PLDI Leadership Communications In-person Training June 16th -18th 2023


Attention PLDI Leaders!

PLDI will be hosting an in-person Communications Training Weekend,  Friday June 16th – Sunday June 18th 2023.

The training takes place over three days at a pace to support learning and connection.

Day 1 Friday will be from 5 PM-8:00 PM.

Day 2 Saturday will be from 9 AM-5:00 PM.

Day 3 Sunday will be from 9 AM-2:30 PM to allow people from out of town to get back to their home communities.


Workshop Details:

The Communications Training will explore the following topics through presentations, group work and discussions:

  • Principles of leadership
  • Structured Feedback
  • Active Listening
  • Dealing with Difficult Situations & Distracting Behaviours
  • Emotional Activators and Anchors
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Presentation Skills/Public Speaking
  • Practicum -Participants will develop and deliver a short *5 minute presentation


*Part of the curriculum for this training will be delivering a presentation.  We know for some people this can be a source of unease, however think of this as practice in front of a supportive group of peers. A few details below:

  • You will have 5 minutes to present: (we ask you please keep it to 5 minutes)
  • The topic can be whatever you choose, perhaps something topical, current, historic, or fun (e.g., something you are passionate about, personal hobby of interest, or something you wish to communicate)
  • Your presentation can be conveyed through storytelling, use of props, powerpoint, etc.


Here are come preliminary logistical details:

  • Only available to people who have previously taken PLDI Core training. – Who am I as a Leader?
  • This training is only open to residents of BC. For participants outside of BC we will be hosting an online training in March 2024. Stay tuned for more details.
  • The training will take place in Vancouver at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people.   (Near Waterfront Station or Burrard Skytrain Station)
  • We are only able to accept 12 participants. Your application will be reviewed by a peer led committee.
  • The following meals will be covered as part of your training registration: Friday: dinner; Saturday: breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday: breakfast and lunch.
  • Due to limited budget, only participants outside of Vancouver will be provided accommodations at the hotel (two nights) and all accommodations will be single room.
  • Transportation costs will be reimbursed for people traveling outside of Vancouver. Please note the PLDI manager will discuss transportation arrangements for participants traveling from outside of Vancouver if your application is successful.
  • What is the fee? There is no registration fee for the Communications training.
  • Please note that this training is not open to people who have already previously taken PLDI Communications Training.


Safety and Respect in Group Gatherings (updated April 26, 2023)

PAN is committed to creating a safe and respectful environment at all of our events whether virtual or in-person. We recognize that people bring different strengths and experiences to events, and ask that all participants review and respect these Group Guidelines and Responsibilities so we create a culturally safe community space together.

In-person events

PAN staff, contractors and volunteers will wear a mask during in-person events (except when eating or drinking) to minimize risk of exposure to COVID or other respiratory illnesses. This is to support the health, safety, and comfort of attendees, especially the most vulnerable and those who are immunocompromised.

We recognize that COVID symptoms may be minor and go unnoticed, and masks continue to be a layer of protection to help control COVID’s spread. We know that COVID infection can be resolved within a week, but for some it can also lead to complications and long COVID, so we are taking this approach.

Participants and guests at our in person events are encouraged to wear masks and we will make them available along with hand sanitizer.

A staff member or attendee that is experiencing any symptoms of illness (fever, chills, respiratory symptoms) is asked to stay home or leave the event to protect the community, especially those who may be immune-compromised.

We continue to strongly encourage people to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and get ongoing boosters as suggested by public health guidance.

Please note that for any of our in-person events, we may have to make changes to these plans based on current public health conditions at the time, and the safety of all.


We realize maybe not everyone is ready or able for an in-person training so we look forward to seeing you at a PLDI online or future in-person training.



Applying to attend

The deadline for applications is 4 PM Pacific time on Tuesday May 16, 2023

Please use this link:  Registration Form New –

We look forward to receiving your application.


Marc Seguin PLDI Manager of BC and Western Canada (AB, SK, MB) on behalf of the BC PLDI Training Team