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Frequently Asked Questions and other important information.

Registration Seminar
What is the deadline for a school to register a student?

March 30, 2020

However, this deadline is subject to being moved ahead if registration spaces begin to fill up faster than expected.

Volunteers / Staffing
What kind of vetting and screening do staff and volunteers go through?

Since our leadership conference is spread over three days and student ambassadors must remain at the accommodations each night, any staff over the age of 18 at the time of the seminar are required to provide COLS with a Vulnerable Sector Police Check (VSPC). This check is mandated by the Board of Directors in line with our Plan to Protect policy. The VSPC is a more thorough and complete criminal background check conducted by police stations.

Volunteers / Staffing
When and how are staff chosen for the annual seminar?

​Applications to be on the team for a three-day leadership conference are typically released later in the fall (usually in December) and remain open for about one month. Decisions are made by February of each year. Application processes vary depending on the position being applied for.

Volunteers / Staffing
Are volunteers and/or staff paid for their work?

100% of funds donated to COLS goes back to students by planning annual leadership seminars, alumni retreats, and other social events. No one is paid for their work with COLS.

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Can schools send more than one student?

​Each school is allowed to send one student from their school. If a school wants to send more than one student, it must be cleared with COLS first to ensure that sponsorship arrangements can be made.

Do students have to find their own transportation to and from the seminar?


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Where do the students sleep during the seminar?

​Students are roomed in townhouse or dorm room style accommodations, typically with 2-3 other students. Males and females are separated.

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Are meals provided to students?

​Yes, all meals and accommodations are provided to the students. Students may bring their own nut-free snacks. Fridges are provided in each accommodation.

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Where is the seminar being held?

​The 2019 seminar is being held at the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus.

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Are there penalties for a student cancelling their registration?

​Provided the student cancels on or before the cancellation deadline (see important dates), no penalty is applied. However, after that date a $100 cancellation fee will be applied to the school or student. Illnesses or family emergency may be excepted.