Independent Schools Summit


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Sessions available on-demand

Single Session: $75 (access to the session of your choice)

Potential member:

Single Session: $100 (access to the session of your choice)

Purhase on demand sessions



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Rakesh Tripathi
Rakesh Tripathi

*Note: Session not available as a recording
February 8, 2022, 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Firefly Session – Rapid Fire idea Share
Moderator: Rakesh Tripathi, Director, Alumni and Community Relations, TMS

Get ready to share what has been adding that beautiful glow to your plans! In this special take on popular “rapid fire” and “minute to win it” sessions, this is the opportunity to share new, exciting and innovative ideas with your colleagues.

Each share should be 1-2 minutes in length.

Every little touch, every little sparkle - be ready to share and to ask questions, this is the time to do it!

  • Hear what happens to be working for your colleagues across the country.
  • Discover new and innovative ideas that can be scaled and applied to ones own strategies.
  • Recognize that despite months of challenges that there are many wins, shining stars and things to be proud of.

Held in a Zoom meeting format, attendees will be asked to share on a volunteer basis. If you would like to submit your name to participate in the rapid fire please contact

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Laura Byl
Laura Byl

February 8, 2022, 3 - 4 p.m. ET
Into the mind of a Donor
Moderator: Laura Byl, Stewardship and Planned Giving Officer, St.Andrew's College

If only there was an opportunity to ask donors all of your burning questions. No stress, no pressure, just a chance to ask what you need to know.

Questions that impact strategy, initiatives, and future relationships: What inspired them to give? What recognition do they seek? Are you connecting with them too much or too little? The possibilities are endless so, CCAE is excited to provide you a chance to “ask”.

Get poised to meet 3 anonymous donors through an innovative ‘Q&A’ panel and gain the answers you are dying to know.

Within the discussion the donors will remain 100% anonymous, CCAE will only provide you with their province and alumni status – and nothing more!

It’s a mystery meeting between you and the donors, put your best foot forward and get ready for the ask.

  • Listen to what donors really want in relation to their gift.
  • Hear what motivates donors to give and what it takes to gain their loyalty.
  • Get answers to burning questions around stewardship & donor expectations.

Anne-Marie Pham
Anne-Marie Pham

February 9, 2022, 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Being an ally to support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment.
Anne-Marie Pham, MPA (elle/she/her), Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

The social, economic and people imperative for a diverse and an inclusive environment is clear. The best campuses are those that provide a structure and culture that accepts and supports people of all backgrounds and is made up of students and constituents from all over the world. Discover what role you can play in creating such an environment, and how to connect in impactful and meaningful ways.
This interactive session will ground participants in a conversation around allyship: what it means, types of allies, reflection on one’s own allyship style(s), and concrete steps participants can take to act in allyship at the personal level, as well as within the broader context of the campus environment, the students, alumni, and families.

Audience: This session is applicable to everyone, regardless of your position or role.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what it means to be an ally.
  • Learn strategies to act in allyship with folks who may be excluded.
  • Discuss scenarios to apply the knowledge learned.
  • Share key takeaways you can apply immediately.

Christina Barwinsky
Christina Barwinsky

February 9, 2022, 3 - 4 p.m. ET
You live where? Of course, you can be involved!
Christina Barwinsky, Director of Advancement, St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg

Alumni engagement has taken on a new meaning in the virtual world. From board participation to student mentorship, reunions, and special events, learn how the pandemic has allowed for greater involvement and more meaningful engagement with alumni from around the world.

Learning Objectives:

  • Grow your international alumni base.
  • Create opportunities for sustainable engagement.
  • Adjust your by-laws to be more inclusive.

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*Note: Session not available as a recording
February 10, 2022, 1 - 2 p.m. ET
Festivus - for the restovus: Discussion Session

No grievances to share, no problem! During in-person opportunities some of the best exchanges happen over meals, coffee and informal social gatherings (impromptu dinner anyone?)

In a virtual space, CCAE has to work a little harder to create those moments. This discussion session will serve to bring together attendees for smaller, unscripted informal group discussions.

CCAE will provide some pre-populated topics for inspiration or folks can decide to discuss whatever is pressing at the time.

Group sizes will be small, (3-4 people) and CCAE will change the groups a minimum of twice.

  • Spend time, in small groups, to discuss matters that matter TO YOU!
  • Allow opportunities to network and connect in small groups by role, school, and location.
  • Share with (and lean on) your colleagues about challenges, wins and current projects.

Held in a Zoom meeting format, the session will not be recorded or available for playback. Please come prepared to share and/or seek council from colleagues.

If you wish for CCAE to submit a topic to the group for discussion, please submit it here.

Maxime Prieur
Maxime Prieur

February 10, 2022, 3 - 4 p.m. ET
House Sweet Home: A fundraising campaign with direct impact
Maxime Prieur, Associate Director of Advancement, Bishop’s College School

The concept seemed simple, build a fundraising initiative based on a residence competition “houses” model. It was meant to engage the Bishop’s College School donor base in greater numbers and achieve a higher financial target for the annual program in order to fund renovation needed for the houses themselves.

As the campaign grew, so did engagement and recognition from current students, staff and alumni. In addition to meeting participation rates and financial objectives, the campaign changed the way BCS viewed alumni, their affinity and their records.

Whether it be houses, grades, graduating years, classrooms, or school busses - the house model can be applied to any competitive landscape. This presentation will discuss how the campaign was structured, what was the communication plan, the hurdles encountered and what kind of financial and human resources was needed to be successful.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to ensure financial and human resources are in place to meet an ambitious financial target.
  • Discover what segmentation is needed to properly execute an initiative like this.
  • How to connect current students with alumni of all ages.

If you missed out on the 2021 Summit you can purchase sessions on-demand. Peruse the sessions here.