resource management and also marketing at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He was a member of the Honours Program in both disciplines.

He is a certified facilitator for the Clear Leadership™ and Appreciative Leadership™ programs and has facilitated the Clear Leadership program for various organizations prior to developing his own acclaimed leadership and people development programs.

Michael is often asked by clients to support leaders with conflict situations, provide third party conflict resolution for leaders who are in conflict with each other, and work with organizations wanting to develop competency with managing conflict. 

About the Event

Seminar Description

Empower Engineering and Geoscientists’ leaders and supervisors to have the online leadership presence needed to effectively lead their team(s) in a virtual environment.

The seminar incorporates leading processes and practices for being an effective leader online. Participants will gain powerful skills in communicating their leadership in a virtual setting, addressing business issues, needs for collaboration, setting expectations, and leading teamwork all in a virtual setting.


There are no prerequisites for this seminar, other than participants’ need to be a supervisor or manager of people in their respective organizations.

Seminar Outline

The seminar delivers five powerful leadership skills and processes for participants to learn and practice, using real situations that exist back in their workplace.

The first two hours focuses on learning and practicing three “communicating leadership” processes for a virtual setting, along with the model for communicating authentic leadership.

The third hour focuses on skills for enhancing the participants’ leadership presence in an online world. Skills, tactics, and activities are introduced to assist the participant build their leader presence over Zoom, WebEx, Google hangouts, and other online communication platforms.

The seminar concludes with a practice round where the participants use all the skills presented to building their leader presence in a virtual setting. This practice activity can have a profound impact on the participants’ leadership back at their workplace.

Unique Features of the Course

More than 50% of the seminar is experiential learning, i.e. the participants are practicing the skills they are learning. This is important for supporting the participants’ engagement during the seminar, and provides both a sense of self-sufficiency and optimism in using the skills back at their virtual workplace.

Three core skills introduced offer the opportunity for participants to immediately present a more powerful leader presence online.

The ‘communicating leadership’ process introduced provides leaders with a framework for more effectively leading a team in a virtual setting. This is of significant value, given more team work is likely to be conducted from a virtual setting. Clients of INSPIRE are already experiencing tremendous benefits incorporating these processes into their virtual team meetings.

Target Audience

Engineers and geoscientists who have direct reports (i.e. supervisors, managers, and directors/vice-presidents) and are wanting to boost their leadership presence in a virtual environment. The participants’ tenure as a supervisor or manager does not matter.