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Linda Lacroix, OCT
Registrar & CEO

Linda Lacroix, OCT

Linda Lacroix, OCT, is a seasoned educator with more than 30 years of experience in the education sector, most recently as the College’s Interim Deputy Registrar. Prior to joining the College as Director of Investigations & Hearings in 2020, she held several leadership positions, including, 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.

She serves her community as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the West Nipissing General Hospital and as Chair of the Health Quality Assurance Committee for the same hospital.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.

Chantal Bélisle, OCT, LL.M.
Deputy Registrar (on self-funded leave)

Chantal Bélisle, OCT

Chantal Bélisle, OCT, has been employed by the College since 2008 and has held numerous positions over that timeframe. She has held the position of Deputy Registrar since April 2020 and served as the Acting Registrar and CEO from March – December 2022.

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, in 2015, joined the senior leadership team as 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.

Jamie Robertson, OCT
Interim Deputy Registrar and Director of Investigations & Hearings

Jamie Robertson, OCT

Jamie joined the College as Director of Investigations & Hearings in September 2022 and was appointed to the role of Interim Deputy Registrar in January 2023.

Jamie arrived at the College with significant experience as a classroom teacher and administrator in the Ontario and Alberta education systems. After working as a teacher, department head, and curriculum leader with the Calgary Board of Education, Jamie moved to Ontario and served as a secondary school teacher, vice-principal, and principal with the Limestone School Board (LSB) and the Peel District School Board (PDSB).

Following his in-school experience, Jamie moved on to senior administrative roles with the PDSB, first as Manager of Human Resources Support Services and then as Superintendent. Jamie implemented systemwide reforms that modernized human resources functions including recruitment and hiring, labour relations, attendance management, and health and safety. As an executive human resources officer, Jamie represented his school board on human rights matters, strategic planning, and collective bargaining.

In addition to his career experience, Jamie has been an active member of several professional associations and networks, including the Ontario Principal’s Council, the Ontario Public School Boards Association, and the Peel Association of Administrative Officers. He has also been a member of United Way Peel’s Campaign Cabinet.

Jamie holds a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta and an MA in Education Policy and Administrative Studies from the University of Calgary.

Bill Powell
Director of Corporate Services

Bill Powell

Bill Powell joined the College as Manager of Communications in 2014 and was appointed Director of Corporate Services in January 2023.

Prior to joining the organization, Bill had a long and accomplished career in strategic communications, and technological and service delivery innovation in the Canadian aviation industry.

Starting in front-line operations with Canada 3000, Bill progressed to increasingly senior management positions across the sector, including roles with Canadian Airlines International, Air Transat, and Air Canada.

Bill worked at Air Canada during a challenging time. While managing diverse projects associated with many unplanned company-wide operational and financial crises, he was always able to drive and deliver strategic initiatives required to promote significant culture change simultaneously and successfully.

Bill moved on to leadership roles that focused on customer service innovation, employee engagement, and extensive cost transformation. Throughout, he continually demonstrated an ability to lead and motivate high-performing teams. This ability has also defined his work as a key contributor to the College’s ongoing modernization initiatives.

Bill holds a diploma in business administration, marketing management from Niagara College.

Demetra Saldaris, OCT
Director of Membership Services

Demetra Saldaris, OCT

Demetra Saldaris, OCT, is the College’s Director of Membership Services.

Demetra joined the College in January 2021 as Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation. She has successfully led the College’s department that promotes professional standards and oversees the processes for accrediting initial and in-service teacher education programs and additional qualification courses that are available to teachers for ongoing professional development.

Prior to joining the College, Demetra served as Director of the Professionalism, Teaching Policy and Standards Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education. In this role, she provided direction to staff and management in work that dovetails with that of the College. In this role, Demetra was the Ministry's primary contact with the College and led the successful introduction of regulatory and legislative amendments, teacher professional development programs, and numerous education-related policies. This experience included work across the education sector and with key stakeholders. Beyond that, Demetra is a highly experienced educator and leader at the classroom, school, board, and provincial levels, both elementary and secondary.

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

Jason Bennett
Director of Policy, Governance and Tribunals

Jason Bennett

Jason joined the College in 2018 as a Complaint Resolution Officer and became Manager of Professional Conduct in 2020. He also served as Interim Director of Corporate and Council Services before being appointed to his current role in January 2023.

Under his leadership, a highly trained team of policy, governance, and hearing support staff facilitate the work of College Council, committees, and rosters of panellists, while also providing executive support to the Office of the Registrar.

Before the College, Jason held positions with increasing responsibility at the Ontario College of Trades (2014-2018) as Legal Counsel & Manager, Corporate Governance and then Director, Corporate Governance. Prior to that, he served the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (2005-2013) as Registrar & Assistant Director of Regional Councils, then Enforcement Counsel, and finally Corporate Secretary & Director of Regional Councils.

Jason is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and English Literature from Queen’s University (1995) and a Law degree from Queen’s University (2001). He worked as an English teacher in Saitama, Japan from 1995 to 1997.

Jason is a member of the Consumer Advisory Council at the Home Construction Regulatory Authority and is the former Vice-Chair, Compensation Fund Board of Trustees with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (2016-2019). Jason also holds the Osgoode/SOAR certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals (2017).

Anna-Marie Nielsen, OCT
Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation

Anna-Marie Nielsen, OCT

Anna-Marie Nielsen, OCT, is the College’s Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation.

Anna-Marie joined the College’s Accreditation Unit as a Bilingual Program Officer in 2015, during the transition to the four-semester initial teacher education program. Later, as Manager of the Accreditation Unit, she demonstrated continued leadership by guiding her team through accreditation reviews of more than fifty initial teacher education programs across Ontario.

Prior to joining the College, and informed by her academic background in science, Anna-Marie worked as a Curriculum Developer and Pedagogical Reviewer in elementary mathematics for the Ministry of Education. In addition, she was a curriculum consultant in such diverse areas as science, numeracy, instructional technology, and environmental education. She has also worked as a math content reviewer for the Education Quality and Accountability Office and acquired rich classroom experience teaching students from kindergarten to Grade 12.

From 2005-2006, Anna-Marie facilitated courses on patterning and algebraic reasoning as a visiting lecturer at James Cook University’s Faculty of Education. She has also developed and taught online Additional Qualifications courses for providers in Canada and the U.S.

Anna-Marie is also an experienced presenter who has represented the College at several conferences and is currently Vice-Chair of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada.

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