CSI provides Leadership Development as a way to build a strong foundation as student leaders.

Participants of all components will learn specific strategies to bring personal leadership skills to a new level, find a unique leadership style and become a strong leader within the college and local community.

Earn Credit while you lead

Every component of the CSI Leadership Development Program earns you a credit on Conestoga College’s Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Log into your MyConestoga account to learn more about the CCR.

Leadership Conference

Discover, Lead, Evolve

Join Conestoga Students Inc. this fall for our Leadership Conference: Discover, Lead, Evolve.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Presented by Conestoga Students Inc.

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo
105 King Street East
Kitchener, ON

Tickets available on Monday August 27.

Early bird tickets on sale for $15 each until Sunday September 9.Regular price tickets are $20.

Purchase tickets early and win!

Purchase your ticket on or before September 9 for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

Purchase your ticket on or before September 30 for a chance to win a $50 Chapters gift card!

Please note that the CSI Leadership Conference is for current Conestoga College students only.

What’s better than one conference?
Two conferences!

Our second leadership conference is happening this winter: Connect, Engage, Together.

Saturday January 26, 2019
Presented by Conestoga Students Inc.

Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo
105 King Street East
Kitchener, ON

Early Bird Tickets are $15 each starting November 12, 2018.

Regular ticket price is $20.

leadership ambassadors

Through passion and service

CSI encourages all students to sign up to become a Leadership Ambassador. Students who take on this role participate in workshops and volunteer drives to support those in the college and local communities. Leadership Ambassadors participate in monthly workshops to support personal development and growth as a leader from any starting point. The volunteer drives provide students with an opportunity to lead and to help others, including food drives, Random Acts of Kindness, and other volunteering the group chooses.

Student who join the Leadership Ambassador Team can expect the following program outcomes:

  • Collaborate as a team to create and execute volunteer initiatives for the college and local community.
  • Develop leadership traits such as accountability, responsibility, and communication.
  • Help better the Conestoga Community and make connections with other students.
  • Brainstorm and facilitate volunteer initiatives lead by the Leadership Ambassador team.
Some of the minimum expectations may be, but are not limited to:

  • Checking email correspondence daily.
  • Monthly meetings
  • Maintaining communication with the Student Engagement Coordinator
  • Collaborating with a team of Leadership Ambassadors
  • Executing service leadership initiatives within the college and community


CSI recognizes that you are a student first and foremost and that you have responsibilities and deadlines for your chosen program. The Ambassador program is meant to enhance your student experience and provide you with a unique professional development and volunteer opportunity that will prepare you for your career beyond Conestoga College.
By signing up to become a Leadership Ambassador, your participation in the program will require a time commitment (7-10 hours per month) and accountability from you as a student leader. You must attend the monthly meeting in order to volunteer the following month.

Leadership Ambassador Application

Life Skills Workshops

Life Skills Workshops provide you with knowledge, skills, and resources that are useful both during and after your student career. Workshops cover a range of topics including financial literacy, health and wellness, homeownership, and understanding your rights as a tenant.

All Life Skills Workshops are free to attend and eligible for credit on the Co-Curricular Record. By attending a workshop, you also have a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Sign up for a workshop below!

Introduction to Basic Budgeting
Thursday September 27, 2018 6:00pm
New location: Doon, Room 1E05
Partnering with:
Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

Learn what a budget is, how to create one, and how your credit rating impacts your ability to get a loan.

Introduction to Basic Budgeting
Tuesday November 13, 2018 6:00pm
Cambridge, room A1303
Partnering with:
Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

Learn what a budget is, how to create one, and how your credit rating impacts your ability to get a loan.

Home Ownership 101: Financing
Wednesday October 17, 2018 4:00pm
Doon, Learning Lab
Partnering with:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Learn how to evaluate your financial readiness to buy a home, determine what you can afford, what CMHC is and how it works.

Healthy Living & Self-Care Panel
Tuesday November 20, 2018 6:00pm
The Venue Restaurant and Bar
Partnering with:
Rec Centre Coordinator, Counselling Services, Wellness Office, dietitian, and fitness instructor

Learn what factors contribute to a healthy lifestyle, what self-care is, where to get support and resources, and participate in a Q&A with our five health and wellness professionals.

Please note that workshop topics, dates and times are subject to change.

Sign up for workshops before you attend:

Life Skills Workshops Sign-up

  • Please note that topics are subject to change.

international student advisory council

CSI’s International Student Advisory Council

The purpose of this council is to gain the knowledge and feedback required to continuously better our International Students experience. The student members of this council provide feedback on their experiences on a variety of pertinent topics (coming to Canada, events at Conestoga, etc.) and this feedback is passed to the college. Student volunteers will also receive education on the college and their Canadian experience, and will receive team bonding opportunities. The council is made up of 3 executive members and 12 general student members.

Learn more at one of out Info Sessions

Date: Time: Location:
Wednesday September 12 4:00pm Leadership Boardroom, 2A100
Thursday September 13 12:00pm Leadership Boardroom, 2A100
Thursday September 20 11:00am Leadership Boardroom, 2A100
Tuesday September 25 12:00pm Leadership Boardroom, 2A100
Thursday September 27 4:00pm Leadership Boardroom, 2A100

Fill out an application form to join our team!

Applications for the International Student Advisory Executive positions are due at 12:00pm (noon) on September 28th 2018.
Completed applications must be submitted to CSI’s Student Engagement Coordinator.
Darcee Carnes
Student Engagement Coordinator
CSI Leadership Office
Room 2A100, Doon Campus
Application form

Global Service Leadership

Have you always wanted to volunteer abroad, experience a new culture, fundraise, and develop your leadership skills?

If you said yes, this may be the opportunity for you! Apply for one of our Global Service Leadership trips and you’ll be taking the first step towards an experience of a lifetime.

Conestoga Students Inc. offers two Global Service Leadership (GSL) trips each academic year. Full-time Conestoga College students in all academic programs and from all campuses are welcome to apply. Please see the Learn More tile below for more details.

Winter GSL Trip: Spring GSL Trip:
February 23-March 3, 2019
(during student success week)
April 27-May 5, 2019
(during intersession)
San Jose, Costa Rica Antigua, Guatemala
Construction and Renovation Project
Volunteer to help improve a community centre, childcare facility, or local clinic.
Eco-Agriculture Conservation Project
Volunteer with local farmers at a coffee co-operative or a macadamia nut farming community.
$2,700 $2,500

Prices and trip details are subject to change.

Before applying for a GSL trip, you must attend one Information Session.

Information sessions are 1 hour in length and you do not need to sign-up. Sessions at Residence can be accessed by all students. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions listed below, contact the Leadership Development Coordinator.

Date: Time: Location:
Monday September 10 4:00pm Learning Lab, Doon LRC
Wednesday September 12 4:00pm Learning Lab, Doon LRC
Thursday September 13 6:00pm Residence Conference Room
Monday September 17 12:00pm Learning Lab, Doon LRC
Tuesday September 18 6:00pm Learning Lab, Doon LRC
Wednesday September 19 6:00pm Classroom A1303, Cambridge Campus
Monday September 24 6:00pm Residence Conference Room
Tuesday September 25 4:00pm Learning Lab, Doon LRC
Wednesday September 26 12:00pm Learning Lab, Doon LRC
Thursday September 27 4:00pm Learning Lab, Doon LRC

Dates and times are subject to change.

Applications are due on Friday September 28, 2018 by 12:00pm.

Learn More
Apply Now

Campus & Student Rep Programs

The Student Rep and Campus Rep programs were created to establish a link between the students of Conestoga College and their Student Association, Conestoga Students Inc. These programs act as a two-way communication platform where student reps will have the opportunity to voice ideas, concerns and feedback on behalf of their peers, while acting as an ambassador of CSI by delivering news back to students.

These programs act as a two way communication platform between CSI and students

The information that is collected by these programs is used to help steer CSI as an organization. They are critical in developing where CSI needs to grow to ensure we are properly representing all 14,000+ student members across all seven campuses.

Student Rep Program

The Student Rep program is a volunteer opportunity for you to represent your peers taking the same academic program as you. Group Student Rep meetings take place monthly where dinner is provided.

Student Rep Application Form

Campus Rep Program

The Campus Rep program is directed towards students of Conestoga College who attend classes at locations other than the main building of Doon campus. Unlike the Student Rep program, Campus Reps meet one-on-one with a member of our Board of Directors to discuss the unique issues students face at each campus.

Campus Rep Application Form

  • Explain in 500 words why you would make a good representative for your campus.
  • Please upload your resume as a word document (.docx), or a pdf.

Clubs & Societies

Student Clubs and Societies are an essential part of the culture of the post-secondary experience.

Start a Club

Don't see a club that you're interested? Gather some friends who share your interest and start your own! Find out how here.