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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.

“Education is the greatest gift of life, it should never stop.”
- Tony Clark, Author, Motivational Speaker

2019 Heads' Retreat

A Retreat for Reflection, Connection and Conversation

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (4:00 p.m.) to Friday, July 5, 2019 (2:00 p.m.)
Location: Fairmont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC
Program: coming soon
Accommodation and Travel details: see below

Registration for the Heads' Retreat has been brisk and we are close to our cap of 12 participants. Please contact Don Kawasoe to register for the remaning spots at dkawasoe@cais.ca.

We are prepared to also create a short wait list in case of a cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances.

Facilitated by Peter Sturrup and Martha Perry, the exclusive two and a half day Heads' Retreat provides a supportive environment within which the challenges of this incredibly complex role will be shared and opportunities for skills development will abound.


Work/life balance, leading others, looking back, and looking ahead are among the areas of focus through peer-to-peer dialogue, facilitated discussions and time for reflection and journaling. Punctuated by incredible meals and social gatherings, this much-anticipated annual retreat is the collective exhale, and invaluable recharge, for all who attend.

This year the Heads' Retreat will be held at the beautiful Fairmont Tremblant, an hour and a half drive from Pierre Trudeau Airport, Montreal. Opportunities to refresh and indulge yourself in this magnificent resort setting are described in the Fairmont Tremblant 2019 Summer Activities Guide


Heads' Retreat Facilitators


Peter Sturrup

Peter Sturrup has been Headmaster of Pickering College, a coeducational, K to 12 day and boarding school in Newmarket, Ontario since 1995. Previously, Peter was a Geography teacher and Dean of Residence for nine years, also at Pickering College, and taught Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University (in Waterloo, Ontario) for ten years.

Peter received his B.A. and M.A. (Geography) from Wilfrid Laurier University and his B. Ed from the University of Toronto. Peter's volunteer time includes having just completed his term as Chair of the Board of the Ontario Conference of Independent Schools (CIS)...

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Martha Perry

Martha has been Principal of St. Clement’s School (SCS) since August 2010. In this role she led the School through its 2012-2017 strategic planning process, and a CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools) review. Believing that the independent school is also a connected school, Martha has personally worked to forge and strengthen relationships between SCS and organizations as diverse as the Round Square; the aboriginal community at Moose Factory; and the Rotman School of Business. Martha has a wealth of experience in the independent school system, working with staff and with students at all levels and in all aspects of school administration...

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What Others have Said

“The CAIS Heads' Retreat was a welcome salve at the end of a busy year. It was valuable to have the opportunity to learn different strategies for thinking through challenges, particularly at a time in the year when we are both reflecting on the past year and planning for the next. We are a small but mighty group in Canada and this opportunity to connect, reflect and unpack a few things with some extraordinary colleagues was a gift”.

Erin Corbett, Head of School, River Valley School

“We built authentic relationships based on trust and transparency and I left Halifax with a broadened support network who I feel comfortable calling upon in times of need. I cannot imagine a better way to end a school year and look ahead to the future with more clarity, purpose and conviction”.

Michel Lafrance, Head of School, West Island College MTL