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National Leaders Conference

The 2019 National Leaders Post Conference Call for Workshop Proposals are open until December 7. Apply here.

Strengthen Your School Leadership

CAIS values the constant and deliberate quest for excellence, and we recognize the vital leadership role that governors play, in partnership with Heads, in the success of our schools. We want all of our schools to have strong Heads who focus on supporting the students of the present, but we also want strong Boards that focus on supporting the students of the future.

The Governance Guide include new learning on a number of areas, including Human Resources, Risk Management, Head Transitions, and Consent Agendas.

CAIS members and non-members can purchase a hard copy here. And CAIS members can also view the full PDF in CAIS Connect here.

Dan Pontefract - Keynote

Open Are We To Being Open?

Keynote - Design
Speaker: Dan Pontefract
Date: Monday, April 8 • 8:15am - 9:30am

See the full schedule here and register here

Keynote Overview

How Open Are We To Being Open?

In this day and age of constant change there are key questions to ask and answer that relate to the running of a school. Are we open to learn? Are we open to design? Are we open to business? Are we open to change? Are we open to being open?

Any great organizational culture requires the right leadership behaviours to enable success. CAIS schools are no different. An open and engaged culture becomes your competitive advantage. Indeed, becoming an open organization is key to establishing a community full of great problem solvers and design thinkers.

So too, when we commit to being a collaborative leader—and learning the ways of leading engaged employees—we not only become more open and high performing, we become better at thinking. And when our thinking improves, we are then truly open to whatever change comes our way.

In this interactive keynote, best-selling author and leadership strategist, Dan Pontefract, will introduce the key facets of a truly engaged, collaborative and open thinking culture, one that inspires a community of problem solvers and thinkers. You will leave with insights, research, stories and practical tips to genuinely become more open in your practice as a CAIS leader.

Speaker Details

Dan Pontefract,
Author, Speaker, Thinker, Chief Envisioner

Dan Pontefract is Chief Envisioner at TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company, where he heads the Transformation Office, a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance their corporate cultures and collaboration practices. Previously as Chief Learning Officer, Dan introduced a new leadership framework–called the TELUS Leadership Philosophy–that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%.

He is the author of three best-selling books: OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post. Dan is also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

Dan and his wife, Denise, have three young children (aka goats) and live in Victoria, Canada.