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Leadership Development

At Campus Life & Engagement, we see "leadership" as the ability to effect positive change with a group of mutual purpose-driven collaborators. That's why we want to make sure that any student at McGill can be involved in leadership and develop necessary and relevant skills, knowledge, and abilities. 

After all, leadership education essentially provides a platform for addressing critical challenges that face local and global communities.  Investing some of your time as students to learning more about leadership and building your leadership capacity now during your studies at McGill will help bridge the gap between our aspirations for better societies and real change that is more congruent with people's lived experiences.

Emerging Leaders program

The Emerging Leaders Mini-Conference is a free, semi-annual conference for students featuring great speakers, workshops and panel discussions at McGill's downtown campus. This is a unique event to develop your leadership skills, meet like-minded motivated individuals and obtain the tools you need to more fully take the power of your education into your own hands. (Note: not being held in 2020/21)

The 55-minute Emerging Leaders Workshops will be given virtually in FALL 2020 and WINTER 2021 - they are a great way to help you define how you want to navigate through your academic career as well as through life! Invest in learning more about yourself and your peers through these engaging, stimulating, and fun workshops. Topics include "Exploring Leadership", "Citizenship and Culture" and etc.

The Emerging Leaders Workshops for Graduate and Post-Doctoral Students provide a fantastic opportunity to discuss leadership topics and actively co-create knowledge in this area by engaging in various activities like games, role plays and etc. Topics include "Exploring Leadership", "Conflict Management" and "Communication"

Custom training, presentations, and consultations

The staff at CL&E can provide you and your group with any number of training sessions, presentations, or consultations. Subject matter expertise at CL&E includes new student support, leadership development, student communication, and facilitation skills. Email cle [at] for more information.

Facilitation at events and retreats

The staff at CL&E is available to guide and facilitate discussion at any number of your group's events, including retreats, conferences, workshops, and meetings. Email joan.butterworth [at] for more information.

Collaboration on initiatives, projects, and programs

If you are creating or looking to revamp a project, initiative, or event, then get in touch with us and we can find you someone to collaborate with. We're pros here at event planning and management, culture change, and project development. Email cle [at] for more information.

Past and current collaborations include: Frosh, Off-Campus Fellows, Milton-Parc Community Ambassadors

Leading Effective Discussions facilitation skills workshop for graduate students & post-docs

Facilitation allows everyone to express themselves, keeps discussions moving and maintains a safe, respectful group environment. It also gives a practical insight into the hidden curriculum of class or group dynamics. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop important and relevant skills through "Leading Effective Discussions," a practical and highly participatory set of facilitation skills workshops - Essentials (Part 1) and Advanced (Part 2).

Student Leaders at McGill website

The Student Leaders at McGill website compiles relevant information for students in leadership positions (e.g., executives on associations). We hope this website will allow you to learn how to be successful in your position and inspire you to bring great things to McGill and other communities.

New!  Our newest training for student leaders is Optimizing teamwork and leadership: Inclusive leadership & creating cohesive groups is now available in a two-part workshop on Fridays, November 6 and November 13!  Being a student in a leadership position gives you a great opportunity to integrate and expand your leadership capacities as well as try to ensure intentionality in terms of inclusivity and diversity.

Alcohol Server Training Program (with Healthy McGill)

McGill University requires that at least one Event Coordinator and all event servers at all student events (involving alcohol) attend a Server Training session. The University will not issue alcohol permits or book an event and/or book a room until this training is complete, so if you're planning a party you will want to be trained well in advance. The Server Training Program educates student alcohol providers about their legal responsibilities as servers, and provides practical methods for ensuring responsible consumption and a safe environment. 

SEAMLESS summit for student executives (with SSMU, PGSS & Alumni Association)

SSMU, PGSS, the MAA and CL&E host an annual summit for student executives at McGill, titled SEAMLESS (Student Executives at McGill Learning, Engaging, Sharing, & Strategizing). SEAMLESS brings together students from different faculty and school associations to network, discuss the role of student associations and executives at McGill, share successful practices, and identify possible points of collaboration.  (note: not being held in 2019/20)

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