what is gsls?


On April 9 - 11, 2018, London, Ontario, Canada will host the first-ever Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS). GSLS is the first truly large scale, international, multi-day leadership summit for youth from around the globe.This will be the largest multi-day student leadership event in the world and will welcome over 2,000 youth and educators from over 20 countries, for 3 days of inspiring speakers, interactive workshops and peer collaboration.

Working with civic, educational and corporate partners at the local, national and global level, GSLS will be a life-changing marquee event for the future leaders of the world. The event is run by Canada's premier student leadership organization, Youth Leadership Camps Canada, and will be filled with substantive information, real people, making real change, and an unbridled dose of positive energy.

The Outcome? To create, to change the conversation, to bring the most inspiring messages of hope and leadership to thousands of world wide youth leaders! To create a stupendous positive ripple in the world! These leaders will take over the downtown core of one Canada's greatest cities, and leave a legacy of leadership behind. The first ever GSLS will be an event that the game-changers of tomorrow will not soon forget.

The Global Student Leadership Summit recognizes that global change can start in the school house, and from there spreads to communities, countries and the planet. As such, GSLS has partnered with The Global Goals Educator Task Force to insure that our student and educator content reflects and reinforces the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 essential and achievable goals are woven into the fabric of our speakers’ talks and workshop presentations in a myriad of ways. Whether motivating students to make positive personal change, or inspiring them to larger actions in their school and global or local communities, the Global Goals provide a framework for the leaders of today and their educators to make a real difference. Every nation on earth agreed to this hope-filled plan for a better world. We believe the Goals can and should flow through all learning and leadership development.

who are we?

GSLS will be facilitated by Youth Leadership Camps Canada (YLCC), founded in 1992, YLCC has grown from working with 100 to over 200,000 youth per year and is now one of Canada's premier student leadership organizations.

YLCC inspires and empowers today's youth to leave a positive impact on our world. With our innovative and dynamic staff, we instill in students a greater understanding of the short and long-term impacts of their words, choices and actions.

Today YLCC works with youth through more than fourteen different programs and events each year, including the Ontario Student Leadership Conference (OSLC). For the last 38 years, OSLC has been the marquee event for student leaders in the province of Ontario. It is the longest running and largest student leadership conference in Canada, with over 2200 youth leaders joining us in Niagara Falls to participate in a dynamic three day conference with the largest group of speakers to teach, entertain and inspire.

To get an idea of what GSLS will be like, watch our amazing video from OSLC!

who can attend?

GSLS is open to

Any student entering grades 7-12 (13-18 years old) in the fall of 2017.
School Administrators
Faculty Advisors
Youth Workers

Adult Chaperone/Student Ratio:
The adult chaperone/student ratio is at least 1 adult chaperones per 10 students.
* Sixteen students and four adult chaperones maximum per school/organization.
* Please contact Kara ( if you are from a National or large group contingency bringing more than 16 students.

Your Hosts

London, Ontario

Set in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London is the 10th largest city in Canada, and a hub for education, innovation and culture. Big enough for the "big city" experience, London is a tourist destination for travellers all over the world, while providing the safe and clean atmosphere of a small community, making those who visit feel at home. London is a "must visit" destination for fun and relaxation.

London at Night

At GSLS, you will get to experience a city that loves to laugh and live - a city where you'll find pristine natural conservation areas, spectacular parkland and kilometres of riverside trails and parks. London comes alive with a wealth of arts, entertainment, cuisine, shopping, adventure and much more - there is truly something for everyone.

London Market

Held in downtown London, GSLS is in London's cultural heart, economic centre and the original neighbourhood. It is a centre of regional tourism, a unique shopping experience and dining destination, and a preferred host to national and international events.

Located just 120 miles from Toronto and 125 miles from Niagara Falls, one of the 8 wonders of the world, London is the perfect destination to start your journey visiting some of Canada's most popular tourist destinations and spectacular sites.

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london convention centre

Opened in 1993, the London Convention Centre has a reputation of providing world class service to all who step foot inside the facility. Boasting 70,000 square feet of meeting, conference and exhibition space, the LCC is a world class venue to host GSLS.

Photo of LCC
Photo of LCC

On October 19, 2015, the 22-year old Convention Centre launched an important capital improvement project. This $5 million investment to upgrade the LCC has furthered their everyday commitment to clients - best in class service and expectations exceeded with every interaction.

frequently asked questions


When should I arrive?

Opening ceremonies begin on Monday April 9, 2018, however we will be offering early registration and an evening activity on Sunday April 8, 2018 to accommodate those travelling and arriving early.

Do I need a visa to enter Canada?

To find out whether you need an eTA or Visa and for more information on the process of applying for one please visit here.

How do I get a hotel room?

Hotel reservations are available online here. We have worked with hotels in downtown London to bring you the best prices.

Where will the summit be held?

The summit will be held at the LCC  in downtown London.

What airport should I fly into?

It is recommended that you fly into Toronto Pearson International Airport. Please visit our Travel page for more information on how to get to London from Toronto.

What are some fun things that I can do while in Ontario?

Please visit our page here for additional excursions provided by Explorica for all our delegates if they chose to stay longer and visit more of our beautiful province.

Will there be medical services available in the LCC?

Well-trained and well equipped volunteers from St. Johns ambulance will be located at the LCC for the whole duration of the conference to help with emergencies until medical assistance arrives. They will have access to a room located directly in the LCC for convenient, private service for any emergencies.


What does registration include?

Registration includes FULL ACCESS to all conference events and breakfast either at the LCC or your hotel.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Please see our cancellation policy here. For more information, please contact Kara Gunnarson, Summit Coordinator at


Can I volunteer for the summit?

If you would like to volunteer please contact for more information or visit our Get Involved page.

Can I be a sponsor for the summit?

If you would like to help make this conference a success and sponsor please download our sponsorship package here.

Can I exhibit?

Please contact for more information.

How can I get involved before the summit?

There are a number of ways to get involved in the lead up to GSLS. First, sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on all the latest program additions, speakers, attractions, etc. You can also join in on the discussion with us on social media.



At The Summit

Do I need to choose my session in advance?

No need to chose before – you can decide while you are at GSLS.

Are sessions live streamed?

We are still working on this – check back closer to the conference!

Will the program be available in multiple languages?

All print material will be in English and French. We are working on getting translation via Bluetooth for all sessions but it is recommended that all delegates are comfortable with English.

When will the summit program be announced?

You can view the basic schedule here. We are announcing speakers almost daily so please connect with
us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Our full summit schedule will be available closer to the

When will the summit App be ready?

The summit App will be available a few weeks before the summit.