We know that words without actions are meaningless.

We know that actions without understanding are empty.

We know that inaction is impossible.

"We do not go where the path may lead.

We go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

CALENDARS - Elementary, Junior & Senior


Advanced Student Leadership (ASL) invests in young people.

ASL supports a diverse and wide range of teachers, staff, teams, interests, and leadership programs in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board (SWLSB).

We develop tools to enhance engagement in leadership development and active volunteerism. We foster collaborations that transform lives from grade 5 to graduation.

The ASL program provides training and opportunities that impart knowledge, pursue passions, and transfer responsibilities from adults to emerging leaders for a better world!

ASLeaders are part of a learning community that develops engaged young people who have the mindset, skills, and fortitude to lead.

We are building connections to enhance our collective leadership competency.

ASLeaders set out on a new trajectory that transforms the way that they think, act, and engage with the world around them.

Leadership programs vary and they are unique to each SWLSB school campus. Advanced Student Leadership provides a link to enhance the progression of learning for each program by supporting the teacher and staff member.

ASL serves over 7000 students in Quebec, Canada.

This website is a work space and resource teachers, staff, and student leaders.

Our goal is to offer opportunities that position students to be prepared to be successful in a complex life and work environment through the 21st century classroom by facilitating creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills through experiential learning.



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How do Advanced Student Leaders gain the skills to lead?

Students grow from a spectator into a participant and become a stakeholder.

ASL is 21st Century learning that connects classroom knowledge with real world experience for students in grades 5 to graduation. We work hard to open doors of opportunity for young people to grow progressively as leaders from elementary to junior high to senior school and return as alumni mentors.

ASLeaders receive training and opportunities to lead teams that plan, prepare, communicate, set objectives and work cooperatively to achieve those objects as we move students from spectator to participant, and into a stakeholder.

Leadership programs are varied and unique at each SWLSB school campus. Advanced Student Leadership provides a link to enhance the progression of learning for each program by supporting the teacher and staff member.

ASLeaders set out on a new trajectory that transforms the way that they think, act, and engage with the world around them.

Click here to find out more about the ASL classroom.

Engaging the next generation of leaders:

FORBES ARTICLE – July 11, 2018

How To Hire The Right People To Help Your Organization Succeed: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypercy/2018/07/11/how-to-hire-the-right-people-to-help-your-organization-succeed/

Connect the Classroom


ASLeaders use skills and competencies learned in the classroom to SMARTE plan, enhance their communication skills by engaging in our bilingual community, incorporate technology, and enhance their understanding of course material through meaningful experiences.

Make learning, make sense.

Enhance Leadership Skills


ASLeaders are busy! Students work on teams that are aligned with their interests as they are learning how to plan, prepare, execute, and evaluate.

ASLeaders manage their time, resources, talents, weaknesses, develop situational awareness, emotional intelligence, identify and overcoming challenges, analyse, evaluate, and adjust to enable others and to generate success.

90% of a leader's work is dedicated to caring for people (the team), planning, preparing, and evaluating.

Take Action


Authentic leaders serve their people. ASLeaders use their talents, intrests, and tools to make a positive difference in their world.

ASLeaders apply their knowledge, and leadership skills toward achieving positive and meaningful outcomes for things that they are passionate about. ASLeaders are active and engaged in our world.

10% of a leader's work is the action being produced. Initiatives, events and activities are the evidence of the work that has been completed

"There is not a student that goes through the ASL leadership program who does not come out changed for the better in some profound way.

I sincerely believe it makes the world a better place."

M. Favasoli, CD


SUMMIT March 19, 2019

Coming together to learn and growth in order to lead.

Laval Junior Academy


School Registration Form (Teachers Only, One Per School): https://goo.gl/forms/IgSdBZUQbKjuHeqa2

Portions of the SUMMIT will be broadcasted online so that parents can participate in what their student leader is experiencing and learning.

2019 SUMMIT Presenters

Dan O'Connor and Bradley Heaven - Leadership in life and entrepreneurship

Bradley was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Dan has been working alongside Brad for the past 10 years as his aide. Since Bradley is non-verbal, they have their own way of communicating with his eye movements and body gestures. Bradley also uses technology that they have developed to communicate with the use of switches located on both sides of his head as well as an eye tracker and other tools. Over the years, they have seen the amazing effects technology has had on his life. Dan and Brad are leadership entrepreneurs who have created a business to help others use and adapt emerging technology in order to gain an ‘All Access Life’. Dan and Brad will share their inspirational journey with our leaders.


Mike Cucinotta - Leadership in sport

Mike is an alumnus who has now graduated from McGill University. He played hockey as a student-athlete in our Hockey Concentration programs and he has coached at development levels in the community. Mike is currently a coach with the McGill University hockey team and for Terry Fox Elementary and Souvenir Elementary schools. Mike will explore the essential character traits of a leader in sport and life.

Tim McAuliff - Leadership in the arts

Tim is an award winning writer and producer for television. He is a Canadian comedy writer, television producer and occasional actor from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, known for his work on The Last Man On Earth, The Office, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Up All Night, Corner Gas, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and creating the TV series Happy Together, Satisfaction, and he has many more credits to his name.

Background on IMDB

SWLSB leadership teams - Leadership now

Student leaders will have the opportunity to share what they are doing in their schools.

DESJARDINS CAISSE DE CHOMEDEY will be presenting a workshop to junior and senior students on entrepreneurship.

An idea worth investing in.

Your 'brand' is you! Your values, ethics, and purpose are the essential traits that make up a solid foundation.


When we are live, the link will be posted here and on the 'LIVE Events' page.


Grades 5 & 6

  1. Communication
  2. Leadership Initiative
  3. Collaboration
  4. Skills & confidence


Meet with national leaders.

Interact with history.


Meet with our provincial leaders.

Engage in our political sphere.

Explore our provincial capital.


Humanitarian and environmental stewardship.


Team building, challenging outdoor pursuits, and survival.



Environmental stewardship and STEM discovery.


Develop an understanding of different leadership styles.

Discover leadership and team skills for best practices in business.

Grow in communication and collaberation.

Build your leadership 'brand'.


Push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of!

"ASLeadership is challenging as we require that young people take calculated risks,

work on authentic relationships,

explore beyond their comfort zones,

and develop a core value system that is true to themselves and honest with each other."



Connecting with global leaders in STEM.


Caring for others.

Working to support veterans.


Leaders investing in the growth of the next generation.


Student created charity that supports the breast cancer clinic at the MUHC hospital and gives 100% of what is raised.

Health Sciences


Receive an award from a member of the royal family.


Digital 3D modelling, 3D printing, coding, and community building.






Annual recognition celebration.

"ASL opportunities position students to be successful in a complex life and work environment

through the 21st century classroom by facilitating

creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills through experiential learning."



"Connecting classroom knowledge with meaningful real world experience."

Champion for Shoe Bank Canada

Terry Fox Elementary School's Leadership Club has collected over 300 pairs of shoes to help Shoe Bank Canada put shoes on Canadians in need.

The Leadership Club under the leadership of Ms. Sommer and Ms. Siokas have collected shoes that will be delivered to Shoe Bank Canada, a not-for-profit social enterprise committed to ensuring that no Canadian should want for a decent pair of shoes. The organization has distributed more than 40,000 pairs of shoes across Canada to date.

Special thanks to Fedex for sponsoring all of the shipping!!

Supporting Dans la Rue

Jules Verne Elementary's Student Council has been working to support youth in need through the Montreal charity Dans la Rue.

AGAPE in our Community

Many of our schools support the important work of AGAPE Inc. through annual food drives.

Huda went to investigate how AGAPE is helping those in need in Laval.


"ASLeaders set out on a new trajectory that transforms

the way that they think,

act and engage with the world around them."



Hundreds of grade 5 and 6 students in elementary schools throughout the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board will receive playground leadership training this year.

Students learn how to take care of and lead younger students in games and healthy activity in the school yard.

At the 2018 MODEL THE WAY HONOURS celebration, 200 student leaders attending 7 different schools from grade 4 to grade 11 were honoured for their leadership and volunteerism at Cineplex Colossus.

We are grateful to our partners: Cineplex Colossus, Caisse Desjardins de Chomedey, our Member of the National Assembly, Mr. Guy Ouellette and from Montreal's Virgin Radio and the Kelly Alexander Show, Kelly Alexander.

March 19, 2019

Leaders come together to learn and grow in order to lead.


You can change the world!

We can show you how...

Get involved and start!

Use Your Voice

Student led committees.

Community action.

Engage with councils.

Green Clubs

Use technology to address real world problems.

Plan, prepare, plant and nurture gardens.

Enhance green practices.


Work with experts in their fields.

Learn from business, technology, athletic, artistic, and community leaders.

Sharing a passion for STEM

Learn how to 3D print.

Unlock the CODING doors.

Use and invent applications for emerging technologies.

Explore biodiversity.

Student Councils In Motion

Represent your peers.

Address problems.

Speak to issues.

Seek an understand of your world.

Lead change.

Plan, prepare, focus, and evaluate.

Collaborate, compromise, connect and celebrate.

Awareness and Action

Seek a common UNITY.

Bully Prevention.

Healthy Life.

Autism Awareness.

Use technology to share ideas.

Speak on the world stage.

And more!

Include and Inspire (RSEQ)

Learn, teach, and enhance the field of play, fair play, sportsmanship, team work, and explore and enhance the role of Captains.

School tournaments and student-athlete events.

Feed your passion - Find your purpose!

Explore your interests.

Pursue your passions.

Take responsibility for your world.

If you can dream it - we can help you to achieve it!

Earning the responsibility to lead (Captain's Training)

Development of the STUDENT-ATHLETE

What are you willing to give in order to make a better team?

What do you expect from yourself?

What do you expect from your teammates?


A natural expression of the leadership competency is engagement in entrepreneurship. ASL has been awarded grants for many different student created and led initiatives impacting the school community.

ASLeaders are acquiring the skills required of the next generation of successful community and business leaders.

Albert Einstein once said,

“The leader is one who,

out of the clutter, brings simplicity…

out of discord, harmony…

and out of difficulty, opportunity."

"The Advanced Student Leadership (ASL) program has been a part of me for the last number of years. The program has been a very important part of my personal and professional life.

As a Human Resources professional part of my responsibilities is interviewing candidates for vacant positions. At times, the need of the organization is to find eager, bright and talented young leaders that will learn, develop and grow. These candidates arise from their successful completion of post-secondary education and are generally graduates from the private-sector secondary school system.

The ASL program at Laval Senior Academy (LSA) directly competes with these private-sector schools and in many cases surpasses them. The life-skills that the ASL Alumni have gained provide them with an upper hand in the very competitive post-secondary education system.

In my private life, I have been a parent-volunteer to this program while my daughter attended LSA (Laval Liberty High School at that time) and even though my daughter graduated a few years ago, I remained part of the ASL family but now as a Consultant/Mentor. The life experiences that I have been exposed to though my association with the ASL is beyond words. To be able to be part of a family of so many great individuals with a common thread (developing our youth to become exceptional leaders) has been, and continues to be, an incredible feeling of accomplishment. I am forever grateful to the ASL family."

George Papathanasopoulos


Community Leader

Human Resource Manager

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board Websites and Social Media