Thrive Student Leaders

Aspiring leaders need great mentors and ample opportunity for collaboration and mutual problem-solving. That’s where the Thrive Student Leaders Symposium comes in. First held during the 2017–2018 school year, this inter-school student leadership event for students in Grade 7 to 12 was hosted by TMS

Seminar discussion topics range from how to run and lead a school club, how to run for student council or how to bring an initiative to fruition if you’re not in a leadership role. Like-minded leaders in similar roles, i.e. head prefects or club heads, have time to mingle and work through common challenges. Alumni panels, drawn from independent-school grads at university and beyond, add to the valuable mix of programming and hard-skills development.


CIS Ontario's Thrive Student Leadership Symposium was hosted by Ridley College on November 21, 2022. This was our first CIS Ontario student conference of the year!

A big thanks to Christian Peterson and his team at ED_PARA for filming Thrive 2022 for CIS Ontario.
CISTSL Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Thrive Student Leaders


Ashley Bailey
Student Life Coordinator, Guidance Counsellor
TMS School

Adina Fuss 
Senior School Leadership Coordinator
The York School

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

Thrive isn’t a set of leadership workshops delivered by adults or high-powered speakers. The event is super-relevant and engaging because it offers student-run sessions for students.