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Register for the 2020 National Leaders Conference

The National Leaders Conference is your opportunity to interact with a range of senior-level leaders in your network. For 2020, the audience will be 200+ Academic Leaders. Learn more here.

Register for the 2020 Spring Leadership Institute

The CAIS Diploma in Independent School Leadership is designed to prepare participants for senior leadership roles in independent schools. Learn more here.

Apply to the CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator

The CAIS Strategic Change Accelerator provides the guidance and support for school teams planning important innovative change. Learn more here.


Pre-Conference Workshops: April 4
NEW! Workshop credits count towards the CAIS LI diploma requirements

Keynotes • Catalytic Conversations • LightningTalks
Roundtable Discussions • Networking

Who is invited?
Academic Leaders including Junior, Middle & Senior School Principals, IT Directors, Academic/Curriculum Directors, Deputy Heads & Heads of School.

When & where?
Conference: April 5 - 7, 2020
Pre-Conference/Spring Leadership Institute: April 4 
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

View the 2020 NLC flyer here.
View the 2020 NLC postcard flyer here.

Our Theme Inspired Us

20/20 Vision of Excellence in Education: Focus on the Future

We live in complex times. Our schools to be nimble, dynamic and adaptive as, every day, we work to challenge the status quo. The leaders in our schools are dedicated to ensuring that we can equip students to tackle society's most enduring challenges with an eye to the future. Through their participation, it is clear that nothing in our schools happens in isolation; excellence is no exception to that. 

Each of our member schools, and CAIS, is founded on the ideal of excellence in education. How do we define excellence? What evidence might we collect that allows us to know we are living the promise of excellence? How do we stay relevant as these notions change over time? Excellence must also be examined at different scales; self - school - network in order for us to deepen our impact.

Pre-Conference Activities

Are you interested in hands on learning opportunities to expand your professional growth? Then the Pre-Conference/Spring LI workshop modules are for you. All workshop modules will count towards credits for the CAIS LI diploma requirements.

Pre-Conference Workshops can be added upon registration for the NLC.


Keynotes Speakers





School Tours

More information about school tours to be posted soon



Date: April 11 - 13, 2021 at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC
Audience: Operational Leaders
Theme: TBC

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