CAIServices Advisors

The CAIServices Advantage

Through CAIServices, CAIS retains and utilizes the expertise, knowledge and talents of Heads and school leaders into their retirement. These individuals are known to and vetted by CAIS. They have demonstrated their knowledge of and experience in CAIS schools throughout their careers, as well as their desire to build CAIS and independent school education.

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Find out how we can ideally match an Advisor with the specific skills and knowledge to meet your school's needs.

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

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

Bill Jones

Dr. Jones is passionate about learning. In fact, he has been going to school(s) for close to 60 years! He began his career as a music teacher in northern Alberta and spent 13 years as a teacher and administrator in public schools before entering the realm independent schools. He served as the Head of School at Southridge School in South Surrey and Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Calgary before retiring from that role in July of 2018. Read more

Tom Matthews

The recently retired Head of St. George’s School in Vancouver, Tom Matthews has enjoyed a variety of roles in four different independent schools, namely Upper Canada College, St. Michaels University School, Hillfield Strathallan College and St. George’s School.  Prior to that, he completed a PhD in Canadian history and worked as an Assistant Professor in the History Department at McMaster University.  Over the years, he also has served on a number of boards, including Nepal School Projects, the Royal BC Museum, the Hamilton Art Gallery, the Canadian Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia, and the International Boys’ Schools Coalition. 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

Rory Paul

Rory Paul is currently retired from a career in education that spanned over 40 years in the public and independent school systems and six years with the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS).

Rory completed undergraduate and graduate studies while researching and studying at the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and Sonoma State University. during this time he has been a classroom teacher, facilitator, mentor, consultat, administrator, Head of School, School Board CEO, and On-Site Coordinator for school accreditation. Rory has also had the honour and pleasure of serving on and chairing several education related and non education related boards and committees. All of which served to provide him with a broad based education and experience that allowed him to be successful in his varied career. 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

Alan Whyte

Alan is a semi-retired human resources lawyer (for management) who also conducts a human resources consulting practice.

He is enthusiastic about assisting CAIS schools, Boards and senior leadership teams with (non-legal) human resources and governance issues and challenges, building on his 13 years of experience on the Board of Albert College (4 as Chair) and 11 years on the CIS Ontario Board (3 as Chair). He also sat as a regional Advisor on the CAIS Board for three years. Read More