2018 CAIS National Leaders Conference Highlights

Theme: Collaboration and Creativity for Sustainability

Date: April 15 - 17, 2018 at Le Centre Sheraton (downtown) in Montreal, Quebec.
Audience: Operational Leaders: Admissions, Advancement, Business, Human Resources, Marketing and Communications.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 CAIS National Leaders Conference! See below for upcoming Conference dates and check this page for future updates.

2018 Planning Committee Members

  • Derek Logan, Committee Chair, Kingsway College School
  • Laura Authier, St. Michaels University School
  • Kelly Chow, Mulgrave School
  • Chad Holtum, Glenlyon Norfolk School
  • Anne Marie Kent, Halifax Grammar School
  • Patti MacNicol, Upper Canada College
  • Barb McLean, The Bishop Strachan School
  • Susan Orr-Mongeau, The Study
  • Paul Prieur, St. John's-Ravenscourt School
  • Zahra Valani, Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Kalie Whitaker, Meadowridge School

Save The Date

2019 National Leaders Conference
Date: April 7 - 9, 2019 at the Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto.
More information will be posted on this page.

Operational & Academics

2018 Conference Highlights

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.

2018 Conference Theme

Collaboration and Creativity for Sustainability

The third annual National Leaders Conference will welcome CAIS Operational Leaders and will focus on developing collaboration within and across national networks. The conference sessions will consider what it means to practice a business function within the context of a not for-profit, school setting as we work to increase the strength and ensure the sustainability of CAIS Schools. Attendees will participate in a range of sessions featuring discussion and networking. The NLC Planning Committee members are working diligently to gather input from within each network to make this a truly useful and memorable experience.

2018 Keynote Speakers

Jean David

Jean David, from Quebec City, Quebec, is a strong-willed entrepreneur who is known for his creativity and ability to think outside of the box. As marketing Vice-President for 15 years for Cirque du Soleil, Jean is considered to be one of the pioneering forces behind their creation and development. “Above all, he is a communications and idea man who has taken on the most daunting of challenges: understanding our environment and creating solutions to the issues confronting us.”

Ewan McIntosh

Ewan McIntosh, from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, is the founder of NoTosh Limited, a company that “develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of education”. Ewan’s area of interest is in bringing a prototyping culture to both Business and Academic Environments. Ewan and NoTosh have been working globally including Europe, Australia and North America.

2018 CAIS National Leaders Conference Sponsors

CAIS is grateful to our sponsors. Their support allows CAIS to provide valuable Leadership Development opportunities to our members.

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