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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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Welcome Address/Keynotes/Panels [clear filter]
Sunday, April 7
 

10:00am

Conference Welcome: Setting the Context
Time to kick off NLC 2019!  Hear what will be in store for you over the next three days!

Speakers
avatar for Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member of the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

11:15am

Keynote - Complexity: Disrupting Education
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Jesse Wente for his upcoming keynote here.

Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.

Disruption is occurring in many industries and in many ways. From Uber to Netflix, business models, service delivery, and customer engagement are all under pressure to change and evolve at a rapid pace. Some industries are flourishing while being disrupted and some have found disruptors as the forces of change that have made their business obsolete.

How is education being disrupted? How can current educators become disruptors? How can industries, including education, survive and adapt to take advantage of disruption? These are just some of the challenges facing educators and educational institutions today.

In this exclusive and original talk, Ojibwe writer, broadcaster, advocate and Crescent School alumnus, Jesse Wente, will discuss his experiences within the independent school environment, the challenges facing educators, and what they can do to survive and thrive in the era of disruption.

Speakers
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Jesse Wente

Broadcaster, Advocate & Pop Culture Philosopher
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Jesse Wente for his upcoming keynote here.Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.Well known as a film critic and broadcaster in Toronto and across Canada, Jesse was the first nationally syndicated Indigenous columnist for the CBC, covering film and pop culture for 20 local CBC Radio programs. He has also been a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as Q.Jesse is Ojibwe, and his family comes from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario. He is an advocate for Aboriginal Arts, most notably on screen. He draws attention to the imagery u... Read More →


Sunday April 7, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Plaza Ballroom AB
 
Monday, April 8
 

8:00am

Welcome Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member of the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:15am
Plaza Ballroom AB

8:15am

Keynote - Design: How Open Are We To Being Open?
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Dan Pontefract for his upcoming keynote here.

Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.

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.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract

Author, Speaker, Thinker, Chief Envisioner
Listen to Patti MacDonald (CAIS Executive Director) interview Dan Pontefract for his upcoming keynote here.Join your colleagues at NLC: Register here.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... Read More →


Monday April 8, 2019 8:15am - 9:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB
 
Tuesday, April 9
 

10:30am

Closing Panel - Connected by Intention
The third day of the conference will focus on "connectedness" as inspired by our theme Connected by Complexity & Design. One of the greatest challenges in CAIS schools is the pace of daily life, making collaboration within our respective areas of expertise difficult and connecting across departments near impossible. Successful initiatives, however, leverage the strategic collaboration of academic and operational leaders in our schools. At this Conference, we have the unique opportunity to highlight the benefits and articulate strategies to make cross-departmental collaboration a reality.

Moderators
avatar for Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member of the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kynan Robinson

Kynan Robinson

CEO, NoTosh Inc
Kynan Robinson is CEO of NoTosh Inc and Chief Operations Officer for NoTosh worldwide. A dynamic, innovative and outcome focused leader with a PhD in Education and over 20 years' experience from the classroom to the boardroom he represents NoTosh across the globe, working directly... Read More →
avatar for Derek Logan

Derek Logan

Head of School, Kingsway College School
Derek Logan completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History (McMaster University), a Master of Arts in War Studies (University of London); and a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto). He is a graduate from the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Leadership... Read More →
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Lisa Dack

Board Chair, The Leo Baeck Day School
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Barb McLean

Assistant Head, HR and Professional Growth, The Bishop Strachan School


Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Plaza Ballroom AB

11:30am

Conference Conclusion/ED Address - Bringing together the narrative
Speakers
avatar for Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, CAIS
Patti MacDonald was a member of the leadership team at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto for a decade, spending eight years as the Principal and two years as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. She was a teacher in the classroom for over 20 years before transitioning into... Read More →


Tuesday April 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm
Plaza Ballroom AB