Canadian Association of Principals Conference 2017

Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for CAP 2017:

  • Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after consultant. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of staff resistance to change.
  • The Will to Lead: Working Together to Create a Healthy School Culture This keynote will explore the connection between school culture and successful school improvement.   Great strategies will not implement themselves.  The collective belief systems, values, and behaviors of the educators will have a major impact on the success or failure of your  journey.  Effective leadership is the catalyst to developing high performing schools and we will explore the strategies that inspire, enlighten, and push people to do great things for students as well as the strategies and behaviors that destroy momentum and productivity.

    Dr. Muhammad’s tenure as a practitioner has earned him several awards as both a teacher and a principal. His most notable accomplishment came as principal of Levey Middle School in Southfield, Michigan, a National School of Excellence, where student proficiency on state assessments more than doubled in five years. Dr. Muhammad and the staff at Levey used the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process for school improvement, and they have been recognized in several videos and articles as a model high-performing PLC.

    As a researcher, Dr. Muhammad has published articles in several publications in both the United States and Canada. Dr. Muhammad is the author of the book Transforming School Culture: How to End Staff Division (2009) and a contributing author to the book The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community (2008).

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  1. George Couros is currently a Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, as well as an innovative teaching, learning, and leadership consultant. To learn more, check out this link:



  • Annie Battiste is a young Mi’kmaw woman from Potlotek First Nations, a community situated in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She currently resides in Saskatoon as the Indigenous Relations Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatchewan. She holds a Masters in Educational Foundations and a Bachelors of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.  She is a proud to be a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.  Through her time at OTC, she has presented on many different topics including Diversity of Aboriginal people, Treaty Relationships, Decolonizing Education, Inclusion and Diversity, and Historical and Current Realities of Aboriginal people.
  • TRC Calls to Action: Our Personal and Collective ActionThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released 94 Calls to Action in June 2015, which has generated a conversation on the needs of educators to be responsive and action oriented to these calls. Join Annie Battiste as she outlines the historical context of TRC’s reconciliation, its significance to educators, current models and examples for engaging with reconciliation within schools, and new ways to participants to begin to think of reconciliation both individually and as a collective.
  • Cathy Mills and Lori Kindrachuk:  Cathy Mills has been honing her teaching and leadership skills for almost four decades.   She has worked in rural and urban schools, K – 12, as a teacher, coach, consultant, administrator and superintendent.   As a consultant for the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit, Cathy has been able to explore educational ventures, alternatives, and experiences for a wide variety of learning audiences.  She has worked with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and the Concentus Foundation on the Citizenship Education project since 2009.Cathy is proud to be an educator.  Teaching establishes a unique partnership allowing individuals to enter into relationships with each other to try and reach a goal, to change thinking, or consider something never imagined.  Her most recent learning joys come through the eyes of her two granddaughters who are teaching her again about the magic and wonders of life.Lori Kindrachuk is an educator who has been fortunate to learn alongside her students and colleagues for the past 35 years. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, she has worked as a classroom teacher, coach, consultant, curriculum coordinator and staff developer. Her work with pre-service teachers over the past two years has reaffirmed her belief in the importance of professional learning partnerships. In her current role, with the Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit, Lori partners with educators who aspire to address social justice issues and teach citizenship, through classroom inquiry. Lori is the Project Manager for Concentus Citizenship Education.The Citizenship Education Project was started in 2009 by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to address a vacuum in the knowledge of citizenship rights and responsibilities and the appreciation of the value of diversity.   In 2012, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission established the Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation to promote the importance of equality, equity, and diversity that is fundamental to good citizenship.  Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation partners with educators, students, community, government leaders, and many other stakeholders to promote and realize effective citizenship education.There is ample evidence that there are many global stressors on democracy that require people to begin to talk with one another to understand our commonalities, so that we can work through our differences.  Canada is also challenged to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.  This keynote will describe the philosophy of the Concentus Citizenship resources, outline the scope of the pedagogy, and identify how these resources can support your leadership in strengthening responsible citizenship in your schools, and engaging your school community in reconciliation.