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Heads & Chairs Conference

The Conference includes workshops for new Heads and new Chairs, notable Guest Speakers, separate sessions for Heads and Chairs, and the CAIS Annual General Meeting. Several other presentations and workshops take place, which vary each year. Learn more & register here.

Leadership Institute

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

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.

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!

CAIS Conferences

Update on the National Network Advisory Council for CAIS (NNACC)

In June, CAIS will bring together council members for a 1.5 day meeting in Toronto. Drew Stephens, Head of Southridge School and Michaele Robertson, CAIS Board member will support the development of our new national network guidelines, and Marc Ayotte, Head of Hillfield Strathallan College, has offered to share the work of the Research Committee and how it will align with the new national conference. From this meeting we hope to then create a National conference planning committee that includes seven representatives from the National Networks.

NNACC Mandate - Draft:
To advise CAIS on how to support the seven partner group (national networks) as we strengthen communications and relationships to better align accreditation, professional development and research, with a new one national conference model.

Council Members

Admissions Professionals
Janis Clark, Collingwood School
Jessie-May Rowntree, Pickering College

Advancement Professionals
James McMillan, Selwyn House School
Mireille Millette*, Sterling Hall School

Business Professionals
David Burton, Brentwood College
Nicole Murphy, Pickering College

Junior/Middle School Leaders
Ron Clark*, Rundle College
Heather MacDonald, Holy Trinity School

IT Professionals
Jim LaPlante, Upper Canada College
Mary Anne Van Acker, The Bishop Strachan School

Senior School Leaders
Denise Lamarche, St. Michaels University School
Bryan Auld, Bayview Glen

University Guidance Professionals
Kim Tulloch*, Lower Canada College
Ally Read, Armbrae Academy

CAIS Board members
Drew Stephens, Southridge School
Michaele Robertson, University of Toronto Schools (retired)

CAIS National Research Chair
Marc Ayotte, Hillfield Strathallan College

Each year, the Heads of School and Board Chairs of CAIS member schools gather for the Annual Conference. The Conference is hosted by a different school or group of schools every year.

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From the work of The 2051 Project, conversations with our National Networks, and researching trends from around the world, we know there is a changing landscape in education.

CAIS understands that there is a sense of urgency and the need to refine the future vision of independent schools while maintaining a hungry, humble, nimble attitude in order for CAIS schools to continue to be permanent and strong.

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