Plenary Speaker

Carson Pue

Carson Pue is recognized as a leader of leaders. He is known globally through his mentoring of Christian leaders and is the best selling author of Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Calling, Character and Competency and three other titles. Known for his masterful storytelling and innovative mentoring style, Carson equips leaders with remarkable wisdom and spiritual insights behind what it takes to be a leader today. Building teams and leading successful businesses and organizations, Carson knows our world and what it means to lead today. As a mentor, Carson can help leaders ‘look around corners’ and be prepared. He is often called upon by executive leaders to serve as their thinking catalyst for tough strategic situations that define the impact and legacy of their organizations.

Carson holds degrees from University of Calgary and Trinity Western University and has been honoured by Crandall University (Moncton) receiving their leadership award. Then in 2014 Carson was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Canada.

Widowed from Brenda, his wife of 40 years, Carson now lives between Keats Island, British Columbia where he is starting a mentorship GAP year program for young adults; Vancouver near his three sons and daughters by marriage and seven who call him “Grandpa”. He also spends time in Northern Ireland for writing and restoration. A lover of writing, sailing, Ireland, cities, and family, Carson lives to place God at the centre of his life, his leadership, and his relationships, and to encourage younger leaders to do the same.


What Does it Mean to Trust God? 

What does it mean to trust God as an individual and as a school?  What does our behaviour say about how much we trust Him?  Carson will help us think about what trusting God looks like in the way we talk and act, both personally and in our organizations. 


Development and Trust (Carson Pue)
What does it mean to trust God in the development work in our schools?  Carson will help us explore current demographic and cultural trends that impact donors’ views of our organizations and in turn their giving. 

Finance, Mission and the Spirit (Carson Pue)
What does it mean to trust God as a finance specialist?  Carson will lead us in a conversation about the importance of understanding the school’s mission and how the finance department should align with and contribute to that mission. 

Listening Well:  How Can I Listen When You’re Angry? (Lori Bender)
What is happening when someone feels defensive?  How can I manage another person’s defensive behaviour and my own?  How can we defuse high emotions, when exploring or offering more information only makes it worse?

Communicating Well:  I Need to Tell You Something (Lori Bender)
What kind of communication and behaviour establishes and builds trust?  It may not be the “nice” thing you think it is.  How can we manage differing expectations and complaints to find deeper meaning and common ground, and thereby build trust?

Accounting Standards (Warren Haag)
 will review the accounting standards with respect to capital assets and financial instruments that apply to schools, including pending changes regarding componentization of capital assets.  This information is important for business managers and anyone approving year-end financial statements. 

Development 101 (Cathy Kits & Chris Berghuis)
A session for newer development staff. Our discussion will center around development planning – making informed decisions through a needs assessment of your school’s current situation, establishing annual priorities and developing strategic initiatives for the long term sustainability of the school.  This will also be an opportunity to talk with each other about what’s going well and what’s not. If you plan on attending this session, please submit some questions that you would like Cathy to address. 

Human Resources – Probation and Terminations (Wendy Leong)
Ending the employment relationship through a termination is not pleasant for the employee or the employer.  This workshop will cover the legal requirements for probationary periods and terminations, as well suggestions on how to handle these situations in a way that shows grace and preserves the dignity of the staff member – important for anyone in a supervisory position. 

Human Resources – The Duty to Accommodate (Wendy Leong)
Employers in British Columbia have a duty to accommodate employees’ physical or mental disabilities. This means that if an employee has a disabling condition, the employer must consider what can be done to maintain the employment relationship before firing them.  What does this mean in the context of an independent Christian school?  This workshop will provide important insights for administrators and business office staff. 

Working with your Head of School and Board (Ed Noot)
Establishing a strong collaborative working relationship with your head of school is critical to the success and job satisfaction for Development Staff. What does your head of school need from you and how can you work to establish a positive working relationship? Based on many years of experience as a school leader Ed contends that Communication + Competence = Trust.

Risk Mitigation for Schools (Doug Taylor)
This workshop will be invaluable for business managers and administrators responsible for risk management, focusing on important areas of risk mitigation for schools (occupational health & safety, storage & fire codes, equipment & appliances, playgrounds) and common concerns typically found at schools. 

Powering high-trust relationships: Practical, Tactical ways to increase your Impact (Anna Marie White)

Do your relationship-building efforts in the community need a little boost? Need extra impact but don’t have extra time? This workshop is for you. We’ll explore practical, easy ways you can amp up your relationship-building efforts with your supporters, school families and the broader community. Whether it’s social media, email, events or postal mail, best practices are about working smarter, not harder. Bring your questions and ideas and be ready to participate in this interactive workshop.

Workshop Speakers

Lori Bender

Lori is an alumnus of Vancouver Christian School and the parent of two VCS/Carver Christian High School grads. She has studied with the International Institute for Restorative Practices and the Justice Institute of BC. Nelson Avenue Community Church has been her church home for over 25 years, and the lovely little town of New Westminster has been hers and her husband’s home for 4 years. Lori’s practice has developed in church and para church settings, coaching people to engage well in tricky situations, facilitating groups towards common goals, mediating different parties towards deeper understanding and collaborative decision making, and providing workshops to equip attendees with skills for life. “This is Lori’s gift: her willingness to go into the difficult relational places that others of us are afraid to go into, to name and confront the relational challenges we all face and to lead people into a new future together.”

Chris Berghuis

Chris loves connecting and hearing about how God is at work through the people in your organizations. His current Pacific Christian School experience is certainly that! Previous fundraising and leadership experience at Inter-Varsity Manitoba Pioneer Camp and Redeemer University, in addition to serving as the National Manager of Church Relations at World Vision Canada, have been wonderful stories of grace and development. Chris has a BSc from the University of Waterloo, a Teaching Certificate from Calvin College, a Masters in Leadership from TWU, nine years of teaching experience, and has been CFRE certified for almost eight years.

Warren Haag

Warren’s practice encompasses privately held businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Not-for-profit organizations benefit from Warren’s broad experience and financial reporting expertise, his involvement as a sounding board on operational issues, and his advice on complying with Canada Revenue Agency requirements. Warren excels at explaining the technical side of accounting in a way that his varied audiences can readily understand. He delivers a wide range of seminars to non-accounting professionals and assists with in-house training sessions on audit and accounting topics. Warren began his career with Manning Elliott as a senior accountant in 2002, after obtaining his CA designation in 2001 with an international accounting firm. He became a partner in 2009.

Cathy Kits

In 2015 Cathy joined the team at SCSBC as the Director of Development where she is responsible for providing resources and leadership to Christian schools in their development initiatives as they seek to grow enrolment, build strong community, develop fundraising strategies, engage in capital campaigns and strive to maintain long term financial sustainability. She thrives on the synergy of professionals working collaboratively to turn challenges into opportunities.

Wendy Leong

Passionate about supporting organisations to achieve success, Wendy Leong is a skilled senior Human Resources Consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with leaders to maximise and support the effectiveness of their workforce. Wendy is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with a bachelor’s degree from UBC and a diploma in HR from BCIT. In late 2017, Wendy returned to Vancouver after 15 years living and working in sunny Brisbane, Australia and currently works as an independent consultant offering HR solutions to businesses. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys serving on the Board of Vancouver Christian School, spending time with her family and trying to adjust back to the cold and wet Vancouver weather.

Ed Noot

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. Ed 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.

Doug Taylor

Doug is the Managing Director of the Risk Management Group at Suncorp Valuations. He has nearly 20 years of experience in risk management. He holds a Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation and is a Canadian Certified Playground Inspector (CCPI). Doug has extensive experience in loss control and risk management in the educational industry.

Anna Marie White

In addition to running a consulting practice, Anna Marie teaches public relations at the University of Victoria. Formerly VP of Communications at Focus on the Family Canada, she is a Regent College graduate, holds a Masters in Corporate Communications and consults with churches and other non-profit organizations across Canada in a broad range of strategic communications.

Tracey Yan

As SCSBC’s Director of Finance, Tracey’s responsibilities include consulting with schools on financial management issues, producing benchmarking reports for member schools, administering financial health reviews, providing support for the SCSBC School Budget Template and support and review of the SCSBC Framework for the Issuance of Charitable Tax Receipts, and facilitating conferences and discussion groups for school business personnel.

Special Guests

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet with any of the following organizations during lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

Tony Kamphuis

Tony believes that Christian education is a powerful force that can influence our culture for Christ. After thirty-three years of experience in Christian education as a teacher, administrator, and now as the Christian School Foundation (Canada)’s President & CEO, he is keen to see the Foundation serve Christian schools by helping them thrive into the future, even as it serves donors by empowering them to make a real difference for God’s Kingdom. Tony received his BA from Calvin College, his MA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and holds a Christian School Teachers Certificate as well as an Ontario Teaching Certificate.

Todd Schilthuis

Todd is the Pension and Insurance Account Manager at Christian Schools International. Todd’s responsibilities include working with our schools in Canada and the US who are interested in adding CSI employee benefits and with schools who have their existing benefits through CSI. He is involved with the marketing, customer service, and communication aspects of the benefit plans that CSI offers. A graduate of Calvin College he holds certification as a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.


Howard Van Mersbergen

Howard is the Vice President of Employee Benefits at Christian Schools International. Howard’s responsibilities include working with the Canada and US Employee Benefit Trustee boards in providing health and retirement programs for CSI member schools. He is involved with the design, administration and communication of the plans and the investment of plan assets. A graduate of Dordt College he holds certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.

Brian Dol

Brian serves the Christian Stewardship Services clients and partners in British Columbia since he joined the team in February 2020. With a long history of work in the client services industry, including leadership positions, Brian is well suited for his role.