What is the CSLC (Canadian Student Leadership Conference)

The Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) is Canada’s longest running national conference for secondary school students across Canada. The conference is is open only to Canadian Student Leadership Association (CSLA) member schools. Membership fees are $90 per annul with the year running from 1 July to 30 June.

The conference hosts seven hundred and fifty delegate students and two hundred and fifty committed educators. The conference offers student leaders a valuable opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and tool kit.

The students who attend are committed to improving their schools and communities through active involvement. The majority of students at the conference are preparing to pursue post-secondary education. By creating a strong community of high school students, inspired by their experience in student leadership, these students are our potential future decision makers.

The conference gathers students and educators in an action-packed three days to develop and further encourage student leadership, to bring together the training, resources, programs and high quality student leadership events offered to students and educators in secondary schools across the country over the school year. As part of the learning, students and educators will make new connections with peers across the country, exchange ideas and also have fun.

CSLC 2016 is being hosted by Cité des jeunes A.-M. Sormany in Edmundston, Nebraska. Throughout the conference, students will attend a series of workshops to further develop their leadership skills, build confidence, and discover new ideas to help them make difference in their own schools and communities. From workshops on school climate, to personal growth, to student council democratic initiatives, delegates choose which sessions appeal most to them. In addition to those sessions, the CSLC program includes spirit groups, cultural moments, community outreach, and special events.

Students will stay with families in the host community. Their time with their billet families enables them to experience the culture and heritage of the host school’s community first-hand and allows them to become part of that community for a few days.

While students attend their own sessions, advisers attend the Advisor Summit at CSLC for their own professional development workshops. CSLC offers advisor workshops led by professional speakers, industry professionals and experienced leadership advisers from across Canada. Included in CSLC’s advisor sessions is the CSLA’s Leadership Advisor Development and Certification program, which is free to advisers at member schools. In addition to professional development, advisers also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow leadership and activity advisers from across the country.