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2051 Challenge

Register for the 2051 Challenge on April 7-9, 2017 in Montreal. Learn more here. And view the past work of 2051 here.

Register for the 2017 National Leaders Conference - Academics

April 9 - 11, 2017.
Register here

Leadership Institute

Register for the upcoming Spring and Summer Leadership Institute. Learn More & Register

2016 CAIS Webinar Recordings

Watch our International Fundraising, Governance Series, National Student Panel on Supporting LGBTQ+ Students, 2015 KPI Benchmarking Overview and our Review on Executing Accreditation Pilot Surveys webinars in CAIS Connect.
Access webinars here

Register for upcoming webinars here

2016 NLC Resources now available

Both the Catalytic Conversations on the Future of Education - Summary Report and the workshop material is now in CAIS Connect.
Access the Summary Report and Workshop Material

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!

Come to LEARN, CONNECT, and LEAD with your colleagues across Canada.

The National Leaders Conference focuses on allowing participants the chance to talk to one another. We want to strengthen your national connections. We want to create a conversation that extends beyond Montreal.

Date: April 9 - 11, 2017 at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, QC.

Conference Theme: Priorities, Pace, and Principles: Leading in Complex Times
Audience: Academic Leaders: Junior, Middle & Senior School Heads, Academic/Curriculum/Teaching & Learning Directors & IT Professionals

Registration fee:

CAIS Schools $795.00
Non members $1095.00

Program Spotlight

At the end of the National Leaders Conference we don’t want you to walk away with a laundry list of new ideas. We want you to know how to translate those ideas into action given the unique needs and structure of your school. Allow Brendan Lea, Vice Principal, Curriculum at The Bishop Strachan School to help you during his workshop, “Programmatic Change: Sharing Strategies for Successful Implementation:”

In our quest to provide high quality programs, our schools are exploring new and better ways to orient the curriculum and approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. It's relatively easy for schools to identify what changes are needed in their programs. Common examples of initiatives are assessment for learning, critical thinking and discussion based teaching. How are these changes supported? What strategies can schools use to sustain implementation? How do schools know these have been effectively implemented? What evidence is used to determine this and how is it gathered?

Learn more about this workshop by clicking here.

Our Theme Inspires Us

Priorities, Pace, and Principles: Leading in Complex Times. Our hope is that we will come together and reflect on the conversations happening in our schools. We are all figuring out how to innovate while retaining the best of our traditions, doing even more while maintaining wellness, and developing programs that are both rigorous and relationship-based. We are all challenged to invest more time and resources in a wider ranger of priorities, and we are all working in our individual schools while pressed for time. Surely we can learn more from taking time to reflect, learn, and talk to colleagues from schools across the country. Join us as we examine research and strategies from around the world, while engaging in lively debate on some of the most important challenges and opportunities facing education in Canada.

Central to this year’s conference is sharing stories of strategic choices, success, challenges, and yes, failure. We are exited to introduce a new component to the NLC. Participants of The 2051 Project will be invited back to share their progress with the goals they committed to last year. We believe we can be most honest within our national learning community so we can all succeed together.

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Great Canadian Curriculum Debate

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Catalytic Conversations

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Speed Innovation Sessions

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Closed National Network Sessions

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Conference Details


A block of rooms are reserved for out of town participants at:

Sheraton Montreal Hotel
1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West, Montreal, QC H3B 2L7

For bookings please call Sheraton’s Central Reservation office at 1-800-325-3535. Please quote CAIS National Conference 2017 to access the rates and availability. Guests will be required to provide their credit card number to guarantee their reservations. Cancellations are permitted if at least 72 hours notice is given and a cancellation number issued.
To book online visit this
link. (note, participants may find that calling the hotel is a quicker process for booking).

Rates are:
$189 for a Traditional single room/$199 for a Traditional double room
$229 for a Deluxe single room/$239 for a Deluxe double room
$279 for a Club single room/$289 for a Club double room
plus applicable taxes

Any rooms not booked by March 8, 2017 will be released back to the hotel.

Planning Committee Members - NLC 2017

  • Carol Grant-Watt, Committee Chair, Head of School, West Island College, Calgary, AB
  • Heather MacDonald, Head of Lower School, Holy Trinity School, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Ron Clark, Elementary School Principal, Rundle College, Calgary, AB
  • Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics, St. Michaels University School, Victoria, BC
  • Bryan Auld, Assistant Head, Upper School, Bayview Glen, Toronto, ON
  • Jim LaPlante, IT Director, Upper Canada College, Toronto, ON
  • Michael Simmonds, VP School Life, Operations, & Student Wellness, Havergal College, ON
  • Mary Anne van Acker, Assistant Head, Technology and Innovation, The Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, ON
  • Anne-Marie Kee, Executive Director, CAIS

Save the Date

2018 National Leaders Conference

Date: April 15 - 17, 2018 at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, QC.
Audience: Operational/Business Professionals: Admissions, Advancement, Business and Human Resource Professionals, Marketing and Communication Directors

Our schools are dynamic institutions. And every day, thousands of professionals, many behind the scenes, are working to challenge the status quo. They are working to ensure that our schools can equip students to tackle society's most enduring challenges. And through their participation, it is clear that nothing in our schools happens in isolation. Every successful initiative arises through strategic collaboration between all parties. Our operations team allows our academic environment to remain strong; from selecting high quality students to affirming their support after graduation.

But as we move forward, there are a number of questions we must address. How can we effectively market our competitive advantage? How do we know promising students when we see them? With so many competing interests, how do we successfully encourage families to support our school's mission? The National Leaders Conference 2018 promises to enrich the operational mandate and capabilities of our schools to ultimately strengthen the educational program we deliver.

CAIS Sponsors

Please contact Jeremy Barr for Sponsorship inquiries

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