Eighteenth National Congress on
March 17 - 19, 2013
TCU Place, Saskatoon SK
(Formerly the Centennial Auditorium)
Rural Schools: Making a Difference
Great Traits of Champions: The Fundamentals for Achievers, Leaders and Legacy Leavers
Mark Tewksbury is a champion communicator and one of Canada’s most sought after
speakers. He was the Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic team that competed in
the 2012 London Olympics. Twenty years ago Mark returned from his first Olympics as
a competitor and started speaking to students about his experiences and this has led to
Mark sharing his ideas and stories with millions of people around the world.
Along with his athletic prowess, Mark champions several important causes including support for sick
children and currently sits on the National Boards for Special Olympics and the Canadian Psychiatric Research
Foundation. Mark has authored three books with his most recent being Great Traits of Champions, co-authored
with Olympian coach Debbie Muir, which focuses on fundamentals for achievers, leaders and legacy leavers.
Mark is an accomplished speaker and great story teller. His Great Traits engaged people in becoming
champions in their own lives and offers solutions to achieve quality, repeat success and make a positive
impact while doing it.
The 4 C's of Sustainable Leadership: Commitment, Confidence, Competence and Consistency
Dean Fink is an international educational development consultant and a former
superintendent with the Halton Board of Education in Ontario. During his career he has
taught at all levels of education from primary grades to graduate school at the University
of Toronto. Dean has published numerous articles on topics related to school
effectiveness, leadership and change in schools.
Dean is an associate of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for
Studies in Education, a fellow of the University of Hull in the United Kingdom and a research associate of
the Centre for Teacher and School Development at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Based on the books Leadership for Mortals and Sustainable Leadership co-authored with Andy
Hargreaves, this presentation will highlight howall schools can develop and sustain educational excellence
over time. By focusing on deep learning for all students, building and sustaining a climate of trust and
ensuring professional excellence and succession management, all schools can succeed against the odds of
place and space.
Chief Clarence Louie
Developing Self-Reliance for Native People
Clarence Louie was elected Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band in 1985 and has since
transformed the Band’s economic, social and education standing, both within the
community and across the country.
Currently, the Band owns and operates nine businesses on the reserve which
include, retail stores, a construction company, a championship golf course and the first
Aboriginal winery in North America, Mk’Mip Cellars. Chief Louie has negotiated land
claim settlements during his tenure that led to the acquisition of hundreds of acres of land added to the
reserve and initiated financing for education and health.
Chief Louie’s efforts have been widely recognized in Canada and the U.S. He has received numerous
awards including the Order of British Columbia and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. MacLean’s
magazine listed him as one of the Top 50 Canadians to watch.
Chief Louie’s presentation shares his experiences and best lesson learned using a simple and direct
approach. Chief Louie believes the Aboriginal people and government mus tmake economic development,
self-sustaining job creation and business
growth an everyday priority.
Eighteenth National Congress
on Rural Education
Saskatchewan Educational Leadership Unit
(SELU) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan
School Boards Association, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
(STF), League of Educational Administrators, Directors and
Superintendents (LEADS), Saskatchewan Association of School
Business Officials (SASBO), Saskatchewan Professional Development
Unit (SPDU), University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan