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.
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CSI’s Highest Authority is our Student Board of Directors

CSI is governed by our Board of Directors comprised of current students of Conestoga College. Directors hold office for one-year terms that begin in May, but they can be re-elected for multiple terms.

BOD elections happen every winter semester

CSI hosts a general election every winter for each director position. Interested students must fill out a nomination package, be a student in good standing with a minimum 70% GPA and get 10 peer signatures in order to successfully apply.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Keep an eye out in February for more information on how to run for a position on CSI’s Board of Directors!

Learn more about what the Board does

Check out the Board of Director’s web page at the link below:
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Leadership Conference

Thank you for a great year for
CSI’s Leadership Conference

The winter conference took place on Saturday, January 26 and was a roaring success. Thanks to all of the conference delegates and volunteer staff that helped make this event special.
Interested in getting involved? Information for the 2019-2020 conferences will be posted here in September.

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 led 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

Commitment

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!


Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 6:00pm
Doon campus in The Venue
Partnering with: Waterloo Region Community Legal Services, Kitchener city councillor, representative from Kitchener by-law

Learn about your rights as a tenant, what qualifies as safe housing, how to get legal help with landlord and/or tenant issues, and participate in a Q&A with our guest speakers.


Thursday March 21, 2019 at 5:00pm
Doon campus in The Venue
Partnering with: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, a realtor, a lawyer, and a lender (bank or mortgage broker)

Learn about mortgages, how to find a realtor, what to look for in a first home, the lawyer’s role in the home-buying process, benefits for first-time home-buyers, and participate in a Q&A with our guest speakers.


Tuesday March 19, 2019
Doon campus in the Learning Lab
Partnering with: CPA Canada

Learn what credit is and how it works, tips for controlling your finances, and the difference between good debt and bad debt.


Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 4:00pm
(Doon, Learning Lab)

Thursday April 4, 2019 at 4:00pm
(Cambridge, room A2221)

Tuesday April 9, 2019 at 6:00pm
(Doon, Learning Lab)

Wednesday April 10, 2019 at 12:00pm
(Doon, Learning Lab)

Partnering with: CPA Canada

Learn why you have to pay taxes, the benefits to filing your taxes, special rules and benefits for students, and how to access free resources.

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.

The application period for this program has concluded.

Thank you for your interest. The ISA Council has been established for the year. Check back in September 2019 to find out how to get involved next year.

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.

Thanks to our sponsor!

Conestoga College has generously sponsored a total of $4,000 for our GSL trip to Costa Rica this February and our GSL trip to Guatemala in April. The students participating in the GSL program are so grateful for the support of Conestoga College.

The application date for this program has closed.

This program has officially closed for this academic year. If you’d like to be the first to know about our upcoming Global Service Leadership trips in 2020, sign up for our email list below. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

student rep program

Student Rep Program

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

This program acts as a two way communication platform between CSI and students

The information that is collected by this program 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 this program has closed.

The application deadline for these programs have passed for the 2018-2019 academic year. Thank you for your interest.

campus rep program

Campus Rep Program

The Campus Rep program was created to establish a link between the students of Conestoga College at campuses other than the Doon main building 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.

This program acts as a two way communication platform between CSI and students at satellite campuses

The information that is collected by this program 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.

The application period for this program has been extended!

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the form below. We are looking for representatives from Guelph, Waterloo, Ingersoll, and University Gates.

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 in? Gather some friends who share your interest and start your own! Find out how here.