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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.

Canadian Boarding Collective

Six years since the inception of the Canadian Boarding Collective (CBC) and the CBC continues to offer a comprehensive and responsive program to members through Recruitment, Marketing, Research, and Government Relations.

We are proud that 100% of our CAIS Boarding Schools participate in the CBC, with over 50 school leaders sitting on our decision-making committees. Thank you to our volunteers who continue to work collaboratively to strengthen and grow boarding in Canada. Our volunteers are invaluable to the current and future strategic directions of the Canadian Boarding Collective.

CBC Boarding Summit

Steering Committee:

  • David Robertson, Chair - Shawnigan Lake School
  • Tina Alto - Balmoral Hall School
  • Laura Authier - St. Michaels University School
  • Ed Kidd - Ridley College
  • Kathy LaBranche- Trinity College School
  • Patti MacNicol - Upper Canada College
  • Lance Postma - Rosseau Lake College
  • Joe Seagram - King’s-Edgehill School
  • Keith Stansfield - Albert College
  • Michael Wolfe - Stanstead College

Marketing Committee:

  • Chris Allinotte - Balmoral Hall School
  • Laura Authier - St. Michaels University School
  • Andrea Carisse - Ridley College
  • Marianne Chilco - The Bishop Strachan School
  • Nicolette Flemming - St. Andrew’s College
  • Heather McCall - Upper Canada College
  • Ian McPherson - Brentwood College School
  • Michael O’Connor - Appleby College
  • Louise Paoli Di Prisco - Ashbury College
  • Jessie-May Rowntree - Pickering College

Recruitment Committee:

  • Tina Alto - Balmoral Hall School
  • Joanne Carruthers - Stanstead College
  • Kimberly Carter - Branksome Hall
  • Kathy Charleson - St. Margaret’s School
  • Jon Holmes - Trinity College School
  • Maggie Houston-White - Havergal College
  • Heather Kidd - Albert College
  • Dave McBride - Upper Canada College
  • Greg McConnell - Bishop’s College School
  • Sarah Milligan - Lakefield College School
  • Patrick Nobbs - Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Paul Prieur - St. John’s-Ravenscourt School
  • Jessie-May Rowntree - Pickering College
  • Matt Sheridan-Jonah - Appleby College
  • Jarryd Stock - St. Andrew’s College

Enrolment Data Advisory Committee:

  • Julie Cameron, Ridley College
  • Kathy LaBranche - Trinity College School
  • Paul Leslie - St. Michaels University School
  • Rebecca McKay - Queen Margaret’s School
  • Sarah Milligan, Lakefield School College
  • Kait Shervan - Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

Research Committee:

  • Joanne Carruthers - Stanstead College
  • Christine de Rocquigny - Balmoral Hall School
  • Sarah Milligan - Lakefield College School
  • Paul Prieur - St. John’s-Ravenscourt School
  • Jessie-May Rowntree - Pickering College

2018 CBC Boarding Summit

It is important to never forget how the Canadian Boarding Collective (CBC) came to fruition, because in order to create meaningful change for the future, we must understand why, how and where it all began.

In 2007, CAIS boarding schools saw three consecutive years of decreasing enrolment, from both international and domestic boarding students. Collectively, we lost 660 boarding students,

a 14% decrease in total boarding enrolment. In 2011, the Collaborative Boarding Project, known now as the Canadian Boarding Collective, was developed in response to this declining enrolment.

Our 27 CAIS boarding schools came together to do what individuals schools could not do alone. We made a commitment to collaborate in a meaningful way with a common purpose of enhancing the profile of boarding internationally, and changing the perception of boarding among Canadians.

While we continue to progress on a steady incline, having seen an increase of 277 boarding students, an 11% increase, there remains important work to be done to continue to advance our collective enrolment.

In 2018, the CBC is in its final year of its current strategic plan, and we are moving through a comprehensive and highly consultative planning process.

This year’s Boarding Summit, was used as one such consultation point along our planning process, lead by our Strategic Plan Task Force.

We had five goals for the Summit:

  1. To summarize and share what we have heard from stakeholders throughout the development process.
  2. To engage stakeholders in further consultation on 2018-2021 CBC Strategic Plan development process.
  3. To update stakeholders on the progress that has been made on the CBC 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.
  4. To help inform the development of a Domestic Boarding strategy for the CBC.
  5. To clearly communicate the timeline for rollout of 2018-2021 CBC Strategic Plan.

We were joined by 36 leaders from 25 CAIS boarding schools. Not only was the room filled with Business Officers, Enrolment Directors, Marketing Directors, and Heads, but Pete Upham and Megan Cartier of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), also joined us for the two-day Summit.

This year Summit brought together our CBC decision makers to consult on the future directions of the CBC. Leaders discussed changes to the CBC’s Guiding Principles, had lively dialogues around the question ‘What can a collective do that individual schools cannot?’ and in their National Networks, discussed relevant topics, like the 2018-2019 Key Dates for Recruitment, a domestic marketing strategy in alignment with NABI, and trends around FA in CAIS schools. And this was only on Day One!

Day Two started with an informative presentation from TABS, then we dove into Power Session One - Confirming Strategic Issues and Determining Strategic Objectives, followed by Power Session Two - Prioritizing of Strategic Objectives. We were able to walk away with a wealth of data for the CBC Strategic Plan Task Force to work with as the strategic planning process continues.

The Task Force has meet since the Summit to discuss revisions to the CBC’s Guiding Principles, as well as to develop a Vision and Mission for the CBC moving forward. The Task Force has also spoke at length about possible scenarios of what our next strategic plan might look like.

We are excited by the progress being made and the work being done by the Task Force and we look forward to sharing out and seeking feedback from CBC Stakeholders over the coming months.

Thank you to our CBC Strategic Plan Task Force for their hard work and dedication in the development of our 2018-2021 CBC Strategic Plan, as well as the Boarding Summit agenda.

  • Ed Kidd, Chair - Ridley College
  • David Robertson, Shawnigan Lake School
  • Kathy LaBranche - Trinity College School
  • Laura Authier, St. Michaels University School
  • Tanya Moran, Rothesay Netherwood School
  • Lindsay Thierry, The Bishops Strachan School

Congratulations to all CAIS Boarding Schools on a fantastic 2017-2018 school year! We cannot wait to see what next year brings, meet with your amazing students, and continue to feel the impact of the Canadian Boarding Collective!

Fiona Parke
Director of Outreach
CAIS Boarding Schools