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Save the Date for the 2017 Executive Leadership Summit

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

This Ocober we’re heading back to one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in Canada — Toronto, ON! On October 16-18, 2017 we will be meeting at the elegant and luxurious Grand Hotel and Suites, 225 Jarvis Street, in the heart of Downtown Toronto.  We will have an agenda packed with captivating presentations, engaging panel discussions, and a keynote that you absolutely won’t want to miss! Registration information coming soon.

Register now for the 2015 Executive Leadership Conference

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

This September 23 and 24, we’re heading to the Paris of the Prairies — Saskatoon! Our theme is Beyond Resilience: Creating strong organizations that thrive, and we have an agenda packed with captivating presentations, engaging panel discussions, and a keynote that you absolutely won’t want to miss! Register now.

Executive Leadership Summit to be held in Saskatoon, SK September 22 – 24, 2015

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Save the date! We’re excited to announce the date and host city for the 2015 Executive Leadership Summit.

Date: Tuesday, September 22 – Thursday September 24, 2015
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Hotel and meeting space: Delta Bessborough

We hope to see you there!

Check back soon for more details about the 2015 Executive Leadership Summit.

Executive Leadership Summit to be held in Niagara-on-the-lake November 5th-7th, 2014

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This year’s Executive Leadership Summit will be held in Niagara-on-the-lake. Please mark November 5th-7th, 2014 in your calendars. For more information please visit:

Executive Leadership Summit to be held in Ottawa – October 23 – 25, 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The Executive Leadership Summit is heading to Ottawa. Please mark October 23 – 25, 2013 in your calendars. It will be held at the Novotel in Downtown Ottawa. More details coming soon. Please note that the 2013 Annual General Meeting for Family Service Canada will take place during the summit.

Executive Leadership Summit to be held in Kelowna, British Columbia in October, 2012

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The Executive Leadership Summit Planning Committee is excited to announce that this year’s summit is moving west this year. Please mark October 24 – 26, 2012 in your calendars. Destination: Kelowna, British Columbia. Location: still to be determined. More details coming soon. Please note that the 2012 Annual General Meeting for Family Service Canada will take place during the summit.

Family Service Canada holds its first webinar

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

On December 6, 2011, Family Service Canada held its first webinar. The topic? “Onboarding – Successful Orientation for New Hires” presented by Lorraine Watson, co-founder of Essential Learning based in California. This event was strongly supported by its membership. Family Service Canada looks forward to providing members with access to another webinar in the Spring of 2012. Watch for more details.

Essential Learning partners with Family Service Canada to provide online staff training solutions to member organizations

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Cost-effective eLearning solutions include interactive online courses, flexible reporting/tracking and accreditations through CEQuick and Elevate LMS.

Essential Learning, the leading provider of eLearning services to the health and human service industry, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Family Service Canada (FSC) to provide flexible and customizable training solutions for FSC member organizations.

Family Service Canada is the first full Canadian partner of Essential Learning and we anticipate that online learning will become the preferred professional development option for FSC member organizations after reviewing the online training site and catalogue. In 2009, Family Service Canada went through a rebranding process that included a new vision and mission that is focused on supporting the learning of Executive Directors/CEOs in the family serving not for profit organizations across Canada. This new vision focused on the sharing of expertise and the transfer of knowledge.  So it is timely that FSC partners with Essential Learning to create a well researched knowledge based online learning center. The catalogue of online courses that has been built for FSC members, addresses the training needs of the membership in a convenient and affordable manner.

Essential Learning offers online learning, staff compliance training and continuing education for behavioral health, mental health, addiction treatment, community health, developmental disability, community action and child welfare organizations. Courses are offered through an individual course-by course purchase option through CEQuick and through the state-of-the-art Learning Management System – ElevateTM LMS – which includes a comprehensive course library, enrollment, tracking, and reporting features that will help members save money and deliver training more efficiently.

Benefits Include:

  • Access to a catalogue of 800+ of courses in wide ranging topics
  • Individual professionals can select and purchase courses with CE Credits
  • Completion certificates for continuing education
  • Develop career paths for employees to prepare them for a new position or promotion
  • Automate annual training – saves staff time

“FSC is pleased to partner with Essential Learning to offer affordable quality training to our members. I feel confident that with such a superior product like EL online training our members will benefit from this added value to their membership” said Heather Underhill, Operations Manager of Family Service Canada.

FSC members get a 10% discount on any course accessed through the and 10% discount on ElevateTM LMS licensing fees. Contact 800-729-9198 x266 for more information.


About Essential Learning

Essential Learning, based in San Diego, California, was founded in 2002 by Susan Erskine and Lorraine Watson, PhD. both former healthcare executives with extensive clinical and administrative experience in the behavioral health industry. Essential Learning has grown to become the largest provider of e-learning services to behavioral health, substance abuse, community health, corrections, developmental disability and child welfare service organizations throughout the United States and Canada. We provide flexible E-Learning solutions to meet your needs: CEQuick for individuals, Elevate Learning Management System for organizations, Enterprise solutions for large organizations and partnerships.

For more information about Essential Learning, visit, email or call 1-800-729-9198 ext 266.


The 2010/2011 annual report is now available.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Family Service Canada has just released the 20010/2011 Annual Report. Click here to view FSC Annual Report 2011.

Executive Leadership Coaching Program coming soon!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

A committee has been established to put together an Executive Leadership Coaching Program to support new executive directors in the network in their roles. The first in a series of webinars will begin in November, 2011 on topics relevant to leadership in the not-for-profit sector. Watch for more details to follow.