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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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.
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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.
Dr. 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.
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.