Independent Schools
We help independent schools set direction by guiding them through the process of strategy development and providing tools for effective execution.
Our methodology has been used by over 25 independent schools and independent-school associations across Canada. Our approach includes extensive consultation with constituents, followed by focussed sessions with Board Governors and Senior leaders – to help create a bold and realizable future.

We believe that we are uniquely qualified because of our deep and broad experience in independent schools and our expertise in strategic planning; a powerful combination to which few firms in Canada can attest.  

Our strategy and governance expertise in independent schools spans nearly 20 years and in that time we have worked with every configuration of school – small, large, co-educational, gender specific, day only, day-boarding, boarding only, those that are relatively new and one that is almost 200 years old.  We’re proud to have worked with the following schools and organizations. 
Independent Schools
  • St. Michaels University School (Victoria)
  • Brentwood College School (Mill Bay)
  • Glenlyon Norfolk School (Victoria)
  • Mulgrave School (Vancouver)
  • Crofton House School (Vancouver)
  • West Point Grey Academy (Vancouver)
  • Stratford Hall (Vancouver)
  • St George’s School (Vancouver)
  • Southridge School (South Surrey) 
  • Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (Kelowna)
  • Meadowridge School (Maple Ridge)
  • St. John’s-Ravenscourt School (Winnipeg)
  • Balmoral Hall School (Winnipeg)
  • Bishop Strachan School (Toronto)
  • The Study (Montreal)
  • Akiva School (Montreal)
  • Hebrew Academy (Montreal)
  • Hebrew Foundation (Montreal)
  • Solomon Schechter Academy (Montreal)
  • JPPS/Bialik School (Montreal)
  • Upper Canada College (Toronto)
  •  Alliance Française (Toronto)          
Associations and Governing Organizations
  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC)
  • Association of Saskatchewan Regional Colleges
  • Bronfman Jewish Education Centre (Montreal)
  • BC Ministry of Education
  • BC Ministry of Advanced Education

Post-Secondary Education Institutions
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Island University College
  • Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (Metchosin, BC)
Here’s what a few of our clients say about their experience:
“I wanted to let you know that we launched Strategic Directions: Towards 2029 to our community yesterday. It has been extremely positively received thus far and is generating much excitement. Your efforts in guiding the robust planning process that has resulted in our Strategic Directions were quite simply extraordinary; your partnership was integral to any success achieved. Thank you. I hope you are as proud of the final product as we are.”

Sam McKinney
Upper Canada College
“The emphasis on Strategic Management was important to us, since we didn't want a plan that sat on the shelf after several months of strategic thinking. I found that Berlineaton didn't come to our organization with a pre-conception of what our strategic plan would look like, but they made an authentic effort to understand the people in our community and be in tune with its ethos, its goals and its people. They gained trust and confidence and continue to work with us on the implementation of our tactical plan."
Bob Snowden  
Former Head of School            
St. Michaels University School
We also support independent schools in the following areas:
Data and information are key inputs into planning. We have over 20 years of experience in administering and analyzing parent, alum, and staff surveys and can help you explore what the numbers are saying.
Executive Coaching
We are certified Executive Coaches with extensive experience in independent schools. We are here to help you or other members of your team be the west you and they can be.
Team & Leadership Development
Whether it is experiential team building, developing leadership competencies, or working 1:1 with individuals, our approaches strengthen your core resource - your people.
Talent Management
In a resource-constrained world, taking a strategic approach to managing talent is crucial. We can help you build a strong talent management capability - from recruiting, selection, onboarding, retention and performance management.
Please contact us to learn more!
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Will your organization exist five years from now?
Organizations that thrive excel in three areas: 

  • Direction: a clear, widely shared, and aspirational vision of the future and a compelling road map to get there.
  • Process: clear, effective and efficient steps that create meaningful outputs. Daily tasks and deliverables yield their best results when processes are clear and strong, and aligned with organizational objectives. Processes facilitate the alignment of action with direction.
  • People: People make it all happen. People have the skills, capacity, and impetus to translate strategic intent into reality. Ultimately, people and the culture they create drive an organization towards its chosen future. 
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