Board of Directors
As announced in the fall of 2011, CCL will close its doors permanently in the spring of 2012.
CCL deeply appreciates all the support it has received from employees, volunteers and stakeholders since its inception in 2004 and extends heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed to its success.
CCL is governed by, and accountable to, a 9-member Board of Directors.
Our Board reflects the diversity of learning in Canada, with membership from the education, not-for-profit and business communities, and from all regions of Canada.
Chair of the Board
Former President, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Former President, Alberta Teachers’ Association
P.C., Chief Federal Negotiator
President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning
President, Acadia University
P.C., C.M., Q.C, President, Landal Inc.
Chairman and CEO, Toronto Region Research Alliance
Vice-president, Human Resources McCain Foods
Robert J. Giroux retired as President of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in March 2004.
Before joining AUCC in 1995, he was Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada and Comptroller General of Canada. As a former senior federal official, he held the positions of President of the Public Service Commission of Canada, Deputy Minister of Public Works Canada, and Deputy Minister of National Revenue, Customs and Excise.
Mr. Giroux is a member of the Order of Canada, honourary member of the Order of Gatineau and a recipient of the Trudeau Medal from the Faculty of Administration of the University of Ottawa. He has received Honourary Doctorates from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, the Université de Montréal, in Montréal, Quebec, McGill University in Montréal, Quebec, Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Ontario and the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia.
Mr. Giroux currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Education Centre Network, Katimavik, the University of Victoria, the Canada Foundation on Innovation and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on Learning. He is also a member of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Since January 2006, he is a part-time member of the Federal Public Service Staffing Tribunal. He has a Bachelor in Commerce and a Masters in Science from the University of Ottawa.
Veronica Lacey began her career as a teacher, principal and then superintendent. She was later Director of Education and Secretary Treasurer of the North York Board of Education. In 1996, she was appointed as Ontario's Deputy Minister of Education and Training.
Ms. Lacey was a Senior Fellow at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in the area of Public Policy and International Studies in 1999-2000. Since 2000, she has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The Learning Partnership, a not-for-profit organization established to create linkages among schools, businesses and communities with the purpose of building a strong and productive learning society.
Ms. Lacey has also served on the federal government's Information Highway Advisory Committee and the Prosperity Steering Group. As well, she has been co-chair of the Conference Board of Canada's National Council on Education and is currently a Director of the National Quality Institute and Pro Bono Law Ontario. She has twice been named Woman of the Year by the Ontario Teachers' Federation. In 2002, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Brock University.
Larry Booi’s involvement in the field of education spans almost four decades. Throughout his career, he has focussed on improving learning, working at both the provincial and national levels.
Employed by Edmonton Public Schools from 1968 to 2003 as a teacher and department head, Mr. Booi has been actively involved in curriculum development and professional development. He has written textbooks used in Alberta schools, has acted as a consultant for publishers and NGOs, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Teachers’ Association from 1992 to 2005 and served as president from 1999 to 2004. He also sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation from 1997 to 2005. In addition, he has served on a number of boards of voluntary organizations.
In 2008, Mr. Booi received the Honorary Membership for 2008, the Alberta Teachers' Association's highest honour presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the practice of teaching and public education in Alberta.
The Honourable Benoît Bouchard was born in Roberval in 1940. After completing his studies in education and literature at Laval University he worked in the field of education until September 1984, when he was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Roberval. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed him as Minister of State (Transport). He subsequently served as Secretary of State of Canada, Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister of Transport, Minister of Industry, Science and Technology, and Minister of Health and Welfare. From 1990 to 1993, he was also Minister responsible for Economic Development in Quebec and political minister for Quebec.
In June 1993, he was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France and lived in Paris until 1996. Upon his return to Canada, he was appointed Chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada until September 2001.
From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Bouchard was a non-Aboriginal representative at the bargaining table between the Canadian and Quebec governments and the Saguenay-Lac St. Jean and North Shore Innu nation until, in June 2004, he was appointed Chief Federal Negotiator of the table.
Mr. Bouchard has taken part in all major Canadian debates during the 1980s and 1990s as co-chair of the Charlottetown Agreement ministerial committee and as a member of the special committee on the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement, among others.
Sir John Daniel is President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL). Prior to joining COL, Sir John was UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Education (2001–2004) where a key responsibility was the global Education for All program. Sir John is a leading authority on technology-mediated education and open and distance learning. He spent four years helping to establish Quebec's Télé-université, moved west to Alberta as Vice-President of Athabasca University and then returned to Montreal as Vice-Rector of Concordia University.
In 1984, he became President of Laurentian University, Ontario. He moved to the UK as Vice-Chancellor of the Open University in 1990. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth for services to higher education in 1994, the honour recognized the leading role that he has played internationally, over three decades, in the development of distance learning in universities.
Effective April 1, 2009, Ray Ivany became President of Acadia University after serving as Chair of the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Ivany was the President and CEO of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). A native Nova Scotian, Mr. Ivany joined the NSCC from the University College of Cape Breton where he served as Executive Vice-President.
He has been active in shaping post-secondary and economic development policy within the region as a member of the Nova Scotia Research, Development and Innovation Advisory Board, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board. Previously, he was a Special Advisor to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in Moncton and the Federal Task Force on the Northern Cod Fishery in Ottawa.
In March 1999, the Prime Minister of Canada appointed Mr. Ivany to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. He also serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Halifax Chamber of Commerce as well as the Canadian College Presidents’ Network.
Aldéa Landry is a lawyer and businesswoman who has been a civil servant with the New Brunswick Department of Justice, a legal practitioner in a law firm that she co-founded, a cabinet minister and Deputy Premier of New Brunswick. She is president of LANDAL Inc., a consulting firm based in Moncton, New Brunswick, offering integrated services in organizational and business development.
From 1991 to 1993, she co-chaired the Downey-Landry Commission on Excellence in Education and co-authored with Dr. James Downey the Commission's two reports: Schools for a New Century and To Live and Learn: The Challenge of Education and Training. Recognized for her involvement in the community and in business, Ms. Landry, a past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, sits on the board of directors of several corporations and community organizations.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Moncton and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987, she was awarded a Doctorate degree honoris causa in law from the University of New Brunswick in 2002 and in Humane Letters from Mount Saint-Vincent University in 2004. In January 2003, she was chosen by Progress Magazine as one of 20 Atlantic Canadians who represent the spirit of progress in Atlantic Canada.
In November 2006, Ms. Landry was named to the newly created Advisory Committee on the Public Service, which has a mandate to advise the prime minister and the clerk of the Privy Council on the renewal and future development of the federal public service. In May 2008, Ms. Landry received an honorary degree from the Mount Allison University .
Courtney Pratt is the Chairman of Stelco Inc. From January 1, 2004 until March 30, 2006, he was President and CEO of Stelco. He is the Chairman of Knightsbridge Human Capital Management and a Director of The Empire Company and Moosehead Breweries. He is also a member of the Ontario Regional Advisory Council of Telus.
Previously, Mr. Pratt was President and CEO of Toronto Hydro (April 2001 until January 2004), President and CEO of Hydro One Networks, President of The Caldwell Partners, and Chairman and President of Noranda Inc.
Mr. Pratt was awarded the Order of Canada in 1999. Mr. Pratt's ongoing community involvement includes serving as a Director of Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), the Toronto City Summit Alliance and the Canadian Council on Learning. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Mayor David Millar's Partnership to Advance Youth Employment. Mr. Pratt's previous volunteer involvement includes Chairman of the Board and Campaign Chair of the United Way of Greater Toronto, Chairman of The Learning Partnership, Chairman of Imagine, Chairman of The Charter for Business of the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards in Canada and Director of Career Edge, the University Health Network and the Toronto Board of Trade.
Janice Wismer joined McCain Foods Limited in 2005 as Vice-president, Human Resources. McCain Foods employs over 20,000 and operates 60 plants on six continents. She is responsible for developing global human resource programs and systems that build individual and organizational capabilities and inspire performance.
Ms. Wismer started her career in 1979 at Bell Canada and settled in at Suncor Energy in 1980, where she spent 15 years in Human Resources and Operations Management in locations across Canada. She joined Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. in 1995 in the Financial Services division, moving to the Retail division in 1999. In October 2000, she was promoted to Officer of Canadian Tire and when she left to join McCain she was Senior Vice President, Human Resources. At Canadian Tire, Ms. Wismer played a lead role in establishing a learning centre and implementing progressive development, pay and performance management systems.
Ms. Wismer earned her Masters of Science in Organization Development from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, which included an international study program at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. She is also a graduate of the University of Calgary’s Personnel Management Program and she received an honourary diploma in Business Administration, Human Resources from Niagara College, and is a Certified Human Resources Professional.