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Dr. Derek Haime, OCT
Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Derek Haime, OCTThe Council of the Ontario College of Teachers appointed Dr. Derek Haime, OCT, as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2021. Derek was the Kenora Catholic District School Board’s Director of Education from February 2019 to December 2020. He served as a Supervisory Officer with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) for six years and for two years as an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education’s Ottawa Regional Office.

Derek has over 30 years’ experience in education. He has been an elementary and secondary school principal. He has also served on many provincial committees, including the Council of Directors of Education/Council of Medical Officers of Health Provincial COVID-19 Committee, Vice-Chair of the Catholic Curriculum Corporation, and Mentor Coach for the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers' Association.

During his time in Waterloo, he served on the Waterloo Regional Crime Prevention Council as the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Representative, Truth and Reconciliation Sub-Committee Chair, and he also chaired the WCDSB's Accommodation Review Committee.

Derek holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership with a focus on educational leadership, change dynamics and system of care, and a Master's Degree in International Education (Education Leadership). He also holds many Additional Qualifications, including specializations in Religious Education and Special Education.

Chantal Bélisle, OCT, LL.M.
Deputy Registrar

Chantal Bélisle, OCTChantal Bélisle, OCT, has been employed by the College since 2008 and has held numerous positions over that timeframe.

Originally starting as an Investigator, Chantal progressed to hold various roles which included, that of a secondment to the Complaint Resolution Program, that of a Program Officer in Accreditation and was most recently, as part of the senior leadership team since 2015, the Director of Investigations and Hearings.

Chantal is a member of the College and holds Principal as well as Supervisory Officer Qualifications. In 2013, she completed a Master of Laws degree with York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. She also holds an advanced certificate in dispute resolution and mediation from York University.

Prior to arriving at the College, Chantal was a teacher for 16 years in Simcoe County with the catholic as well as the public French language school boards.

Chantal’s other professional experience includes participation on initiatives for the Ontario Ministry of Education and as a roster member with York University’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.

Linda Lacroix, OCT
Director of Investigations and Hearings

Linda Lacroix, OCTLinda Lacroix, OCT, is a seasoned educator with 29 years of experience in the education sector, holding diverse leadership positions. Most recently, she was Director, French Language Teaching and Learning Branch, at the Ministry of Education.

From 2013 to 2018, Linda was the superintendent of education for the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario. During her career, she was a school principal for 15 years and has been and continues to be a member of various provincial committees, networks, as well as community-level ventures.

Linda holds a master's in education from the Université d’Ottawa, and a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a bachelor of arts from Laurentian University.

Linda Zaks-Walker, OCT
Director of Membership Services

Linda Zaks-Walker, OCTLinda Zaks-Walker, OCT, is the College’s Director of Membership Services. Linda has worked in education in a variety of roles. She is a former Director of Investigations and Hearings. She was a project manager for Teach in Ontario, a bridging program that assisted internationally educated teachers to become certified in Ontario and find employment.

From 2001 to 2003, Linda worked as an education officer for the Ministry of Education. Linda started her career as an elementary teacher in the Durham District School Board and also served as a special education resource teacher, vice-principal and principal in that board. In addition, Linda has taught Special Education, Part 1 for York University.

Demetra Saldaris, OCT
Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation

Demetra Saldaris, OCTDemetra Saldaris, OCT, is the College’s Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation.

Saldaris joined the Ministry of Education in 2005 with the Curriculum and Assessment Branch. Prior to joining the ministry, she worked in various boards across the province as a teacher, administrator and board leader with experience in both the elementary and secondary panels.

Saldaris joined the newly created Student Success/Learning to 18 Branch, where she also became a manager.

She was integral to the work of Student Success Teachers and Leaders, Differentiated Instruction, Transition Planning, Taking Stock reporting and Paying Attention to Mathematics Education, among others.

Saldaris became regional manager for the Toronto region of the Field Services Branch, where she continued to play a key role on Board Improvement Plans for Student Achievement, labour-related issues and many other ministry policies that impacted school board practices.

She was instrumental to many working groups across the ministry, including the Cross Ministry Planning Committee and the Initiatives Committee.

In 2014, Saldaris took on the role of director of the Professionalism, Teaching Policy and Standards Branch (PTPSB).

In this position, she led the successful introduction of regulatory and legislative amendments, teacher professional development programs, Professional Activity Day.

She has overseen critical regulatory, legislative and programming changes, such as the Protecting Students Act and the Math Proficiency Test.

Saldaris holds a bachelor of education and MA from Western University, as well as Principal and Supervisory Officer qualifications.

Richard Lewko
Director of Corporate and Council Services

Richard LewkoRichard Lewko is the College’s Director of Corporate and Council Services. Richard is responsible for a range of services including Policy and Research, Communications, Information Technology, and Facilities. Under his leadership, a highly trained team of individuals support the work of the College Council as well as the Executive, Accreditation Appeal, Registration Appeals, Governance, Quality Assurance, Editorial Board and Public Interest Committees.

Prior to joining the College’s senior leadership team in 1995, Richard served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Education (1993-1995) and Special Assistant to the Government House Leader in the Ontario Legislature (1991-1993).

Before relocating to Ontario in 1991, he held several positions with increasing responsibility in Manitoba including Executive Assistant to the Minister of Industry and Trade, and Research Director to the Government Caucus in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. He also owned and operated a commercial printing and design business in Winnipeg.

Richard has been an active member of the International Youth Hosteling Federation including service as a provincial president. He studied at the University of Winnipeg with a specialization in Political Science.

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