What is Canada’s Outstanding Principals™?
Canada’s Outstanding Principals recognizes outstanding contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. It honours principals from every province and territory in Canada who demonstrate innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and who have done something truly remarkable in public education.
"We have been presented with world class, cutting edge ideas about our leadership work in school. The experience is so refreshingly different. Listening to global business leaders affirm us and challenge us to help construct the future of our nation through public education has spoken to our minds and our hearts."
~ Sonja Lonsdale, 2015 Canada's Outstanding Principal, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Canada’s Outstanding Principals is both a nationally recognized award and an Executive Leadership Training Program. Launched in 2005, the executive leadership program was created, in partnership with Rotman School of Management, to strengthen the education system in Canada by developing its leaders in publicly funded schools across Canada. The program offers principals from across Canada, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their schools and community, the opportunity to be brought to Toronto to be recognized nationally as innovative educators at an annual gala awards evening for 500 guests; to experience a five-day executive leadership training program at the Rotman School of Management; and become part of a National Academy of Principals, a pan-Canadian learning community of 500 Canada’s Outstanding Principals alumni.
This is the only executive leadership program in Canada designed to provide senior educators with leadership training that incorporates business management skills, taught by internationally renowned faculty from both business and education. The National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals creates a learning community of outstanding principals across Canada who can share professionally, interact collegially and act as mentors to new colleagues. The Academy provides avenues for research and sharing of best practices.
"Thank you for your work with the Outstanding Principals program - you have given a gift to each of us that will last our lifetime, and also affect the lives of thousands of students under our care."
~ Nevin Halyk, 2015 Canada’s Outstanding Principal, Wadena, Saskatchewa