Curriculum Council

What is the Curriculum Council?

The Curriculum Council is a group of knowledgeable, committed community leaders and education experts who were first brought together in March 2007 to advise the Minister of Education. They provide strategic policy advice on the elementary and secondary curriculum.

The council reviews a wide range of topics at the request of the minister and may be supported by a working group of experts on selected topics.

What topic is the council currently reviewing?

In September 2012, the Curriculum Council submitted their advice to the Minister about strengthening equity and inclusive education principles and bullying prevention across the curriculum and ways to support this learning.

What has the council previously reviewed?

In the past the Council has provided advice on environmental education, the elementary curriculum and financial literacy.

Who are the members of the council?

Ruth Baumann is the council's chairperson. She is a respected educator who has been deeply involved in the K-12 Ontario education system for more than 30 years.

The membership of the council is updated as required.

Current members of the Curriculum Council:


Title / Current Position

Ruth Baumann

Partner, Directions-Evidence and Policy Research Group; Director, Alterna Savings Credit Union; Former Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Teachers' Federation

Chantal Bertrand

Coordinator (Eastern Ontario Education and Training Center) (Hawkesbury Campus)

Vicki Bismilla

Former Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer Centennial College, Toronto

Serge Demers

Interim Assistant Vice-President, Student Affairs at Laurentian University

Mark Evans

Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Linda Fabi

Director of Education Waterloo Region District School Board

Frances Garofalo

Doctoral Candidate and Researcher, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Former Superintendent of Curriculum and School Effectiveness, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board

Kathy Gould Lundy

Coordinator of Destination Arts, Faculty of Education, York University

Jackie Moore

Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto
Former Director of the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program at Queen's University

Maurice Proulx

Former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for French-Language Education, Field Services, provincial schools and Independent Learning Centre, Director of Education and Principal

Sharon Pyke

Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board

Gail Smyth

Executive Director of Skills Canada – Ontario a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

Chris Suurtamm

Director of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education