Statement on the Appointment of the Planning Board Members for a French-language University
Today, Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, issued the following statement:
"Our government is taking another step forward in increasing access to French-language postsecondary education by appointing the full planning board for a French-language university in central and southwestern Ontario.
Six members will join Chair Dr. Dyane Adam on the planning board, which was established in response to the report of the Advisory Committee on French-language Postsecondary Education in Central Southwestern Ontario:
- Frédéric Dimanche, Director, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University
- Yollande Dweme Pitta, PhD Student, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
- Léonie-Françoise Guenang Tchatat, Founder and President of Passerelle Intégration et Développement Économique (IDE)
- Normand Labrie, Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
- Fété Kimpiobi Ngira-Batware Kimpiobi, general director of Solidarité des femmes et familles immigrantes francophones du Niagara (SOFIFRAN)
- Glenn O'Farrell, CEO, Groupe Média TFO
All of the board members have a strong commitment to Ontario's Francophone community and strengthening our French-language postsecondary education system. They bring a wealth of experience and diverse viewpoints, which will support the province as we move forward with our plan to improve access to French-language postsecondary education for Ontario students.
We have asked the board to report back to government by summer 2017.
Our government shares with Francophone student associations and other stakeholders the goal of meeting the growing need for French-language postsecondary education programs in Ontario. This is an important step forward in providing Ontario's Francophone students with access to high-quality French-language university education."