Who We Are
Paul Bennett, Headmaster, Halifax Grammar School
Rodney Clifton, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Joseph Freedman, Former President, Society for Advancing Educational Research
Mark Holmes, Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
William Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute
John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Malkin Dare, President
Mrs. Dare began her career as an elementary school
teacher after graduating from the University of Western
Ontario and London Teachers’ College. She later joined
the Department of External Affairs and served in Hong
Kong and Barbados.
As a result of her concern for the state of education
in Ontario, Mrs. Dare was one of the founding members of
the Organization for Quality Education (OQE). She
was OQE’s founding president, a director of the Society
for Advancing Educational Research in Education, and
the author of How to Get the Right Education for Your
Child and Stairway to Reading. Mrs. Dare was a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for the Province of Ontario (West & South). She has two children.
John Bachmann, Vice President
- Mr. Bachmann is a professor engineer who currently works as a Sales, Marketing and Quality Manager for an industrial distribution company in Mississauga. After graduating from the University of Manitoba in Mechancial Engineering, Mr. Bachmann went to teachers' college and taught high school in Winnipeg for five years, during which time he earned his BEd. Since that time, he has accumulated 30 years' experience in industry, along with an MBA. He is currently the Chairman of the Canadian Fluid Power Association and is very involved, with other international associations, in projects intended to improve technology education in elementary and secondary schools, and to promote careers involving fluid power technology. Mr. Bachmann is thrilled at the prospect of teaching his recently-arrived granddaughters how to read using Stairway to Reading.
- Mrs. Wagner
has a diploma in nursing from St. Mary’s Hospital
in Kitchener, Ontario and practiced her profession
for many years. She and her husband own and operate
their own business, The Bow Shop in Waterloo, Ontario.
She has sat on various boards in her local community.
Mrs. Wagner was a member of the Training and Education Committee
of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
She is past executive committee member of Resurrection
High School. Also an advocate for education reform,
Mrs. Wagner served as President of the Organization for
Quality Education. She has three children.
Frank Gue, Director
- Mr. Gue is a retired professional electrical engineer, BSc
Alberta, MBA McMaster (Hamilton), who worked in the manufacturing and systems management fields and has written published works on these subjects. Mr. Gue also taught
technical and management subjects at the college and university level. He and his wife are residents of
Gerry Nicholls, Director
- Gerry Nicholls is one of Canada’s most prominent defenders of our economic and political freedoms. For more than twenty years he was a senior officer at the National Citizens Coalition, Canada’s largest independent pro-free market advocacy group. While at the NCC Gerry directed the group’s political strategy and oversaw its communication campaigns. Gerry now works as a freelance writer and as an independent political consultant. His columns on political affairs have appeared national newspapers including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and the Sun Media chain. Currently Gerry is a Senior Fellow with the Democracy Institute. He is a parent of two sons.
Wilson, Executive Director
- Mrs. Wilson
holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business, economics
and psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
She has worked in the private sector mostly in the
area of accounting. Mrs. Wilson has also been a strong advocate
for improving the quality of education offered in
Ontario schools. She served on the board
of Ontario's Education Quality and Accountability
Office (EQAO) from 1997 to 2005 and chaired its audit committee.
She was also a director of the Organization for Quality
Education, co-chair of the Ontario Coalition
for Education Reform, founder and past-president of
the Madonna High School Alumnae Association, and a
past member of the St. Gregory Catholic School Council. Mrs. Wilson is a member of the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network's National Literacy Strategy Advisory Committee. Mrs. Wilson has been involved in her local community in
various capacities and is a parent of three.