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Strategic Leadership Conference

December 12, 2011

Good morning,

This is to confirm that the ministry will be hosting a strategic leadership conference on January 19, 2012 in Toronto. Each board is invited to send their chair and vice-chair, director of education and one supervisory officer responsible for strategic planning.

The conference is part of the ministry's commitment to support the ability of boards to meet the requirements of Bill 177, the Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act, with respect to multi-year plans.

We recognize that many boards already have strategic plans that are working well for them. Others have multi-year plans that are well-thought out but may not influence board decision making. Some boards are struggling to put an effective plan in place.

In this regard we will share with you effective practices in strategic planning from the private, public and school board sectors. Deloitte consultants will conduct strategic planning workshops and be available to answer any questions you might have.

The organisation of the day and the development of the materials, have been guided by a strategic planning steering committee made up of school board chairs, directors of education and senior ministry officials. A draft agenda is attached.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. The ministry will reimburse reasonable expenses related to the transportation, accommodation and meals for all those staying for the full day which runs from about 8:00 a.m. in the morning until about 8:00 p.m. in the evening. Expense claim forms will be provided.

To register for the conference please go to Strategic Leadership Conference

As indicated earlier, the ministry has booked a block of rooms at the Sheraton Centre to be set-aside for the conference on the evenings of Wednesday January 18, 2012 and Thursday January 19, 2012. Given the conference agenda, we recommend booking rooms for both nights. The "cut-off date" for reserving rooms in the Room Block is 5:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, December 28, 2011. After the cut-off date, it is at Hotel's discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

If you haven't already done so, please make reservations now by contacting Sheraton Reservations at 1-800-325-3535. Be sure to state that you are with the "Ontario Ministry of Education." Please quote Strategic Leadership Conference (Group Code: OMA15A) upon booking in order to receive the special rate we have reserved. Guest room rates are $139/night (Single/Double Rate) plus HST.

The day promises to be an unprecedented opportunity for boards to avail themselves of the latest research into effective practices with respect to strategic planning and to network with other board leaders from across the province.

I look forward to seeing you on January 19 in Toronto.


Margot Trevelyan

Draft Agenda