Calling all U of T St. George club presidents! This year we are having our 5th annual Presidents' Retreat for the presidents of campus organizations, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. 

The retreat will provide higher level leadership training and conversations to clubs presidents, as well as the opportunity for presidents across all areas of club interests and practices to meet, share and learn from one another. 


The Presidents’ Retreat was designed around Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s leading book and theory The Leadership ChallengeThe Leadership Challenge framework grew out of rigorous research that first began in 1982 when Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner set out to understand times when leaders perform at their personal best. What emerged were five fundamental practices common to extraordinary leadership achievements: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Process, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart. (Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge, 2015)

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Where: Hart House, University of Toronto

Who: Current presidents of clubs and groups on the St. George campus



Important note about the application process:

Please note that this retreat is application based and we strongly encourage and invite all incoming club presidents to apply. The retreat aims to be a place for people of all backgrounds and experiences to come together to learn. To apply for the retreat, log into your CLNx account. On your CLNx dashboard, click “Sign-up for a Program” and select Presidents’ Retreat. Complete the application.

Application deadline: extended to Friday, August 23, 2019. Following the deadline, applicants can register to be on the waitlist in case there are any cancellations.

All applicants will be contacted by phone or email by the end of the day on Friday, August 23, 2019. Successful applicants will be invited to a closed Facebook group and a closed CLNx event for pre-retreat information and preparation. 

For further information or questions about the Presidents' Retreat, contact Kristen Wallace at

2019 Schedule 

10 – 10:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments

10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Opening and Welcome

10:50 – 11:25 a.m. Group Activity 1: 30 Second Elevator Pitch

11:25 – 11:35 a.m. Group Activity 2: Group Cheers

11:35 – 11:40 a.m. Travel to rooms

11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 1: Model the Way and Inspire a Shared Vision

12:25 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (1:05 p.m. Reflection Card Exchange)

1:15 – 1:25 p.m. Energizer Activity

1:25 – 1:30 p.m. Travel to rooms

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 2: Challenge the Process and Enable Others to Act

2:15 – 2:40 p.m. Break/Snacks/Reflection Card Exchange

2:40 – 3:25 p.m. Final Session: Encourage the Heart

3:25 – 4 p.m. Wrap-Up and Reflection

Here’s what past year’s participants had to say:

 “The Presidents' Retreat was a very refreshing experience. Despite being a part of my club for the past 3 years and knowing the club structure and its goals, developing my own leadership skills and thinking about my passions was brought out in the session.” - Joanne Lieu

“Having the ability to meet and connect with others is not only valuable to gain insight on how to improve aspects of your own group, but it also increases future collaborations that improve the success of events run by the group(s)” - Mackenzie McLaughlin

“The Presidents’ Retreat was an amazing opportunity to engage with other leaders of campus groups, build skills and receive instruction and encouragement on how to make a great impact in our university community. The workshops were insightful, the speakers were inspiring and the take-home messages rang deep and true to all of us. I highly recommend this retreat; the team at 21 Sussex has an amazing talent for creating exciting, educations and engaging events.”