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Leadership Institute

Prepare for senior leadership roles in independent schools with our Leadership Institute. Learn More & Register

Online PD Webinars

Each year, we host webinars on national topics that are most relevant to our leaders. Access previously recorded webinars in CAIS Connect. Register for upcoming webinars here.

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.

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. 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


Patricia Parisi
St. Clement's School
Principal (retired)

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




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