Canadian Adventist Youth Summit – Quebec City

Introduction To The Event Space

Canadian Adventist Youth Summit (CAYS) is a biennial event sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada.  The summit seeks to gather youth and young adults, especially young leaders within our churches and on public campuses across Canada, to offer opportunities for spiritual growth, leadership empowerment and interpersonal networking. 

According to the theme, “Creator Unknown”, the intent of this year’s summit is to challenge Adventist youth to discover more fully their Creator and to be moved to enjoy a deeper relationship with Him. Our hope is that, by this experience, Canadian youth would live out their lives in positive ways to impact the world around them

Keynote Speaker

Pastor Joseph Khabbaz, youth & young adult pastor of Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church Joseph Khabbaz is the Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at Sligo Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, United States.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Joseph served as Director of Tertiary and Young Adult Ministries for the South Queensland Conference prior to his call to Sligo Church. Joseph has worked as a Chartered Accountant (CPA’s equivalent) for a leading Australian accountancy firm before leaving the corporate world to study at the Andrews Theological Seminary for the ministry.

His passion is to empower youth and young adults in their journey to become disciples of Jesus and emulate Christ’s life and ministry in all that they do. He and his wife Christina enjoy overseas mission trips, playing basketball and spending quality time with family and friends.


Presenter: Pastor Andre Anderson
Workshop: Swipe Right
Summary: Bridging the generational gap 5 generations later. What is the big picture?
Presenter Bio: Senior Pastor at Shiloh SDA Church

Presenter: Pastor Patrick Dupuis
Workshop: Jesus: Like, Subscribe and Share
Summary: This session will explore avenues by which youth and young adults develop a narrative so as to engage the community.
Presenter Bio: Senior Pastor at Sherbrooke SDA Church
Note: This presentation will be done in French!

Presenter: Pastor Ashia Lennon
Workshop: Breaking Up with Toxicity By Building Boundaries
Summary: This workshop addresses interpersonal skills necessary not only to function in ministry but also at work, at school even at play.
Presenter Bio: Youth Pastor at Pinehouse SDA Church

Presenter: Nina Lim
Workshop: Mental Health & The Gospel
Summary: This session will explore how the gospel speaks into emotional well-being and offering practical perspectives on how youth and young adults can live lives of wholeness.
Presenter Bio: Registered Clinical Counsellor with BC Association of clinical counsellors & avid mountain hiker.

Presenter: Nwamiko Madden
Workshop: Creative Ways To Do Ministry
Summary: An exploration of creative approaches and perspectives of ministry for youth and young adult leaders.
Presenter Bio: Creative Content Creator, Christian Filmmaker, Montreal, QC

Presenter: Pastor Lyle Notice
Workshop: Urban Ministry
Summary: This session will highlight the passion, context and foundations of urban ministry.
Presenter Bio: Youth Director of the Alberta Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Presenter: Pastor In Pyo Hong
Workshop: Youth in Mission
Summary: Discovering ways youth and young adults could lead to short-term mission trips.
Presenter Bio: Youth Pastor at Immanuel SDA Church

Presenter: Pastor John Scott
Workshop: Growing Young Adventists
Summary: This workshop will explore the 6 core values or commitments of the Growing Young research out of Fuller Theological Seminary.
Presenter Bio: Youth Director of the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Presenter: Dr. David Sedlacek
Workshop: LGBTQ+ SDA Millennials and their Parents: Journeying Together
Summary: This workshop will present the findings of a study of Seventh-day Adventist LGBT+ Millennials and a follow up study of Parents of SDA LGBT+ Children.
Presenter Bio: Professor of Family Ministry and Discipleship at SDA Theological Seminary

Presenter: Tricia Kay Williams
Workshop: Identity: Overcoming the fear of getting help
Summary: This workshop will discuss the importance of how we are known, and knowing others.
Presenter Bio: Individual and Family Counsellor and owner of Metamorphose Counselling

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Betlinski
Workshop: Mental Health & At-Risk Mental Health
Presenter Bio: Director, Division of Public Psychiatry
Clinical & Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry




3:30pm- Registration
5:30pm- Supper
7:30pm- Plenary Session #1
9:30pm- Social Activity
10:30pm- Bed Time


8:00am- Breakfast
9:00am- Morning Worship
10:30am- Outreach Training
12:00pm- Lunch
1:30pm- Outreach
4:45pm- Free Time
6:30pm- Supper (On Your Own)
8:00pm- Plenary Session #2
9:30pm- Open Mic Night
10:30pm- Bed Time


8:00am- Breakfast
9:15am- Breakout Session #1
11:00am- Divine Worship
12:30pm- Group Picture
1:00pm- Lunch
2:30pm- Breakout Session #2
4:15pm- Breakout Session #3
6:00pm- Supper
8:00pm- Plenary Session #3
9:30pm- Open Mic Night
10:30pm- Bed Time


8:00am- Breakfast
9:00am- Closing Ceremonies

Register Now

To register for the summit, please contact your Youth Director!

Alberta Conference
Pastor Lyle Notice
+1 (587) 877-9793

British Columbia Conference
Pastor Brian Wahl
+1 (604) 308-5627

Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference
Pastor Sandra Wall
+1 (306) 244-9700

Maritimes Conference
Pastor Ricky Schwarz
+1 (506) 636-1299

Newfoundland Labrador Conference
Pastor Jonathan Gascoyne
+1 (709) 293-0538

Ontario Conference
Pastor John Scott
+1 (647) 970-8396
Register Here

Quebec Conference
Pastor Abner Theodore
+1 (514) 946-2520

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