Oct 27, 2022 - Oct 28, 2022Edvance Annual Gathering 2022 - October 27-28, 2022

The 2022 Edvance Annual Gathering keynote speakers will be Lynn Swaner and Andy Wolfe. Andy Wolfe is executive director of education for the Church of England, and Lynn Swaner serves as chief strategy and innovation officer at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

In their recent book, Flourishing Together: A Christian Vision for Students, Educators, and Schools, Andy and Lynn call Christian educators to a better vision of flourishing within a connected ecosystem, in which “each one’s flourishing is dependent on their flourishing together.”

We are convinced Andy and Lynn’s focus on flourishing together in this connected ecosystem is especially relevant for our network of Christian schools here in eastern Canada. We will explore a vision for flourishing together over several sessions with Lynn and Andy on the main stage, as well as during a special “educator cohorts” breakout session designed to connect educators with other educators who teach the same grade level or subject. These educator cohorts, led by a trained facilitator and launched at the Annual Gathering, will continue throughout the year with virtual meetings to keep all educators connected to their role-specific colleagues for practical support and encouragement. So, we will not only learn about a vision of flourishing in a connected ecosystem, we will deepen the structures of flourishing in that connected ecosystem all year long and beyond.


This year’s Edvance Annual Gathering will be held both in person at Redeemer University (777 Garner Rd E, Ancaster, ON) and remotely via a livestream and Zoom breakout rooms. There is a discounted rate available for schools who are attending virtually.


Day One - Thursday, October 27, 2022

Registration pricing for Day One of the Edvance Annual Gathering is based on your staff list. Schools are encouraged to send their entire staff to the Annual Gathering, and the fees are structured accordingly.

In-person registration includes: keynote sessions, participation in educator cohorts session, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch

Virtual registration includes: link to livestream of keynote sessions, and participation via Zoom in educator cohorts session

If you are not sure which registration level applies (i.e. # of staff we have on file for your school), please contact Edvance's Director of Finance, Yvonne Weaver, at yvonne.weaver@edvance.ca.


For Principals/School Leaders: please contact us at events@edvance.ca to register your school.

If you are a teacher or staff member who needs to finalize your personal registration information, or who is unsure if your school is already registered, please contact us at  and we're happy to help!

Agenda for Thursday, October 27, 2022

9:00 - 9:30 am - Opening Worship

9:30 - 10:30 am - Keynote

10:30 - 11:00 am - Break

11:00 - 12:30 pm - Peer Support Network Sessions - connect with your fellow educators/peers who share your role! This session is for both in-person AND remote attendees to connect together for relationship and resources.

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 pm - Keynote

2:15 - 2:30 pm - Break

2:30 - 3:15 pm - Keynote

3:15 - 3:30 pm - Closing

Lynn E. Swaner

Lynn E. Swaner is a Cardus Senior Fellow and serves as the chief strategy and innovation officer at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), where she leads thought leadership and research initiatives including ACSI's signature Flourishing Schools Research. In her previous work as an education faculty member in higher education, she conducted research and published on well-being, adult learning, and student development.

Andy Wolfe

Andy Wolfe is the Executive Director of Education for the Church of England. He has national oversight of the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership, which runs programs, networks, and research focused on leadership development. Previously, he worked as a senior leader in a large high school, where he oversaw the development of teaching and learning and the school's Christian ethos.

Day Two - Friday, October 28, 2022: Specialist Conferences

Day Two of the Edvance Annual Gathering will feature interactive, practical, role-specific specialist conferences for educators led by experts in a variety of topics. Conferences will take place in person at Redeemer University or at another specified location. Check the details via the link below. Some conferences are also offered virtually.

If your school is registered for the Edvance Annual Gathering, you'll find the option to register for a Friday Specialist Conference in the email we sent to confirm your event details. If you need the link again, please contact us at events@edvance.ca and we'll be happy to help you out!

View the Friday Specialist Conference lineup


Friday Specialist