Cathy Montreuil (above), former education director of the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board, has been appointed the new deputy minister of education and early childhood development in Nova Scotia.
She was serving as the assistant deputy minister of the student achievement division with the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Ontario deputy minister Bruce Rodrigues acknowledged her strong and strategic leadership in building strong relationships with educational partners through the student achievement office.
"Ms (Cathy) 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 (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) working group representing the Council of Education Ministers," said Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil. "This experience well positions her to lead transformation in our education system to create the best opportunities for our students and teachers."
Montreuil has held many positions in the education sector in Ontario, including director of education and superintendent at the 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 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 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."