Welcome to West Island College 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to West Island College.
By exploring the various pages of our website we hope you get a
glimpse of the wonderful world that is WIC. I also encourage you to
discover West Island College for yourselves – through observations
of and interactions with the exceptional young
students who fill our halls,
through our outstanding faculty who foster the growth of our students, and through our exemplary alumni who are making a difference every day in the world beyond our walls.

I feel very privileged to lead this remarkable group of individuals, but it is our community as a whole that truly sets us apart. West Island College is a committed community of passionate, creative,
caring learners who recognize each other’s strengths
and support one another to achieve our individual dreams.
We come together in the pursuit of academic excellence,
but we stay together to celebrate our curiosity and compassion, our wonder and joy.

At the College we pursue a rigorous and relevant academic program in order to prepare our students for the world beyond our walls, but we also nurture strong relationships within and outside the school so that students will have the confidence to be their authentic selves.
We provide unparalleled experiences both within and outside the classroom so that students will have the courage to explore beyond their comfort zone. We celebrate all aspects of learning so that students will develop into the strong, independent, critical thinkers who will move our world forward.


Carol Grant-Watt, B.Ed., M.A.
Head of School
West Island College

Purpose, Promise & Commitments

Our Purpose

We unleash the potential of passionate and creative problem solvers , ready to contribute to a better world

You can be strong and sure of who you are and what you can do.
You can be brave, exploring outside of your comfort zone.
You can fail without fear, knowing there’s a whole community behind you.
You can be inventive, outrageous, playful and fun.
You can be gentle, thoughtful and introspective.
You can learn without limits and wonder without walls.
You can be part of something bigger – a team, a family, a community.
You can be the most authentic version of you.
You can be fierce in your path, wherever it takes you.
You can be anything, because at WIC, it’s your future to own.

Own Your Future

Our Promise

We challenge, inspire and support one another as we create and imagine our best futures.

Our Commitments


WIC students are ready for the challenges and opportunities life presents them. They grow strong, self-assured and motivated by each WIC experience. Through academic rigour and a supportive environment, our students become resilient problem-solvers who believe they can, and will achieve what they set out to do.


Together WIC students and faculty build a powerful culture of creativity that is without boundaries. We are critical thinkers who challenge ideas, pave new paths and encourage inventiveness whenever possible.


As a close-knit community, we know and care about each other. We foster an environment where students can feel supported while building their futures.

Faculty Credo

We support a philosophy that has the interests of the individual child as the focus.

Children have needs which we are responsible for fulfilling:
They need to be loved, so it is our responsibility to treat our students with love, kindness and respect.
They need to be guided, so it is our responsibility to model the behavior that we expect of them.
They need to be encouraged and challenged, so it is our responsibility to be enthusiastic, well prepared and flexible in our teaching.
They need to belong, so it is the responsibility to all of us, staff and students, to generate a sense of community within the school and an appreciation of our place in the community at large.

As a community:
We should take pride both in our accomplishments and in the accomplishments of our fellows.
We should be proud of the bilingual heritage of our country and in the bilingual nature of our school.
We should work with the school community to generate in all members of this community a sense of respect for ourselves, for our fellows,
for our diversity and for the school.
We should work to generate a sense of commitment both to the school and to the larger community of which we are a part.
To achieve these goals, we will work together harmoniously and honour our commitments.

We are WIC

A premier, independent, post-secondary preparatory school located in the southeast quadrant of the City of Calgary, we are a co-educational, bilingual day school for high achieving students. Since our founding in 1982, we have attained a reputation for nurturing outstanding academic achievements, inspiring community service, and catering to the personal development of each student. Additionally, students also come from Okotoks, Bragg Creek and Cochrane.

At WIC, incredible opportunities happen every day in an environment where learning is tailored to each individual student; where relationships are nurtured through effective teamwork and collaboration; and where students are immersed in a community of enthusiastic learners. WIC emphasizes respect, responsibility and citizenship. We believe that inspiring our students to pursue excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and global awareness prepares them for success in the future.

In addition to exceptional teachers and staff, an Advanced Placement Program, Fine Arts Certificate, outstanding athletics, small class sizes and an extensive co-curricular program with leadership opportunities, WIC offers courses in French (Immersion or Second Language)and Spanish. These are just some of the incredible advantages of being a WIC student.

Through WIC’s International Studies program, authentic student leadership opportunities, Outdoor Education and WIC’s Business, Health Sciences, Engineering and Liberal Arts Institutes, students are challenged to go beyond their comfort zones and discover what experiential learning really means. The current enrollment is 550 students in small class sizes from Grades 7 to 12. Historically, between 98 to 100 percent of WIC graduates transition to post-secondary education.

Students are selected to attend WIC on the basis of their performance on standardized entrance tests where average intellectual potential and skill acquisition, as a minimum, must be demonstrated. In addition, students must display social maturity commensurate with their age at the time of testing. This maturity is evaluated during a personal interview and through guided letters of reference.

Strategic Plan

WIC is proud to be a vibrant part of the Calgary community, dedicated to inspiring students to rise to the challenges of contributing to a better world. Our 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan provides the framework for our continual growth and development within our continued
commitment to high standards.

Our Priorities

  1. Enrich our academic program, ensuring rigour and relevance for today’s learners
  2. Empower our team of master teachers and professional staff to deliver on our vision
  3. Nurture relationships within and beyond the school
  4. Provide unparalleled real world learning experiences
  5. Ensure a sustainable future for the college.

Board of Directors

West Island College is operated by The West Island College Society of Alberta, which in turn is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors focuses on long term strategic and governance issues only, at arm’s length from the educational, leadership, management and daily operations of the College. It is comprised of parents, alumni and community members. 

2018-2019 Board of Directors:

  • Chair – Mr. Ross Bentley
  • Mr. Carey Booth
  • Ms. Chantal Gionet
  • Dr. Vivian Hill
  • Ms. Saskia Knight
  • Mr. Ward Mallabone
  • Mr. Jim McEvoy
  • Mr. Rob Nieuwesteeg
  • Mr. Sean O’Connor
  • Mr. Boris Rassin
  • Mr. Brian Ross
  • Mr. Ranny Shibley
  • Ms. Ellie Siebens
  • Mr. Bob Sutton
  • Mr. Tim Watson

The Leadership Team at WIC

Head of School and CEO
Chantal Gionet

Deputy Head of School
Gord Goodwin

Head of Technology and Learning
Pierre Poitras

Manager, Corporate Services & Human Resources
Carla Huhn

Head of Senior School
John Reid

Head of Junior School
Dave Horn

Dean of Junior Students
Tracy Armitage

Head of Student Services
Claire Allen

Executive Director of Advancement
Debra Klippenstein

Business Manager
Gail Faszer

Head of Strategic Planning and Initiatives
Scott Bennett

Head of Athletics and Experiential Learning
Todd Larsen

Head of Admissions
Jim Rieder

Administrator of Alumni Relations Development
Rolly Chalifoux


Director of Procurement, Special Events and Alumni
Tina Butz

Director of Marketing and Communications
Meaghan Mueller

Director of French Immersion Studies
Sandrine Berezowski

Director of International Studies
Tara Law

Director of Facilities and Grounds
Ben Ginzberg

Director of Grade 7 Studies
Dawn Meckelborg

Director of Professional Development
Armando Teves

Director of Student Leadership
John Davidson

Directors of Post-Secondary Advising
Malcolm Rennie and Steve Smith

Human Resources

West Island College is dedicated to welcoming energetic, dedicated and innovative teachers and staff who share our vision of building confident, creative and connected young people.

It is our purpose to unleash the potential of passionate and creative problem solvers, ready to contribute to a better world. It is our promise to challenge,
inspire and support one another as we imagine and create our best futures.

We are proud to offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and a commitment to professional development opportunities.
If you are interested in pursuing a career at WIC, please visit the page below:

Work @ WIC

For more information please contact:

Carla Huhn
Manager of Corporate and Human Resource Services
403.255.5300 ext. 265

Contact WIC

West Island College

7410 Blackfoot Trail S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 1M5
Tel: (403) 255-5300
Fax: (403) 252-1434

Admissions – The Annexe

7530 Blackfoot Trail S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 1M5
Tel: (403) 444-0023
Fax: (403) 444-2820