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The EdCan Network Announces its 2020-2021 Advisory Council

This pan-Canadian network of leaders from the K-12, post-secondary, not-for-profit and corporate sectors continues its vital advisory role on how best to provide professional learning support to educators during this challenging time.

TORONTO — November 30, 2020

As the leading independent national voice in Canadian K-12 education, EdCan continues to play an indispensable role in bringing together groups and individuals from across the entire spectrum of K-12 public education to influence policy and practice improvements in ways that build the capacity of Canadian educators to explore and respond to emerging opportunities and challenges at all levels of the system.

The EdCan Network Advisory Council provides a forum for expression of countrywide issues and trends in education and advises the Board on the direction and priorities for the Network. Council members provide visibility and act as advocates for the EdCan Network within their respective professional communities. They are drawn from all regions of the country and serve a three-year term, which may be renewable for a second three-year term. At EdCan’s November 10th Board of Directors meeting, six new members were appointed to its Advisory Council.


Jean-Pierre Bédard

Assistant Director General, Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Saint-Laurent, QC

Kathryn Goddard

Vice-President, Products and Channels, World Vision Canada, Toronto, ON

Vani Jain 

Executive Director, The Daymark Foundation, Toronto, ON

Gwen Keith

Director of Education, Holy Family School Division, Weyburn, SK

Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew

Research Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Renee St. Germain

Acting Director of Education, Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa, ON

Camille Williams-Taylor

Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa, ON


“We’re so impressed with the calibre of this group of newly appointed education and philanthropic leaders to serve on our Council,” says EdCan Chair Denise Andre. “They add a tremendous depth and breadth of experience and share our ultimate goal of heightening every students’ well-being and opportunities for meaningful learning to help them discover their purpose and path in life.”

For more information about these new Advisory Council Members, and to review our entire Council, please visit: https://www.edcan.ca/council

The Annual Meeting of EdCan’s Advisory Council will take place virtually on December 1, 2020, where these leaders will be advising EdCan staff on the organization’s three strategic priorities:

1. Increasing workplace wellbeing for K-12 staff 

Supporting school districts and provinces to make teacher and staff well-being a top policy and investment priority.

2. Engaging and Empowering Students to Lead Societal Change 

Supporting students’ acquisition of Global Competencies via the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, which will engage them in meaningful learning and discovering their crucial role in solving local, regional, national and global problems.

3. Equipping K-12 staff by informing them on emerging issues and actionable strategies 

Identifying ways, through its three areas of action, to support educators and key collaborators by responding to emerging Issues, challenges and opportunities.


About the EdCan Network

The EdCan Network has maintained its 129-year tradition as the only national, nonpartisan, bilingual organization representing 110,000 educators across Canada. Our role as an intermediary connects K-12 education systems across the country by producing and disseminating authoritative and evidence-based, yet accessible content that is trusted by educators, parents, and policymakers alike. EdCan aims to improve education policies that heighten equity and support deeper learning (i.e. a combination of the fundamental knowledge and practical basic skills all students need to succeed), and expanding the reach of educational resources in an effort to bridge the research-implementation gap. Learn more at www.edcan.ca or @EdCanNet.

Contact: Max Cooke, EdCan CEO (bilingual)

Tel: 416-591-6300 ext. 225   E-mail: mcooke@edcan.ca

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