Heads' Retreat Program

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

2021 CAIS Head’s Retreat Program
Theme: Well-being in the time of COVID
Audience: Heads of Schools
Format: Virtual - The one-day retreat will be a combination of group discussion, offline reflection time and breakout discussions.
Dates and Times: July 5, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET


  • CAIS schools: $225
  • Non-CAIS schools: $315 (Enrolment preference will be given to CAIS school Heads)

Facilitated by Martha Perry and Peter Sturrup, the Head’s Retreat will be a small gathering that will provide CAIS Heads with the opportunity to share thoughts and insights, engage in dialogue, get perspective and have the conversations with colleagues that we never seem to have the time to do. The one-day retreat will be a combination of group discussion, offline reflection time and breakout discussions. It is important for participants to be in attendance and participating in the full retreat.

The Heads' Retreat registration is full. For registration inquiries, please contact Shannon Byck at sbyck@cais.ca.


Heads' Retreat Facilitators




Martha Perry
Principal at St. Clement's School

Peter Sturrup
Head of School at Pickering College

What Others have Said

I have attended the CAIS Head’s Retreat on a couple of occasions and found it invaluable. Martha and Peter are outstanding leaders and have set an agenda that contributes to a Head of School’s professional well being and growth. The opportunity to get together with colleagues from across the country to share stories and ideas for a few days in early July has definitely benefited our school, our leadership team, and myself. You won’t be disappointed in this investment of time.

Derek Logan, Head of School, Kingsway College School

The Head’s Retreat gave me an opportunity to reflect on the year and to gain perspective. It was such a collaborative and warm atmosphere and I appreciated working with trusted colleagues on tough topics. We engaged in open, honest conversations about challenges and had an opportunity to practice the art of questioning and coaching, which I found invaluable. This is one of the very few times as Heads we get to spend quality time with our peers across the country. I left feeling not only rejuvenated but supported. What a great way to close out the year and transition into the summer!

Sharon Klein, Head of School, St. Margaret's School