Stu Speaks
Stu Speaks

A Message of Leadership and Laughter.

Stu Speaks - inspiration that moves you to fly.

Who Is Stu?

Since 1991 Stu has been traveling North America delivering inspirational and hilarious speeches to over two million people in every province, the Yukon, Europe and over 40 US states.

In 2005 Stu was awarded the Canadian Leader of Distinction award recognizing him for his contributions to youth leadership in Canada. In 1999 he was tagged as one of North America’s funniest young comedians.

Stu Saunders is the founder and owner of Youth Leadership Camps Canada (YLCC), a summer camp and leadership training centre. YLCC has worked with over 30,000 youth from more than 25 different countries since 1992.

Stu also runs the largest multi-day youth leadership conference in Canada and is a very proud father of three amazing children.

A Message From Stu

What I believe is fairly simple: I believe that you can change the world.

Each and every day, I believe that we have the power to be the change we want to see. I believe we can make good choices, help others, and make the world we live on a little better each and every day.

And I think we can have a whole lot of fun doing it.

It’s why I created the Youth Leadership Camps Canada program. It’s why I hit the road and talk to thousands of kids a year. It’s why we offer targeted leadership training program, and it’s why we run an annual three-day leadership conference.

It’s because I believe in what you can do.

Leadership comes in many forms. It can be large or it can be small. Some people will move mountains; most will impact smaller change. But everyone out there has the potential to do something positive.

It’s in you. And I, and my team, are committed to giving you the tools, the confidence, and the knowledge to help you do it.

So what do I believe?

I believe in you.

The History of Stu

Stu Saunders attended college for broadcasting and mass media. He received an honourary PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary and was awarded the Leader of Distinction award in 2005.

Stu is the director and owner of Youth Leadership Camps Canada, a leadership development summer camp program that has worked with more then 3000 youth from 18 different countries.

Stu is the owner and founder of the YLCC Leadership Training Centre. A 45-acre facility on the shores of Lake Simcoe, established in 2004. Since then, the centre has become the fastest growing outdoor education and leadership facility in Ontario. This past fall over 1,500 youth experienced programs at the Training Centre.

Stu created and was the editor of Canada’s only national secondary school student leadership publication. The Canadian Spirit was produced and delivered 10 times per year to every high school in Canada for seven years.

Stu launched and was founder of the largest youth web portal in Canada.OP4.com grew in 8 months from an idea to a fully interactive website that was worth over $20 million and had over 100,000 youth world-wide as members.

Stu has spoken to over two million people in over 40 US states, every Canadian province, and the Yukon Territory. He has spoken at every provincial student leadership province in Canada more than once. He has also participated in over 25 state students’ council conventions and both the US and Canadian National Student Leadership Conference.

Stu is the only Canadian speaker who has been asked to be part of the awarding winning Teen Power book series.

Stu is committed to the youth that he works with. He is straight forward and has no hidden costs or fees.

 

Stu Saunders!

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    Students were very engaged, enthusiastic and excited. Stu is hilarious…seriously. “Humour is never a bad thing” said one student.

    ~Annalisa Varano - Vice Principal - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
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    They say a great presenter “leaves them wanting more”. Well, we loved your presentation and the entire team asked me when you will be back! You are truly STUpendous!

    ~Nancy Klensch - Founder of Summit Kids
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    Stu is an energetic, entertaining and dynamic presenter. He captures is audiences’ attention and keeps the room engaged for the entire presentation! His stories in his presentation captures everyone at different points, even the teachers!

    ~Sara Meaney - Cobourg Collegiate Institute
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    Stu was great! Staff and students felt it really broke the anxiety in the building and we even got cupcakes today from one of the students.

    ~Carrie Rowlandson - William Aberhart High School, Calgary Alberta
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    Stu was fantastic. There is nothing better than seeing 600 adolescents laughing their heads off. He delivers a terrific message and has the entire audience engaged, thinking, listening and most importantly laughing within seconds, and he keeps it going for over an hour. Thanks again on behalf of the Shores!!

    ~Doug Woods - Vice Principal, Nantyr Shores Secondary School
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    Stu’s speech did exactly what I hoped it would do when I tried to bring him in: it brought the school together for a good laugh while empowering the student body to be the change they wish to see in their classroom. I feel he hit this goal perfectly.

    ~Steven Fotheringham - Oakville Trafalgar High School
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    I really liked how the speech really just seemed like Stu was telling us funny stories, but he always related it back to the overall message. It didn’t sound like a speech at all, it was as if he was just talking to the crowd. I would say that he is excellent in connecting with the audience and keeping them entertained. There was not a two minute period in Stu’s speech were nobody was laughing. He kept us amused throughout the entire presentation. I thought he was perfect.

    ~James Palloto
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    I would highly recommend Stu, his engaging personality was a real hook for the students and his messages were ones that many of them could identify with. The humour was great and the students shared that they enjoyed the presentation.

    ~Teresa Fowler - W.H. Croxford High School, Airdrie, Alberta
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    Stu is personable. Students are willing to listen to him. They enjoy listening to him. He has a message, but he is also entertaining. He is fun to listen to and students don’t feel talked down to or preached at.

    ~Tanya Lacey - McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, ON
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    I was at the OCA conference on May 6th, and I just wanted to thank you on being such a wicked keynote… you definitely put me back in the camp mindset and reminded me of what’s truly important about the up-coming summer. Once again, a job very well done.

    ~Emily Summers
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    The students really enjoyed Stu’s humour and low-key but critical message about getting involved and getting the most out of their High School experience. I would recommend Stu as a speaker who relates well to students, is funny, and gets the message out without preaching.

    Thank you,

    ~Lynn Toye