EQAO’s work is overseen by its board, which is drawn from leaders in the fields of education and business.
Dave Cooke is the Chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office.
Dave Cooke of Windsor, was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for 20 years, serving in numerous capacities. In the early 1990s, he served as Ontario’s Minister of Education and, during this time, he established the Royal Commission on Learning, which led to the creation of EQAO. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network and is a member of the Windsor-Essex Development Commission Board. Before that, he served as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor.
Bruce Rodrigues is the CEO of the Education Quality and Accountability Office.
Bruce Rodrigues has a passion for education and student success. He has been an educator for over 28 years, during which he has served in the roles of program head, vice-principal, principal, supervisory officer and associate director of education. Most recently, he was Director of Education for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. However, he considers himself first and foremost a teacher and treasures that as the foundation for his service in education.
Bruce has been involved extensively in writing curricula at the local, provincial and national levels and has led numerous reform initiatives throughout his career. He possesses a strong background in and working understanding of assessment, evaluation, grading and reporting practices as they relate to student learning, achievement and success. He brings that knowledge and his passion for publicly funded education to his new role as CEO of EQAO.
As a recognized leader in education in Ontario, Bruce is often sought as a keynote speaker, presenter and lecturer for various events and courses. He possesses extensive knowledge in the areas of strategic planning, development of ethical guidelines for organizations and building capacity within organizations to embrace change and enhance their mission. He is also a strong supporter of and a dedicated contributor to numerous peace and justice initiatives.
Bruce has a genuine and deep-rooted commitment to Ontarians and to the youth of the province. He will work tirelessly to ensure that the work of the agency will help inform conversation, direction and action as all stakeholders, educators and parents support young people in fulfilling their greatest potential.
Abirami Jeyaratnam, a mentor and strong advocate for young people, Ms. Jeyaratnam has been involved in numerous projects supporting inner-city youth. Currently a student/parent support worker with Pathways to Education, she also has experience working with organizations like Free the Children, Canadian Tamil Youth Development, Westview Alumni Advocates for Youth, the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and the Toronto District School Board. Ms. Jeyaratnam has forged a career helping young people develop the skills necessary to thrive.
A double graduate from the University of Toronto’s International Development Studies and Health Studies programs, Ms. Jeyaratnam is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree and a graduate diploma in Education in Urban Environments from York University.
Dr. Dieudonné Detchou of Ottawa, is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and is currently counsel at the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program at the Department of Justice, Canada. In 2008, he was awarded the Department of Justice’s Deputy Minister Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution during the first trial under the
Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.
Since April 2010, Dieudonné is a member of the board of directors of the Caisse Populaire Vision Desjardins of Ottawa. He is also an elder and a member of the Christian Development Committee at Rideau Park United Church in Ottawa. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights and a community developer for the J’Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre. In this double capacity, he helped coordinate Nelson Mandela’s visit to the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument in Ottawa. He has also been a member of the City of Ottawa’s Advisory Committee on Race Relations and the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police Advisory Committee on Race Relations.
Dieudonné is fully bilingual. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in common law and the other in civil law, a master’s degree in private law and a doctorate in international and corporative law.
Dr. Elizabeth (Lee) Ford-Jones, of Burlington, is an infectious diseases specialist and clinical researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and professor of paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She has special interests in vaccine-preventable diseases, childhood encephalitis, congenital infections and infections in daycare centres. Since June 2007, Dr. Ford-Jones has been heading a new educational initiative in social paediatrics for disadvantaged children and youth with expert colleagues.
Dr. Ford-Jones is a former co-editor of the CPS journal,
Paediatrics and Child Health. She has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the CPS Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee. She was project director for the CPS book
Well Beings—A Guide to 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. Dr. Lee 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 believer in and activist for the needs of disadvantaged children, advocating for a national poverty reduction strategy, better support and funding for early childhood education and care and more opportunities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
Hélène Chayer, of Sudbury, is presently a consultant in the educational field. She was the first woman Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario, a position she held from 1998 to 2007. The school board, which is headquartered in Sudbury, has 7,300 students in 28 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools and 1 adult education centre, over a territory of 70,000 square kilometres. Ms. Chayer has worked in various capacities in the area of education for over 30 years. Her involvement in various provincial, regional and national committees such as the Council of Ontario Directors of Education, the Conseil ontarien des directions de l’éducation de langue française, the Conseil ontarien des directions de l’éducation catholique de langue française, the Regroupement national des directions générales de l’éducation, the Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques, the Educational Leadership Centre and the Education Quality and Accountability Office has made it possible for her to establish a truly remarkable network in the field of education. Over the years she has developed an expertise in strategic planning and implementation.
Dr. Pamela Toulouse is an Indigenous Scholar with over 20 years' experience in the field of education. She has well over 50 publications and resources that range from books, curriculum pieces, articles, videos and other critical contributions. Dr. Toulouse is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Laurentian University in Sudbury. She has won many coveted teaching awards at her institution and is a member of the Sagamok First Nation.
Roland Boudreau, of Carlisle, brings to the board an extensive background in business. He is Loblaw’s Executive Vice-President, Special Projects, and is responsible for implementing new processes and technology that improve productivity in over 600 stores across 10 provinces.
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 and has been an active volunteer in numerous other children’s charities throughout his career. He is committed to serving youth and supporting their success.
Mr. Boudreau is fully bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Laurentian University. He brings unique perspectives and talents to our board.
Dr. Bette M. Stephenson, of Richmond Hill, has held a number of posts in the Ontario cabinet, including that of Minister of Education, Colleges and Universities from 1978 to 1985. She is currently chair of the Learning Opportunities Task Force, chair of the Ontario Innovation Trust, co-chair of the Cancer Research Institute of Ontario and director emerita of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Her history of breaking new ground includes her roles as first woman member of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) board of directors and as first woman chair of the board and as president of both the OMA and the Canadian Medical Association. She has also served on the board of directors of the World Medical Association.
Dr. Stephenson was the first Canadian recipient of the Citation for Outstanding Public Service presented by the Council for Exceptional Children. She was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992 and was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 1997. Dr. Stephenson served on the EQAO Advisory Board from February 1995 to August 1996. She was appointed to the EQAO board of directors in September 1996.
In 2009, EQAO launched the
Dr. Bette M. Stephenson Recognition of Achievement program to recognize schools across the province for their use of data to enhance and support the progress of their students.