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Founded in 1985 as the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC), we have evolved into a national organisation now known as Canadian Student Leadership. We support and foster student leadership across Canada.

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Supporting Canadian student leaders

What we do

We provide leadership opportunities, training and resources to student leaders and educators. Our mission is to empower Canadian students to take an active role in their community for the betterment of society.

From coast to coast to coast





Program dates

Member schools

Resources for student leaders and teacher advisors

Youth participants

With memberships from schools and leaders in every Canadian province and territory, we reach a diverse range of youth through our programs and resources

Programs for student leaders

Horizons – One day regional leadership Conference

Organise a day of leading

The Horizons Leadership Conference is a series of regional conferences hosted and run by students. Students learn how to host and manage an entire event, start to finish.


The purpose of the conference is to motivate and inspire students through keynote presentations given by noteworthy Canadians. 

Portage – Student Leadership Training

Empowering presentations

Portage is our newest program, offering students a two-day online conference that qualifies them to earn three of four certifications from our Milestone Leadership Certification.


Students will participate in live presentations with a special Keynote Speaker.

Milestone – online student leadership training

Enhance leadership skills

The Milestone Leadership Certification is a self-directed, four-level online certification program aimed at students who want to enhance their leadership skills. The certification covers topics ranging from planning an event to community outreach and learning more about yourself as a leader.


The curriculum is offered in French and is an excellent resource for schools without leadership classes.

Our three pillars


Our flagship event, the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) is an annual national student leadership conference held in different locations across Canada each year.


Our Membership and staff use over 35+ years of student leadership experience, education, and research to curate and share resources within our network. Only CSLA members have access to full archive of materials available on our Google Drive. 


The Leadership Advisor Certification Program is an online program available to member advisors. This 4-level program gives rookie and experienced advisors a great opportunity to enhance their leadership skills.

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Thank you to our National sponsors 

Friesens Yearbooks
Spiritwear Canada – CSLA sponsor
Relay for Life Student Program
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