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Canada’s Outstanding Principals

We recognize the key role that senior educators play to deepen and broaden the enabling environment that will best support teachers and students, and we are grateful for the strong interest in Canada’s Outstanding Principals. We have been impacted by recent changes in funding support for the program, and as a result, The Learning Partnership will be pausing the program in the year ahead to conduct a fulsome external evaluation to programming aligned with the current landscape and future needs. We will be reaching out to key stakeholders to seek their perspectives in advance of launching a new program.

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."