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National Leaders Conference

The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS values the constant and deliberate quest for excellence, and we recognize the vital leadership role that governors play, in partnership with Heads, in the success of our schools. We want all of our schools to have strong Heads who focus on supporting the students of the present, but we also want strong Boards that focus on supporting the students of the future.

The Governance Guide include new learning on a number of areas, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Head Transitions, and Consent Agendas.

CAIS members and non-members can purchase a hard copy here. And CAIS members can also view the full PDF in CAIS Connect here.


CAIServices Advisors

This group of experienced leaders has a combined over 300 years in educational experience with nearly a third of that - 84 years! - as School Heads. On average, they have served as Heads of School for 17 years in their respective careers leading small, large, rural, urban, single sex, co-ed, day, boarding and international schools.

Andrew Whiteley

Andrew is a corporate director of Global Payments Canada Financial Corporation and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. His RSGC career as Assistant Head spanned 15 years, following a 19 year career as Director of Finance & Operations (14 years) and as Chief Accountant (5 years) at Ridley College. He obtained his designation as a Certified General Accountant (CGA) in 1981 while employed by the Chartered Accounting firm, Crawford Smith & Swallow in Niagara Falls. Read more


Annette Whiteley

Annette was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Annette has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College, Dublin and trained as a Chartered Accountant in London, England. After moving to Toronto, Annette started her school career at Victoria College as Assistant to the Chief Accountant. She then served for 10 years as Controller of Havergal College and 14 years as Chief Financial Officer of The York School. As the first CFO of The York School, Annette was instrumental in the development of the business office and school policies and procedures. Read more


David Hadden

In June 2008, David retired from Lakefield College School, having served as its Head for 23 years. Prior to Lakefield he taught at Crescent School and Upper Canada College.

David's work for independent schools includes serving as Board Chair of CIS (Ontario) and as a board member of CAIS. He is currently a strategic advisor and an Accreditation Coordinator for CAIS. He conducts the CAIS New Head's Workshop, teaches the Next Step Program at the CAIS Leadership Institute, and is a mentor for several individual school and CAIS administrators. He has conducted workshops for Chairs at the CAIS annual conference and for several individual school boards.David has a particular passion for and interest in advancement, planning, and boarding.


George Rutherford

Currently, George is working on behalf of CAIS on a number of strategic projects.

As of June 2013, George completed his third year as Head of School at the Canadian College Italy, an international boarding school located in Lanciano, Italy. In 2010, he retired from Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill, Ontario after eighteen years as Head of School and a further eight years in other positions as English Department Head, Admissions Officer and Assistant Head. For the seven years prior to that, he taught at Royal St. George’s College, his alma mater. George’s thirty-eight year teaching career started with the Toronto District School Board. Read more


Liz Falco


Liz’s experience in CAIS schools runs broad and deep. With a multitude of experiences in day, boarding and single sex schools across 3 provinces, she brings a fresh and knowledgeable perspective to your most pressing challenges.

Liz held the position of Head of School at The Study (2003-10), and previously held roles as Director of Admissions at St. Michaels University School (1999 – 2002) and Head of Physical and Health Education / Director of Summer Institute of Educational Technology at Trinity College School (1992-99). She is also a proud alumna of Hillfield Strathallan College. Read more


Patricia Parisi

Patricia Parisi completed her undergraduate degrees in history, economics and education at York University, and her Masters of Social Sciences at Syracuse University. At the University of Connecticut she earned a Sixth Year Degree as an Educational Specialist (Gifted and Talented).

In her long association with Canadian independent schools, Pat taught social science for 14 years at Havergal College in Toronto, where she was head of department. She then accepted a position as an administrator with the North York Board of Education and was with that public school board for five years. Read more


Paul W. Bennett

Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto) is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since retiring as a School Head in June 2009, Paul has been an Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University and provided independent education consulting services, advice and counsel to many different clients. His consulting services specialties are policy research, board governance, school management, program assessment, and CEO/School Head evaluation.

Dr. Bennett conducts education policy research and has produced more than a dozen major policy papers for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), the Northern Policy Institute (NPI), the Society for Quality Education (SQE), Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), and Thinkwell Research. Read more


Bob Snowden

Bob Snowden retired in 2017 after 22 years as Head of St. Michaels University School (SMUS) in Victoria, BC. Prior to that, he worked at Ridley College for 10 years, where his roles included Assistant Head and Acting Head. His educational career started with ten years at Appleby College where his roles included Head of English and Boarding housemaster. He graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in English and Philosophy.

During his time as Head at SMUS he implemented several Strategic Plans, increasing financial aid from $200,000 to $2.2 million, renewing the academic program, and overseeing $45 million worth of construction, most of it fundraised. Read more


Simon Bruce-Lockhart

Simon Bruce-Lockhart retired in June 2015 after a 42-year career in Canadian independent schools, 26 years of which were spent as a Head of School (Albert College, Shawnigan Lake School, Mulgrave School and Glenlyon Norfolk School). Prior to becoming a Head, he was the Director of Admissions and of Advancement at Lakefield College School, and a teacher and house director at Ridley College. During his career, Simon served on the executives of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools, the Federation of Independent School Associations of British Columbia and the Round Square. Read more