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.


It is with great excitement that we announce that the CIS Ontario Thrive Student Leadership Symposium is returning Monday, November 21, 2022. This will be our first CIS Ontario student conference of the year!

CIS Ontario Thrive Student Leadership Symposium 2022


The 3rd annual CIS Ontario Thrive Student Leaders Symposium was hosted by TMS School on February 22, 2020. Grades 7-12 independent school student leaders presented workshops and facilitated discussion sessions on relevant, actionable and impactful leadership-related topics.

The workshops were 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 could take these solutions back to their schools to innovate and improve experiences for their peers.

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 3, 2019 in a day-long training session, learning about workshop design and conference elements. They worked in collaborative teams to begin planning their workshops.

2020 Thrive Student Leaders Symposium

CISTSL Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Thrive Student Leaders


Ashley Bailey
Student Life Coordinator, Guidance Counsellor
TMS School

Adina FussSenior 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.