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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.


As part of our new Strategic Plan, CAIS is committed to the continued support of national initiatives that will maximize member value and support; CAIServices is one such initiative. Developed five years ago as a strategy to support schools struggling to meet the CAIS National Standards, the CAIServices has grown into a program that benefits schools, from Candidates, to full members, to even non-CAIS schools.

The flourishing CAIServices program is thanks to a team of CAIServices Advisors, a group of experienced leaders, that have a combined 300 years in education, with nearly a third of that, 84 years, as Heads of School.

CAIServices Advisor Team:

Paul W. Bennett, Ed.D. (OISE/Toronto) is Founding Director of Schoolhouse Consulting in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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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.

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Liz Falco’s experience in CAIS schools runs broad and deep. With a multitude of experiences in day, boarding and single sex schools across 3 provinces.

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In June 2008, David Hadden 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.

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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.

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As of June 2013, George Rutherford 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.

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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.

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Andrew Whiteley’s, career at Royal St. George’s College 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.

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Annette Whiteley, served for 10 years as Controller of Havergal College and 14 years as Chief Financial Officer of The York School

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There is no end to the list of issues that this group, of talented Advisors, can undertake that will yield results that will make a difference in your school!

This year, CAIServices Advisors completed 10 projects for CAIS members, as well as non-member schools across Canada.

  • Crisis Planning Review
  • Fundraising Initiatives
  • Coaching & Mentoring Sessions for Heads
  • Two Strategic Planning Sessions (for who?)
  • Two Mission & Vision Workshops (for who?)
  • Two Governance Workshops for Board of Directors
  • Student Exit Interviews

CAIS would like to take this opportunity to thank our Advisors for sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience as part of the CAIServices Program!

If your school is interested in bringing in a CAIServices Advisor, contact us today!

Looking forward to a new year, filled with new challenges for our Advisors to tackle.

Margo Jakobschuk
Business Coordinator