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The Catholic Principals' Leadership Development of Ontario, Leadership en action and Principal Association Projects,  the service partners for Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO)L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO) and Ontario Principals' Council are pleased to offer a free monthly speaker series for our members and associate members. This series will cover a wide range of leadership topics including innovation, coaching and wellness, engaging school teams, truth and reconciliation and neuromyths in education. To view the ADFO French language Speaker Series click here.

Past Session Recordings

Andy Hargreaves - February 9

Leadership from the Middle for Engagement Identity, and Well-being

Speaker: Andy Hargreaves

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023

Description: Join Andy Hargreaves to explore ways to  sustain leadership wellness. Leaning on recent publications including his recent article in Principal Connections (CPCO) and the International Confederation of Principals, his recent report for the Royal Society of Canada and his book “Well-Being in Schools”, Andy will share thoughts on how Principals and Vice-Principals can lead and learn in ways that bring greater satisfaction and reduce stress.

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Andy Hargreaves is Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada and Research Professor at Boston College in the US. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Education, former President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement (2018-2020), former Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario (2015-2018), and current adviser to the First Minister of Scotland. Andy is co-founder and president of the ARC Education Collaboratory.  
Andy has published more than 30 books and has 8 Outstanding Writing Awards. An exceptional keynote speaker and workshop leader, he has delivered invited addresses in more than 50 countries, 47 US states, and all Australian and Canadian states and provinces. He has been honoured in Canada, the US, and the UK for services to public education and educational research and is ranked by Education Week (US) as the #15 scholar with the most influence on the US education policy debate. 

Kevin Lamoureux - March 30

The Gifts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 

Speaker: Kevin Lamoureux

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Location: This session is virtual and will take place over Zoom.

Description: Kevin's talks are thought provoking discussions about how the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are gifts to a future path forward.  He explores the recommendations with his audiences by sharing personal stories and asking challenging questions.  The topic is difficult, but he delivers his message in way that brings hope to his audiences.

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Kevin Lamoureux is a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well known public speaker. As an award winning scholar, Lamoureux has published several books including the popular and award winning Ensouling Our Schools (with Dr. Jennifer Katz), has written many academic articles, and has taught for several universities, colleges and institutions across Canada. He formerly served as Associate Vice President of the University of Winnipeg and Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Lamoureux has been seen on TV, in the media, documentaries, and is a three time TEDx speaker. He has consulted for business, government, schools and other organizations across Canada. More than anything, Lamoureux is committed to Reconciliation and a better Canada for all Canadians

 Susan Biali Haas - April 27

Resilient Leadership: Reduce Stress, Prevent Burnout, and Maximize Your Impact 

Speaker: Dr. Susan Biali Haas

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023

Description: In this inspiring keynote filled with evidence-based insights and tools, Dr. Susan Biali Haas will detail the key factors that support the mental health, well-being, and resilience of leaders. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the factors driving workplace and personal well-being and be equipped with actionable goals and strategies that benefit you, your life, and your people.

Audiences will learn:

  • The cardinal signs and symptoms of burnout you may notice in yourself or others.
  • Organizational and team-related drivers of chronic stress and burnout.
  • Managing stress and overwhelm from high workloads.
  • Boundary management strategies that improve personal well-being and work performance.
  • Identification and management of personality factors that increase vulnerability to stress and burnout.
  • Lifestyle practices that increase mental and physical resilience and energy.
  • A strategic framework to identify and protect key priorities in work and life.

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An award-winning medical doctor, Dr. Susan Biali Haas’ life passion is to equip people with the knowledge, skills, and tools that will help them to enjoy optimal mental health, avoid burnout, and increase their resilience. Formerly clinically depressed and burned out, Biali Haas turned her life around by extensively studying how to overcome these two debilitating conditions. Today, she inspires a broad range of clients — from military leaders and senior executives to physicians and other healthcare professionals — to take control of their health and start living more impactful, meaningful lives.

As a physician, Biali Haas boasts 20 years of primary care experience, working in urban medical clinics. She also worked as a mental health clinician, counseling patients with anxiety and depression during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to her work as an executive coach, her long list of speaking clients includes the US Navy, Google, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), McKinsey & Company, The Coca-Cola Company, and Deloitte.

Internationally recognized as a health and well-being influencer, Biali Haas is an in-demand expert for national and international media. She has been featured on The Today Show, Today with Hoda & Jenna, and BBC World Service, as well as, Forbes, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and The New York Post. She has also consulted as a coach for Cosmopolitan and was invited to speak about mental health on the Cosmo Happy Hour podcast.

A popular blogger for Psychology Today, Biali Haas’ articles have attracted more than ten million views. In addition, she was invited to be a member of Chatelaine magazine’s Health Advisory Board and was the “Embrace Life Expert” for Reader’s Digest Best Health magazine. American Express recognized her as a “Real Life Potentialist”, someone who has branched from traditional paths to reach their full potential through pursuit of their passions.

Biali Haas holds a Doctorate of Medicine and a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia, and has received numerous academic and personal awards. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Resilient Life: Manage Stress, Prevent Burnout and Strengthen Your Mental and Physical Health.

 Ann Lopez - May 31

Decolonizing Educational Leadership: Possibilities for Critical Praxis and Lasting System Change

Speaker: Ann Lopez

Date: Wednesday May 31, 2023.

Description: This presentation explores Decolonizing Educational Leadership as a workable framework for school leaders in advancing system change that supports all students to thrive. Education and schooling are sites of continued contestations of knowledge that impacts learners. Decolonizing Educational Leadership is offered as an alternative leadership approach that school leaders at all levels can explore and practically engage in with the aim of changing the educational outcomes for students, especially those who continue to be marginalized in educational spaces. Decolonization education challenges and decentres Eurocentric logics and ways of knowing, offers a praxis of renewal, restoration, transformative change, and hope. The presentation will explore strategies for  school and system leaders to integrate current decolonizing theories into their practice.

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Dr. Ann Lopez is a Jamaican born professor of educational leadership and policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. A former public school teacher and administrator she is a leading voice and scholar on anti-racist, decolonizing and equity education in K-12 schooling. She is the Director of the Center for Leadership and Diversity, and Provostial Advisor, Access Programs. Dr. Lopez has recently been appointed as Professor Extraordinarius at UNISA, South Africa. She is a teacher educator and also held the position of Academic Director, Initial Teacher Education at OISE. Professor Lopez has shared her professional and academic work in Canada and internationally. Dr. Lopez research, teaching and scholarly work primarily focuses on antiracist, decolonizing education, equity and diversity in education and schooling, and school leadership across contexts particularly in the global south. Her recent research projects have focused on school leadership in Canada, Jamaica, Kenya and Ghana where she collaborates with local scholars. Dr. Lopez is the author of several journal articles and books including her most recent book entitled, Decolonizing Educational Leadership: Alternative Approach to Leading Schools. Professor Lopez is co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of School Leadership and Co-Series Editor, Studies in Educational Administration. Professor Lopez has been honored for her work and is the recipient of the of the OISE 2020 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, and the 2022 University of Toronto Award of Excellence and Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize – Influential Leader.