Edvance Leadership Events

Every year, the Edvance team provides an opportunity for school leadership teams to step away from the day-to-day operations of their school and focus on a high-level topic together, with some renewal and inspiration along the way.

Edvance Fall Leadership events are generally held at the end of September or early October. Edvance Spring Leadership events are generally held in April or early May. 

Upcoming Events

2024 Christian Schools Canada Conference: Journeying With Hope

September 26-27, 2024 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Christian Schools Canada Conference 2024 aims to inspire and equip you as a Christian school leader to navigate your leadership journey with your focus on Christ as the ultimate source of hope. 

What steps can you take right now towards being a leader who is Called vocationally into Christian school leadership, who is Connected relationally to enable the flourishing of children, adults, teams, and communities, and who is Committed to sustaining long-term engagement in realizing a vision of Christian education?

We invite you to dialogue and explore these questions and more through 2 days of keynotes, breakout sessions, networking, and times of refreshment with your fellow school leaders across the country. For more information and how to register, visit the conference website

Previous Events

2023 Fall Leadership Retreat

September 28-29, 2023 at Courtyard by Marriott in Mississauga, ON

The 2023 Fall Leadership Retreat was filled with worship, keynotes, and breakout sessions as we centered around the theme of Unity in Christ: Leading Diversity Conversations in Christian Schools. Dr. Esau McCaulley, author of Reading While Black and How Far to the Promised Land, spent time equipping leaders as they seek to lead their school communities into a more hospitable, unified, and Christ like-place for students. Additionally, there were a variety of breakout session offerings to equip leaders on different diversity and inclusion topics. 

2023 Edvance Spring Leadership Conference 

May 5, 2023 at Deer Creek Golf Club in Ajax, ON

The 2023 Edvance Spring Leadership Conference was titled "Leadership in a Changing World." We welcomed Tod Bolsinger who is an executive coach, consultant, and author of serveral leadership books including Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership In Uncharted Territory (2015) and Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change (2020). As a prominent Christian voice on organizational change and leadership during uncertain times, Tod guided us through a series of interactive sessions to equip leadership teams to reflect on and practically plan for how to collectively lead more effectively in our changing world.

2022 Christian Schools Canada Conference 

 September 27-29, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

The biennial Christian Schools Canada Conference for 2022 was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As you “pulled up a chair” with your Christian school leader colleagues from across our nation, it is our deep hope that you experienced the connection, the blessing, the brokenness and the opportunities for giving that come when sitting a while at the Table.

2022 Edvance Spring Leadership Event

April 4-5, 2022 at Whistle Bear Golf Club, Cambridge, ON

 For the 2022 Spring Leadership event, a two-day intensive training was held for school leaders and board members on WayFinder Conflict Transformation. The Colossian Forum team lead the training and presented a way to transform the conflict we experience in our school communities into opportunities for growth and Christian witness. Attendees were challenged to continually follow the "north star" of love of God and love of other.

2021 Fall Leadership Retreat

October 4-5, 2021 at Hockley Valley Resort, Mono, ON

The Edvance Fall Leadership Retreat was a time of connection, worship, inspiration, and refreshment, bringing together nearly 100 school leaders for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Retreat highlights included two challenging and inspiring keynotes from author and advocate Danielle Strickland, immersive worship time, conflict transformation training from the Colossian Forum, and even an evening bonfire singalong.

2019 Fall Leadership Retreat

September 26-27, 2019 at Queens Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

In the fall of 2019, school leaders and their extended leadership teams gathered at Queen’s Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake for two days focused on enhancing their business, legal, and financial competence. Expert guest speakers included Jim McKenzie of The Rock School, Eric Roher from Borden Ladner Gervais LLC, and development and fundraising specialist Teri O’Connor.