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Biographies for the Special Advisors to the Minister of Education

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Biographies for the Special Advisors to the Minister of Education

Final Report of the Near North District School Board

Ministry of Education

Wayne Joudrie and Wally Easton were appointed as Special Advisors on September 23, 2019 and were asked to provide a report to the Minister of Education by January 31, 2020 with their observations and recommendations about how the Near North District School Board can improve its governance, human resources practices and financial accountability. Below are their biographies.  

Wayne Joudrie - Mr. Joudrie began his career in education in 1977 as a teacher. Since then he has held prominent senior leadership positions across the education sector, including as vice principal, principal, superintendent of education and superintendent of schools. He has also served as Director of Education for both the Halton District School Board and the Grand Erie District School Board. In addition to his work in the publicly funded education sector, he has served as President of the Mohawk College Foundation, and is President of Joudrie Consulting Inc. Until 2019, Mr. Joudrie was Executive Director of the Public Council of Ontario Directors of Education - a position he had held since 2012. He holds several advanced degrees and certifications in both education and business.

Wally Easton - Mr. Easton served as a Policy Analyst with the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association from 2012 to 2018 and was responsible for the analysis of various financial, business and labour matters related to education. This included work on collective bargaining and the transition of employee benefits to provincial benefit trusts. From 2000-2011, he served as Associate Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer for the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board. Prior to this, Mr. Easton was the Superintendent of Business and Treasurer for that Board. Mr. Easton has also served on the boards of several organizations including the Ontario Catholic School Business Officials Association, the Ontario Education Services Corporation and School Boards' Cooperative Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. 

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