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Heads & Chairs Conference

The Conference includes workshops for new Heads and new Chairs, notable Guest Speakers, separate sessions for Heads and Chairs, and the CAIS Annual General Meeting. Several other presentations and workshops take place, which vary each year. Learn more & register here.

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What is the Heads & Chairs Conference?


The Conference includes workshops for new Heads and new Chairs, notable Guest Speakers, separate sessions for Heads and Chairs, and the CAIS Annual General Meeting. Several other presentations and workshops take place, which vary each year.

The Heads and Chairs Conference offers an excellent opportunity for the most influential people in the Canadian independent school system to gather in one place to learn and share with colleagues.

Register for the 2017 Heads & Chairs Conference (more information below):

Register Here Conference Program



Conference Vision

The National Conference provides Heads and Chairs with the opportunity to:

  • Listen to visionary speakers about significant issues focused on the selected conference theme
  • Listen to speakers about educational issues, as well as national and international trends
  • Engage in discussions around the theme and/or school improvement
  • Attend the Annual General Meeting
  • Be inspired and re-energized
  • Enjoy a new area of Canada
  • Spend time with Heads and Chairs all together; Heads and Chairs in separate groups; and individual school Heads and Chairs
  • Network with colleagues from across the country

Membership Requirements

An important benefit of membership in our national organization is participation in the annual conference. Heads and Chairs are required to attend the annual Heads and Chairs Conference during which an Annual General Meeting is held.

If a Head is not able to attend, the Executive Director must be contacted prior to the conference. If a Head is not able to attend two consecutive years, the Board will review his/her school’s membership status.

If a Chair is unable to attend, he/she may appoint another member of their Board to attend.

The Annual membership fee invoice will include registration fees for the Head and Board Chair.

Who Should Attend?

  • All Heads of School, Board Chairs and their spouses/partners that are members of CAIS;
  • Heads of Schools and Board Chairs that are interested in becoming members of CAIS are invited to attend one conference;
  • Executive Directors from aligned associations are invited by the CAIS Executive Director;
  • Corporate sponsors and exhibitors that are strategically aligned with CAIS` vision and mission are invited to certain sections.






2017 Heads & Chairs Conference


October 15 - 17, 2017 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg

Join us for the Heads and Chairs Conference hosted by Joanne Kamins, Balmoral Hall School, Lori Binder, Gray Academy of Jewish Education and Jim Keefe, St. John's-Ravenscourt School. This year's conference theme is: The World Comes to Winnipeg.

* New date structure: new Heads and new Board Chairs will be invited to a welcome dinner on the evening of Saturday, October 14, followed by workshop day long session on Sunday, October 15. The full conference will begin Sunday, October 15 at 6 pm and will end Tuesday, October 17 at 5 pm.

*Pre-conference events the evening of October 14 for new Heads of Schools and newly appointed Board Chairs followed by a workshop during the day on October 15 at the Fort Garry Hotel. An invitation will be forwarded and we ask that you please rsvp to Tracey Nolan.

Conference attire: Business Casual for all sessions with the exception of the morning of October 16 for the Group Photo and the evening of October 16 for the Annual Dinner which we ask that you wear Business attire.


Register Here Conference Program

Spousal/Partner Information

Spouses and partners of participants are welcome to attend the conference. Tourism Winnipeg has shared a number of links with us so you can be better prepared to plan your time in the city. If you would like to join us for meals, please complete the registration form found below.

Register a spouse/partner

Discounted Pass Program:
https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/deals/discounts-and-passes

Companion Program:

http://www.meetingswinnipeg.com/service-your-meeting/companion-programs

Tours within walking distance of the Fort Garry:

http://www.capitalkdistillery.com/tours

http://pegbeer.com/

Event calendar during our conference click here.





Keynotes & Guest Speakers






Kristen Hadeed

Kristen Hadeed has never met a person she didn't believe in. She lives to unleash potential in others so that they exceed their own expectations. When she was in college, she launched Student Maid, a cleaning company that hires only students, which has since grown into a company that has employed hundreds of millennials. Student Maid is known for its industry-leading retention rate and its culture of trust, accountability and empowerment.

Over the last nine years, Kirsten has challenged the millennial status quo. Kirsten’s experience as CEO has earned her a unique perspective on leadership, organizational culture and engaging the next generation. She is an expert in developing and teaching practical, ready-made tools that inspire people to take action.

Kirsten didn’t always get it right. Her first leadership disaster which resulted in three-quarters of her workforce quitting on the spot, was the catalyst to beginning her leadership journey. A millennial herself, she overcame her own greatest obstacles and learned how to help those around her overcome their challenges, too.

Today, Student Maid is thriving. Kirsten has opened her company’s second location and successful handed over day-to-day operations to a leadership team comprised of millennials. Kirsten has learned what it takes to create a work environment that brings out the best in people. Many of the students who have worked with Student Maid have gone on to run their own businesses and have received highly sought-after positions in companies around the world.

Kirsten now spends most of her time helping organizations across the country make a lasting, meaningful impact on people by creating environments in which they thrive. Kirsten and Student Maid have been featured by news outlets including PBS, FOX and Forbes. Her first TED Talk has received more than two million hots on YouTube.



Michael Fullan
Education Advisor

Michael Fullan, OC, is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He graduated with a PHD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders around the world. Michael Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012. He holds five honorary doctorates from universities in five different countries.

Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year, and was awarded the Grawemeyer Prize for 2015 that recognizes “the power of creative ideas, emphasizing the power a single idea can have on the world”. He currently serves as an Education Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario.






Conference Tours


Opening Dinner:

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Our aim is to build not only a national hub for human rights learning and discovery, but a new era of global human rights leadership.

Creating inspiring encounters with human rights, we will engage Canadians and our international visitors in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others. We will welcome our visitors as partners on a journey to erase barriers and create meaningful, lasting change.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, and the first outside the National Capital Region.


Tour of Aborginial Niji Mahkwa School - FULL

Niji Mahkwa School and Community upholds the belief that all children have an inherent right to the highest quality of holistic education.

The integration of traditional, cultural teachings in a supportive learning environment will provide students with strengths and skills to meet the challenges of life.



Tour of Balmoral Hall School

Founded in 1901, Balmoral Hall, a university preparatory school, enjoys a reputation as an academic leader, dedicated to educating and encouraging young women who excel academically, set high standards for personal achievement and will be self confident leaders of tomorrow. A strong faculty delivers a rigorous curriculum in small-class settings. Balmoral Hall supports diverse performing arts & visual arts programmes and an integrated technology, facilitated by a wireless school community. Opportunities to participate in extracurricular clubs, athletic tournaments and academic competitions are actively promoted.



Tour of St. John's-Ravenscourt School - FULL

Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, St. John's-Ravenscourt School (SJR) is an independent Kindergarten to Grade 12 university-preparatory day and boarding school. SJR offers one of the finest comprehensive facilities of any independent school in Canada.

With a focus on a challenging academic program of studies rounding out a first rate liberal arts education, SJR has sent forth 18 Rhodes Scholars, garnered national and international acclaim in mathematics competitions, public speaking and debating, and has helped train generations of accomplished professionals and business leaders.


Tour of Dufferin School showcasing Mentoring program with St. John's-Ravenscourt School students (Youth to Youth)

Youth to Youth is a national not-for-profit organization driven by the mission “To imagine and inspire, facilitate, support and celebrate learning partnerships between Inner City Public and Independent Schools."

SJR students entering Grade 9 at SJR have the opportunity to apply for a three year cycle mentoring Grade 4 students from Dufferin School’s.



Tour of Gray Academy of Jewish Education

A school is more than a building, but as part of the Asper Jewish Community Campus, our students are fortunate to experience rigourous and relevant learning in an architectural diamond that harmonizes heritage with state of the art amenities.

The cultural vitality and strong sense of community that fill the spaces between the walls are an important factor in strengthening the school's commitment to cultivating excellence.







Details & Accommodation





Hotel Information

The Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, MB
222 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0R3
Hotel Direct: 1-204-942-8251

Accommodations

NOTE:

- please use the link below, if you attempt to use the hotel website directly it will show as SOLD OUT. If you are experiencing issues booking a room please contact Sheri Little at slittle@cais.ca

- the Fort Garry Hotel is now completely sold out on Saturday, October 14. If you require a room on Saturday October 14 it is suggested that you try the following:

Book the hotel here

  • Standard, Queen, King and Double Rooms are $169/night plus applicable taxes.
  • One Bedroom Suites are $219/night plus applicable taxes.
  • Reservations can be made online at the link above or by calling the hotel direct at 1-800-665-8088 and quoting group code: 10U1R2.

Booking deadline: September 14, 2017

Note: CAIS has negotiated a reduced rate of $169 and $219 per night plus taxes (see room types above). Please reserve your room by the deadline as any remaining rooms will be released back into the hotel's inventory.

Spouses & Partner Information

Spouses and partners of participants are welcome to attend the conference. Tourism Winnipeg has shared a number of links with us so you can be better prepared to plan your time in the city. If you would like to join us for meals, please complete the registration form found below.

Register a spouse/partner

Discounted Pass Program:
https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/deals/discounts-and-passes

Companion Program:

http://www.meetingswinnipeg.com/service-your-meeting/companion-programs

Tours within walking distance of the Fort Garry:

http://www.capitalkdistillery.com/tours

http://pegbeer.com/

Event calendar during our conference click here.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Chambers, Conference/Event Manager:
echambers@cais.ca

If you have any questions regarding payments, please contact Margo Jakobschuk, Business Coordinator:
mjakobschuk@cais.ca


Save the Dates

2018 Heads & Chairs Conference

October 14 - 16, 2018
Calgary, AB

* New Heads and new Board Chairs will be invited to a welcome dinner on the evening of October 13th, followed by workshop sessions during the day on October 14th.

Save the Dates

2019 Heads & Chairs Conference

October 17 - 19, 2019
Niagara Falls, ON

* New Heads and new Board Chairs will be invited to a welcome dinner & workshop sessions. Dates and time to be confirmed.




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