Leadership via Summit University

At Summit Materials our employees are one of our largest investments. After all, we believe that bright, engaged, energetic employees foster the entrepreneurial spirit of our business and we want to give them the tools that they need to be successful. This is why we launched Summit Materials University in 2015.

Through Summit Materials University we offer two tracks, the “Executive Leadership Development Program” and “Frontline Leadership Development Program”. Both tracks offer classroom sessions, online tools, and professional coaching. The goal is the same, to empower our employees and make a positive contribution to their professional development.

Executive Leadership Development Program

The Executive Leadership Development Program was created for executives of our company to develop the soft skills that they need to reach their full potential as a leader. Each class has 15 leaders, participating from various Operating Companies. Over the course of 18 months, leaders explore topics including Leadership Success Principles, Decision Making, Innovation and Systems Thinking, Strategic Planning, along with Coaching and Development.  The elements of program include a 360 assessment, leadership skills assessments and quarterly in-person meetings. In addition to the classroom training, participants also have the support of one-on-one coaching, group coaching, and an online “community” for peer-to-peer interaction.

“I feel fortunate to be included in the SMU ELDP. It has definitely helped me to grow and develop as a leader. The instruction and coaching has been extremely useful. The interaction with others in the program is great and will help us now, and in the future as we all work to grow Summit. I find myself referring back to the areas we have covered as I go about my daily tasks and have been able to use and apply the instruction.”

Russ Larsen

COO, Elam Construction

Frontline Leadership Development Program

As the name suggests, the Frontline Leadership Development Program is designed for on-the-job managers of projects and crews. These supervisors are often employees that have been promoted to their position through hard work and extensive knowledge of the business but have often lacked formal management training and development. The program helps build the basics of Communication Skills, Talent Management, Leadership & Change Management, Conflict Management, Safety, and Planning and Organization. In addition to the classroom work, each employee is given one-on-one coaching sessions to help deploy the lessons to real work scenarios.   

“The FLD program is working for us! We have several new leaders, with little prior management experience and this program has been key to showing managers how to communicate with their employees and to let them know more about their individual management style. The added coaching has been very beneficial to our participants as well, and something that they have all been very excited about.” Erin Anderson, Director of Human Resources, Alleyton Resource Company

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