Registration Open for the 2008 UBC SLC

Are you an established student leader on campus? Are you a budding individual inspired to make changes in your community? Are you a curious mind wondering about various involvement opportunities on campus?

If so, consider this year’s Student Leadership Conference, which will take place on January 12, 2008. The annual event will feature Stephen Lewis, as the keynote, moving presenters like Gary Poole and Stephen Owen, and over fifty interactive workshops. Come and share your vision and experiences with 1250 other delegates at this uplifting gathering. Come and see for yourself the wonders of our community. Come and experience the scale of this conference – the biggest in its nature in all of Canada. Come to learn. Come to support. Come to ignite your Activation Energy.

As mentioned, the 2008 SLC will welcome one of Canada’s most celebrated humanitarians, Stephen Lewis, to deliver the closing keynote address at the annual conference on Saturday January 12, 2008. As a politician, diplomat and international envoy for humanitarian efforts, Stephen Lewis has dedicated himself to improving the human condition. Formerly the Special Envoy on AIDS/HIV in Africa to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Stephen Lewis is the chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada. Mr. Lewis is also a Professor in Global Health, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University and Senior Advisor to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Lewis holds 26 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. In 2007, the Kingdom of Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa) invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country’s highest honour.

Activation Energy is the minimum amount of energy required to initiate a reaction. From a student leadership perspective, we consider Activation Energy as an inflection point: both an initial spark that can ignite student leadership and the energy required for student leaders to overcome obstacles or reach the next level. At the SLC this year, Mr. Lewis will draw upon his own experience of leadership, as 1250 students explore the theme of Activation Energy and what it means to their leadership.

Please visit for online registration, format of the conference, and other pertinent SLC details.

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Shagufta is a UBC Political Science graduate with a passion for interdisciplinary thinking, writing, travel, reading, tea, and interesting conversations. She hopes to combine all of these things in her life work someday. For now though, she studies social policy and planning at the University of Toronto and shares her adventures in and out of the classroom at