Summer School on Leadership Excellence

July 29 - August 1, 2019 – University of Alberta North Campus, Edmonton, AB


Keynote Speaker: H. Mark Ramsankar, President, Canadian Teachers' Federation

We are excited to introduce H. Mark Ramsankar, a graduate of the University of Alberta's Faculty of Education, as a keynote presenter.

In addition to his many responsibilities as CTF President, Mark remains focused on developing meaningful relationships among teachers, education leaders, education partners and colleagues from the international education community. Mark is also keenly interested in the development of teacher identity, autonomy and professionalism, a topic that was the focus of his master's degree in education.

We'll be posting a description of Mark's presentation in the New Year.


Endnote Speaker: Dr. Joanne Minaker 

Title: Caring Leaders

Dr. Joanne Minaker received a PhD in Socio-Legal Studies from Queen’s University. She is Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University. A sociologist, qualitative researcher, and ardent mother, Dr. Minaker’s body of work centres around care, human connection, and social (in)justice. An emphasis on knowledge for social transformation resonates deeply and underscores her scholarly, creative, and pedagogical contributions, which include the book Youth, Crime and Society: Issues of Power and Justice (2009), co-authored with Bryan Hogeveen, Criminalized Mothers, Criminalized Mothering (2015), numerous articles that call into question marginalizing processes that exclude, silence, and dehumanize groups such as young women, criminalized youth and survivors of sexual violence. In 2016, she spoke at TEDxUAlberta “The Power of Meaningful Connections,” on the transformative power of relationships inside and outside academia.








Summer School on Leadership Excellence

July 30 - August 2, 2018 – University of Alberta North Campus, Edmonton, AB


Take your seat with fellow current and aspiring school leaders at the Summer School on Leadership Excellence, a four-day event for education professionals on the beautiful University of Alberta campus.

Hosted by the Faculty of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, the Summer School will focus on research-based discussions and intensive study of the leadership competencies outlined in Alberta Education's Leadership Quality Standard (LQS).

Summer School is available as a university course for credit. See Registration for details. 

Gain valuable insights from more than 20 education scholars from across Canada, connect with colleagues, and hear from the following key speakers:

Dr. Gordon Martell
Superintendent, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Keynote Speaker: "Tapahtêyimowin: Leadership and Humility in Indigenous Education"

Russell Hunter
Principal, Whitefish Lake 128 First Nation/Goodfish Lake
Plenary Speaker: "Leadership from the Heart"

Dr. Rob Nellis
Faculty Member, School of Education, Red Deer College
Plenary Speaker: "The Love We Remember: Stories, Becoming, and Relationships in Context"

Dr. Mark Yurik 
Former Coordinator, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers’ Association
Plenary Speaker: “Made in Alberta – The Professional Practice Standards”

Dr. Mona Nashman
CEO/Principal, Edmonton Islamic Academy
Closing Keynote: "Executing Outstanding Leadership (You Can't Do it Alone!)"