The Canadian Student Leader Awards

CSLA is pleased to offer twelve $500.00 annual student awards to exemplary student leaders from across Canada. In addition, one $1000.00 award (the Bill Conconi Award) will be given to the top applicant to this award program. The aim of these awards is to recognize outstanding achievement and contribution to student leadership in secondary schools and communities across Canada. These awards are the highest recognition CSLA gives to student leaders in Canada.

There will be a Canadian Student Leader Award offered to one deserving student from each province, the territories, and one discretionary award. In the event that there is no eligible applicant from a province or the territories, the CSLA Board of Directors will, at their discretion, award additional discretionary awards as is deemed merited.

The CSLA Board of Directors will approve award winners. Applicants will be evaluated on whether or not they meet the meet the award criteria.

To access the application package for the 2020-2021 school year click here.


All applications must be submitted by April 15th, either electronically or in print form.

  • Electronic submissions should consist of a single PDF document, and be emailed to,
  • Print submissions should be submitted with all application requirements included together in one envelope. Print submissions should be mailed to:

Attn: Denise Emond-Gendron
790 chemin du Pouvoir
Saint-Basile, New Brunswick    E7C 1Z5


Leaders of Distinction Award

Each year, CSLA recognizes its “Leaders of Distinction” from schools across Canada. Leaders of Distinction are advisors (education professionals) who have consistently demonstrated excellence in leadership, and an extraordinary commitment to the development of student leadership in Canada. Leaders of Distinction are announced annually at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference. The following list details previous award winners.

To nominate a Leader of Distinction in your province, please download and fill out this form:

Leader of Distinction Award Application 2020 – 2021


The Barry Sharpe Award

This award was instituted in April of 1995 at the Board of Directors’ meeting held in Toronto. It is to be presented to CSLA advisors who have given outstanding service to the said organization. During the January 1996 Board meeting, it was pointed out that this award must be used “sparingly” because it is intended to be something special.

Barry Sharpe was an activity director at Yorkton Regional High School, and Barry, along with his students and staff, ran the very first Canadian Student Leadership Conference. It was Barry’s vision and efforts that inspired other advisors from across the country to formalize student leadership.

This award is the highest recognition that an advisor can receive in the realm of student leadership and activities. It is given in recognition of exemplary effort and inspiration to a person who has furthered the cause of student leadership and activities in Canada.