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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.

Pre-Conference Workshop 1

Building and supporting an Enterprise Risk Management system in your school: Why risk management requires an integrated approach within Independent Schools.

Pre-Conference Workshop
Speaker: Dr. Ryan Howard and Jalynn Bosley
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00 pm

Pre-Conference workshops [NEW to this year] – Are focused and hands-on full day workshops (not included in the conference package fee but can be added on upon registration).

Attendees may choose one Pre-Conference workshop taking place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Breakfast, beverages and lunch is included for this full day session

See the full schedule here and register here.

Workshop Overview

Today’s risk management landscape can be challenging to navigate. Being aware of current best practices is the first step to sustaining a long-term commitment of fulfilling the goals of integrating risk management planning and thinking across your institution. Thankfully, many institutions have begun to, or have already integrated an Enterprise Risk Management approach for dealing with risk. Thinking of risk strategically is imperative for every organization. This workshop is a timely refresher to help Administrators, Faculty, Programmers and Governing Board Members who have any responsibility for risk management decisions within their school.


The central theme of the workshop is to help change the discourse from risk equals loss, to risk as an opportunity for gain across the strategic goals and priorities of the school. For example, re-conceptualizing risk allows educators to focus on strong programming plans, better student engagement, stronger communities, and increased learning outcomes for the 21st century learner. Administrators can harness the strategic potential of risk planning and risk budgeting across their organizational departments to help plan for and achieve institutional goals. Each of these scenarios require strong integrated risk management planning.

Participants Will Learn

This one-day workshop aims to empower participants with the knowledge to understand the foundations of Enterprise Risk Management. This workshop will be valuable professional development whether you are a risk professional already working in a risk management role, an administrator that oversees a risk portfolio, or you are a faculty member responsible for your unit’s risk management execution.

The workshop will cover the scope of enterprise risk management, including some of the most important tools that everyone who deals with risk should be aware of. Discussion will focus on the importance of matching desired outcomes with each institution’s risk appetite, risk assessments, and risk communication strategies. Schools that can find the balance between loss and gain are more apt to be prepared to take advantage of strategic opportunities.

Speaker Details

Dr. Ryan Howard, Director of Research, Risk and Innovation at ALIVE Outdoors Inc.
Dr. Howard is a risk management specialist in the field of Enterprise Risk Management. He has a strong background in the fields of outdoor and adventure education, wilderness recreation, and experiential education. He actively works with independent schools to build and maintain strong risk management programs for both their internal organizational structures and their offsite activities. Dr. Howard has led consulting teams that have worked with crown corporations, the largest School Boards in North America, government agencies, camps, and a number of independent schools. Previous to his work with ALIVE Outdoors Inc., he was a University Faculty member at a number of Canadian Universities specializing in Outdoor Recreation, Risk Management and Experiential Education. Dr. Howard actively leads risk management workshops, presents at national and international conferences, and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Howard has completed his Enterprise Risk Management qualifications through the Global Risk Management Institute and the Canadian Risk Manager program. He can be contacted at ryanhoward@aliveoutdoors.com.

Jalynn Bosley, B. Ed., Executive Director, Founder, ALIVE Outdoors Inc.
Prior to starting ALIVE Outdoors in 2000, Jalynn was a Phys. Ed. with the TDSB. She has over 25 years of experience as a wilderness guide and outdoor educator. She is nearing the two-decade mark as the business owner of one of Canada’s prominent experiential education companies. Jalynn actively consults with schools on program development, risk management, and scope and sequence planning both nationally and internationally.