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Register for the 2017 National Leaders Conference - Academics

April 9 - 11, 2017.
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Leadership Institute

Register for the upcoming Spring and Summer Leadership Institute. Learn More & Register

2016 CAIS Webinar Recordings

Watch our International Fundraising, Governance Series, National Student Panel on Supporting LGBTQ+ Students, 2015 KPI Benchmarking Overview and our Review on Executing Accreditation Pilot Surveys webinars in CAIS Connect.
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2016 NLC Resources now available

Both the Catalytic Conversations on the Future of Education - Summary Report and the workshop material is now in CAIS Connect.
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New PD model

Anne-Marie speaks to moving forward with a new national PD model with the creation of one national conference. Watch the Video

2015 CAIS Accreditation Guidelines

Review the new CAIS Accreditation Guidelines that are being piloted this school year. We welcome your feedback!

CAIServices Advisors

This group of five 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.

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.

George’s work on behalf of independent schools includes committee and board work including serving as Board Chair for CIS (Ontario) as well as service on the CESI Board. He has conducted the CAIS New Head’s Workshop, presented at the CAIS Assistant Heads Conference and continues to teach Governance at the CAIS Leadership Institute. George has also conducted workshops for both independent and private school boards.

George and his wife Debbie, have three daughters, all of whom George graduated from HTS. Their eldest two now work in Ontario independent schools while their youngest will graduate from Acadia University in May 2014.

Andrew Whiteley


Andrew is a corporate director of Global Payments Canada Financial Corporation and Chair of the Adult 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.

He has served as President of CAISBO twice and as President of CISBO and has evaluated a dozen schools for CAIS. Andy is a graduate of the Bridgestone racing drivers' academy at Mosport with qualifications as a class C professional racing driver. Andy has served as Treasurer of the Board at Bannockburn School, a Montessori school in north Toronto, and as Treasurer of the Board at Montessori Jewish Day School, a Montessori school in north Toronto.

Andrew and his wife Annette strive daily to lead a balanced purposeful and happy life and regard themselves as extremely lucky to have worked amoung young people throughout their professional lives.

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. Annette's areas of expertise include the accounting functions, human resources, non-academic administration, facilities, food services, and the School Shop.

Annette has evaluated more than five CAIS schools, including St. Andrew's College, Branksome Hall and Ridley College. Annette has served as President of CAISBO, as a member of CIS finance committee and as Treasurer of the Board at Bannuckburn School.

Annette and her husband Andrew strive daily to lead a balanced purposeful and happy life and regard themselves as extremely lucky to have worked amoung young people throughout their professional lives.

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