Board of Directors

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EQAO’s work is overseen by its Board of Directors, which is composed of leaders from the education and business community.

Dr. Cameron Montgomery, Chair

Photo of Cameron Montgomery, ChairDr. Cameron Montgomery (Ph.D., Educational Psychology) is a passionate multilingual educator who, for more than 20 years, has trained future teachers in Canada. He has expertise in the areas of stress, coping and burnout in French-language minority settings, and he has worked with teachers, students, teaching support staff, parents, guardians, governments and the media. He has also worked at Centre Jules-Léger, where he assisted students with special needs, and he has first-hand experience with promising practices and challenges in Ontario’s French- and English-language school systems. Dr. Montgomery believes strongly in the importance of assessment and will provide a valuable perspective as chair of EQAO’s board of directors.

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Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta

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Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta is a change management strategist, adviser and change leadership advocate with over 20 years of experience helping public and private sector organizations navigate through change.

She is passionate about helping professionals and organizations both lead and respond to change better and faster, for the greater benefit of society. She believes that change, done right, provides invaluable benefits to stakeholders and the community at large.

Yvonne has worked with organizations such as RBC, TD, Deloitte, Loblaws and JP Morgan Chase to lead and manage their strategic, technology and change initiatives. She is the founder of The Change Leadership, a community focused on preparing leaders, change agents and organizations to lead and respond to change in today’s fast-paced and disruptive business environment.

She holds a B.Sc. honours degree in business information technology from the U.K.’s London Guildhall University, an M.B.A. from Warwick Business School, and a Change Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

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Martyn Beckett

Photo of Martyn Beckett Martyn Beckett has served in many roles during his career in education, from teacher to school administrator, and from superintendent to director of education. In 2016, he moved to the Ministry of Education in Ontario to serve as assistant deputy minister in the Learning and Curriculum Division and the Student Achievement Division, with responsibilities for curriculum, skilled trades, apprenticeship, leadership and governance, teaching policy and special education, serving in this capacity until 2020. He is currently president of Beckett Education Consulting. Mr. Beckett holds undergraduate degrees in biology, geology and education, and a Master of Science degree in geology. In addition to his MSc, he holds certificates in strategic leadership from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and the Ivey Business School at Western University.

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Serge Demers, Vice Chair

Photo of Serge Demers, Vice ChairSerge Demers has held several positions during his career in education, including those of teacher in Ontario and Alberta as well as professor and director at Laurentian University’s École des sciences de l’éducation. Dr. Demers has held a variety of positions at Laurentian University, including those of interim Vice-President, Academic and Provost; Registrar; and Secretary of Senate. Dr. Demers holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Education and Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

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Mandy Nwobu

Photo of Mandy Nwobu Mandy Nwobu is a Toronto-based legal practitioner and entrepreneur. Her practice focuses on immigration, real estate and civil litigation. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the American Bar Association. Mandy interned and volunteered with the Criminal Division of Legal Aid Ontario. She articled with the Crown Law Office—Civil within the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, and continued to serve there after her articles. She assists international students to settle into different vocations in their respective schools and subsequent new homes both in Canada and the United States. Mandy is an Igbo-speaking extract of Eastern Nigeria and continues to play a prominent role in both her Nigerian community and the African-Caribbean-Canadian community. She played a significant role in setting up the Scarborough Business Association, the Anambra State Association and the Igbo Canadian Community Association. She started her legal career in the legal department of a merchant bank in Nigeria many decades ago. She joined Sower and Messuarius Solicitors as a partner in 2005. Outside her legal practice and volunteering, Mandy is an editor and a playwright.

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Dr. Kinga Petrovai

Photo of Dr. Kinga PetrovaiDr. Kinga Petrovai is the founder of the Art & Science of Learning, a consultancy that uses research-informed solutions to improve learning in our digital age. To bring the latest ideas in lifelong learning to a wider audience, Dr. Petrovai hosts the Art & Science of Learning podcast, where she interviews leaders in the field of learning from around the world. The popular podcast has reached listeners in 67 countries. As a learning specialist, Dr. Petrovai brings a global perspective and multidisciplinary approach to the field of learning, working at the intersection of research and practice. She has worked with universities, schools, the Government of Canada and corporations to research and create learning and evaluation solutions. Dr. Petrovai holds a Ph.D. in education from Oxford University, an M.Ed. in learning technologies from Harvard University, a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa and a B.Eng. in electrical engineering from Carleton University.

Kyle Wilson

Photo of Dr. Kyle Wilson, Chief Executive OfficerDr. Kyle Wilson is the Director of Information Systems and Chief Privacy Officer at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, and he resides in Halton Hills. Previously, Dr. Wilson managed the Research and IT Infrastructure departments at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (K–12). He has provided in-person and online instruction for over 10 years at Mohawk College, Lambton College and the University of Guelph. His education includes an honours B.Sc. degree and a Ph.D. degree from McMaster University and a M.Sc. degree from Western University. Dr. Wilson’s community involvement includes the German International School in Toronto, Burlington Tennis Club, Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood and YMCA.

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Dan Koenig, Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Dan Koenig, Chief Executive OfficerDan Koenig has served in the former Metro Separate School Board (MSSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) in a number of roles, including as a teacher, principal, superintendent of curriculum and accountability, superintendent of schools, superintendent of human resources and labour relations, and, most recently, as associate director of academic affairs and chief operating officer. With more than 37 years of public service in education, Dan is a highly respected educator and a key member of the TCDSB’s senior leadership team. While serving as principal of St. Brendan C.S. in 2007, Dan was selected as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals. His record of professional experience demonstrates his passion for public education with a student-centric focus, his comprehensive knowledge of the sector and his innovative leadership skills. Dan obtained his bachelor’s and master of education degrees from the University of Toronto.

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