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Chantal Bélisle, OCT, LL.M.
Interim Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

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 is currently the Interim Registrar and CEO since March 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.

Linda Lacroix, OCT
Interim Deputy Registrar

Linda Lacroix, OCT

Linda Lacroix, OCT, is a seasoned educator with 29 years of experience in the education sector, holding diverse leadership positions. Prior to her new role, she served as the College’s Director of Investigations and Hearings. She was also Director, French Language Teaching and Learning Branch, at the Ministry of Education prior to joining the College.

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.

Jason Bennett
Interim Director of Corporate and Council Services

Jason Bennett

Jason Bennett is the College’s Interim Director of Corporate and Council Services. Under his leadership, a highly trained team of policy and governance staff support the work of College Council, its committees and rosters of panellists, and provide executive support to the Office of the Registrar.

Jason joined the College in 2018 as a Complaint Resolution Officer and became Manager of Professional Conduct in 2020.

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 achieved Associate status with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 2016 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).

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.

Jamie Robertson, OCT
Director of Investigations and Hearings

Jamie Robertson, OCT

Jamie Robertson, OCT, is the College’s Director of Investigations and Hearings.

Jamie is a seasoned educator with 32 years of experience in the education sector, holding diverse leadership positions.

Most recently, he was a Superintendent of Education with the Peel District School Board and he held the Human Resources portfolio. During Jamie’s career, he was a school vice- principal and then principal for 15 years and served on various provincial committees and networks.

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

Fred Towers
Interim Director of Finance

Fred Towers is a Chartered Professional Accountant and the College’s Interim Director of Finance. He joined the organization as Controller in 2015, leading a team of accountants that drive service excellence and financial management best practices. He also oversees the Information Technology unit, which is tasked with strategic roles that support the College’s information infrastructure and ensure that staff, Council members, and key stakeholders have access to business tools and applications.

Before joining the College, Fred held large-scale portfolio positions with the City of Toronto as Director, Business Performance Management. He led a diverse group of 440 staff that was responsible for finance, information services, client services, and facilities management functions. As the lead director for client relationship management, Fred met annually with senior management teams from 14 city divisions to review service level agreements and manage client relationships. His projects included significant public revitalization projects such as Nathan Phillips Square, Union Station, and Old City Hall.

As Director, Program Support, Shelter, Support & Housing Administration Division Fred played a key role in amalgamating the former Toronto borough services into a newly formed City Division. This work involved leading service harmonization exercises and establishing the new Division’s organizational structure, as well as its accounting and business systems. He also helped lead the development and implementation of social housing and hostel services information systems, participated in the successful transfer of social housing stock from the province to the city, lobbying for a national housing strategy, and advocating for and securing fair cost share arrangements with senior levels of government.

Throughout his career, Fred has enjoyed working with diverse groups of stakeholders with a focus on financial management, program evaluation, business system development, and client service and quality improvement initiatives. In addition to an undergraduate degree in business from York University, he holds a master’s degree in business administration from Lansbridge University and a master’s certificate in public management from the York University Schulich School of Business.

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