Request for Proposals for NEADS Leadership Training

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS: is now accepting proposals for delivery of a two day leadership training event on May 12 and 13, 2012 in Toronto.

Instructions for preparation and submission of a proposal are contained in this package.

Thank you for your interest in doing business with NEADS.


Mahadeo Sukhai
Senior Advisor, Governance and Leadership Development


The complete proposal must be submitted by e-mail to the
E-mail address indicated in the cover letter by March 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm eastern time.

It is the sole responsibility of the proposer to assure that they have submitted all aspects of the application package outlined in the Request for Proposal. Proposers will be notified by e-mail of any change in the specifications contained in this RFP.

NEADS reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to request clarification of information from any proposer. NEADS is not obligated to enter into a contract on the basis of any proposal submitted in response to this document. NEADS is under no obligation to award this project to the proposer offering the lowest fee proposal. Evaluation criteria included in this document shall be used in evaluating proposals.

Prior to the final selection, proposers may be required to submit additional information which NEADS may deem necessary to further evaluate the proposer's qualifications. NEADS reserves the right to interview proposers prior to final selection. NEADS also reserves the right to negotiate with the selected proposer the exact terms and conditions of the contract.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria and weight at a

a) Vendor’s qualifications and experience with leadership training (50 points)
b) Vendor’s experience working with persons with disabilities (20 points)
c) Cost (30 points)

Questions regarding this request for proposal should be directed to:
Mahadeo Sukhai
Senior Advisor, Governance and Leadership Development
416-848-6841 Ext. 260


The purpose of this RFP is to acquire leadership training that is practical, skills-based, and that will offer tools and resources to enable NEADS board, staff and volunteers to improve communication, decision-making, team effectiveness and overall leadership skills.  The priorities for the leadership training include but are not limited to:
a) team dynamics and effectiveness;
b) managing conflict and effective decision making; and
c) building leadership skills.

All workshops are to be delivered during Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13 in-person in Toronto, Ontario.  The workshops are to be delivered for the NEADS national board of directors, staff and volunteers which is comprised of about 16 people who represent all regions throughout Canada and who have different disabilities.

In order for a proposal to be considered the total cost must not exceed $4,000.


Proposers will be responsible for the following:
a) All workshop content
b) Development and delivery of all workshops
c) Facilitation of all workshops
d) Preparation, production and/or acquisition of all workshop materials
e) Providing all materials in an accessible electronic format in advance to NEADS by May 7, 2012 to meet disability related accommodation requirements
f) Any supplies required for the training I.E. markers (see Section IV for the supplies/equipment NEADS will provide)

Proposals must include the following components:
a) Background and qualifications of proposer
b) Bio(s) of individual or team who will develop and deliver / facilitate the training
c) Brief statement of commitment to inclusion and accessibility principles.
d) Cost breakdown (include all applicable costs and the total cost)
e) Training purpose and objectives
f) Proposed indicators to measure the overall success of the training
g) Proposed agenda that fits within the following parameters:
a. Saturday May 12 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30
b. Sunday May 13 10:15 am to 3:30 pm with lunch break from 12:15 to 1:00
h) Proposed agenda to outline the scope of the training I.E. specific topics
i) Proposed agenda to outline exercises and interactive activities
j) Clarification of “out of scope” topics / content for the leadership training
k) References to any books / theories which the training will be utilizing


NEADS will be responsible to provide the following:
a) space for the training
b) catering for the training
c) projector, screen and laptop
d) flipchart paper and stands
e) Iclicker technology (audience response system) – this can be used for polling, voting etc


Please note: the following are topics simply for consideration; proposals may vary from these topics and are not required to include all the following topics.

Team dynamics and effectiveness:
o Overview of factors that influence team effectiveness
o Task-oriented vs. relationship-oriented styles
o Team cohesiveness: aligning team purpose with organizational goals
o Drivers / barriers towards team performance
o members’ needs and roles
o group processes and successful team meetings in a virtual organization
o building effective team communication / choosing appropriate communication channels in a team environment / minimizing communication blockers
o developing working committees (diagnosing performance: skill / will)

Managing conflict / decision making:
o Sources of team conflict
o Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
o Principled negotiation (to use when goals and relationships are both important)
o Decision-making styles
o Effective team decision-making

Building leadership skills:
o What is leadership (understanding principles of leadership)
o Leadership styles and Situational leadership
o Interaction between different leadership styles (context of working committees)
o Leadership vs. management
o Identifying Personal leadership style
o The ideal leader
o Building leadership skills