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55th EdCan Network CEOs’ Forum

On behalf of the national EdCan Network of educators and event host Kevin Kaardal (Superintendent of Central Okanagan Public Schools), we invite you to join your fellow School District Superintendents/Directors of Education and Assistant Superintendents from across Canada at next year’s CEOs’ Forum, which will take place at the Hotel Eldorado Resort in Kelowna, B.C. from May 20th-22nd, 2020.


This small private collegial gathering is valued for how it connects district leaders to a national discussion about the best evidence-based practice from across Canada and will include:

2020 Cross Country Check Up

Sharing what’s happening in your provincial system and your recent successes.

(Led by Denise Andre)

Setting Conditions for Leaders to flourish

The benefits of focusing on what works, what goes well and what brings vitality to people in schools. 

(Led by Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, Associate Professor, UBC Okanagan)

Re-imagining Education with a Focus on Deep Learning

The Central Okanagan School District success story

(Led by Kevin Kaardal)

Progressive school design that supports deep learning

A study tour of the newly-built Canyon Falls Middle School will exemplify what’s possible.

Managing School Districts in Challenging Times

A survival guide to keeping your district thriving in times of austerity

What keeps Directors of Education up at night?

Input from the participants dealing with the challenges they face, which could be connected to the issues discussed during the Cross Country Check Up.

(led by Denise Andre and Kevin Kaardal)


To obtain a detailed agenda and to express your interest to attend, please contact events@edcan.ca


Takeaway great ideas and peer support sparked by deep conversations on burning leadership issues from a national viewpoint to support your leadership journey.

SPACE IS LIMITED.  Please convey your interest to attend by contacting Mia San José at (866) 803-9549 ext. 223 or by email at: events@edcan.ca.


Find your sanctuary here in the heart of Kelowna! 

A picture perfect location on the shores of Okanagan Lake, just ten minutes from downtown Kelowna, is your perfect oasis. For years, locals and visitors alike have had the Eldorado serve as their gateway to experience all that Kelowna has to offer, including nearby wineries and golf courses. Bring your spouse/partner for an unforgettable learning and leisure experience.



Denise Andre is Director of Education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and Chair of the EdCan Network. She has been with the OCSB for 39 years and has served as a teacher, department head, vice-principal, principal, superintendent, and deputy (associate) director. Denise has also previously served on the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s Home and Outreach Centre and the Youth Services Bureau and is currently on the Board of Directors for St. Paul University, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA), and the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE). Denise is President of the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO) and has also served as an instructor for the Supervisory Officer’s Qualifications Program, offered by the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network.

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, PhD

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Okanagan School of Education at the University of British Columbia. She teaches and researches in the areas of leadership, professional learning, and educator development. She is currently working with colleagues in a multi-year research project examining flourishing in schools from a positive organizational perspective. co-author of the book Teacher Wellbeing: Noticing, Nurturing, Sustaining, and Flourishing in Schools

Kevin Kaardal

Kevin Kaardal is Superintendent of Schools/CEO of the Central Okanagan School District and an EdCan Advisory Council Member. He’s an award-winning educator, recognized nationally for excellence in educational practice. He’s an author and innovator who has presented on educational and administrative topics at provincial, national and international conferences. He has enjoyed 33 years in public education in six school districts and two provinces. Kevin believes public education is critical to the development of a civil society and a sustainable planet.


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Logistical and registration information coming January 2020!

The CEOs’ Forum began as a meeting of city superintendents and directors of education in 1961 to exchange ideas and experiences to gain country-wide perspectives. As the context of education became more complex and the role played by the provinces expanded, the gathering was enriched by the inclusion of leaders of all types of schools. Participants value this event for the opportunity it provides to conduct open and confidential conversations with peers, for the establishment of collegial relationships and a network of professional peers across the country. country.