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.
Norah Marsh has dedicated her career to creating new growth opportunities and inclusive learning environments for students. As a passionate advocate for public education for more than 26 years, Norah has worked with Ontario’s education community to strengthen student achievement at the school, board and provincial levels.
Norah’s career began as an English teacher with the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) in Kingston. In this role, she designed a range of innovative programs to increase student engagement and foster student voice. As a secondary school principal, she worked closely with school staff to create cultures of high expectation for student success. As a superintendent with LDSB and as the Associate Director of Education at Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Norah promoted strategies to help each and every student succeed, regardless of background or circumstance.
Norah has a track-record of leadership and collaboration within provincial organizations, having served as the President of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association, Chair of the Institute of Educational Leadership, and Chair of the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Association. Norah also has a strong commitment to community, and has worked with community partners to build integrated knowledge networks that support students and their families at school and at home. She served as Chair for the Ottawa Council of Partners and the City of Ottawa's Multi-Agency Risk Intervention Tables.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), Norah intends to consult Ontario’s education community as the agency modernizes its large-scale assessment program. She will work with educators, students and parents to ensure that EQAO can continue to foster accountability and continuous improvement within Ontario’s publicly funded education system.
A lifelong learner, Norah received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree from the University of Ottawa, and her Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees from Queen’s University.