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2018 National Leaders Conference

Date: April 15 - 17, 2018 at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal.
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.


Date: April 7 - 9, 2019 at the Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto.
Audience: Operational & Academics

2017 National Leaders Conference

The National Leaders Conference focused on allowing participants the chance to talk to one another. We wanted to strengthen their national connections. We wanted to create a conversation that extended beyond Montreal.

It was held on April 9 - 11, 2017 at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal.

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

View the past conference details below.

2017 Conference Overview

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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Workshop Sessions

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Speed Innovation Sessions

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Closed National Network Sessions

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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

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