What is a Stretch Experience?

As an integral part of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC) certificate program, scholars have been given the opportunity to undertake what we call a “Stretch Experience.” It’s an intensive 200 hours of leadership activity that puts into practice their leadership skills, as well as taking them outside their comfort zones in order to place them in an environment that matches with their personal career goals.

From Canada, to Japan, to Taiwan and Belgrade, PLLC scholars have incredible stories to share. Each academic year, a new cohort of scholars embarks on a journey close to home or across the globe as a part of their individual Stretch Experiences, tackling challenges they’re passionate about in a variety of sectors.

Read our Impact: Student Stories with Purpose publication created in honour of the program’s fifth year:


Award-Winning Projects

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We appreciate the donor support that makes these projects possible. Each year, the $5,000 Tavender Award recognizes a scholar who has completed the objectives of the Stretch Experience and demonstrated exceptional growth and development throughout the Stretch Experience program. Read about these award-winning projects, like the most recent winner Danielle, who volunteered at the Elizabeth Fry Society during COVID-19.

Save space in your schedule and take Foundations of Leadership (INT D 301) next semester! Find out more.

Where will leadership take you?

Develop your leadership skills and enhance your degree with PLLC’s interdisciplinary embedded certificate! Students in an undergraduate degree that have completed ★30 credits or more are eligible to apply.

Where will leadership take you? Interdisciplinary leadership certificate. Apply now.