Canada’s Outstanding Principals™

Here are Canada's Outstanding Principals for 2018. Congratulations to all the winners!

Canada’s Outstanding Principals recognizes outstanding contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. It honours principals from every province and territory in Canada who demonstrate innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and who have done something truly remarkable in public education.  
"We have been presented with world class, cutting edge ideas about our leadership work in school. The experience is so refreshingly different. Listening to global business leaders affirm us and challenge us to help construct the future of our nation through public education has spoken to our minds and our hearts."

~ Sonja Lonsdale, 2015 Canada's Outstanding Principal, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Canada’s Outstanding Principals is both a nationally recognized award and an Executive Leadership Training Program. Launched in 2005, the executive leadership program was created, in partnership with Rotman School of Management, to strengthen the education system in Canada by developing its leaders in publicly funded schools across Canada. The program offers principals from across Canada, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their schools and community, the opportunity to be brought to Toronto to be recognized nationally as innovative educators at an annual gala awards evening for 500 guests; to experience a five-day executive leadership training program at the Rotman School of Management; and become part of a National Academy of Principals, a pan-Canadian learning community of over 400 Canada’s Outstanding Principals alumni.

Executive Leadership Training Program

This is the only executive leadership program in Canada designed to provide senior educators with leadership training that incorporates business management skills, taught by internationally renowned faculty from both business and education. The five-day program is designed to foster executive leadership in education. It is held at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where participants will:

  1. Engage in a multi-faceted leadership development experience with their colleagues from across Canada
  2. Contribute to a focussed opportunity to share practices with their colleagues
  3. Be energized to continue the journey of expanding their impact on their communities

National Academy of Principals

The National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals creates a learning community of outstanding principals across Canada who can share professionally, interact collegially and act as mentors to new colleagues. The Academy provides avenues for research and sharing of best practices.

Each year, the winners of Canada’s Outstanding Principals become members of a National Academy of Principals. Throughout the year, these outstanding principals will continue to act as champions of the program. They also participate in ongoing discussions about leadership issues through an online forum and are involved in mentoring colleagues in their home schools. They actively collaborate in developing and communicating about issues important to publicly funded education with research support from The Learning Partnership.


"Thank you for your work with the Outstanding Principals program - you have given a gift to each of us that will last our lifetime, and also affect the lives of thousands of students under our care."

~ Nevin Halyk, 2015 Canada’s Outstanding Principal, Wadena, Saskatchewan
Nominations for Canada's Outstanding Principals are
now closed.

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For more information, contact:

Jon Powell
Canada's Outstanding Principals' Program Manager
416 440 5112

In collaboration with:

B.C. Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association
Association of Yukon School Councils, Boards and Committes