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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 National Student Leadership

“CAIS schools encourage involvement of all students in leadership programs.”

CAIS is committed to facilitating opportunities for student growth and leadership. Our second accreditation standard focuses on the co-curricular life of member schools. CAIS schools provide a wide range of activities where all students are engaged in areas outside of the classroom.

CAIS offers two opportunities for national student leadership:

  • Senior Leadership Conference - For Students, By Students
    The Student Leadership Conference is designed for students by students. Every spring, approximately 130 Canadian independent school student leaders come together come together to develop their leadership skills, complete a service project, and get to know other like-minded leaders from Canada's top schools. With direction from a staff advisor, students from a host school develop programming, schedule speakers and organize trips to showcase their area of the country for the week of the Conference.

  • CAIS Middle School Student Leadership Camp
    In 2016, we held our third annual CAIS Middle School Student Leadership Camp. Over 100 students attended Onondaga Camp and listened to amazing speakers, enjoyed informative workshops and activities.

Middle School Leadership Camp

Senior School Leadership Conference

National Leadership Opportunities