COSL Winter Conference 2019

We pass on the following message from the Council of School Leaders (COSL) of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society:


Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15, 2019
The Fort Garry Hotel Conference Centre


Welcome everyone to COSL’s 17th Annual Winter Conference. From the beginning days of MAP, who held their 30th Annual Conference in 1997, our predecessor and our organization have been providing school leaders in Manitoba a chance to grow and learn as leaders and to network with their colleagues from around the province for nearly 50 years. This year’s conference theme, COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL HEALTH PART II: SCHOOL HEALTH continues COSL’s goal of offering educators informative, innovative learning around the topics and issues concerning our members. The two days of learning has been planned by our Educational Leadership mandate group to provide participants with knowledge and ideas they can take back into their schools. Every school in our province is different and presents many different challenges; even another school only minutes away. I am hopeful that every one of you will take away from this conference an idea, a thought or a connection that will help you in your demanding job as a school leader.


  • Chris Downey – What The Well? – Stress, Mental Health and Employee Burnout in the Workplace

Chris Downey is a Leadership and Organizational Development Professional with over 20 years experience in both the private and public sectors.  Through his extensive experience in operations, compliance and business/organizational development, Chris has gained a diverse skill set which has shaped how he approaches leading teams.  Chris believes fundamentally that; leaders have a direct impact on the health and wellness of the people they lead and support.  Fostering healthy work environments create the ideal conditions for success well beyond the individual and throughout whole organizations.

  • Wab Kinew – NDP Leader of Manitoba — Perspectives on Indigenous Eduction

Wab Kinew Originally from Onigaming First Nation, in Northwestern Ontario, Wabanakwut (Wab) Kinew moved with his family to Winnipeg when he was young and got a BA in Economics. A journalist, author, hip-hop artist, producer, media personality and university administrator, Wab was hailed by the National Post as “an aboriginal leader seeking to engage with Canadians at large.” Wab wants his two children, aged 8 and 10, to grow up in a progressive place that recognizes the value of all people. As NDP leader, Wab will continue to build on the NDP values of equality, prosperity, inclusion and reconciliation right here in Manitoba. Wab will present his thoughts on what school leaders should be mindful of when looking to provide relevant and culturally aware educational programming for their indigenous students as well as an awareness of indigenous topics for their non-indigenous students.

  • Shannon Gander – Fry No More! Top Resilience Skills that Prevent Burnout and Protect our Mental Health

Shannon Gander is a Mental Health and Resilience Strategist.  She is a skilled consultant, trainer, counsellor and mediator who has been consulting with individuals, workplaces and teams for over 20 years.  She runs Life Work Wellness, a company that empowers individuals and workplaces to achieve their goals for better mental health and works as a counsellor for a multidisciplinary community health clinic.  She uses research in neuroscience, leadership, mental health and positive psychology to inform her sessions.  She has a passion for speaking to workplaces on psychological safety and helping staff and leaders increase their skills to apply right away and into the future.

  • Pamela Osmond-Johnson, University of Regina – Avoiding Moves to Innocence – Principal Support of TRC Calls to Action

Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson is a former K-12 Science teacher and school administrator from Newfoundland.  Pamela completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Toronto in 2015.  Currently an assistant professor with the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, she was the recipient of the Canadian Education Association’s 2017 Pat Clifford Award for emerging scholars in Canadian Education. Her research highlights the complex nature of teaching, placing teachers and their collective voice at the heart of professional learning, educational reform and school improvement efforts. Her most recent work included an international study on teacher quality and a national study on teacher professional learning.

For more information about the schedule and registration fees, please download 2019 COSL Winter Program (DOCX, 1018 KB).