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 3200 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.
Stuart (Stu) Saunders has been the vision behind YLCC since it began in 1992. Growing up he attended summer camp from the age of 6. In fact, he hasn’t missed a summer of camp in over 40 years. For the last 25 years Stu has put his heart and soul into building a world-class summer camp and leadership development program that is now Youth Leadership Camps Canada.
Since 1991 he has also travelled North America and Europe speaking to middle schools, high schools, international schools, colleges, universities and many corporations. He has worked with over 2 million young people worldwide and was recently named among the top 30 leadership facilitators in the world.
He has grown YLCC beyond a summer camp. He took over the Ontario Student Leadership Conference (OSLC) in 1999 and grew it from 600 delegates to more that 2300. He started the only ever national student leadership magazine called “The Canadian Spirit”, launched YLCC Media a division that has created 2 powerful documentaries and also started the Canadian Youth Speakers Bureau (CYSB). Each year YLCC works with close to 200,000 youth across Canada and around the world.
As one of Canada’s most sought-after educational leadership consultants and speakers, Stu is a mentor to our staff and campers, and proud father of three amazing children.
Kara Gunnarson is a graduate of Queens University with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies and most recently graduated from Georgian College with a post-graduate certificate in Fundraising and Resource Management. She finds that she learned the most in her post-graduate experiences in her leadership opportunities with many different clubs and committees on campus - most specifically her obsession with event planning. Her desire to become involved was largely influenced by attending the Ontario Student Leadership Conference (OSLC) in high school. She has now come full circle working with this amazing company that runs both OSLC and now GSLS.
A self-described wanderlust. Kara blames her childhood on her inability to sit still. She grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts and most recently Orillia, a small town in Central Ontario. After graduating, Kara travelled throughout Europe and Southeast Asia. Her favourite part about travelling is meeting new people, exchanging stories with locals and fellow travellers and experiencing the culture of a new country, city or even just neighbourhood.
Kara is extremely excited to be involved with this world-class event combining both her passion for leadership with her love for meeting new people from all over the world!
Ian Tyson has been a professional speaker, and also planning conferences and events since 1989. He has entertained and inspired countless students, educators, and corporate clients in his career.
Ian's drive has always been linked to furthering student leadership in Canada and around the world. In 2009, he was named a "Leader of Distinction" by the Canadian Student Leadership Association for his contributions. He has run major fundraisers and events for charities and festivals. He has worked as a corporate facilitator and trainer for companies large and small.
Ian calls the London area his home, and has two grown children attending Western University.
Nick Foley is the founder of Celebrate the Hero, Good Sport Education and the Non-Profit Move for Inclusion. Nick recently completed a coast to coast bike trip from Victoria to St John’s, Newfoundland, stopping at various locations to speak about Inclusion of all people without bias. Nick is driven by the desire to perpetuate an environment of self-worth, acceptance, and empowerment in communities.
Nick is the very proud father of beautiful Brynn and Welles from whom he has learned more than he ever thought imaginable. They have been, and continue to be the greatest teachers in his life.
As Director of Market & Promotions for the Ontario Central Region for Corus Radio, Kent Guy has spent the majority of his professional career in radio broadcasting. In his current role, Kent oversees the daily Marketing & Promotions operation of eight of the 39 Corus Radio brands.
Student Leadership has played an incredibly important role in his life. First as a high school Social Coordinator at Westminster Secondary School in London Ontario. As well as Students' Council President, the London High School Students Council President and a very active member of the OSSSA for years. Kent has a ten year old daughter and is often seen with a camera in hand – one of his many hobbies.
Ash Baer has been working with student leaders for the past six years. She has a strong passion of working with students to create more positivity and authentic experiences. In 2016 she was recognized with the Ron and Mickey Johnstone Youth Leadership award, an award that recognizes one person under the age of thirty for their creativity and dedication to youth within the OntarioCamps Association. Ash uses her own leadership conference experiences mixed with her experiences being the Assistant Camp Director at Youth Leadership Camps Canada for the past four years to ensure that student leaders feel confident and supported in who they are in order for them to facilitate effective programs at conferences. Ash is extremely excited to work with the Leadership Ambassadors at the Global Student Leadership Summit in 2018!
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.
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 (email@example.com) if you are from a National or large group contingency bringing more than 16 students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will be available for all delegates here once registration opens on April 3, 2017. 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?
Can I volunteer for the summit?
If you would like to volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information.
How can I get involved before 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.