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2016 CAIS Webinar Recordings

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2016 NLC Resources now available

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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!


Notable Alumni - CAIS Heads of School

Ever wonder which of our CAIS Leadership Institute alumni became Heads of School? We are proud of all of our grads, and we are especially proud of those who have gone on and accepted the big job. Don't see your name (yet)? Please contact communications.

For the past five years, we have asked some our Notable Alumni to address our Summer LI group as a New Leader. Thanks to the following CAIS LI Grads who have shared their experiences with us:


Marc Ayotte
Hillfield Strathallan College

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

My LI work was supported during my time at Southridge School.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

Bill Jones, who was the Head there at the time, encouraged me to pursue the LI as he knew that ultimately I wanted to become a Head of School. Thankfully, after Bill left to join STS, Drew Stephens was equally supportive of completing the LI Diploma.

Lori Binder
Gray Academy of Jewish Education

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

I was supported by Gray Academy of Jewish Education.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

Rory Paul who was the Head of School until he retired in 2015 supported and encouraged my participation at the LI.



Margaret Dorrance
Calgary French and International School

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

Strathcona-Tweedmuir School encouraged and supported my participation in the LI as well as the inaugural year of the Next Steps program. These two programs significantly impacted my ability to be a confident Head of School.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

Tony Macoun was the first Head of School to encourage me to participate at the national level by providing me the opportunity to participate in a CESI visiting committee. Bill Jones was the Head of School who encouraged me to begin the Leadership Institute Diploma Program and I am very grateful for his support of me through the entire LI as well as the inaugural year of the Next Steps Program.

Sharon Klein
St. George's School of Montreal

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

Over my 11 years at Queen Margaret's School, I was afforded many leadership opportunities as well as support for initiatives I took to network with other schools, which ultimately led to my participation in the CAIS Leadership Institute.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

The person who initially motivated and inspired me was Pat Rowantree, a previous Head of QMS. Under her leadership and 'can do' attitude, I developed and grew as a leader. She and the school have certainly supported my leadership journey, including my involvement in ISABC and CAIS. I truly feel that the connections I have made through accreditation committees, CAIS conferences and the leadership institute over the years have led me to where I am now. There are many people in this organization who have crossed my path that I have found inspiring, and have given me the confidence to take my leadership journey to the level of Headship. Thank you to all of you!



Michel Lafrance
West Island College - Montreal

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

I began participating in the leadership institute when I was at St. George's School in Montreal and completed both the Leadership Diploma and Next Step Diploma while I was working as Executive Director of the QAIS.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

Jim Officer, the now retired Head of St. George's School, promoted the institute with passion and conviction. As one of the founding members of the institute, Jim championed both the academic and coast to coast relationship-building benefits of the institute. I was further supported and inspired by Hal Hannaford, Head of Selwyn House, Will Mitchell, Head of Bishop's College School, Kathy Nikidis, Heads of Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's, Chris Shannon, Head of Lower Canada College, and Peter Sturrup, Head of Pickering College. I have also greatly benefited from the mentorship and guidance of George Rutherford and Barry Wright. This list of distinguished individuals demonstrates the impressive quality of the CAIS network. Thank you to all who have helped me become who I am today.

James Lee
The Rosedale Day School

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

Royal St. George's College invested in my leadership development.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

It was Hal Hannaford (Headmaster at the time) who inspired, supported and mentored me throughout my journey. He was the one who suggested the CAIS Leadership Institute. Thanks, Hal!



John Liggett
The Country Day School

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

Both St. Clements and St. Michaels University School helped with my participation in the Leadership Institute. It is wonderful that so many CAIS schools actively support young leaders.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

I was supported by Pat Parisi during my time at St. Clement's as well as Bob Snowden at SMUS. Both Pat and Bob were able to pair school-based challenges with the knowledge I gained at the LI. Both Pat and Bob also activley mentored me along the way and continue to do so. I have also been mentored by Dave Wizinsky, founder of MEG Energy. I taught both of Dave's children and Dave also served on the Board at SMUS. His insights and advice have been of tremendous value. The importance of mentorship is something I learned at the Leadership Institute, having been surrounded by so many talented and inspired people.

Derek Logan
Kingsway College School

Which school invested your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

It was my current school, Kingsway College School. Glenn Zederayko, Head at KCS at that time, invested in my CAIS Leadership development. I was part of the second class to go through the Institute. At the time I held the position of Director of Studies at KCS, as well as teaching history to grade 7/8 students.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

Over the years, a number of people have encouraged me to puruse a leadership position in our independent schools, including members of the Leadership Insitutute's faculty, current and retired Heads of School, LI participants and our KCS Community.



Kevin McHenry
St. Andrew's College

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

St. Andrew’s College has always made a commitment to leadership development and proudly sends participants to CAIS programs, the LI in particular, annually.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

Ted Staunton has been an important influence on me and others. I am grateful for his support.

Martha Perry
St. Clement's School

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

I was actually very fortunate with schools investing in my LI. I started teh LI and did it over four years (I was a part of the first grad class so there weren't weekend options and other modules) and during that time I was actually at three schools. I started it in the summer of 2000 and so Moncrest School had supported me in signing up. I then continued while I was at TCS and my final summer was when I had started at St. Clement's. I was fortunate with all three schools that they supported my interests.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

In all cases it was my Head of School, Elaine Danson at Montcrest, Rodger Wright at TCS and Pat Parisi at St. Clement's.



Jason Rogers
Rundle College

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

My LI work was supported by Rundle College.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

Jamie Burla, a long time colleague of mine, has always encouraged me to pursue higher learning in educational leadership. A number of years ago, Jamie returned from a module and was so energized and motivated that I could not help but follow. Since starting the CAIS Leadership Institute, I have created a strong professional learning network of like minded professionals. The professional network that we have developed has enabled me to feel confident moving into a headship.

Norman Southward
Ashbury College

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete the CAIS Leadership Diploma?

I began the CAIS Leadership courses while I was Assistant Head at Stanstead College and finished at the end of my first year as Head of Neuchatel Junior College. Four summers in total, three funded by Stanstead, and one by NJC.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

I believe the opporutnity was circulated by then Head of School at Stanstead, Chris Shannon (now at LCC), and we discussed it together and he was supportive of me having this PD. I must say it was highly complementary to my administrative experience at the time, and very timely to my transition to Head of School. I still have all of my binders for each module in my office!



David Young
TMS School

Which school invested in your leadership development, by encouraging you to complete CAIS Leadership modules?

I took many of the LI modules while working at The Country Day School in King, ON.

Was there a person who encouraged you?

I was encouraged by the then Head of School, Paul Duckett.

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