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

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.

Loretta Notten

Loretta Notten
Chair of CODE 2020-2021
Présidente de CODE 2020-2021

Loretta Notten is currently the Director of Education at Waterloo Catholic DSB, which represents 50 schools and 24,200 day students, as well as 13,000 Adult and Continuing Ed students attending schools in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, and the surrounding townships. Loretta began her career in York Catholic DSB as an English teacher and then spent 26 years in Toronto Catholic DSB as a department head, secondary vice-principal and principal, central Program Coordinator and then 9 years as a superintendent.
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Loretta Notten est actuellement directrice de l'éducation au Waterloo Catholic DSB, qui représente 50 écoles et 24 200 étudiants de jour, ainsi que 13 000 élèves adultes et en éducation permanente qui fréquentent des écoles de Cambridge, Kitchener et Waterloo, et les cantons environnants. Loretta a commencé sa carrière au York Catholic DSB en tant que professeur d'anglais, puis a passé 26 ans au Toronto Catholic DSB en tant que chef de département, directrice adjointe et directrice du secondaire, coordonnatrice centrale des programmes, puis 9 ans en tant que surintendante.
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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 2020 - 2021:
Last Name First Name Organization Title
Bertrand Martin Conseil scolaire Viamonde  
Blais André CSC MonAvenir CODELF CHAIR
Blake Steve Simcoe County DSB  
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  
Falconer Karen Toronto DSB  
Gauthier Marc CSP du Grand Nord de l’Ontario CODEP CHAIR
Hoshizaki Warren DSB Niagara  
Kelly Erin Greater Essex CDSB  
Notten Loretta Waterloo CDSB CODE CHAIR – ECCODE CHAIR
Picard Joseph CSC Providence CODEC CHAIR
Reece Lucia Algoma DSB PCODE CHAIR
Rogers Martha Upper Grand DSB  
Sliwa Stephen Upper Canada DSB  
Tassone Pino Thunder Bay Catholic DSB  
Updated January 4, 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 John Cameron
CEC du Centre-Est Marc Bertrand
CEP de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) Sylvie Tremblay
Conseil scolaire Viamonde Martin Bertrand
CSC du Nouvel-Ontario Paul Henry
CSP du Grand Nord de l'Ontario Marc Gauthier
CSP du Nord-Est de l'Ontario Simon Fecteau
CSC MonAvenir André Blais
CSDC de l'est ontarien (CSDCEO) François Turpin
CSDC des Aurores boreales Lucie Allaire
CSDC des Grandes Rivieres Sylvie Petroski
CSDC Franco-Nord Monique Ménard
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 Stuart Miller
Hamilton-Wentworth CDSB David Hansen
Hamilton-Wentworth DSB Manny Figuerido
Hastings and Prince Edward DSB Sean Monteith
Huron-Perth CDSB Chris Roehrig
Huron-Superior CDSB Rose Burton Spohn
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 Linda Staudt
Near North DSB Craig Myles
Niagara CDSB Camillo Cipriano
Nipissing-Parry Sound CDSB Anna Marie Bitonti
Northeastern CDSB Tricia Stefanic Weltz
Northwest CDSB Brendan Hyatt
Ottawa Catholic School Board Thomas D'Amico
Ottawa-Carleton DSB Camille Williams-Taylor
Peel DSB Colleen Russell-Rawlins (I)
Peterb. Vic. North.& Clarington CDSB Joan Carragher
Rainbow DSB Norm Blaseg
Rainy River DSB Heather Campbell
Renfrew County CDSB Marc Searson
Renfrew County DSB Pino Buffone
Simcoe County DSB Steve Blake
Simcoe Muskoka CDSB Frances Bagley
St. Clair CDSB Deb Crawford
Sudbury CDSB Joanne Bénard
Superior North CDSB (Interim) Maria Vasanelli
Superior-Greenstone DSB (Interim) Nicole Morden-Cormier
Thames Valley DSB Mark Fisher
Thunder Bay CDSB Pino Tassone
Toronto CDSB Brendan Browne
Toronto DSB Karen Falconer (I)
Trillium Lakelands DSB Wes Hahn
Upper Canada DSB Stephen Sliwa
Upper Grand DSB Martha Rogers
Waterloo CDSB Loretta Notten
Waterloo Region DSB John Bryant
Wellington Catholic DSB Michael Glazier
Windsor-Essex CDSB Terry Lyons
York CDSB Robert Hofstatter
York Region DSB Louise Sirisko
Updated February 16, 2021