Cathy Montreuil has been appointed the new deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, Feb. 9.
“Ms. Montreuil brings a wealth of experience having worked as an educator, assistant deputy minister, superintendent, school board director and as a member of an OECD working group representing the Council of Education Ministers,” said Premier McNeil. “This experience well positions her to lead transformation in our education system to create the best opportunities for our students and teachers.”
Ms. Montreuil is an assistant deputy minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education. She has held many positions in the education sector in Ontario, including director of education and superintendent at Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board and a principal of special education and programs at Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. She has experience modernizing curriculum and working on committees to advance student achievement, equity and well-being.
She has taught in elementary and secondary schools, worked for about 18 years in special education and worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international body that promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
“It is a privilege and honour to be chosen to work with the students, educators and stakeholders in Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Montreuil. “I feel fortunate to be joining a system where partners share a passion for working on behalf of the best interests of students.
“By continuing to keep students at the heart of our work, we will be able to build a system that delivers excellence and equity for students and staff.”
Bernie Miller has also been appointed deputy minister of the Department of Business. Mr. Miller had been acting in the role since Dec. 21.
“Bernie continues to demonstrate strong leadership and provides important advice around advancing the priorities of the province,” said Premier McNeil. “I am pleased that he will apply his strong skill sets to the Department of Business in addition to his role as deputy minister of the Office of Strategy Management.”
Mr. Miller’s appointment is effective immediately. Ms. Montreuil’s position is effective March 1.