The Personal Enterprise

–Martin Ferguson-Pell, Vice-Principal, Peter Lougheed Leadership College, University of Alberta, Edmonton I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you to our Peter Lougheed Leadership College (PLLC) Stretch Experience Blog.  I am Martin Ferguson-Pell, Vice Principal of PLLC. Over the last 6 months I have had intense conversations with our scholars as they have […]

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Venture Healthcare Comes Full Circle

Stretch Experience Update: PLLC alumni and program founder hears success stories from participants It was Yasmin Rafiei’s own journey applying to medical school that got her thinking about the barriers some applicants face. While reviewing the myriad requirements typical of medical school applications – competitive Medical College Admission Test scores, paid employment, leadership experience, volunteer […]

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Challenging beauty with brains

By Geoff McMaster for Folio When Lan Truong entered a local beauty pageant during high school, nothing about it felt right. While the event was organized for charity-one Truong would rather not mention-the purpose of the contest for the girls themselves was never made clear. Points were awarded for spurious attributes such as social media […]

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Studying and Improving Workplace Culture at a Non-Profit Organization

By Mattias Neset What did your Stretch Experience involve? In my Stretch Experience, I worked on the internal and external culture of Policywise⏤a non-profit organization⏤to help improve productivity and employee motivation, in turn helping to improve services provided to the community at large. I practiced my leadership and learned valuable skills through various projects, including […]

Engaging difference: Where East Africa meets Canada

By Salma Ibrahim Since her much-anticipated online, feature-length publication is not yet released to the public, she shares her latest report here, depicted in a cartoon format that aligns with the project’s creativity. We hope to share the final project when it’s published! Salma’s Stretch Experience was a creative writing endeavour dedicated to engaging difference. […]

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Using AI to try to detect COVID-19 and improve livestock monitoring

By Adam Czarnecki What did your Stretch Experience involve? I worked with Alpha Phenomics, a local company developing livestock monitoring technologies, for my Stretch Experience. The project that they were working on was a system to track individuals in a certain population and accurately predict if they have a virus based on various biometrics. The […]

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Using Interim Leadership to Navigate the Uncertainties of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo derived from MIT Sloan Management Review. By Nicholas Vankka When the state of uncertainty had become far too certain, I, like many, came into the summer of 2020 with no clear vision of what the next four months would look like. My initial Stretch Experience proposals were canceled due to obstacles related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, […]

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Leadership Transition in Times of COVID-19

By Maite G. Latorre The importance of leadership transition was never top of mind for me, even after participating in a variety of organizations, clubs and committees that have gone through changes in leadership. But when I started my Stretch Experience with Halford Consulting Inc., a specialized leadership transition organization, the projects I worked on required me to […]

What’s in a Bone?

What’s in a bone? You, your friends, and your dog are walking along the river valley. It is a nice sunny day; the birds are chirping the trails are full of adventurers but wait… your dog seems to be coming out of the bushes with something that looks like well it looks like a human […]

A brief visit to the big pond in governance

For many students, and people in general, the institutions that govern so much of our lives can be very confusing, distant, and opaque. My Stretch Experience, as the Undergraduate Board of Governors Representative for the University of Alberta, has helped me to understand how board governance works, and why boards make the decisions they do, […]