About Us


What is CODE?

"A Professional Association"

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education, a Professional Association,
represents all Chief Executive Officers of the seventy-two District School Boards in Ontario.

It is the common public voice of Senior School District Administrators working with Government and various Associations.

Frank Kelly
CODE Executive Director

Frank Kelly continues to work with his colleagues in district school boards and Governments throughout Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

Throughout his career Frank has held a variety of senior administrative roles including that of Principal, Superintendent and Director of Education.

Frank's leadership as the Executive Director of CODE utilizes his experience from more than fifty years of activity in public education. His focus is always on innovation and development of programs that improve the delivery of education.


Monique Ménard
CODE Chair

CODE is pleased to announce that Monique Ménard, Director of Education at Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord is the Chair of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education for 2016-2017

Œuvrant dans le domaine de l’éducation et de la gestion depuis près de 25 ans, Mme Ménard est titulaire d’un BAC, concentration en administration des affaires, d’une maîtrise en leadership, d’un brevet d’agente de supervision et d’un spécialiste en enfance en difficulté. Elle a également suivi de nombreuses formations dans les domaines des ressources humaines, de la santé et sécurité au travail, de la planification stratégique, de la gestion de projets, du développement organisationnel et de la gestion axée sur les résultats. Au cours des années, elle a assumé des postes d’enseignante, de diagnosticienne, d’enseignante ressource, de direction-adjointe, de direction d’école, de surintendance, de vice-présidente au Collège Boréal, et de consultante indépendante dans le domaine du leadership, de la gestion, de l’efficacité personnelle et systémique, de la santé et sécurité et du développement organisationnel. Elle détient son poste de direction générale du Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord depuis 2013.

Having worked in education and management for almost 25 years, Ms. Ménard holds a BA with concentrations in linguistics and Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Leadership, a supervisory officer’s certificate and a Special education specialist qualification. She also has various training and certificates in human resources, organizational development, project management, strategic planning and health and safety. During her career, she assumed various positions including but not limited to: resource teacher for exceptional children, diagnostic teacher for schools in the Nipissing region, vice-principal, principal, supervisory officer, improvement coach (personal and systemic), vice-president, corporate services at College Boréal, independent consultant in both business and education and, since 2013, is the Director of Education at Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord.


In 1991 the Council of Ontario Directors of Education was formed in response to calls to formalize the handling of emerging issues
in provincial public education, to provide a method of networking and to represent the view of senior executives to the
Ontario Ministry of Education.

The prime objective of the organization at its outset was to provide a means of communication for its members and to establish an open and positive relationship with the Minister of Education and the Deputy Minister. In order to make this happen effectively, the following program has been put in place:

  • Regular monthly meetings with the Deputy Minister based on a common agenda.
  • An annual conference in January.
  • Position papers on significant issues
  • Professional development sessions
  • Liaison with affiliate organizations

Present Role:

CODE maintains a high level of activity working with various branches of the Ontario Ministry of Education as an advocate of boards and as a broker for numerous projects.

CODE operates a number of curriculum projects for the Ministry of Education and for various other organizations.


  • To advocate for progressive and effective public education
  • To provide the Ontario Ministry of Education with positive and accurate advice
  • To communicate effectively with all senior educators in Ontario
  • To provide members with a forum to discuss current issues and put forth positions
  • To liaise with other professional organizations in Canada and in other countries


CODE is made up of six (6) Directors appointed by the Public District School Boards in Ontario, six (6) Directors appointed by the Catholic District School Boards and three (3) Directors appointed by the French language District School Boards.
The organization also has an Executive Director.

The CODE Executive acts as a regular liaison for the Directors of the seventy-two Public, Catholic and French language District School Boards in Ontario. The Deputy Minister of Education consults frequently with this group and meets with them monthly. The executive operates by consensus and focuses on general issues affecting students and the operation of school boards.

The organization does not vote on issues, but works to consensus.

Minutes of meetings are circulated to all provincial members.

Current Activities:

  • On-going discussions with Ministry of Education regarding the current labour situations
  • Discussions with all provincial Trustee organizations
  • Frequent representations for special education funding
  • Recommendations regarding teacher recruitment and renewal
  • Involvement in decisions on new technology for schools
  • Development of resources for teachers to implement new curriculum
  • Leadership programs for current and aspiring administrators
  • Input to provincial funding considerations
  • Involvement in provincial labour negotiations
  • Involvement with provincial initiatives such as; Early Childhood Education, Safe Schools Procedures,
    Anti-Bullying initiatives and Children's Mental Health initiatives

CODE Executive 2016 - 2017:
Last Name First Name Organization Title
Bertrand Martin Conseil scolaire Viamonde  
Bitonti Anna Marie Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB  
Boisvert Rick Northwest CDSB  
Costello Jim Lambton Kent DSB PCODE WEST
Crocco John Niagara CDSB VICE-CHAIR
Dumont Edith CEP de l'est de l'Ontario VICE-CHAIR
Gartland Bill CDSB of Eastern Ontario  
Gauthier Marc CSP du Grand Nord de l’Ontario  
Hope Larry Trillium Lakelands DSB  
Knight Linda DSB Eastern Ontario PCODE NORTH
MacDonald Vince Huron-Perth CDSB
Menard Monique Counseil scolarie catholique Franco-Nord CHAIR
O’Brien Anne Durham CDSB
Papineau Lyse-Anne CSC du Nouvel-Ontario
Pontes Tony Peel DSB PAST CHAIR
Rogers Martha Upper Grand DSB PCODE SOUTHWEST
Savery-Whiteway Mandy Hastings and Prince Edward DSB PCODE EAST
Tamblyn David Superior-Greenstone DSB  
Updated August 11, 2016    
List of Directors of Education By School Board:
School Board First Name Last Name
Algoma DSB Lucia Reece
Algonquin & Lakeshore CDSB Jody DiRocco
Avon Maitland DSB Lisa Walsh
Bluewater DSB Alana Murray
Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB Chris Roehrig
Bruce-Grey CDSB James McKinnon
CDSB of Eastern Ontario Bill Gartland
CEC du Centre-Est Rejean Sirois
CEP deEdithl'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) Edith Dumont
Conseil scolaire Viamonde Martin Bertrand
CSC du Nouvel-Ontario Lyse-Anne Papineau
CSD du Grand Nord de l'Ontario Marc Gauthier
CSD du Nord-Est de l'Ontario (Interim) Simon Fecteau
CSDC Centre-Sud André Blais
CSDC de l'est ontarien (CSDCEO) François Turpin
CSDC des Aurores boreales Lucie Allaire
CSDC des Grandes Rivieres Lorraine Presley
CSDC Franco-Nord Monique Ménard
CSC Providence Joseph Picard
DSB of Niagara Warren Hoshizaki
DSB Ontario North East Linda Knight
Dufferin-Peel CDSB Marianne Mazzorato
Durham CDSB Anne O'Brien
Durham DSB Lisa Millar
Grand Erie DSB Brenda Blancher
Greater Essex County DSB Erin Kelly
Halton CDSB Paula Dawson
Halton DSB Stuart Miller
Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB David Hansen
Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Manny Figuerido
Hastings and Prince Edward DSB Mandy Savery-Whiteway
Huron-Perth CDSB Vince MacDonald
Huron-Superior CDSB John Stadnyk
Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB Jennifer Leclerc
Keewatin-Patricia DSB Sean Monteith
Kenora CDSB Phyllis Eikre
Lakehead DSB Ian MacRae
Lambton Kent DSB Jim Costello
Limestone DSB Debra Rantz
London DCSB Linda Staudt
Near North DSB Jackie Young
Niagara CDSB John Crocco
Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB Anna Marie Bitonti
Northeastern CDSB Glenn Sheculski
Northwest CDSB Rick Boisvert
Ottawa Catholic School Board Denise Andre
Ottawa-Carleton DSB Jennifer Adams
Peel DSB Tony Pontes
Peterb. Vic. North.& Clarington CDSB Michael Nasello
Rainbow DSB Norm Blaseg
Rainy River DSB Heather Campbell
Renfrew County CDSB Michele Arbour
Renfrew County DSB Pino Buffone
Simcoe County DSB Steve Blake
Simcoe Muskoka CDSB Brian Beal
St. Clair CDSB Dan Parr
Sudbury CDSB Joanne Benard
Superior North CDSB Alexa McKinnon
Superior-Greenstone DSB Dave Tamblyn
Thames Valley DSB Laura Elliott
Thunder Bay CDSB Pino Tassone
Toronto CDSB Angela Gauthier
Toronto DSB John Malloy
Trillium Lakelands DSB Larry Hope
Upper Canada DSB Stephen Sliwa
Upper Grand DSB Martha Rogers
Waterloo CDSB Loretta Notten
Waterloo Region DSB John Bryant
Wellington Catholic DSB Tamara Nugent
Windsor-Essex CDSB Paul Picard
York CDSB Patricia Preston
York Region DSB (Interim) Kathi Wallace
Updated June, 2017