SCSBC 20th Annual Leadership Conference

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Registration Fees

SCSBC Members $65 + GST

Non-members $275 + GST Included are the plenary, coffee break, legal panel, lunch, SCSBC AGM and an afternoon workshop.

Deadline to Register:

October 30, 2019

Conference Location

Surrey Christian School, Secondary Campus
15353 92 Avenue, Surrey, BC

A Leadership Conference

for Christian School Boards and Administrators

You are invited to join Christian school leadership teams from all across British Columbia and beyond for our 20th annual SCSBC Leadership Conference. This conference is hosted as part of the SCSBC effort to enhance and equip leaders at the board and administration level for leadership in our Christian schools. 

During lunch, the SCSBC annual general meeting offers opportunities for you to get to know the work of this organization better. 



Registration, Light Breakfast & Networking

Welcome, Devotions & Plenary

Coffee Break

Legal Panel

Lunch & AGM


Religious Freedoms in Canada:
Recent Cases and Future Considerations

Canada is experiencing a cultural shift. Traditional views and beliefs held by many religious communities are increasingly marginalized. At the same time, legal and policy decisions are presenting growing challenges for these communities to transmit and express their faith. This presentation summarizes these recent and ongoing cases, identifying key legal trends and exploring what they mean for Christian organizations and individuals as they seek to maintain a faithful, public witness in Canada.


Derek B.M. Ross, is the Executive Director & General Counsel for Christian Legal Fellowship, where he oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations, education and training programs, publications, and advocacy. His litigation practice focuses on human rights and religious freedom, and he has acted for public interest interveners in numerous cases involving the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including several before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before numerous legislative and Parliamentary committees to present on constitutional and legal issues.

Derek previously served as Director of Legal Affairs for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Canada’s largest association of religious organizations, where he served on the Canada Revenue Agency’s Technical Issues Working Group and as the general editor of the Charities Handbook, 19th Edition (2014), a comprehensive legal guide for Canadian charities. Prior to that, Derek practiced civil litigation with a focus on public, education, and municipal law.

Derek spent his formative years growing up in Port Hedland, Australia and considers himself a Quasi-Aussie (he can still speak fluent Australian, if you ask him). As much as he loves his second Aussie home, he couldn’t be prouder to be a Canadian (and a Canadiens fan).

Gwendoline Allison has more than twenty years of experience advising employers and employees on a wide range of issues arising from their workplace relationships. From pre-hiring to post-dismissal, Gwendoline represents clients in employment and labour law, human rights, administrative law, constitutional law, and in general litigation matters. 

Gwendoline is a highly experienced litigator. In a one-week period alone in December 2017 Gwendoline appeared before all levels of court: The Supreme Court of Canada, Provincial Court of British Columbia, Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Dr. Donlevy is an Associate Professor and former Associate Dean of the Graduate Division of Educational Research in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. He is the Chair of the Research Ethics Appeal Board and the Grievance Advisor for the Faculty Association at that University. He teaches ethics and law, is an annual lecturer in the civil litigation course in the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.

His most recent publication is a peer-reviewed article, A Community’s Right to Freedom of Religion: Loyola High School v. Quebec, in the Supreme Court Law Review. His current project is an edited book entitled, Violence in Alberta’s Urban High Schools.  He has been a member of the Saskatchewan Law Society since 1985 and is qualified at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench as an expert witness involving educational law in both constitutional and tortious matters.



Board Governance 101

by Ed Noot, Executive Director

For all new Christian school board members! This workshop will define your key roles and responsibilities empowering you to understand effective governance and to avoid pitfalls that so often derail school boards. You’ll leave this workshop with the confidence to contribute around the board table.

FISA Update: Funding Review

Sustaining Independent Schools in Challenging Times

by Shawn Chisholm, Executive Director, Federation of Independent School Associations, British Columbia

FISA’s presentation will focus on the advocacy role FISA plays for the 5 independent school associations that make up the Federation of Independent Schools BC.  Key relationships with the associations, the government and Ministry bureaucracy, and the other education partners in BC will be discussed as well as topical issues facing independent schools.

Emergency Procedures and School Safety

The Importance of Board Support of Administrators in the Current Emergency and Safety Situations of Society Today

by Jenny Williams,  Director of Education Support Services, Safe School Coordinator

This interactive presentation is targeted for board members who want to know more about the emergency procedures and school safety training and situations that administrators are supporting today. There has been a significant shift over that last few years in the significant role principals play in the increasingly complex emergency and safety situations that arise. It is helpful for boards to understand the pressures and complexity in our current social context and how board understanding of these situations can help provide much-needed support to administrators amidst the stressors presented in our society today.

Religious Freedom and Faith-Based Schools in Alberta

by  Kent Donlevy, Associate Professor and former Associate Dean of the Graduate Division of Educational Research in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary

Kent will speak to the challenges that faith-based schools in Alberta are facing with the changing legislative and regulatory requirements. BC leaders should be aware of the potential impact on our schools.

Benchmarking and Best Practices

by Tracey Yan, Director of Finance 

This workshop will help boards and finance committees looking to make better use of the SCSBC School Benchmarking Report as a financial management tool for their schools.  We will review the latest school benchmarking reports, highlighting the key ratios that schools should be monitoring, and discussing the related areas of financial best practices.  One printed copy of each school’s benchmarking report will be available at the workshop. 


Schools – a Space for Dialogue:

Board Member Primer

by Darren Spyksma, Director of Learning

School communities are engaging in conversations around sexuality and gender.  Hear how SCSBC is supporting schools as they nurture the hearts and lives of all students in their community.  



Shawn-Chisholm_namebwShawn Chisholm

Executive Director, Federation of Independent School Associations British Columbia

Shawn Chisholm is the new Executive Director of FISA BC, having commenced this role July 1, 2018. Shawn has worked in BC independent schools for the past 25 years, the last 15 as the principal of a K -12 Catholic school in Kamloops. Shawn believes independent schools play an important role in pluralistic society, providing students and parents with schooling options that better align with their family values and/or educational needs. Shawn served on the FISA Board as well as the Independent School Teacher Certification Standards Committee for the past several years.


Ed Noot
Executive Director 

passionately believes that Christian education is as relevant and necessary today as it ever has been, and it brings him great joy to serve in an organization that seeks to help Christian schools flourish. Ed has spent his entire career in SCSBC member schools working as in various roles as teacher, vice principal, principal and superintendent. He has embraced opportunities to participate in school inspection and policy development work for the BC Ministry of Education both in BC and internationally. He has served on the boards of The King’s University, The Christian Teachers Association of BC, The Christian Principals Association of BC, The Federation of Independent Schools Associations of BC, Christian Schools Canada and Christian Schools International. Ed began his service as the executive director of SCSBC in August, 2014. As well as being responsible for the organization as a whole, his duties focus on leadership, governance, policy development, and interfacing with associated organizations such as Federation of Independent School Associations, Christian Schools Canada, Christian Schools International. 

jenny bwJenny Williams

Director of Education Support Services & Safe School Coordinator

Jenny Williams has had a broad range of roles in education as a teacher, SE coordinator, administrator, and currently as the Director of Educational Support Services and Safe School coordinator for SCSBC. She led the development of the Emergency Response Handbook from 2016-18 and has helped to coordinate the upcoming training for administrators. Jenny has been supporting SCSBC schools in critical incident response and violence threat risk assessment for the past 3 years, and she has a passion to equip schools to be prepared to face challenging situations and to have effective recovery processes and supports for the whole school community after emergencies occur.

headshot,-1080x1080,-square-darren-bwDarren Spyksma

Director of Learning

Supporting educators in creating learning that is engaging, empowering and fosters faith formation is Darren’s driving motivation. In his leadership roles, he seeks to challenge educators to explore ideas that bring schools closer to best practice within a framework that is distinctly Christian. Darren is committed to promoting learning that is built on meaningful relationships, is demanding and rigorous, and is engaging and relevant for the learner. He works with schools to intentionally develop learning experiences that are transformational and built on students participating as faithful followers of Christ.

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Director of Finance

 As SCSBC’s Director of Finance, Tracey is responsible for consulting with schools on various accounting and financial management issues, administering financial health reviews, and providing support for the SCSBC’s various financial tools and templates.  She has a commerce degree from UBC and qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working at KPMG in Vancouver.  Tracey previously worked as the Business Manager at John Knox Christian School in Burnaby from 2014 to 2018 and has also served on the boards of JKCS and SCSBC.