The Academy

Developing Canada's top young leaders since 2014


The Program

Selective. Rigorous. Transformative.

What We Do

Every year, GLA selects a handful of 16-22 year olds for our rigorous leadership development program. The program spans one year and it's done online and via phone outside of the student's work/study commitments. This program is specifically designed for students to go from 'good' to extraordinary. It is not for students already operating at peak performance. If admitted, students go through the four phases of the GLA journey: Discover, Design, Build, and Achieve.

“Our students enter adulthood not just knowing their potential, but able to realize it.”

Joel Nicholson
Founder, Global Leadership Academy

Alumni Success Stories

Best-selling authors, non-profit founders, scholarship recipients, and more

Stephanie Li

Stephanie hails from Oakville having attended King’s Christian Collegiate. At King’s, she was the Founder & President of DECA, Chairman of the Music Council, and Co-Secretary General of the Model United Nations. Through her time at GLA, Stephanie launched Canada’s first and only non-profit wheelchair tennis program, called Aces on Wheels, which brings the sport to hundreds of people across Ontario. Stephanie currently attends the Queen’s Commerce program.

“Joel has shown me the results of passion combined with work. I now do what I love while striving the make a difference in the world.”

Justin Kuppers

Justin attended the GLA program in 2017/18. During that time, he launched a social media consulting organization called Byte Social Media, began building a consumer fintech application, obtained the highest mark in his Graphics Design and Technological Design courses at school, and captained three sports teams. Justin won Queen’s University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Award, valued at $36,000 over four years.

“The GLA program is a very intensive process, but what you get out of it is truly invaluable, and will last a lifetime.”

Harsh Chahal

Harsh completed the GLA program from 2017/18. During this time, he became an expert in personal finance. He wrote and self-published a book on Amazon titled “Moolah: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Finance for Teenagers”. The book quickly became a best-seller across three categories. Harsh also obtained a role as the Partnerships Lead at a fast-growing Canadian fintech startup called MoneySmarts.

“As a student I would limit myself to doing just what was asked of me, but as my mentor, Joel pushed me to think outside the box and gave me a platform to accomplish great things.”

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of our students get admitted into their top-choice universities & organizations.

Global Leadership Academy

Why it Works

Most schools can't offer the amount of personalized attention and real-world industry experience we offer at GLA. We spend countless hours coaching our students through a unique and transformational leadership journey. We help them build an incredible level of self-awareness, clarity on their career direction, a set of skills they won’t get in school, and an extraordinary group of accomplishments that are both unique and authentic. The program culminates at our GLA Summit in the Spring, where we provide exclusive opportunities for our YGLs.

Start Realizing Your Potential

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Maybe you don't have an answer to this question. Maybe you do. Maybe your answer is so big, you're not sure where to start.

That's the point of our program. We tap into your potential to achieve seemingly insurmountable goals. If you're ready to go after greatness, apply below.

Joel Nicholson
Founder, GLA

Apply for Admission

Space is limited to 7 high-potential 16-22 year olds. We accept students on a first come, first served basis. You will get a response if we feel are the right fit. Apply using the form below.

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