Young Adult Summit 2024

Plugged into Guiding Young Adult Summit 2024Young Adult Summit 2024 – a weekend of learning and fun for Rangers and members 35 and under.

Sessions will provide Guiders and Rangers with skills, confidence and tools to encourage each girl to be everything she wants to be.

When: November 15-17

Where: The Westin Ottawa

Registration closes on June 19.


  • Friday 4 p.m. – Event registration
  • Friday 7 p.m. – Evening activity
  • Saturday a.m. – Keynote speaker and group activity
  • Saturday p.m. – Break-out sessions
  • Saturday before dinner – Marketplace, headshots and free time
  • Saturday evening – Dance party
  • Sunday a.m. – Group activities

The agenda will become more detailed as activities and presenters are confirmed.

Keynote Speaker – Nadia Ladak, Co-Founder and CEO of Marlow

Nadia Ladak is the Co-Founder and CEO of Marlow, a period care brand that is revolutionizing women’s health. She is passionate about advocating for entrepreneurs and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. She is a member of the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance and Startup Canada’s Women Advocacy Network. She has been recognized as one of Forbes 30 under 30 and as one of the top emerging leaders by the Peak. She’s also committed to giving back to her community through her role as co-chair of Hollard Bloorview Children’s Hospital Catalyst Council.

Whole group sessions

Cringe-Free Self-Promotion – How to land a job or promotion without bragging.

Anthea Rowe is a communication coach who can help anyone explain what they do and why it matters.

As a coach, Anthea has helped hundreds of clients create better results for their organizations and themselves. These results include

  • 20-40% pay increases,
  • Promotions to manager and director roles,
  • Stronger reputations without working longer hours.

Anthea is on a mission to close the “ambition-achievement gap” for hardworking, underrepresented professionals.

For someone to award you a job, promotion, scholarship or volunteer role, they have to know your past accomplishments, but talking about yourself can feel like bragging. How do you discuss your achievements without feeling cringe-y? In this workshop, communication coach Anthea Rowe shares her simple formula for talking confidently and authentically about your accomplishments. Learn practical ways to discuss your achievements without showing off and start recording the evidence of your accomplishments using a simple sheet of paper. Even the most modest person will leave this workshop with realistic self-promotion skills and tools for managing a strong career portfolio. Start earning the awards, scholarships and well-paying jobs you deserve!

Making the Most of Your Time

In this workshop, Andrea Chakma, Director - Chair, National Youth Council, will review different strategies for how to make the most out of the time you have and get to the place you want to be.

Participants will start by identifying what they currently have on their plate and then identifying two to three goals they have for the short term and two to three goals they have for the long term. These goals can be personal, financial or anything in between, but the one common element is that all the goals will a specific timeline. We will review the SMART goal structure to help formulate goals and timelines.

Andrea will share different tips and tricks to empower participants to take control of their futures and make better use of their time while providing opportunities to work toward their next big goal. Some of these tips include using a planner, time-blocking, rapid planning method etc.

Each participant will pick one of the ideas they think works best with their way of life and learning style, then identify and implement that strategy to their current responsibilities and future goals.

Breakout Sessions

Each 45-minute presentation will be offered twice. Each participant will get to choose three sessions to attend. Selections will be made on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the sessions.


Cooking on a Budget with Natalie Quinton
Cooking on a budget can be delicious, healthy, budget conscious and easy with no boxes of KD in sight. While the session is too short to do the actual cooking, we will discuss how to budget and shop for food, how to store and prepare food and, most importantly, we’ll share recipes that are easy to make and taste delicious. Whether it’s your first year away from home or your fifth, this session will inspire you and help you be prepared in the kitchen.

Mindfulness and Meditation with Erica Gittens of AURA BODY+HOME
Erica guides individuals on a journey of self-discovery to reclaim their connection with self and nurture inner peace through mindfulness practices such as yoga, meditation, reflection and more. Through movement and stillness, Erica creates imaginative experiences to support the connection of mind and body as an act of self-love. Erica will be designing a session specifically for the Young Adult Summit.

Levelling Up Your Cover Letter and Resume
A local employment expert will go over how to build the best cover letter and resume for today’s job market, including how to best represent your Guiding experiences.

GGC Skill Sharpening

AI For Good: Supercharge Your Unit with the Power of Artificial Intelligence with Rachel Collins
Feeling burned out by emails, planning and admin? Let AI be your secret weapon! In this workshop, we’ll talk about what AI is, how it works and how to use it. Then we’ll put it to work for Guiding, saving you time and powering up your unit. No experience with AI necessary – technophobes welcome! Come curious, leave confident and unleash the possibilities.

How to Make the Most of TikTok with Akanksha Agarwal (Ontario PR Adviser) and Zahra Austin (Ontario Youth Forum)
Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore the fact that TikTok has changed the social media game. While other social media platforms are launching their short-form video alternatives (reels for example), let’s look at how we can use OG more effectively. Whether it is a personal or brand account, the app has a host of features and understanding them could help us increase discovery and grow our audience.

NSP: No Waste Crafts with Kate Leuschen
Our current National Service Project, Action for Wildlife, engages with our natural environment during a crucial time. Can crafts and climate change co-exist? Join Kate in making a low-waste, biodegradable craft while learning about keystone species and habitat conservation across Canada.

Empowerment and Inclusivity

Building Belonging through Birding with Shontal Cargill (Ontario DEI Adviser)
Many people look to the outdoors as a source of solace and self-care. But what happens when you are treated differently due to your identity? This presentation will touch on barriers marginalized people face when accessing recreation in nature and provide strategies for allyship.

Personal Brands and Storytelling: Lessons from a TV Producer with Paula Sanderson
As a producer on CBC's Dragons' Den, Paula knows a thing or two about how to pitch an idea using stories. In this interactive workshop, we'll explore ways we can tell our own stories to get what we want out of life while making new friends along the way! Personal cell phones will be used in this workshop.

45 Service Projects in 45 Minutes with Lizzie Knowles
Are you always falling back on the same service projects? Is your unit or Link group at a loss for service project ideas where you feel like you’re making a difference? This session will get you thinking about different ways to brainstorm feasible and impactful youth-driven service projects and briefly explore 45 creative options.

Fun and Friendship

In addition to the professional development sessions that are offered, the event will also include
  • Special guests from within the Guiding community. 
  • Event swag.
  • A dance party on Saturday night in the Westin's Twenty-Two space.
  • And opportunity to have a professional headshot taken.


Registration notes:
  • All registrants must be members for the 2024-2025 Guiding year. Registrations will be cross-referenced in iMIS in the fall and any individuals that are not current members may have their registration cancelled.
  • If you are registering as a Ranger delegate, please have your caregiver complete the form.
  • The registration is payable by Visa or MasterCard only.
  • You can pay the full $150 fee at time of registration or a deposit of $94.50 (50% deposit plus HST for the entire fee) with the remainder to be paid on July 10.
  • It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete this comprehensive registration form, but we promise you that Young Adult Summit 2024 will be one for the books!


The registration fee for this event is $150 plus HST. The registration fee contributes towards the cost of sessions, meals, snacks, accommodation, and transportation. Please know that the registration fee for this event is substantially subsidized by Ontario Council and no other discounts or subsidies are available.


All requests for a refund must be submitted via the Events – Request for Change to existing event registration form. A refund, less the deposit or 50% of total registration fee paid ($75 plus HST), will be issued up until September 16 – 60 days prior to the event start date. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable. After this time no refunds will be provided without medical documentation, or if extenuating circumstances (e.g., death in the family) apply. Refunds are provided via the same method used to pay for the event. For this reason, if you have paid using a prepaid Visa or Mastercard, we recommend that you retain the card for any future transactions. If the event is cancelled by Ontario Council, a full refund will be issued.


Hotel accommodations are at the Westin Ottawa hotel. On the registration form, you can indicate if you would prefer a single or double room. If you choose double, please make sure that both you and your preferred roommate have indicated each other on your registration forms or indicate that you are open to anyone. If you choose single, you will be asked to provide a reason which may need to be taken into consideration when creating final room assignments.

Additional details
  • Ontario Council reserves the right to determine final room assignments.
  • Youth and adult members will not be placed together unless requested and related. As per Safe Guide policies, youth and adult members cannot be alone together in a room.
  • Accessible rooms are available and you may note on your registration form if you require one.
  • This hotel and conference centre is non-smoking facility.


Transportation to and from the event will be subsidized in part by Ontario Council.

The Westin is centrally located in downtown Ottawa, and as such, public transportation is an excellent option for those that are local to the Ottawa area.

For those coming from further away, we suggest carpooling. Mileage is reimbursed to the driver only at $0.25/km. On the registration form, you will have an opportunity to indicate whether you are offering or would like carpooling. We will work with individuals who indicate that they would like or can provide carpooling to help facilitate with members in your community.

If you live more than 400km from the event, you may be eligible to fly. There will be a spot on the registration form for you to indicate this selection. Staff will share your information with our Travel Agent who will contact you directly to make arrangements.

The final option for transportation to and from the event is via VIA Rail. Individuals that select this option on their registration form will be contacted by our Travel Agent to make these arrangements.


The menu for Young Adult Summit will be healthy, filling and delicious! We are happy to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities, but we are not able to accommodate food preferences. Please tell us about any of your requirements on the registration form. Your registration fee includes the following meals
  • Friday evening snacks.
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
  • Sunday breakfast, with a lunch to go.
We will work with the hotel to accommodate all food allergies and intolerances. You will be contacted if the hotel has questions or cannot accommodate your dietary accommodation. We will ensure that you are provided a balanced meal, but you may not have access to the full range of options in the buffet.

Frequently Asked Questions

I live in the Ottawa area and do not require accommodation. Can I pay a reduced fee?

You may choose not to stay overnight if you wish, but by doing so, you miss out on the opportunity to further connect with your sisters in Guiding. There is no discount for those that choose not to stay overnight.

How do I get reimbursed for my travel expenses to and from the event?

Details about reimbursement will be provided closer to the event. All expenses will need to be submitted electronically. Please remember to keep any transportation receipts (i.e., public transportation pass).

How can I make arrangements for a support person at the event?

Please contact and a member of our staff team will contact you to facilitate these arrangements.

My Ranger is coming from a distance. Will she be supervised during the trip?

Whenever possible, we will try to facilitate having an adult member travel with the youth(s). Arrangements like this will be discussed once registration is complete and we know who/how many participants will be travelling. Before making any travel commitments, Safe Guide requirements related to travel will be followed and consultation with families will take place to make sure everyone is comfortable with the suggested arrangements.

Can I bring checked luggage and select my seat on the plane/train?

If you are travelling by plane, Ontario Council will not be covering the cost of checked luggage. We suggest that you try to limit your luggage to carry-on only for the weekend. If you need to check a bag, you will be required to pay for this yourself upon check-in.

Ontario Council is paying for your plane or train ticket. We are not covering the cost of seat selection.

Additional questions? Please contact

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