September 13, 2017 1:21 pm

London Convention Centre announces largest-ever conference with inaugural Global Student Leadership Summit

Mayor Matt Brown speaks at the London Convention Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2018.

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The London Convention Centre will be hosting the largest conference ever held in the city next April, as it welcomes roughly 3,000 students and educators in a first-of-its-kind conference.

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Officials announced Wednesday morning that the centre will host the inaugural Global Student Leadership Summit from April 9 to 11, 2018.

The summit is being billed as the first “truly large-scale, international, multi-day leadership summit for youth from around the globe.”

“We thought if we did it in a big city like Toronto or Ottawa we might get lost with the competition,” said conference coordinator Kara Gunnarson.

“London, when we approached them, the support we had from the community was unbelievable. I mean, we have every single post-secondary education institute on board as a sponsor or supporter in some way.”

Huron University College is the lead partner and President Barry Craig said he cannot wait until next April.

“I’ll be on deck 24/7, I can’t wait to meet these people. What I expect to see is young people with passion, those that see the problems and chose to get involved rather than sitting back and saying ‘well, I’ll let somebody else deal with it’.”

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Gunnarson added that it’s an amazing opportunity for youth, who can register online.

“What they can expect to gain: as mentioned, there will be students from over 20 countries, so the opportunity to connect with those students and share customs and share traditions and share ways that they can change their own smaller communities.”

The multi-day leadership event will take place next April and is expected to inject $3 million into the local economy.

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