About the Conference:

The conference is an opportunity for those of us in the Scottish-North American community to share views, values, experiences and best practices. The conference aims to raise awareness of Scotland and Scottish culture; to develop a better understanding of the roles, objectives and operations of the various government, academic, non-profit and private sector organizations that operate in the Scottish-North American community and to identify opportunities to enhance communication and collaboration within the community.

The conference is presented by the founding partners, The Chicago Scots and The American-Scottish Foundation in association with the hosting partner, St. Andrew's Society of Detroit and additional co-sponsors, Council of Scottish Clans & Associations (COSCA) and the Toronto, Ontario-based Scottish Studies Foundation.

The hosts encourage all members of the Scottish-North American community to attend and participate in this conference and to take full advantage of the opportunity to meet with North American Scots and visitors from Scotland. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas with key figures from Scotland, America and Canada on topics affecting and involving the Scottish-North American community both here and in Scotland.

2018 marks the 15th Annual Scottish North American Leadership Conference which has  now come together in Chicago, Detroit, Edinburgh, New York and Guelph.

The theme of this year's conference is 


As in the past, the SNALC Conference committee looks forward to active participation from the Scottish Government, VisitScotland and other key Scottish and Scottish-North American missioned organizations - together with our Scottish American diaspora community at large this should make SNALC 2018 an effective platform for our Scottish American community to discuss the future whilst embracing our past.

 "The St. Andrew's Society of Detroit looks forward to welcoming back The Scottish North American Leadership Conference to Detroit and to welcoming Rory Hedderly, Second Secretary for Scottish Affairs North America, to North America's industrial heartland where our ancestral Scots powered America's Industrial Revolution."   

Lt. Governor John Cherry,

Chairman SNALC 2018, St Andrew's Society of Detroit.