College Student Alliance

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College Student Alliance
Location Toronto. Ontario, Canada
Established 1975
President Madison Schell, Confederation College
Vice president Gurpal Singh Bhatia, Conestoga College
Affiliations OUSA, CASA

The College Student Alliance (CSA) represents students in Ontario community colleges. They currently represent 12 colleges and 15 student associations with over 78,000 student members.

Founded in 1975 as the Ontario Community College Student Parliamentary Association (OCCSPA), the College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and student leadership organization which serves Ontario’s college students.

CSA’s main competencies are advocacy related on behalf of its membership on all issues relating to college education including tuition, accessibility, quality and transferability. Independent of any political or organizational affiliations the CSA is dedicated to championing the needs of Ontario postsecondary students from the students’ perspective.[1]

Advocacy Successes[edit]

Over CSA's 40 year history, the staff and board have worked hard to ensure the college student voice is heard at Queen's Park. The following are some of CSA's advocacy successes over the years.

  • For the 2015 Provincial Budget, CSA had a huge win after successfully advocating for student who own a vehicle. Thanks to CSA, student who own a vehicle, no longer will have their OSAP effected.
  • CSA and other advoacy groups worked together to have the Government of Ontario invest $74 million on credit transfer including the creation of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT).
  • For the 2016 Provincial Budget, CSA was success in the creation of education access for students via the creation of the Ontario Student Grant.

Programs & Service[edit]

1. FUNDING TOOLS | A one-stop-shop funding website; with over 500 scholarships, bursaries and grants, and a budget calculator.

2. POINT BANK | CSA’s Point Bank program was designed to give back to student associations to better student life for individuals on their campuses. Through promotion of CSA, student associations gain ‘points’ which turn into dollars. In 2015/16, we distributed over $14,000 to fund food banks on-campus.

3.THE YELLOW UMBRELLA PROJECT | The Yellow Umbrella Project is an annual mental health awareness campaign developed by CSA. Student associations across Ontario participate in the campaign in order to achieve its overall mission: to stop the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness, and help students recognize the resources available to them on-campus and within their community. The Yellow Umbrella Project coincides with Mental Illness Awareness Week in order to bridge the gap between communities and campuses. CSA provided student associations with marketing material, suggested social media posts and a how-to guide for implementation.

4. STUDENT LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP | CSA’s Student Leadership Scholarship is awarded to 12 outstanding student leaders from Ontario colleges who demonstrate exceptional work on campus and in their community. The scholarship is awarded to individuals with proven leadership qualities. Winners are involved within their college community, demonstrating leadership efforts, volunteerism and participation in organizations focused on helping others. CSA's Leadership Scholarship is presented annually by CSA's Board of Directors.

Board of Directors[edit]

The Board of Directors are elected by the membership to oversee the organization, provide guidance and future vision. All members of the Board must be current student leaders from within the membership.

The 2016-2017 Board of Directors are:

Title Name Student Association
President Madison Schell Student Union of Confederation College
Vice President Gurpal Singh Bhatia Conestoga Students Inc.
Director Rhaili Champaigne Cambrian College Students Administrative Council
Director Tiffany Desbiens Fleming College Students Administrative Council
Director Davinder Singh Centennial College Students Association Inc.
Director Cameron Jones Conestoga Students Inc.


  • General Manager | Jennifer Horwath
  • Director of Advocacy | Abdullah Mushtaq
  • Research & Policy Analyst | John Horrox
  • Programs & Events Manager | AJ Adams
  • Communications Manager | Emmaline Scharbach


  • 2002-2003 | Jon Olinski
  • 2003-2004 | Valerie Rothlin
  • 2004-2005 | Justin Falconer
  • 2005-2006 | Matt Jackson
  • 2006-2007 | Matt Jackson
  • 2007-2008 | Tyler Wiles
  • 2008-2009 | Jennifer Howarth
  • 2009-2010 | Justin Fox
  • 2010-2011 | Justin Fox
  • 2011-2012 | Brian Costantini
  • 2012-2013 | Ciara Bryne
  • 2013-2014 | Curtis Bell
  • 2014-2015 | Matt Stewart
  • 2015-2016 | Jeff Scherer
  • 2016-2017 | Madison Schell

Executive Directors/General Managers[edit]

  • 1996-1999 | Cynthia Watt
  • 1999-2002 | Tracy Boyer
  • 2003 | Jon Olinski
  • 2004-2005 | Frank Cappadocia
  • 2005 | Jon Olinski
  • 2005-2016 | Ted Bartlett
  • 2016-Present | Jennifer Howarth


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