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.

Tony Pontes

Paul Henry
Chair of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education 2022-23

Mr. Paul Henry is currently the Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon which offers a French-language Catholic Educational Program in the districts of Sudbury, Manitoulin and Algoma. It counts some 6,100 students enrolled in 27 elementary schools, 1 virtual school and 10 secondary schools.

Mr. Henry, who previously served as Associate Director of Education and Superintendent of Education, possesses a rich and varied experience in teaching and school administration in Ontario at the elementary and secondary levels. Paul Henry began his career in education in 1990 and has held various positions such as school principal and vice-principal, learning consultant at the CSC Nouvelon and senior specialist in education for the Ontario Ministry of Education.

In 2022-2023, Mr. Henry will also serve as President of the Conseil ontarien des directions des écoles catholiques (CODEC) and Destination Réussite NORD. He will also serve as a board member for the Consortium pour les élèves du Nord de l’Ontario (CÉNO), Association des gestionnaires de l’éducation franco-ontarienne (AGÉFO) and Consortium Centre Jules-Léger.

Mr. Henry holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Education from Laurentian University, a Master of Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) and an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management (University of Windsor and Stitt Feld Handy Group Toronto). He also completed an Executive Leadership Training at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School, Rotman Management School and HÉC-Montréal.

Mr. Henry has been conferred several honours including Officer (OStJ) of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem by HM and Sovereign Queen Elizabeth the Second and was appointed Knight Commander of Justice (KCLJ-J) of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. Mr. Henry is also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion as a Retired Major.

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M. Paul Henry, président du Conseil ontarien des directions de l’éducation 2022-23

M. Paul Henry occupe présentement le poste de directeur de l’éducation et secrétaire-trésorier du Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon qui offre une éducation catholique de langue française dans les districts de Sudbury, Manitoulin et d’Algoma. Le Conseil compte près de 6 100 élèves répartis dans un réseau de 27 écoles élémentaires, une école virtuelle et 10 écoles secondaires.

Ayant également œuvré à titre de directeur-associé de l’éducation ainsi que surintendant de l’éducation, M. Henry possède une expérience riche et variée en enseignement et en administration scolaire aux paliers élémentaire et secondaire en Ontario. Ayant débuté sa carrière dans le domaine de l’éducation en 1990, Paul Henry a occupé une variété de postes dont direction et direction adjointe d’école, conseiller pédagogique au CSC Nouvelon et spécialiste principal en éducation au ministère de l’Éducation de l’Ontario.

En 2022-2023 M. Henry assumera la présidence du Conseil ontarien des directions des écoles catholiques (CODEC) ainsi que celle de Destination Réussite NORD. D’autant plus, il sera membre du comité d’administration du Consortium pour les élèves du Nord de l’Ontario (CÉNO), de l’Association des gestionnaires de l’éducation franco-ontarienne (AGÉFO) et du Consortium Centre Jules-Léger.

M. Henry est titulaire d'un baccalauréat ès arts honneurs et d'un baccalauréat en éducation de l'Université Laurentienne, d'une maîtrise en éducation de l'Université de Toronto (OISE) et d'un certificat exécutif en gestion des conflits (Université de Windsor et Stitt Feld Handy Group Toronto). Il a également suivi une formation en leadership pour cadres à la Harvard Graduate School of Education, à la Harvard Kennedy School, à la Rotman Management School et à HÉC-Montréal.

M. Henry a été conféré plusieurs honneurs dont le titre d’Officier (OStJ) de l’Ordre très vénérable de l’Hôpital de Saint-Jean de Jérusalem par SM et Souveraine la Reine Elizabeth deux et Chevalier-Commandeur de Justice (KCLJ-J) de l’Ordre militaire et hospitalier de St-Lazare de Jérusalem. Ce dernier est également un membre de la Légion royale canadienne au titre de Major (retraité).

Tony Pontes

Tony Pontes
CODE Executive Director

Tony Pontes spent 39 years with the Peel District School Board as a teacher, principal, superintendent and director of education, retiring on August 31, 2017. On November 1, 2018, he was appointed as Interim Executive Director of CODE. The CODE Executive made the position permanent commencing July 1, 2019.

During his career in education, Tony built on his commitment to student success by playing a leadership role in local and provincial initiatives. In addition to his leadership within the Peel board, Tony provided leadership at the provincial level as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials' Association (OPSOA). Tony served as president of OPSOA for 2010-11. As a director of education, Tony served on the executive of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and was the chair of CODE in the 2015-16.

Tony believes in the impact that directors of education have on publicly funded education and the students and families served by their local boards and is proud to serve as Interim Executive Director of CODE.


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.

CODE Executive 2021 - 2022:
Last Name First Name Organization Title
Blais André CSC MonAvenir CODELF CHAIR
Burton Spohn Rose Huron-Superior CDSB  
Campbell Heather Rainy River DSB
Crawford Deb St. Clair CDSB  
Daly Patrick Halton CDSB  
Dye Lesleigh DSB Ontario North East  
Henry Paul CSC du Nouvel-Ontario CODEC CHAIR
Hoshizaki Warren DSB Niagara  
Kelly Erin Greater Essex CDSB  
Laliberté Yves CSP du Nord-Est de l’Ontario  
Notten Loretta Waterloo CDSB ECCODE CHAIR
Petroski Sylvie CSDC des Grandes Rivières  
Roehrig Chris Huron-Perth Catholic DSB  
Russell-Rawlins Colleen Toronto DSB  
Sirisko Louise York Region DSB  
Tremblay Sylvie CEP de l’Est de l’Ontario CODEP CHAIR
Williams-Taylor Camille Ottawa-Carleton DSB  
Updated September 16, 2021      
List of Directors of Education By School Board:
School Board First Name Last Name
Algoma DSB Lucia Reece
Algonquin & Lakeshore CDSB David DeSantis
Avon Maitland DSB Lisa Walsh
Bluewater DSB Lori Wilder
Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB Michael McDonald
Bruce-Grey CDSB Gary O'Donnell
CDSB of Eastern Ontario Lyne Racine (Interim)
CEC du Centre-Est Marc Bertrand
CEP de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) Sylvie Tremblay
Conseil scolaire Viamonde Michel Laverdière
CSC du Nouvel-Ontario Paul Henry
CSP du Grand Nord de l'Ontario Sébastien Fontaine
CSP du Nord-Est de l'Ontario Yves Laliberté
CSC MonAvenir André Blais
CSDC de l'est ontarien (CSDCEO) Eugénie Congi
CSDC des Aurores Boreales Mireille Major-Levesque
CSDC des Grandes Rivieres Sylvie Petroski
CSDC Franco-Nord Serge Levac
CSC Providence Joseph Picard
DSB of Niagara Warren Hoshizaki
DSB Ontario North East Lesleigh Dye
Dufferin-Peel CDSB Marianne Mazzorato
Durham CDSB Tracy Barill
Durham DSB Norah Marsh
Grand Erie DSB JoAnna Roberto
Greater Essex County DSB Erin Kelly
Halton CDSB Patrick Daly
Halton DSB Curtis Ennis
Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB David Hansen
Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Sue Dunlop (Interim)
Hastings and Prince Edward DSB Katherine MacIver
Huron-Perth CDSB Chris Roehrig
Huron-Superior CDSB Danny Viotto
Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB Rita Russo
Keewatin-Patricia DSB Sherri-Lynne Pharand
Kenora CDSB Paul White
Lakehead DSB Ian MacRae
Lambton Kent DSB John Howitt
Limestone DSB Krishna Burra
London DCSB Vince Romeo
Near North DSB Craig Myles
Niagara CDSB Camillo Cipriano
Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB Paula Mann
Northeastern CDSB Tricia Stefanic Weltz
Northwest CDSB Jackie Robinson
Ottawa Catholic School Board Thomas D'Amico
Ottawa-Carleton DSB Camille Williams-Taylor
Peel DSB Rashmi Swarup (I)
Peterb. Vic. North.& Clarington CDSB Joan Carragher
Rainbow DSB Bruce Bourget
Rainy River DSB Heather Campbell
Renfrew County CDSB Marc Searson
Renfrew County DSB Pino Buffone
Simcoe County DSB John Dance (I)
Simcoe Muskoka CDSB Frances Bagley
St. Clair CDSB Scott Johnson
Sudbury CDSB Joanne Bénard
Superior North CDSB Maria Vasanelli
Superior-Greenstone DSB Nicole Morden-Cormier
Thames Valley DSB Mark Fisher
Thunder Bay CDSB Pino Tassone
Toronto CDSB Brendan Browne
Toronto DSB Colleen Russell-Rawlins
Trillium Lakelands DSB Wes Hahn
Upper Canada DSB Ron Ferguson
Upper Grand DSB Peter Sovran
Waterloo CDSB Loretta Notten
Waterloo Region DSB jeewan chanicka
Wellington Catholic DSB Michael Glazier
Windsor-Essex CDSB Emelda Byrne
York CDSB Domenic Scuglia
York Region DSB Louise Sirisko
Updated March 2, 2022