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Location: Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre in Toronto
Theme: Connected by Complexity & Design
April 6, 2019 – Pre-Conference Workshops (optional)
April 7 – 9, 2019 – National Leaders Conference
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Pre-Conference [clear filter]
Saturday, April 6
 

9:00am

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.
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.

How?
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.

Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard

Director of Research, Risk Management & Innovation, ALIVE Outdoors
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... Read More →
avatar for Jalynn Bosley, B. Ed.,

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... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ottawa Room

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop 2: Future Ready Institute for School Leaders
Workshop Overview
Over 40% of students will be freelancers in the gig economy when they enter the workforce. As the world changes, it is imperative that school strategy focuses on cultivating entrepreneurialism.

Learn best practices from the world’s most successful startups and gain hands on experience with easily implementable frameworks that can be leveraged for your own organizational success.

How?
The Future Ready Institute for School Leaders is a unique professional development opportunity that is part futuring exercise, part creative problem-solving experience and part entrepreneurial bootcamp. Participants will be challenged to move beyond talking about how the future is changing, to thinking deeply about how-to future proof their students, and their institutions, through tangible and immediate action.

Facilitated by a successful entrepreneur with real-world experience starting and scaling companies as well as designing transformative strategy for some of the world’s biggest brands; learn about the skills and competencies the world’s leading companies are looking for and the ways in which you can enable students to develop demonstrable capabilities. Reflect on the responsibilities and actions school leaders need to take today in order to better prepare students for this quickly emerging future.

Participants Will Learn
Over the course of the day you will work in teams to dig deeply into critical elements of entrepreneurship and work to deliberately design an experiment, or prototype, to take back and test in your school. Leveraging best practices from systems engineering, management science, agile methodology and user centered design; you will leave with practical and actionable strategic insights to drive effective, impactful and immediate change.

Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Prevett

Sarah Prevett

Future Design School
SARAH PREVETTE is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully sold multiple companies, invested millions of dollars in early-stage startups across a wide variety of industries and has been recognized as one of the top startup thought leaders in North America. Prevette has developed... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Montreal A

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop 3: Leading from Within: Self and Team
Workshop Overview
Our world is increasingly complex, requiring us to be agile, and awareness is key. Having to do more, faster, with less resources, puts incredible pressure on leaders. Often, under these conditions, creating space for crucial reflection and planning, gets pushed aside for other more urgent matters. Bring a colleague and join like-minded leaders for a day, in which we seek to PAUSE and to return to our understanding of awareness and aspects of leadership which will serve us and our teams in this complex world.

HOW?  
Participants will be introduced to concepts, strategies and tools, asked to share experiences and connections, given opportunity to practice, and to design a way forward. Together we will create a safe space, where radical candor, and deep responsive thinking and sharing will support all members as they seek to move their leadership to the next level.
 
PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN: 
  • and practice strategies and develop a common language on key areas for leading (ie. change management, deep listening, effective questioning, feedback)
  • and share experiences and learn from the experiences of others
  • and leave with concrete strategies and tools to use with their teams, as well as a plan for next steps.
 
Part One: Leading from Within – Self as Leader
Leaders will explore their own experiences through the lens of:
 
Values – what’s at stake – identifying and using a tool to see how aligned you are with your values at work?
Inner critic – we all have one – 2-3 strategies for identifying and ‘dancing’ with our inner critics!
Aspirational Vision – remembering our own compelling ‘why’ and the potential that creates for change (Intentional Change Theory – R. Boyatzis)
 
Part Two: Leading from Within: Teams, Organization 
We will explore skills, and protocols that support deepening communication, increasing awareness, and leveraging the vision of team. Participants will be asked to bring a leadership challenge which fully within their sphere of influence, that they want to work through.
 
Listening – we listen on 3 levels – identify your level of listening and watch the impact in your work.
Questioning – look at the 5 Disciplines of Questioning, consider purpose for both Open and Closed Questions, create and use some sample effective questions as you support your partners learning.
The gift of Feedback – Digging Deeper: Looking at intention vs actual impact, 4 steps to really enhance feedback conversations; tips for a 360 – participants will design a couple of informal feedback opportunities for the coming weeks….
 
Finally, we will pull together the learning from this day, as we seek to listen and support one another in our leadership challenges…protocols, processes will be used that can be duplicated back at the schools.

Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Clayton

Heather Clayton

Heather Clayton Consulting
Heather Clayton has been an educator, leader, speaker, and developer of teams for over 20 years. Travelling across Canada and the US, Heather has presented keynote addresses to groups from 5 - 1,500 people. Heather has a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University, an Executive... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Windsor

9:00am

Pre-Conference Workshop 4: Open the doors to Innovation: Connecting your Plan to School Strategy
Workshop Overview
“Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Eisenhower and many others have said this. Strategy is what makes planning a daily activity, and with the right strategy, anyone in a school can take the right action, and take your school somewhere different.This workshop will help you walk away with the start of a plan that connects your role to your school’s strategy. Along the way, you’ll be challenged, tested and entertained in equal measure.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN:
  • At the end of our session together you’ll be able to answer these key questions: 
  • What makes your school unique?
  • How does strategy help your school’s enrolment management program be proactive and creative?
  • How does strategy shape your school’s academic program so that it’s different from your competitor’s, at a time when most schools have similar curricula?
  • Do you know how to be a problem finder, and spot the opportunities in your school’s strategy?
  • Do you keep out of the operational weeds and see the wider community as creative partners to drive change and turn strategy into reality?
  • Does everyone from HR and Facilities, to Comms and the Classroom know how they can stimulate ambitious ideas and help maintain a clear direction for the school?
Pre-Conference cancellation policy:
Pre-Conference Workshops are not included in the Registration fee.
Pre-Conference Workshop speakers are subject to change.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry De Fazio

Gerry De Fazio

CEO, NoTosh Inc (Canada)
Gerry De Fazio knows what it means to learn something new every day. With over a decade of experience in the classroom, working with our youngest learners, she realized early on to assume nothing in the classroom. Today she leads strategy and values work in Canada and is behind our... Read More →


Saturday April 6, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Montreal B

1:00pm

Pre-Conference Workshops cont'd
Saturday April 6, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm