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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.

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.