Heads' Network

Meeting three times each year for networking and professional development, this network is a valuable opportunity to spark big-picture thinking and strategy all around. A full-day spring symposium offers a chance to go deep on major issues such as education law and curriculum.

Heads' Education Law Symposium

The annual CIS Ontario Heads' Education Law Symposium is a professional learning opportunity for Heads of School or their designate. In addition to themselves, Heads are welcome to register up to 2 members from their school leadership team. Additional team members may also be able to attend, space permitting. There is no cost for this event.

Led by Eric Roher, National Lead of the Education Law Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, the Law Symposium agenda was created to include topics and issues relevant to CIS Ontario schools. This year, we have also included a place on the registration form for participants to submit topics or questions for the Open Q & A session with Eric at the end of the education law presentations. Last year, we expanded the event to a full day that included an afternoon session focussed on Crisis Communications. This year's event will also be a full day program and will include an afternoon session on the topic of Enterprise Risk Management. See below for a full session overview. 


8:00 - 8:30 a.m. -   ARRIVALS and Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:35 a.m. -   Welcome - Sarah Craig

8:35 - 9:00 a.m. -   Session #1Collective Bargaining Update & Book Talk  – Eric Roher

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. -   Session #2Copyright Update – Chris Hunter

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. -  Session #3Governance Update for Schools & Their Foundations - Victoria Prince

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.BREAK

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. -   Session #4Bullying/Harassment and How to Respond - Kate Dearden

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Session #5Duty to Accommodate – Maria Gergen

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. -   LUNCH

1:00 - 1:40 p.m. -   Session #6Managing Difficult Parents – Eric Roher

1:40 - 1:55 p.m. -   Open Q & A Session – Eric Roher

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.Enterprise Risk Management for Improved Decision Making and Strategic Execution: A practical perspective on launching and getting the most out of ERM programs in CIS Ontario schools – Jason Doel, COO, Tracker Networks Inc.

3:30 p.m. -   EVENT CONCLUDES

Risk Management Session

Enterprise Risk Management for Improved Decision Making and Strategic Execution: A practical perspective on launching and getting the most out of ERM programs in CIS Ontario schools — with Jason Doel, cofounder & Chief Operating Officer of Tracker Networks Inc. 

In an environment of growing competitive pressures, scarce resources, increased scrutiny, technology innovation and market disruption, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) has become an essential leadership tool for organizations of all sizes and sectors.  ERM can be a key component of developing and executing your school’s strategy - helping you to proactively identify, think through and manage the uncertain events that could materially disrupt your school or otherwise affect your ability to achieve your mission and objectives.  Effective ERM helps schools to build and sustain competitive advantage, protect and enhance reputation, avoid financial surprises, get the most out of resources and respond better when significant events occur.

This session will draw upon lessons learned in education, and ERM best practices from hundreds of organizations in over 15 sectors, to discuss the following topics:

  • ERM overview and benefits
  • Integrating strategy and risk appetite
  • Engaging leadership with scenarios and risk voting
  • Case Studies 
  • ERM best practices – right-sizing ERM for CIS Ontario schools
  • Q & A Discussion


Jason Doel is the cofounder & Chief Operating Officer of Tracker Networks Inc. Jason and his team have worked with hundreds of clients in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia to help establish new ERM programs and/or to reinvigorate existing ones. Jason will share Tracker’s perspectives from their work with many schools and non-profit organizations, including how to scale and manage ERM effectively in a private school setting.


Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Offices
Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, 34th Floor
22 Adelaide St. W, Toronto

Target Audience: Heads of School, Deputy Heads, CFOs and Risk Management Professionals

RSVP Required

Please register each participant no later than Friday, January 24, 2020. There are a limited number of places available, so we have provided opportunities for schools to send different personnel to either the morning or afternoon sessions for additional flexibility. Please contact Sheri at slittle@cisontario.ca if you have any questions.


For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/Event Manager