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Canada’s Outstanding Principals

Canada’s Outstanding Principals is a nationally recognized award and an executive leadership training program that honours the unique and vital contribution of principals in publicly funded schools. Developed by The Learning Partnership, the program celebrates principals across Canada for their outstanding commitments within their schools and communities. Recipients are awarded for their accomplishments and celebrated at an annual awards gala, and receive an exclusive four-day executive leadership training program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Each year, the winners of Canada’s Outstanding Principals become members of the 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.

Sonja Lonsdale, 2015 Canada's Outstanding Principal, Iqaluit, Nunavut

"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." 

How do you nominate an Outstanding Principal?

  • Nominations are invited from school boards, colleagues, parents, teachers, students and all community members. Principals in federally or provincially funded public schools only are eligible. Deadline for nominations is in late October.
  • First round judging takes place by each provincial principals' association.
  • Final judging is completed by a National Selection Committee composed of leaders from government, business and education.
  • Winners are announced in late January or early February.

Canada's Outstanding Principals Awards Celebration

Canada's Outstanding Principals, their families, and colleagues celebrate together at a celebration held each February in Toronto, Ontario
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Thank you to our partners

CIBC | BC Principals' and Vice-Principals' Association | Manitoba Ministry of Education and Training | New Brunswick Department of Education & Early Childhood Development | Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Education | Nova Scotia Department of Education | Nunavut Department of Education | Northwest Territories Department of Education, Culture and Employment | Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario | Ontario Principals' Council | Ontario Ministry of Education | PEI Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture | Yukon Education Support Services |