University of Guelph Student Leadership Conference

Each year, Global Brigades hosts a Student Leadership Conference for Global Brigades volunteers in Ontario & Quebec to share best practices, meet with staff to discuss programs and gather with other passionate leaders.

January 19, 2020 | Guelph, ON

The 4th annual Eastern Canada SLC will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at University of Guelph.

This year’s conference will bring together Global Brigades leaders, staff and board members from across Eastern Canada to engage in a day filled with leadership training, presentations, breakout sessions and discussions. Throughout the day we will focus on developing your role as a leader within Global Brigades, understanding sustainable development, discussing ethical volunteering, sharing best practices, and providing the latest updates from GB.

Conference registration costs $20 per participant and the deadline to register for the conference is December 30th, 2019. 

We are very excited to welcome Alexa Schmidt, Global Brigades’ Marketing Director. With more than 5 years of experience with Global Brigades, Alexa is the storyteller behind Global Brigades’ marketing and communication. She is very passionate about ethical photography and discussing how we can collectively use social media to empower and restore dignity. 

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Conference Details


The 2020 Eastern Canada Student Leadership Conference will be held at University of Guelph. Main conference activities will be held in Peter Clark Hall, University Centre. 

Transportation & Lodging

Transportation & accommodations should be organized by conference attendees. If you would like to book a hotel for either Saturday or Sunday night, we recommend the Delta Guelph hotel which is near the conference venue. If you would prefer to stay with a Guelph student (couch, spare bed, air mattress, etc.) please indicate your request upon registration. Please note that there is limited availability among students, and these requests will be handled on a case by case basis. Preference will be given to those who will be unable to attend the conference otherwise.


Global Brigades will provide light breakfast refreshments and a full lunch for all conference attendees. For attendees with allergies or special dietary restrictions, please let us know during registration and we will try our best to accommodate.

Dress Code

Conference dress code is casual- GB attire is always encouraged!


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8:00am Conference Registration
Check-into the conference and get your conference welcome pack
9:00am Conference Welcome & Icebreaker 
Meet Global Brigades Staff, GB Canada board members, and fellow leaders/volunteers and review conference objectives
9:30am Presentation: GB Past, Present & Future
GB Past, challenges, UN SDGs & Empowered 100
10:00am Breakout: Importance of Monitoring & Evaluation & Holistic Model
Explore how Global Brigades monitors and evaluates our organizational impact and learn more about the three core pillars that drive the Empowered 100 initiative (health, WASH & economic development) 
11:00am Guest Speaker: TBA
12:00pm Lunch & Networking
Lunch provided by Global Brigades.
1:00pm Presentation: Impact & Updates
Country impact & brigade impact, Greece/Guatemala expansion, donation goal structure & budget breakdown
2:00pm Ethical Volunteering Breakouts
Talk about what it means to make a sustainable impact, shape responsible volunteers and how to use social media to empower
3:00pm Year Round Engagement
Learn what it means to celebrate #GB365 and become a global citizen
3:30pm Breakout: Chapter Best Practices 
Discuss all things chapter creation, leadership development and how you make your chapters run. 
4:30pm Campus Action Plans
Reflect on all you’ve learned and translate that into concrete action steps
5:00pm Closing Remarks
Final remarks and recognitions

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