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. This inter-school student leadership event for students in Grade 7 to 12, started in 2016-17, is hosted by TMS School.

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.

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Join Us at THRIVE 2020

Now in its third year, the CIS Ontario Thrive Student Leaders Symposium is an inter-school, collaborative student event hosted by TMS School where independent school student leaders present workshops and facilitate discussion sessions on relevant, actionable and impactful leadership-related topics.

The workshops are designed collaboratively by student leaders from different schools to help participants work through solutions to roadblocks, pressure points and growth opportunities in their own leadership roles so they can take these solutions back to their schools to innovate and improve experiences for their peers.

This is a terrific opportunity for younger student leaders to learn from more experienced ones and for those newly elected or appointed to school leadership roles.

Download the Agenda & Workshop Descriptions

CIS Ontario extends a sincere thank you to our host school, TMS School and this year's Planning Committee under the leadership of Co-Chairs, Ashley Bailey and Peter Hill, TMS School.

We would also like to thank Havergal College for hosting the THRIVE Planning Day and the faculty members and student leaders at Havergal College, Hillfield Strathallan College, Lakefield College School, St. Andrew's College, TMS School, The Country Day School and The York School. Students from these schools participated on December 3rd in a day training and learning about workshop design and conference elements. They worked in collaborative teams to begin planning their workshops.

2019 Thrive Student Leaders Conference

CISTSL Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Thrive Student Leaders


Date: February 22, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: TMS School 
500 Elgin Mills Rd. East Richmond Hill, ON Canada L4C 5G1
Target Audience: Grade 7 - 12 student leaders


Peter Hill
Assistant Head, Upper School
TMS School

Ashley Bailey
Student Life Coordinator, Guidance Counsellor
TMS 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.