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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.

CAIS Sponsorship Program

Who is CAIS

The Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) includes over 90 schools which are committed to the mission of continual whole school improvement. Each of the member schools undergoes a reflective and collaborative accreditation process, meeting rigorous National Standards. As a community of independent schools, we explore and pursue exemplary leadership training, research, national collaborative initiatives and international standards of educational excellence.


Becoming a CAIS Sponsorship allows your company to interact with a range of senior level professionals within our Canadian Accredited Independent Schools.

Companies have the flexibility to sponsor one or both National Leadership Conferences, allowing them to customize the audience and maximizing your return on investment.

Sponsorship allows for unique opportunities to introduce your products and services to key decision makers and influencers, who have significant annual budgets. All Sponsors, at various levels, receive increasing degrees of exposure via on-site, online, and in print promotions. Company logos are integrated throughout our web and digital marketing content.

Sponsors are investing in their community by sponsoring educational programming.

CAIS by the Numbers

92 members schools across Canada

27 Boarding Schools

2 Annual Leadership Conferences

12 Internationally Recognized Standards of Accreditation

49,686 + Students

1,800 Members in Leadership Positions

Sponsorship Opportunities

Companies can choose to sponsor the 2019 Heads & Chairs Conference and/or the 2020 National Leaders Conference.


The Heads & Chairs Conference offers an excellent opportunity for you to network and engage with 200+ of the most influential people in Canadian independent school education while they are gathered in one place to learn and share with colleagues.

When & Where:

October 17-19, 2019 at the Marriott on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON


Heads of School and Chairs of Board of Directors

The National Leadership Conference allows your company to interact with a range of senior level professionals within our Canadian Accredited Independent Schools. For 2020, the audience will be 200+ Academic Leaders.

When & Where:

April 5-7, 2020 at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC


Independent School academic leaders with portfolios in the areas of
Academic Curriculum Directors, IT Directors, and Junior, Middle and Senior School Principals.

CAIS Sponsor Requirements

Companies interested in being a CAIS Sponsor must agree to the following points:

View Requirements

Companies interested in being a CAIS Sponsor must agree to the following points:

  • CAIS does not endorse the Sponsor’s products or services. Any implication of endorsement provides grounds for revocation of CAIS Sponsor status.
  • Any interactions with CAIS members and/or member school families must only emphasize the strengths of the Sponsor’s products or services and refrain from referencing the weaknesses of competitors.
  • Products or services of sponsors must be of interest to member schools and/or member school families.
  • Sponsorship can be revoked if CAIS concludes that the Sponsor’s business practices are inconsistent with CAIS’ core values and/or interests of its members.
  • Corporate Sponsor Agreement is not considered complete until it has been received in our office and accompanied by payment in full.
  • Sponsors must not use the CAIS name or logo without the express consent of the organization.
  • CAIS reserves the right to refuse sponsorship to applicants for any reason.
  • Due to the confidential material discussed at our conferences/events, sponsor attendance in certain sessions may be limited or prohibited.
  • Certain types of sponsorships made to CAIS require approval from the Executive Committee of the Association’s Board of Directors. Where acceptance by the Executive Committee is required and the Committee is in doubt whether the particular sponsorship should be accepted, the matter may be referred to the full Board for its consideration. Violation of any of the above standards provides grounds for termination of Sponsorship.
  • Sponsors must include an unsubscribe option on any and all Sponsor/Member communication. Failure to do so may result in partial or complete loss of sponsorship benefits.

Interested? Let's talk!

If you are interested in more information on how you can become involved, please contact our sponsorship team: