Nomination Process & Committee

Nomination Process & Timelines

Process Overview
  1. Nominations are invited from school boards,colleagues, parents, teachers, students and all community members. Deadline for nominations is the last Friday in October.
  2. First round judging takes place by each provincial principals' association.
  3. Final judging is completed by a National Selection Committee composed of leaders from government, business and education.
  4. Winners are announced in late January or early February.
  5. The gala awards dinner is held in Toronto during the last week of February to coincide with the five-day executive leadership program at Rotman School of Management where award winners participate in co-operative dialogues with leaders from education, government and business. They also participate in advanced problem solving sessions, co-operative learning activities and simulation leadership events.
  6. A congratulatory advertisement appears in a leading national newspaper featuring a photo of each winner.

Note: Nominations are submitted to provincial or territorial local associations. See Local Association Addresses for nomination submission address information for the appropriate Association.


Nominees should have the career potential and willingness to have an even more important impact on publicly funded education in the future. 

Nominations must include a Leadership and Student Achievement Personal Case Story (maximum five pages) about the nominee’s leadership experience in establishing deep, cultural change in a school that led to Improved Student Achievement. This case story should illustrate a successful partnership that actively engaged staff, parents and community. See Criteria for Case Story and Letters of Support.

Nominations must include Supporting Letters from at least four of the key stakeholders to support the case story – school staff, (secondary school) students, district supervisory officials, parents, local business members, members of the community at large, and social agency partners. One letter must be from a parent.

For member associations that require it, a Pastoral Letter of Support must be included as one of the support letters. All nominees that are forwarded to the National Selection Committee will be informed of the results, by The Learning Partnership, by January 18, 2014. The successful nominees will be recognized for their unique contribution to education in Canada at a Gala Celebration event, hosted by The Learning Partnership, during the five day program in Toronto.

Travel (air and ground), accommodation expenses, the opening dinner, the gala awards celebration dinner, breakfasts and lunches will be paid by The Learning Partnership.

The successful
nominees will also:

  • Engage in a multifaceted Leadership Development experience with their colleagues from across Canada in an Executive Program at the University of Toronto, internationally recognized Rotman School of Management.
  • Contribute to an opportunity to share best practices with their colleagues.
  • ​Be energized to begin the journey of expanding their impact on their communities and building a personal agenda for community engagement.

Winners of the Canada’s Outstanding Principals Award are expected to commit to the following:

Attend and be a fully participating member of the Executive Leadership Training program from Sunday, February 23, 2014 to Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Toronto at the Rotman School of Management.

Commit to being an Ambassador for The Learning Partnership and for public education. Keep current on new initiatives. Commit to hosting a TLP program in the school or district. Be prepared to make presentations emphasizing the importance of public education, the experience at the Rotman School of Management and the role of principal as community leader.

Commit to being involved as an Academy member and accept the responsibility to be an education leader who undertakes a coaching/mentoring relationship with a colleague/colleagues from their own district.

During this one year program, this unique cadre of education leaders will continue their facilitated on line discussions on leadership issues, important to them, and be supported in their community engagement and personal mentoring programs for colleagues in their home school communities. As part of the Alumni Team, this group will become champions of a forum for Canada’s Outstanding Principals™ on Education Leadership. They will actively collaborate in developing and communicating about issues important to publicly funded education with research support from The Learning Partnership.

A full Nomination Package
consists of:

Program Advisory Committee

Marny Beale, Canadian Association of Principals
Fred Facca, Imperial Oil Limited
Frank Kelly, Canadian Association of School Administrators
Deirdre Kinsella Biss, Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario
Paul Lacalamita, Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario
Ian McFarlane, Ontario Principals' Council
Andre Potvin, Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario
Robert Pratt, Ontario Principals' Council
Fred Reichl, The Reichl Group
Peggy Sweeney, Ontario Principals' Council


National Selection Committee

Marny Beale

Past President 
Canadian Association of Principals
Windsor, Ontario

Marny Beale is a retired elementary school principal who taught all grades J.K. to eight in several Ontario Catholic schools. She was an education officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education assisting in policy development for core curriculum subjects. She served as President of The Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario the year that Principals became an independent body. She also served as President of The Canadian Association of Principals and in that capacity she met with most provincial associations across the country. She has been a member of the advisory committee of Canada's Outstanding Principals for 3 years.

Teresa Blum

Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations
London,  Ontario

Teresa Blum is an active parent within the Ontario community. She represents the Canadian Home and School Federation, which is a national parent group made up of volunteers from across Canada. The Federation represents The Voice of Parents as they work diligently to have that voice heard. Currently she is the 1st Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations, helping the parents of Ontario work within their schools. She provides advice and training on how the system works, offers ways to help make changes to the curriculum and regulations through lobbying various ministries at the provincial level of government.

Fred Facca

Retired Executive
Imperial Oil Limited
Toronto, Ontario

Fred Facca worked in the petroleum industry for 37 years in Canada, the USA, Europe, and the Far East in management and organizational development roles. He is a Life Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He served on the Board of Directors of Toronto Crime Stoppers and is past-president of Camp Quality Canada, as part of an International Organization that supports families of children with cancer. Fred has been an active volunteer in The Learning Partnership for the past 6 years.


Cecilia Reynolds

Professor and Dean
College of Education
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Following seventeen years as an elementary and secondary teacher in Ontario, Cecilia Reynolds completed her Ph. D. at OISE/University of Toronto. As a faculty member of Brock University from 1986-1998, she was the Director of Women’s Studies and Chair of the Graduate Department of the Faculty of Education. She then moved to OISE/University of Toronto to serve as Associate Dean of Academic Program from 1999-2003. She was elected to the first Governing Council of the Ontario College of Teachers and served as the Chair of the Accreditation Committee. Her research has focused on gender issues in education and she has published three books on this topic.


Ardith Shirley

Director of Professional Development
New Brunswick Teachers' Association
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Ardith Shirley has served as an ESL tutor, classroom teacher, vice-principal and principal. In addition to her teaching and tutoring experiences at all three levels in the New Brunswick school system, she has also served as a lecturer and internship supervisor in the Education Department of Saint Thomas University. In 2007, she became the Director of Professional Development of the New Brunswick Teachers' Association, where she is involved in the promotion of a professional culture, the creation of and advocacy for professional development opportunities for teachers and principals and other issues related to teacher certification and equity.

Duncan Sinclair

Managing Partner, British Columbia
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Vancouver, British Columbia

Duncan is the Managing Partner, British Columbia at Deloitte. He has over twenty six years of experience in public accounting and has worked with clients on assignments related to assurance services, operational reviews, mergers and acquisitions transactions, strategy development, business process improvements, corporate governance assessments and corporate restructuring.

Mario Tirelli

Retired Director General
English Montréal School Board
Montréal, Quebec

Mario Tirelli is a career educator who has served as teacher, vice-principal and principal at both elementary and secondary level schools. As a school board administrator, he has served as Regional Director, Deputy Director General and Director General. He retired, after thirty-eight years of 'service to students', as Director General in July 2010. He is currently active as a volunteer on local, provincial and national educational committees.