Student Sustainability Summit


The Alberta Student Leadership Summit is a 5-day nation-wide leadership conference open to both high school and post-secondary students. This conference strives to be an accessible leadership development opportunity that builds skills, grows community, and inspires action.

Best of all, this year all sessions are free and accessible online. The Sustainability Council has partnered with Sustain SU to provide daily sustainability streamed sessions covering topics like fair trade, climate refugees, energy and e-waste. We’re especially proud of the 3 Minute Thesis session that will feature undergrads and graduate students presenting projects close to their hearts.

Plus there will be two Sustainability Council keynotes that are not to be missed.

First, see Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson from Team Ahkameyimok, the Season 7 winners and first ever Two-Spirit team to compete on Amazing Race Canada! Their inspiring journeys began long before the television cameras started rolling, and you’ll hear all about it.

Then on Friday, Mike Melross from the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation will explain how radically Edmonton will need to change if the world is going to keep global warming to 1.5 °C.

It's all free (or by donation), so register now on Eventbrite and then check out the schedule to start planning your week.


Sessions are organized into streams, and we think you will find sessions on environmental and social justice issues across all streams.

Sustainability: Sustainability is more than just the environment! This stream will focus on the four pillars of sustainability (social, human, economic, and environmental) to ensure that we are uplifting all areas of our world in a sustainable way.

Community Organizing: Change starts at the community level! In this stream, you will hear from community organizers involved in different issues that affect their communities and how they took the steps to start organizing to change those issues.

Governance: Are you ready to start making big decisions for your communities? Getting involved in governance at any level is integral to creating long lasting and meaningful change. This stream will focus on why you should be involved and how to effect change through government structures.

Leadership Fundamentals: What does it mean to be a leader? In this stream, we will focus on developing skills and attitudes towards leadership that empower students to practise leadership in their own communities. Leadership is a collection of skills that can be taught, practised, and implemented in every day life.

View schedule

You can view the schedule on Sched but will not be able to access the session links until you have registered on Eventbrite.

For 2021, the Student Sustainability Summit has been integrated into the Alberta Student Leadership Summit.


Samar (Summer) Kauser
Coordinator, Sustain SU


Hussain Al-Rikabi
Intern, Sustainability Council