Douglas Halladay, B.A., T. Cert., M.A. - President & Founder
Mr. Halladay has +25 years experience as a Senior Leader in new and established public and private schools, including schools that are co-ed, all-girls, boarding, equestrian (only one in Canada), International/multi-cultural community, ESL, the largest learning disability school in Western Canada, and a founding Head. He has held positions as Superintendent, Head of School, Deputy Head, Director of Senior School, Senior Curriculum and Resources Coordinator for the Ministry of Education, K to 12 teacher, and project leader. He has accreditation experience with NAIS, CAIS, ISA, WASC, IBO, and BC. Mr. Halladay has taught over 40 different courses at the K-12 level. In addition, he has been a Department Head, Chaired numerous Accreditation Committees, Staff Committees, and Professional Development Committees, as well as a background in Training in Clinical Supervision for new teachers. Mr. Halladay's credentials include a B.A. from SFU; a Teaching Certificate from UBC, and a M.A. in Educational Administration from SDSU; along with a Fund Raising Certificate from the Institute of Charitable Giving and a Peer Counselor Certificate from SDSU. Mr. Halladay has a comprehensive knowledge of K to 12 educational trends with his experience developing 20% of the current BC curriculum and policies. We provide customized solutions, including:
- Independent-Private School Formation
- Mergers and Acquisitions of Schools
- Government Education Regulatory Relations
- School Management Services
- Strategic Planning
- Board Governance
- Head of School Evaluation & Support
- Executive & Faculty Searches
- Institutional Assessments & Audits
- Publication Development & Admissions
- International Marketing & Recruiting
- Policy, Handbook, & Bylaw Development
- Fundraising & Development
Bill Wan, B.Com., C.A. - Senior Associate - Finance, Real Estate, and Formation Specialist
Mr. Wan is a Chartered Accountant by profession, who graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in accounting and management information systems. Mr. Wan joined the public sector, specializing in commodity taxes for more than 10 years. In 1995, Mr. Wan assisted a group of parents in the formation of an independent school on the West side of Vancouver. Since then, he has developed a keen interest in school administration and has been actively involved in the formation and management of more than 8 university preparatory, independent schools in Canada and USA. Mr. Wan has donated his time and services to a number of professional and charitable associations, including the University of British Columbia Alumni Association as the Director of the Board. Mr. Wan was a member of the Board of TEC The Education Company, and Chair of its Audit and Finance Committees. He formed and developed a consulting practice and investment portfolio with extensive interests in real estate development and education (including co-founding West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver). In addition, Mr. Wan co-founded TEC, a dynamic, profitable company in the post-secondary education industry. TEC owns 3 accredited colleges in the health care (nursing), animation, film and recording industries with campuses in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Halifax, and Fredericton.
- Business Plan development
- Land acquisition
- Financing and land development
- School formation - K to 12 and post secondary (US, Canada, and International)
- Advise school mergers and expansions
- Feasibility studies
- Head of School searches
Mr. Clint Wilkins, B.A., M.Ed. ‑ Special Adviser - US-Based Program, CAIS, WASC School Formation Specialist
Clint was founding Head of Sage Hill School, Orange County's (CA) first non-denominational independent high school, which today serves 450 diverse and motivated students. Clint worked closely with the board of trustees to raise $30 million in to fund the construction of a state-of-the-art campus and the school’s first five-year operating budget. Clint's early career is highlighted by his service at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, where he was the Principal of the Upper School for many years and Assistant Head. In addition, he was a Principal of the Upper School at Friends School in Baltimore. Clint was also the CEO of Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey, as well as the CEO of the College Preparatory School in Oakland. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University School of Education, specializing in charter schools and most recently an Associate with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is experienced in starting and leading US-based schools and accreditation with WASC, NEASC, and CAIS, MSACS.
- US-based school formation
- Board/CEO synergy
- Governance as leadership
- Securing transformational gifts
- Service as a way of learning and citizenship
- Recruiting a staff of uncommon excellence
- Innovative curriculum design
- Effective faculty and staff evaluation
Mr. Jim Hopson, B.A., Graduate Work - Senior Associate - US-Based & Christian School Formation Specialist
Jim is the founding Head of Santa Ynez Christian School in California. It is a PreK-8 independent, co-ed, preparatory school of 175 students. Jim has +40 years of Christian Educational experience, with 34 years as a Principal of Junior and Middle Christian Schools, and Superintendent of three of the largest Grade PreK-12 Christian Schools on the US west coast. In addition, Jim has served on the Association of Christian School International board, a District Reprehensive for ACSI and the NGOS Board of Directors, and a Seminar Leader for ACSI conventions. He has a thorough understanding of all aspects of Christian Education from the Board level down to the plant management. He has served on 5 accreditation teams for ACSI and a 4-year term on the ACSI National Board. He has taught a masters level course on Christian Philosophy for Biola University. Jim has provided oversight to budgets ranging from start-up to +$45 million projects. He has completed the DMA training course for Development Directors and worked with over 25 different schools in the Strategic Planning Process.
Ms. Carole Al-Kahouaji, B.A., M.A. - Senior Associate - International Baccalaureate International School Formation Specialist
Carol is an effective project and program manager, director, and mentor, with extensive experience in starting and leading international schools. She was the founding Director of two K-12 International IB schools in Syria and a Head of an International school in the US. She is an experienced IB trainer, as well as working on authorizing accreditation teams for IBO, MSACS, CIS, NEASC, and WASC.
- International School Formation in the Middle East
- Admissions, Marketing, and Publication Analysis
- International Curriculum Implementation and Assessment (International Baccalaureate, International Curriculum Project)
- Curriculum Standards and Alignment
- Language Program Development (Bilingual, Dual-language, Foreign Language, ESL)
- International Faculty and Staff Recruitment, Evaluation, and Compensation review
- Institutional Assessment and Accreditation (IBO Authorization, Middle States and CIS Accreditation)
Mr. Carl Savage, B.A., M.A. – Senior Associate - BC-Based Program, International School Formation Specialist
Carl has 42 years experience as a teacher and public and private school administrator. He has worked in Ireland, England, Canada, China, and Egypt. He was the key Administrator and BC-Agent for Dalian Maple Leaf International School in Dalian, China, and the International School of Cairo. He has a wealth of experience as a public BC-certified school Principal at the elementary, junior, and secondary levels. He is experienced with starting BC-based international schools in China and the Middle East and accreditation requirements, and recruiting teachers for offshore schools.
- International School Formation
- BC-Based school development
- Strategic Planning
Mr. Jerry Zank, B.A., M.A. – Special Adviser - US-Based School Formation Specialist
Jerry is the founding Head of Fisher Island Day School (FIDS) in Miami, Florida. Fisher Island is a PreK - 5 Day School that serves a gated community on Fisher Island in Miami. Jerry has also been the Headmaster of a number of US-based independent college PreK-12 prep schools in Florida and Arizona with +125 staff and an annual operating budget of +$9 million. He is experienced with starting and leading US-based schools and accreditation with WASC, NEASC, and CAIS, MSACS.
- US-based school formation in Southeast US sector
- Board governance
Mr. Royce Shook, B.A., M.A. - Special Adviser - Curriculum Development, Educational Technology Specialist
Royce has +33 years experience as a teacher-leader in the pubic school system. He has been a Senior Curriculum and Resources Coordinator with the B.C. Ministry of Education, a K-12 teacher and project leader. Royce is currently the Area Chair and Senior Faculty for the College of Education, Curriculum, and Instruction program with the Vancouver Campus of the University of Phoenix. He has taught in the Masters of Education program, the MBA program and the undergraduate program at the Vancouver Campus. Royce has also created a number of non-profit societies to work with disadvantaged youth and facilitate school-to-work transitions. Royce is currently on the Board of Directors of SHARE, a non-profit society in Coquitlam. Royce has taught +30 different courses at the K-12 level. In addition, he has been a Department Head, a Career Facilitator, chaired numerous Staff Committees, Advisory committees and Professional Development Committees. He has also worked in the private sector, as a Director of Training, and has considerable experience helping small business owners set up and market their businesses, having written 3 books on these topics. Mr Shook has given numerous workshops on school leadership and integration of technology. Royce understands and has considerable knowledge of K-12 educational trends, not only in educational technology but also in curriculum development, specifically in technology and vocational educational training (TVET). Royce developed the Business and computer curriculum being taught in all K-12 BC schools and has worked to develop many of the other current BC curricula being taught in BC K-12 schools.
- Curriculum development
- School leadership seminars
- Organizational management
- Educational Technology
- Mentoring and training staff
- School community partnerships
- Development of post secondary programs
Chris Wright – Cert. Ed, B. Ed – Senior Associate – International School Development
Chris is an experienced educator who has worked in a range of schools with students from the ages of 3 –18 in the UK and Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Kuwait). A school Principal for 16 years in the UK and UAE, he has led inner-city, multicultural and international schools with a very successful track record of school improvement and high academic achievement. In recent years Chris has held a senior position with two established, international education companiesin the MENA and GCC region to oversee the development and the implementation of operational and instructional procedures and policies for their new start-up schools. With involvement in 22 new school projects Chris is able to provide the complete ‘one-stop shop’ approach to the set-up of a new school be IB, British, Canadian, or local. This includes leading on the educational aspects of the school design and fit out, staff recruitment, induction and curriculum development. Having worked as a school inspector with the UK Government inspection agency OFSTED he is able to advise international schools wishing to offer a ‘British Style’ education based on the English National Curriculum.
- Business Plan development
- Feasibility studies
- Architect briefs
- School formation - K to 12 (International)
- Advise school mergers and expansions
- Head of School and teacher recruitment
- Quality Assurance
Alfred Rodrigues (President of Rodrigues and Associates) – Tribal Specialist
Al is primarily a strategic planning consultant and has worked with various organizations throughout the Pacific Basin in identifying, developing and implementing long-term solutions to strategic issues. His clients include a range of businesses, non-profits and governments throughout the U.S. Mainland, Asia and the Pacific Basin. Specifically, he was worked with native and local indigenous groups including the Tulalip Tribes and Port Gamble S’klallam Tribe in Washington State; the Yapese, Chuckese, Pohnpeian, Kosraean and Palauan groups in Pacific Micronesia region; Chamorro’s of Guam; native Hawaiian groups on the various islands of Hawaii; and various provincial tribes and communities throughout the Philippines. He has served as a consultant to the Tulalip Tribes of Washington since 1993. His work with them has steadily increased since then such that as of 2004, he spends approximately 6 months of the year living on the Reservation and serving as the primary consultant to the Tulalip Tribal Government. His work with them is aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of a wide range of Tribal Government services. This includes planning, developing and evaluating programs in the areas of education, health, social services, drug abuse, natural and cultural resources, public utilities and housing.
Dr. Mark Hopkins, B.S., M.ED., PH.D. – US International University Development Specialist
Mark has 21 years experience as the President of a number of prestigious regional US-based University and Community Colleges in South Carolina, Illinois, and Iowa. Dr. Hopkins’ has been the Executive Director of a US-based consulting firm supporting the development of Universities in the US and Internationally. Mark’s areas expertise include: administration, admissions, and fund raising. His major experience has been in starting colleges to full operation. He has now completed five, including several in India, Sri Lanka, and Korea.
- US Offshore Universiy Formation
- Post Secondary Accreditation
- Student Recruiting
Sidney Rose – Senior Associate - International Schools Formation Specialist
Sidney is a senior administrator and consultant who has worked in International Education for more than 30 years. He has experience with international schools in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Qatar, India and Sweden, with a proven track record as the founding Director/Principal of three highly prestigious international Schools in Sweden, Qatar, and India, beginning each school from initial start-up through to staff recruitment, curriculum design and development, marketing, opening and running the multi-million dollar projects.
- School Formation
- School Accreditation
- Non-Profit Development