Canada’s Outstanding Principals Announced for 2018

Great principals make great schools and have a profound impact on a school’s students, teachers and the community as a whole. The Learning Partnership is pleased to recognize 40 exceptional educators from across the country as Canada’s Outstanding Principals of 2018.

Now celebrating its 14th year, The Learning Partnership’s Canada’s Outstanding Principals program recognizes the unique and vital contributions of principals in publicly funded schools. The 40 principals, nominated by parents, colleagues and community members, and chosen by a national selection committee, are being celebrated for demonstrating innovation, leadership and for employing creativity in finding solutions and opportunities within their school communities. They will be awarded for their accomplishments at the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala on February 27, 2018, at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario.

The winners also benefit from an exclusive five-day executive leadership training program at one of Canada’s top business schools, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The program will introduce them to leadership and management practices presented by business, government and education leaders as well as Rotman faculty. Principals also participate in The World of Work: Equity and Inclusion, a professional learning day hosted by CIBC, where they have the opportunity to learn about today’s workforce from leaders in business, health and education.

The 2018 winners will join the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, which now boasts more than 400 members. The National Academy offers principals ongoing networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities so they can enhance their leadership skills.

“Principals are vital leaders in Canada’s education system. They ensure our schools are open and operating effectively. They work closely with teachers to inspire our students every day. They contribute to creating positive learning environments for children to thrive both in and outside of the classroom,” says Ron Canuel, President & CEO of The Learning Partnership. “They are the catalyst for connecting students, educators, families and the community together and we recognize their indispensable contributions to helping Canada continue as global leaders in education.”

In the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program, principals are nominated by their colleagues, school staff and community members. Nominations are evaluated and final winners are selected on a representation-by-population basis by a national selection committee made up of a distinguished group of Canadian education, community and private sector leaders. Candidates are chosen using the following criteria: leadership and student achievement; leadership and innovation; instructional leadership; professional learning teams; partnerships with families and communities; personal growth initiatives; and corresponding letters of support.

Canada’s Outstanding Principals is made possible through the generous support of its major program partners, CIBC and Deloitte Canada, as well as several provinces and territories across the country.

About The Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to enhancing publicly funded education to prepare students in Canada for a globally connected world by building partnerships between government, education and business. We do this through innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence, and collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.9 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership’s programs. For more information, visit

Quick Facts

  • The Learning Partnership celebrates the 14th year of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.
  • Canada’s Outstanding Principals program is both a nationally recognized award and an executive leadership training program.
  • Through the Canada’s Outstanding Principals program, The Learning Partnership recognizes principals who demonstrate innovation, have an entrepreneurial spirit and are creative in finding solutions and opportunities in their respective schools and communities.
  • This year, 40 principals from across Canada have been chosen by a national selection committee on the basis of their exceptional contributions that positively impact student achievement and success.
  • The program’s national selection committee, composed of leaders from government, business and education, takes into account 16 different criteria that fall into four categories, using quantitative and qualitative evidence of how the leadership of the principal has improved student achievement.
  • The Canada’s Outstanding Principals executive leadership program provides principals with training in proven management skills and leadership techniques that foster excellence in schools.
  • The 2018 winners will join the ranks of the National Academy of Canada’s Outstanding Principals, which now boasts more than 400 members.
  • More than 400 guests from schools, school boards, business and government attend the annual Canada’s Outstanding Principals gala every year to celebrate principals who are making a difference in their schools and communities.
  • The Canada’s Outstanding Principals awards gala takes place February 27, 2018 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario.

For media inquiries or to arrange for interviews, please contact:

Norma Meneguzzi Spall (Primary Contact)
The Results Group Public Relations
416-686-9110, 416-209-1216

Bernadette Celis-Clarke
Manager, Marketing and Communications, The Learning Partnership
416-440-5124, 1-800-790-9113 ext. 5124

Complete list of winners – By province

Winner bios and high resolution headshots available here.


Frank Durante Notre Dame High School Calgary
Patricia Makowski Christ the King Catholic School Calgary
Norman Martin Bishop Grandin High School Calgary


Kent Brewer Twin Rivers Education Centre Kamloops
Carol-Ann Leidloff Trafalgar Middle School Nelson
Rick Mesich Seaquam Secondary School Delta
John Tyler New Westminster Secondary School New Westminster


Michelle Lawrence École secondaire Oak Park High School Winnipeg
Troy Scott Acadia Junior High School Winnipeg
Charles Tinman Niakwa Place School Winnipeg


Bonnie Hierlihy Fairvale Elementary School Rothesay
Julie Michaud Saint Mary’s Academy Edmundston
Heidi Ryder James M. Hill Memorial High School Miramichi
Shane Thomas Fredericton High School Fredericton


John Antle Exploits Valley Intermediate Grand Falls-Windsor
Michael Tobin Paradise Elementary School Paradise


Kate Powell Deninu School Fort Resolution


Natalie Hagerty St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary Halifax
Mary Paula MacEachern South Woodside Elementary Dartmouth


Rebecca Hainnu Quluaq School Clyde River


Frank Bradica St. Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School Courtice
Gregory Brucker Barrie North Collegiate Institute Barrie
Krysten Cameron German Mills Public School Thornhill
Norbert Costa Hillcrest Community School Toronto
Em Del Sordo Dundas Valley Secondary School Dundas
Terry Doyle Scarborough Village Public School Toronto
Donna Ford Roselawn Public School Richmond Hill
Andrea Green St. Cecilia Catholic School Ottawa
Karen Madarasz Weston Memorial Junior Public School Toronto
Peter Marshall Boyne Public School Milton
Marion Massaloup Holy Family School Hanover
Christopher Oldford St. Patrick Catholic School Rockland
Sarah Rogers Hastings Public School Hastings
Marie-Claude Veilleux Collège catholique Mer Bleue Ottawa


Shanna Perry Alberton Elementary School Alberton


Beryl Boyle Gaspé Elementary and Belle Anse Elementary Schools Gaspé
Alan Simoneau Lake of Two Mountains High School Deux-Montagnes
Joseph Vitantonio Lester B. Pearson High School Montreal


Michael Bradford École College Park School Saskatoon
David Magnusson Sacred Heart Community School Regina