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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. Register for upcoming webinars here.

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!

"A Retreat for Reflection, Connections and Conversation”

* New Registration fee: $1,500.00

Purpose - Facilitated by Peter Sturrup and Martha Perry, this retreat will enable CAIS Heads the opportunity for a time to get away, share thoughts and insights, learn from speakers, engage in dialogue, get perspective and have the conversations with colleagues that we never seem to have the time to do.

Dinner Keynote - July 4, 2017

Dr. George Cooper, C.M., C.D., QC

View Dr. George Cooper's bio

George Cooper was president and vice chancellor of the University of King’s College, Halifax, from 2012-2016, having previously served as Board Chair. He has now returned as counsel to the Atlantic Canadian law firm McInnes Cooper where he had previously practiced law for many years, with “time out” as Member of Parliament for Halifax and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice of Canada. Dr Cooper is managing trustee of the Killam Trusts, which comprises some $450 million in scholarship endowments at several Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts. He is also a former director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CN Rail and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Dr Cooper is a Rhodes Scholar, a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, and an Officer First Class, Royal Order of the Polar Star, Sweden. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Dalhousie, the University of Alberta and King’s.

George Cooper is married to Cynthia ‘Tia’ Cooper. They have two children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Ramona Lumpkin

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Dr. Ramona Lumpkin joined Mount Saint Vincent University as President and Vice-Chancellor in October 2010 and now leads over 600 faculty and staff in delivering an excellent academic experience to over 4,000 students from over 50 countries around the world.

In this role, Dr. Lumpkin coordinated the development of the Mount’s new five-year strategic plan, Mount 2017: Making a Difference, and the execution of the university’s most ambitious capital campaign to date, Project TWENTY12, which raised over $12 million in 20 months. These funds went toward constructing the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research, a building that celebrates the role women have played in shaping our society.

Prior to joining the Mount community, from 2001-2010 she was Principal of Huron University College, an undergraduate liberal arts institution affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. While there, she managed the operations of the College and of the Huron University College Foundation and was responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership including setting strategic direction and fundraising for the College.

Preceding her service at Huron, Dr. Lumpkin spent four years as Vice President Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University, Victoria, where she gave leadership to four academic divisions in the development and delivery of degree programs in a newly established university. Dr. Lumpkin went to Royal Roads from the University of Windsor, where during the years 1992-1997 she was Dean of Continuing Education, Director of the Division for Instructional Development and an Associate Professor in the School of Dramatic Arts. Before her time at the University of Windsor, Dr. Lumpkin was Associate Dean of the College of Lifelong Learning at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Lumpkin began her university career in Kentucky where for 13 years she held a variety of positions in higher education that included institutional planning, continuing education, faculty development and university teaching.

She holds the PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and is a former Fulbright Scholar to England. Her research and teaching interests include 19th Century British literature, 20th Century drama, women’s literature, and adult and continuing education.

Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has been actively engaged in women’s studies, in advocacy on behalf of women’s issues and in promoting the role of women in higher education. At the University of Kentucky she served on the founding committee of the annual Women Writers Conference. At Wayne State University, she belonged to the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

As past Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities, Dr. Lumpkin has made significant contributions to the Atlantic region, recognizing that university presidents can and should play a vital role in the overall success of our province. Embracing this role, Dr. Lumpkin has become a valued contributor to many organizations and initiatives shaping the future of Nova Scotia. She is currently Board Chair of Engage Nova Scotia.

In July 2014, Dr. Lumpkin was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership in post-secondary education and her promotion of community-based learning initiatives.

Dates: July 3 - 5, 2017

Location: Halifax, NS

Hotel: Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market St, Halifax, NS B3J 3N9

CAIS has arranged the following group rate (based on single/double occupancy):

Deluxe King - $189.00

Crown Service King - $239.00

Executive Suite - $389.00

All rates are subject to applicable taxes.

Please contact reservations at 1 800 565-1567 to secure your room. Any rooms in the CAIS block not booked by June 5, 2017 will be released back to the hotel.

Program: Review the schedule here.

Registration is now open. Register early to avoid disappointment as space is limited. Fee includes all meals and transportation to and from King's-Edgehill School for the July 3 dinner.

Register here

Destination Halifax

Consider arriving early or extending your stay in Halifax. Thanks to the services of Destination Halifax they have put together a one stop resource to make the most of your visit.


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