Great leaders change the world, for good.


The future of the credit union system depends on having strong leaders who can shape a high-performing, inclusive culture. The eLeadership Academy provides accessible, relevant training that sticks— so credit union leaders can be a force for good, standing up to the challenges of a turbulent world.
We are champions for stronger human connection, improved brain health, and greater accountability - because those are the tools great leaders need to move the world forward.

Leadership isn’t a theory.
It’s a practice.

Our Method


Studying leadership is just the beginning. We teach the theory and practice of leadership through convenient, cohort-based peer sessions, expert faculty coaching and mentoring, and brain-friendly, real-world assignments that encourage hands-on learning.

100% ONLINE AND MOBILE FRIENDLY

Studies show that online and mobile-friendly training programs like ours allow participants to master skills in 40-60% less time than traditional in-person training. 

SELF-PACED AND FLEXIBLE

Our flexible, blended model includes synchronous (scheduled) and asynchronous (self-paced) elements so professionals can learn with minimal impact on their busy lives.

COHORT-BASED PEER LEARNING

During group discussions and forums, participants get to network and learn from fellow leaders who share comparable real-world experiences and familiar challenges.

EXPERT FACULTY, COACHING & MENTORS

One-on-one feedback and cohort Q&A office hours  with expert faculty inspire and motivate participants to complete learning and become better leaders.

BRAIN-FRIENDLY & ENGAGING CURRICULUM

One-on-one feedback and cohort Q&A office hours  with expert faculty inspire and motivate participants to complete learning and become better leaders.

EXPERIENTIAL & APPLIED LEARNING

Our programs reach beyond “book learning” to lessons that are immediately applicable. Assignments include real-world practice to build neuroplasticity and better habits.

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Impacting the world

one great leader at a time.

Our Participants


We’re proud of our exceptional completion rate, great feedback, and the fact that 100% of participants would recommend eLeadership Academy™ to others. And even more so, we’re proud to support courageous, human-centric leaders who go on to make a positive impact in their work.

I would highly recommend professional training with eLeadership Academy™. It was a marvelous mix of webinars and insightful articles and I enjoyed participating with others during discussion forums! Well done! I'm looking forward to taking another course very soon.

- Donna-Jane Pollock, Executive Director

Leadership comes with a unique set of challenges. The eLEAD course provides strategies and techniques that will serve you whether leading 5 people or 500.


- Andrew Girdner, Assistant Vice-President

The eLeadership Academy™ has a great format that ensures personal growth, the ability to fulfill weekly learning commitments and a weekly forum to share with others. The faculty guided us through many areas of leadership. Each week I was excited to learn and see what personal growth I would take away and apply to my daily life!

- Carey Zirk, Personal Banking Advisor

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Sandra McDowell

SANDRA McDOWELL

CEO & Lead Faculty, MA, PCC, CPHR

Sandra McDowell knows what it takes to guide an organization that's anchored in cooperative principles, community, and purpose. Early in her career, she received a CCUA national young leader award and World Council WYCUP young leader award. She has spent more than 20 years in executive roles within the credit union system, including as Head of People & Culture, COO, and Acting CEO.

Sandra is a Certified Executive Coach with a Master's degree in Leadership, and she holds an ICF PCC designation along with a Certificate in Neuroleadership. In 2012, she began teaching what she had learned through her education and experience—that program would later evolve into the internationally recognized eLeadership Academy. Today, her mission is to help the worldwide credit union system build a leadership force for good.

Sandra is a long-time partner of CCUA and WOCCU, associate faculty for two universities, and the author of Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain.

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Contact: 

☎ 1+ 604-398-4015  |  ✉️ [email protected]

55 Water Street, Suite #408-8345, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1A1 Canada

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