EQAO's work is overseen by its Board of Directors, which is comprised of leaders from the education and business community.
Dr. 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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David Agnew is currently the president of Seneca College. His previous leadership positions include president and CEO of UNICEF Canada, principal at Digital 4Sight, executive vice-president for Credit Union Central of Ontario, and Canada’s ombudsman for banking services and investments. Mr. Agnew was secretary to the cabinet in Ontario from 1992 to 1995 after serving as principal secretary to the premier. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of his public and community service.
Gail Anderson worked at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association from 1989 until her retirement as executive director in 2017. Her community involvement includes being a founding member of Classroom Connections Working Foundation and the Ontario Education Services Corporation. Ms. Anderson holds a Master of Education degree and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.
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.
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.
Pierre Riopel held a number of positions during his career in education, including teacher, department head, acting vice-principal and principal. Mr. Riopel was most recently superintendent of education for the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario and president of Collège Boréal. Mr. Riopel has also been involved in teacher training as an assistant professor in the French-language education program at Laurentian University. Mr. Riopel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa, and he completed the Master of Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Before becoming EQAO’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2020, Laurie McNelles had been the Director of Data and Reporting at EQAO since 2017, providing leadership in research, psychometrics, data management and analysis, and IT. Before coming to EQAO, Laurie was a Senior Evaluation Consultant at the Treasury Board Secretariat, where she supported ministries in performance measurement and monitoring. From 2010 through 2015, Laurie was engaged in the transformation of the Early Years program at the Ministry of Education, providing leadership in the evaluation of full-day kindergarten.
Laurie is an innovative leader in research and evaluation initiatives in government, including geo-informatics, modernization of provincial data-collection activities, and evidence-based decision making and performance measurement in the Ontario Public Service. Laurie holds a doctoral degree in clinical developmental psychology from York University.