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.

Components of the CSI Leadership Development Program

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.

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The Conference

This two day conference is held annually for students to evolve their leadership skills and style in a fun and interactive environment. With wildly energized professional speakers from all over North America and interactive challenges where you take on real-world leadership roles, CSI’s Leadership Conference will leave you feeling excited and motivated to continue your personal leadership development. The conference is held in a professional environment at Bingemans Conference Centre, with four meals and snacks provided to you.

This year’s speakers

Leadership Ambassadors

Conestoga Students Inc. encourages all students to sign up to become a Leadership Ambassador. By joining the leadership team, you are showing a commitment to your personal development as a leader, a socially conscious volunteer and a member of a dedicated team that will fill a vision through passion and service.

Program Outcomes

Student participants can expect the following program outcomes:

  • Collaborate as a team to create and execute social, economic and environmental initiatives.
  • Develop leadership traits such as accountability, responsibility and communication.


As a Leadership Ambassador you will participate in many activities including, but not limited to:

  • 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

These are hands-on experiential workshops that cover topics like resume building, financial literacy, personal branding, and understanding the Landlord and Tenant Board. You will gain knowledge and skills that are useful both during and after your student career. Set yourself up for success and check out these workshops:
All Life Skills Workshops are free to attend and eligible for CCR credit. By attending you have a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Basic Budgeting

Learn what a budget is, how to create one and more.
In partnership with Your Neighbourhood Credit Union.
May 29, 2018 at 4:00pm
In the Learning Lab at Doon campus.

Health Living & Self Care

Learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle, tips for self-care and ask questions to our panel of three professionals: a dietitian, counsellor, and yoga instructor.
Join us for yoga at the end of the workshop.
June 19, 2018 at 4:00pm
In the Rec Centre at Doon campus.

Own your financial future

Learn what credit is and how it works, tips for controlling your finances and understand the difference between good debt and bad debt.
In partnership with CPA Canada.
July 18 2018 at 4:00pm.
In the Learning Lab at Doon campus.

Landlord Tenant

Learn about your rights as a tenant, where to go for legal help and more!
In partnership with Waterloo Region Community Legal Services.
July 26, 2018 at 1:00pm
In the Learning Lab at Doon campus.

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.

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.

CSI’s Global Service Leadership Trip

This component of the Leadership Development programming is an opportunity for students to volunteer in a community abroad, experience a new culture, travel, and connect with others. Highlights include pre-departure team bonding, fundraising support, education about the destination, and a trip of a lifetime. Apply to join a Global Service Leadership (GSL) trip today!

Thanks to our sponsors!

GSL Guatemala

Beyond Contracting and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union have both generously given $1000, and Conestoga College has generously given $2000. Our sponsors are helping this group of students get to Guatemala and volunteer in the community of Antigua.

GSL Banff

Conestoga College has generously given $1000 to help this group of students get to Alberta and volunteer at Banff National Park.

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Applications for the Global Service Leadership Trips have concluded for this academic year. Check back in September 2018 to apply for this great opportunity!

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.

Applications for these programs have concluded for this academic year. Check back in September 2018 to apply for these great opportunities!


CSI’s Student Engagement Coordinator would be happy to talk to you about any questions or concerns you have about this topic.

Clubs & Societies

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