Canada’s Outstanding Principals™

What is Canada’s Outstanding Principals™? 

“There can be no great schools without great principals” Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Canada’s Outstanding Principals recognizes the unique and outstanding contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. It honours principals from every province and territory in Canada who exemplify excellence in public education.   
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 exemplary 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 300 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.
“The program had an intellectual, emotional, professional and personal impact on me. I not only heard some of the foremost business and management experts in the world impart their wisdom, but also had the opportunity to network with other principals from across the country. I think we were all inspired by the passion everyone had for maintaining a strong public education system.” 
~ Jackie McLaren, 2012 Canada’s Outstanding Principal, Calgary

Know an outstanding principal?

Please go to Nomination Process for full details on how you can nominate your school principal for this prestigious award.

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The five-day program is designed to foster executive leadership in education. It will be held February 23 to February 27, 2014 at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where participants will:

  1. Engage in a multi-faceted Leadership Development experience with their colleagues from across Canada
  2. Contribute to a focussed opportunity to share practices with their colleagues
  3. Be energized to continue the journey of expanding their impact on their communities

The Gala Awards Dinner for Canada’s Outstanding Principals takes place in Toronto on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The evening honours the achievements of outstanding Principals from across Canada for their exemplary leadership and dedication to our public education system.

Venue: The Westin Harbour Castle, One Harbour Square, Toronto ON
Cocktail Reception: 6:00 PM
Dinner & Award Ceremony: 7:00 PM

National Academy of Principals

Each year, the winners of Canada’s Outstanding Principals become members of a National Academy of Principals. Throughout the year, these outstanding principals will continue to act as champions of the program. They also participate in ongoing discussions about leadership issues through an online forum and are involved in mentoring colleagues in their home schools. They actively collaborate in developing and communicating about issues important to publicly funded education with research support from The Learning Partnership.

For more information on Canada’s Outstanding Principals contact:

Jon Powell
Canada's Outstanding Principals' Program Manager
Phone: 416 440 5112