Student Programming

CSLC 2017 – StartUp Leadership will feature a wide variety of keynote speakers, group workshops, cultural moments and entertainment. CSLC 2017 will take place from September 26th-September 30th, 2017.

StartUp Leadership is proud to present an exceptional series of keynote speakers!

Click the lightbulb for the full student programming schedule!

Please note that all times, dates, and speakers are subject to change without notice

Advisor Program

The Advisor Program at CSLC is a professional development opportunity for attending advisors, which features advisor sessions led by professional motivational speakers, industry professionals and experienced leadership advisors. Attending advisors will have opportunities to network and collaborate with fellow leadership and student activity advisors from across the country, as well as have the opportunity to participate in the Canadian Student Leadership Association’s Leadership Advisor Development and Certification Program. Levels I, II and III will be offered at CSLC 2017.

This program guides Leadership advisors through a focused study and practical examination of the six pillars of student leadership:

  • Developing Effective Communication
  • Enhancing Personal Leadership Skills
  • Developing School Climate and Culture
  • Leadership Program Management
  • Implementing Student Activities
  • Legal and Fiscal Accountability with Student Leadership

Along with amazing workshops, we have lots of entertainment and activities planned for you around Waterloo Region!

Check out the advisor schedule by clicking the lightbulb below!


Pre-Conference Programming


CSLC 2017 – StartUp Leadership pre-conference will feature an exciting and energetic tour of Toronto and Niagara Falls. Join us at the pre-conference from September 23rd to September 25th, 2017 to experience…..

  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • Toronto Blue Jays game at Roger’s Centre
  • A trip to the CN Tower
  • A tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame, shopping at the Eaton’s Centre, historic Fort York and walk the beautiful waterfront
  • A visit to Niagara Falls and its many attractions
  • Many more sights to see along the way!



Advisors will receive a preferred rate at the Delta Waterloo. This will be our only conference hotel. Note – the conference shuttle will only go to this hotel.  Advisor socials on Tuesday and Saturday evening will be hosted the Delta.

Delta Waterloo

Delta Waterloo

110 Erb St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
(519) 514-0404


Students attending CSLC are billeted in the host community. Billeting is the “youth exchange” component of the conference and is very important to the tradition and spirit of CSLC. For delegates, 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.

Volunteer host families must apply and have their applications vetted by the conference steering committee. Police and vulnerable sector checks are required of all volunteer host families. Additionally, host families must agree to have a minimum of 2 delegates stay at their house. When possible, at least 2 delegates from the same school are matched to the same families. Delegates are also matched to families based on any special requirements (ex. allergies, language, etc.) Host families are responsible for breakfast each morning, transportation to and from the conference each day, supper and free time with billets on Friday night, and free time with billets on Saturday afternoon.

Are you a community member interested in billeting student delegates? Click HERE for more information and to download an application form.

Click HERE to see what to bring to CSLC 2017


Getting to Waterloo

By Air:

CSLC 2017 will provide transportation to and from three airports. 

We encourage those flying from the west to fly into the Region of Waterloo International Airport or Toronto Pearson International Airport.

If you are flying from the east, we encourage you to fly into Hamilton International Airport.

By Car:

Waterloo is located about 90 km from Toronto, On.

Find directions to Sir John A. Macdonald from your location here:  Getting to Sir John A. Macdonald S.S.

CSLC Shuttles:

CSLC Airport shuttles will be available on Tuesday, September 26th and Sunday, October 1st. If you would like to use the shuttles for your arrival and departure, please indicate that you require airport pickup on your registration form.

Shuttles will also be provided for advisors between the hotels and main conference venues at designated times throughout the conference.

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