Leadership in Environmental and Digital innovation for Sustainability (LEADS)

An NSERC-CREATE graduate program on the theme of science leadership for global sustainability in the digital age.

Welcome to the NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program on the theme of science leadership for global sustainability in the digital age.

The program seeks out graduate-level students interested in developing the skills, knowledge & experience in sustainability science and digital innovation to accelerate transformations to a more sustainable & equitable global society.

Key dates

New round of application until March 15th, 2024!

Reflections on LEADS Program

I started my journey as a postdoc in the LEADS program in January, 2022. While the winter in Montreal was one of the coldest I had ever experienced, I found the LEADS faculty and students to be a warm and welcoming group. With over 15 years of experience in government, private, and academic sectors within the general field of environmental science, including two previous postdocs, I was hoping for new inspiration as I weighed whether to continue in academia or return to environmental consulting. The opportunities and support to conduct team research on Canadian based nature-based solutions within the LEADS program turned out to be the perfect catalyst for me and my career, and reinforced my desire to solve environmental problems.

Jordan Rosencranz

Being part of the LEADS fellowship is a beautiful opportunity to meet aspiring researchers from various fields who deeply care about sustainability. A highlight of the program was the summer school, which created a space for learning, for opening our minds to different perspectives through fruitful discussions and for creating lasting friendships. It makes me really hopeful that this program brings together people who are so passionate about making a change for the planet and stay humble and are aware of the limits of their own research. I wish to continue contributing to building the LEADS community, and cannot wait to see where we will all be in a few decades!

Mélisande Teng

With support from

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We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
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