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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.

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. He served as President of ISA of BC for five years, served on the Board of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (formerly CAIS), of CESI, and in 2010 chaired the amalgamation process that led to our national organization, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS). Subsequently he served for five years on the Board of CAIS.

He has led workshops and processes on the future of education, personalization, and building a culture of leadership. His particular passions include future planning, mentorship, and financial strategy.