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Board of Directors

The Learning Partnership has a volunteer Board of Directors who meet quarterly and are responsible for overall governance and stewardship of the organization. This includes ensuring  that strong governance structures are in place; recruiting and ensuring the training and education of skilled, experienced and qualified directors; appointing a skilled executive management team; oversight of and succession planning for the President & CEO; approving and overseeing the execution of the strategic plan; performance measurement and monitoring; financial oversight; and risk management.

The Board carries out its responsibilities directly and through three committees: the Finance & Audit Committee (FAC); the
Governance & Legal Committee (GLC); and the Human Resources Committee (HRC). Each of these committees has their own respective mandates and meets quarterly. 

Steven R. Wolff Chair
President & Chief Executive Officer, CIBC Mellon

Deb Craven Vice Chair & Chair, Human Resources Committee
Chief Financial Officer, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

Joe Rizzi Chair, Finance & Audit Committee
Senior Vice-President, Rogers for Business & Digital Finance, Rogers Communications Inc.

Ted Fransen Chair, Governance & Legal Committee
Superintendent of Education/CEO, Pembina Trails School Division

Nickey Alexiou
Facilitator - Consultant, 9Doors Facilitation

Margaret Gunawan
Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited

Elwin LeRoux
Regional Executive Director, Halifax Regional Centre for Education

Dana Lewis
VP HR, Regional Banking, Royal Bank of Canada

Scott Milligan
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Morneau Shepell

Deneen Nolan
Area Director, Area A Schools, Calgary Catholic School District

Andy Potter
Partner, Deloitte

Jordan Tinney
Superintendent, School District No. 36 (Surrey)

We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to our auditors, KPMG, and to our legal counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, for their professional guidance and support for our good governance.

Our advisory committees offer their expertise, community connections and support to enrich our work.
  • Teresa Blum - Past President, Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations
  • Charla Dorrington - Second Vice-President, Canadian Home and School Federation
  • Deana Helton - Area Director, Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD)​
  • Dr. Cecilia Reynolds - Deputy Provost and Associate Vice-President, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Susan Schmidt - Assistant Superintendent, Student Services, Pembina Trails School Division
  • James Scongack - Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power
  • Ardith Shirley - Director of Professional Development, New Brunswick Teachers' Association
  • Duncan Sinclair - Vice Chair, Thought Leadership and Dean, DU North
  • Mario Tirelli - Retired Director General, English Montreal School Board
  • Karen Alvarez
  • Janet Austin
  • Jessica Bonin
  • Colleen Dickie
  • Maureen Dockendorf
  • Gillian Guilmant-Smith
  • Dr. Sharon Jeroski
  • Pippa Rowcliffe
  • Anastasia Poulis
  • Brenda Sevillano Pena
  • Claire Morgan Dyer
  • Connie Giordano
  • Daniel Colangelo
  • Elena Naccarato
  • Gayle David
  • Jackie Farquhar
  • Jane Bennett
  • Janine Stutt
  • Laura Christmann
  • Loa Zilles
  • Mary Teresa Nocera
  • Shara-Lynn Fraser
  • Shareen Young Cummings
  • Anastasia DesRoches
  • Danny Dowling
  • Tara Deglan-Gallant
  • Julie Gagnon
  • Claire Gaudin
  • Roseanne Gauthier
  • Parker Grimmer
  • Ann Hayes MacKenzie
  • Shirley Jay
  • Marilyn MacLean
  • Tyler Miller