Tradition of Exceptional Leadership Continues as EQAO Welcomes New Board Members and Chief Assessment Officer

 

TORONTO, Aug. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Carrying forward the tradition of exceptional leadership guiding Ontario's student testing program, the Government of Ontario has recently appointed Elizabeth Ford-Jones and Roland Boudreau to the Board of Directors of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Also joining EQAO as Chief Assessment Officer is Marianne Mazzorato. Reappointed for a new term are Brian L. Desbiens, Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors and Jerry Ponikvar, Vice-Chair of the Board.

Elizabeth Ford-Jones is a specialist in infectious diseases and a clinical researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children as well as a professor of paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She is a strong advocate for the needs of disadvantaged children and a champion for early childhood education. Dr. Ford-Jones is a recipient of the Claus Wirsig Humanitarian Award as well as a 2010 recipient of the Certificate of Merit for the Province of Ontario from the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS).

Roland Boudreau is Loblaw's Executive Vice-President, Special Projects, and a board member of the President's Choice Children's Charity. Mr. Boudreau has served on the board of Breakfast for Learning, a leading, national non-profit organization dedicated to child nutrition programs in Canada, and has been an active volunteer for numerous children's charities throughout his career.

"EQAO is extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Ford-Jones and Mr. Roland Boudreau to the Board of Directors. They are highly esteemed individuals in their respective fields, and it is certain that they will bring valuable new perspectives and excellent leadership to the agency," said Brian L. Desbiens, Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors.

Marianne Mazzorato, most recently Superintendent of Program at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, assumes the role of Chief Assessment Officer. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge of and experience with student achievement and years of commitment to Ontario's publicly funded education system. With a passion for the success of all students, Ms. Mazzorato is a strong advocate for EQAO's mandate and its vital role within Ontario's education system.

"Throughout this agency's history, we have been fortunate to benefit from the talents and contributions of exceptional educators. We are very pleased to have yet another outstanding educational leader, Marianne Mazzorato, join EQAO as Chief Assessment Officer, and we look forward to the leadership she will bring to the role," stated Marguerite Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of EQAO.

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About EQAO

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) acts as a catalyst for increasing the success of Ontario students by measuring their achievement in reading, writing and mathematics against a common curriculum benchmark. As an independent provincial agency, EQAO plays a pivotal role by conducting province-wide tests at key points in every student's primary, junior and secondary education and reporting the results. The objective and reliable facts obtained add to the current knowledge about student learning and are an important tool for improvement at the individual, school and provincial levels.

About EQAO's Board of Directors

The members of EQAO's Board of Directors are as follows:

About Dr. Elizabeth Ford-Jones

Dr. Elizabeth Ford-Jones, of Burlington, is a specialist in infectious diseases and a clinical researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children as well as a professor of paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Her interests lie in vaccine-preventable diseases, childhood encephalitis, congenital infections and infections in daycare centres. Dr. Ford-Jones is a former co-editor of the CPS journal, Paediatrics and Child Health, and was project director for the CPS book Well Beings—A Guide to Promote the Physical Health, Safety and Emotional Well-Being in Child Care Centres and Family Day Care Homes. She was also involved with the initiation of the CPS book Children and Youth New to Canada—A Health Care Guide. Dr. Ford-Jones is a recipient of the Claus Wirsig Humanitarian Award from the Hospital for Sick Children and the 2010 recipient of the Certificate of Merit for the Province of Ontario from the CPS, which is awarded regionally to members who have worked locally to make a difference for the health of children in their community. She is a strong advocate for the needs of disadvantaged children and a champion for early childhood education.

About Roland Boudreau

Roland Boudreau, of Carlisle, brings to the board an extensive background in business and is currently Loblaw's Executive Vice-President, Special Projects. Prior to his work with Loblaw, Mr. Boudreau was Vice-President for Ontario Operations at Metro and was directly involved in the strategic decision-making process for marketing, merchandising, labour relations, human resources and real estate. He has had similar leadership responsibilities with Walmart Canada and Provigo in Montreal. Mr. Boudreau is active in his community, serving as a board member on President's Choice Children's Charity. He has also served on the board of Breakfast for Learning, a leading, national non-profit organization dedicated to child nutrition programs in Canada, and has been an active volunteer in numerous other children's charities throughout his career. Mr. Boudreau is fully bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Laurentian University.

About Marianne Mazzorato

Marianne Mazzorato was Superintendent of Programs at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and comes to the role of CAO with experience, knowledge and passion for the success of all students. Ms. Mazzorato is highly regarded in the educational community for her leadership, commitment to students, extensive knowledge of programs and determination to ensure equity of opportunity for all students. For Ms. Mazzorato, this new role is a continuation of a lifetime of service to public education. As an active lifelong learner, she is currently working on her doctorate in education from OISE.

To learn more about EQAO and its board members, visit EQAO's Web site, www.eqao.com.

Image with caption: "Marguerite Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of EQAO (CNW Group/Education Quality and Accountability Office)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110826_C6578_PHOTO_EN_2561.jpg

Image with caption: "Roland Boudreau, EQAO Board Member (CNW Group/Education Quality and Accountability Office)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110826_C6578_PHOTO_EN_2563.jpg

Image with caption: "Dr. Brian L. Desbiens, Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors (CNW Group/Education Quality and Accountability Office)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110826_C6578_PHOTO_EN_2565.jpg

Image with caption: "Dr. Elizabeth Ford-Jones, EQAO Board Member (CNW Group/Education Quality and Accountability Office)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110826_C6578_PHOTO_EN_2567.jpg

Image with caption: " Jerry Ponikvar, Vice-Chair of EQAO's Board of Directors (CNW Group/Education Quality and Accountability Office)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110826_C6578_PHOTO_EN_2569.jpg

SOURCE Education Quality and Accountability Office

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For further information, please contact
Katia Collette
Communications Officer
416-212-7047
katia.collette@eqao.com


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