In 1983, the students and staff of Yorkton Regional High School in Yorkton, Saskatchewan were invited to host the annual provincial student leadership conference of 1985. The Honorable Grant Devine challenged the Yorkton group to turn the 1985 provincial conference into a national conference as one of Saskatchewan’s contributions to the 1985 International Year of the Youth project.

The challenge was accepted and on September 18 -20, 1985, the first CSLC was held in Yorkton. Over 800 students and their advisors from across Canada and the United States (and even one delegate from Mexico) attended this conference, the theme of which was Youth of Today – Leaders of Tomorrow.

The Canadian Student Leadership Association (formerly the Canadian Association of Student Activity Advisors) has been addressing the leadership needs of high school students and student council advisors since 1985. For more information on the Canadian Student Leadership Association visit

CSLC: A Leadership Legacy

1985 Youth Leadership in Action Yorkton, SK
1986 Success through Involvement Sherwood Park, AB
1987 Youth Leadership in Action London, ON
1988 Youth Can Make a Difference Lower Sackville, NS
1989 The Challenge of Leadership Point Claire, QC
1990 Creating Tomorrow’s Needs by Leading Today Burnaby, BC
1991 TNT: Tomorrow Needs Today Brandon, MB
1992 The Future Starts Today Kitchener, ON
1993 Youth Today Leading the Way Bishop’s Falls, NL
1994 Tip Your Hats to Our Leaders Yorkton, SK
1995 Set Sails for New Horizons Bathurst, NS
1996 Leadership in Motion Edmonton, AB
1997 Take Flight Montreal, QC
1998 One Nation – One Dream Kamloops, BC
1999 Making it Work! Waterloo, ON
2000 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow … Forever! Winnipeg, MB
2001 Charting the Course: A Leadership Odyssey Lower Sackville, NS
2002 SPIRIT: Students Putting Imagination, Resources, & Ideas Together Saskatoon, SK
2003 Unlock the Future St. John’s, NL
2004 A River Runs Through It Abbotsford, BC
2005 Plant a New Seed Lloydminister, AB
2006 Ordinary Youth Doing Extraordinary Things Fredericton, NB
2007 LEAD ON: Lead with Enthusiasm, Activism, Diversity, and Optimism Now London, ON
2008 It All Starts Here! Summerside, PE
2009 Lead the Stampede Cochrane and Olds, AB
2010 Big Top 2012: Canadian Youth Performing Above and Beyond Pierrefonds, QC
2011 Newfound Energy Corner Brook, NL
2012 Flat Out Leadership Weyburn, SK
2013 Light the Way Montague, PE
2014 Leadership Destination: Your Ticket to Inspiration Kelowna, BC
2015 Leadership 360: When Giving is Receiving Halifax, NS
2016 Natural Leader  Edmundston, NB
2017 Startup Leadership: Ignite Your Innovative Spirit Waterloo, ON


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