Brent Johnston Becomes First Independent School Board Chair of CCAE

This week The Country Day School’s Executive Director of Advancement, Brent Johnston, was elected Chair of the Board for the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) at its Annual General Meeting. CCAE is a membership-based organization that provides advancement professionals at over 150 member schools across Canada with opportunities for networking, professional development, and support. This important chair role is a voluntary one, much like the positions on our own CDS Board of Directors.
“As a professional organization, CCAE’s number one goal is to deliver value for its members and provide support on emerging issues,” says Brent. “It is incredibly humbling to be the first Independent School leader to take on such a significant leadership role at a critical time for CCAE. I am very excited to work with our new President and CEO Danielle Lamothe to implement our strategic plan and know that the organization provides so much value to all of our members as they share their ideas and develop new ways of thinking about how we increase our impact on the educational sector.”
The CCAE serves a wide range of member institutions from universities, colleges and institutes to independent schools. Advancement professionals within these organizations include those working in external relations, philanthropy, marketing and communications, advancement services, and alumni relations.
Brent brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as CCAE board chair, having served in Advancement roles for more than 30 years, including 25 years in University and Independent School leadership positions. He is the first Independent School leader to take on the role of Chair and will serve a two-year term as the CCAE chair, after which he will serve two years as past chair and chair of the nominating committee.
Leading by example
Johnston has served on the CCAE board for the past four years, including as vice-chair of the finance and audit committee. “I feel it is fitting to volunteer myself, as our sector, especially at Independent Schools, rely on an extensive number of volunteers. I have always believed in the power of giving back to our sector with my time by volunteering as well,” shares Brent. “My involvement with CCAE is an opportunity to ensure that we are always engaging in best practices for the sector and that there is a steady exchange of ideas and innovation from colleagues across our country as we collectively tackle the challenges our institutions face. I welcome the opportunity to mentor young professionals as well as continually learn from such diverse and exceptional colleagues across the nation.”
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Brent has served on many volunteer Boards and has volunteered with ISAP Canada (Independent School Advancement Professionals Canada), CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), CCAE (Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education) and the University of Toronto at Mississauga Alumni Association. He has received the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award for outstanding personal service to the University and the University of Toronto at Mississauga’s Paul W. Fox Award for distinguished voluntary service.

Land Acknowledgment

The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220

Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.