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Linda Lacroix, OCT
Registrar & CEO

Linda Lacroix, OCT

Linda Lacroix, OCT, is a seasoned educator with more than 30 years of experience in the education sector, most recently as the College’s Interim Deputy Registrar. Prior to joining the College as Director of Investigations & Hearings in 2020, she held several leadership positions, including, Director, French Language Teaching and Learning Branch, at the Ministry of Education.

From 2013 to 2018, Linda was the superintendent of education for the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario. During her career, she was a school principal for 15 years and has been and continues to be a member of various provincial committees, networks, as well as community-level ventures.

She serves her community as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the West Nipissing General Hospital and as Chair of the Health Quality Assurance Committee for the same hospital.Linda holds a master's in education from the Université d’Ottawa, and a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a bachelor of arts from Laurentian University.

Jamie Robertson, OCT
Deputy Registrar and Director of Investigations and Professional Conduct

Jamie Robertson, OCT

Jamie joined the College as Director of Investigations & Hearings in September 2022 and was appointed to the role of Interim Deputy Registrar in January 2023.

Jamie arrived at the College with significant experience as a classroom teacher and administrator in the Ontario and Alberta education systems. After working as a teacher, department head, and curriculum leader with the Calgary Board of Education, Jamie moved to Ontario and served as a secondary school teacher, vice-principal, and principal with the Limestone School Board (LSB) and the Peel District School Board (PDSB).

Following his in-school experience, Jamie moved on to senior administrative roles with the PDSB, first as Manager of Human Resources Support Services and then as Superintendent. Jamie implemented systemwide reforms that modernized human resources functions including recruitment and hiring, labour relations, attendance management, and health and safety. As an executive human resources officer, Jamie represented his school board on human rights matters, strategic planning, and collective bargaining.

In addition to his career experience, Jamie has been an active member of several professional associations and networks, including the Ontario Principal’s Council, the Ontario Public School Boards Association, and the Peel Association of Administrative Officers. He has also been a member of United Way Peel’s Campaign Cabinet.

Jamie holds a bachelor of education from the University of Alberta and an MA in Education Policy and Administrative Studies from the University of Calgary.

Eric Mézin
Director of Corporate Services

EricM ezin

A seasoned corporate leader, Eric has extensive experience in change management and government relations. Most recently, he served as Executive Director, Student Services at York University, Glendon College, where he had oversight of the non-academic portion of the College’s departments, including Academic & Financial Services, Student Affairs and Recruitment. In this role, Eric was responsible for managing the delivery of diverse corporate services including communications, international marketing and recruitment, and oversight of students’ facilities on campus.

Prior to this, Eric worked extensively with the education sector, including school boards, teachers, post-secondary institutions, and diverse education stakeholders, as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization dedicated to student success, the Council of Educators of Toronto.

Eric also brings over fifteen years of experience with the Ontario government, leading and supporting education planning and program initiatives in progressively senior roles in a variety of ministries, including the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Eric holds an M.A in Political Science and International Economy from York University, an M.A in International Audit/Finance from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (Paris School of Business), an M.A in Public Policy and Administration from the Institut d’Études Politiques (Paris) and a B.A in Administrative Law from La Sorbonne in Paris.

Demetra Saldaris, OCT
Director of Membership Services

Demetra Saldaris, OCT

Demetra Saldaris, OCT, is the College’s Director of Membership Services.

Demetra joined the College in January 2021 as Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation. She has successfully led the College’s department that promotes professional standards and oversees the processes for accrediting initial and in-service teacher education programs and additional qualification courses that are available to teachers for ongoing professional development.

Prior to joining the College, Demetra served as Director of the Professionalism, Teaching Policy and Standards Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education. In this role, she provided direction to staff and management in work that dovetails with that of the College. In this role, Demetra was the Ministry's primary contact with the College and led the successful introduction of regulatory and legislative amendments, teacher professional development programs, and numerous education-related policies. This experience included work across the education sector and with key stakeholders. Beyond that, Demetra is a highly experienced educator and leader at the classroom, school, board, and provincial levels, both elementary and secondary.

Saldaris holds a bachelor of education and MA from Western University, as well as Principal and Supervisory Officer qualifications.

Saran Ragunathan, OCT, JD
Director of Policy, Governance and Tribunals

Saran Ragunathan

Saran joined the College in 2012, serving as a Policy Analyst for nearly a decade, and played a critical role in the implementation of numerous high-profile initiatives through the development of regulatory amendments, supporting the development of the Accreditation Resource Guide and providing strategic advice to minimize risks to the profession and the College.

Saran was promoted to the role of Manager of the Accreditation Unit in early 2023. As Manager, he worked closely with his team to support the Accreditation Committee. Saran also worked closely with stakeholder groups, such as the Ontario Association of Deans of Education, the Independent Deans and Directors of Education of Ontario, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education, and the Ministry of Education to move sector wide initiatives forward, such as the Transitional Certificate.

Prior to joining the College, Saran worked as a lawyer at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons).

Saran holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario, alongside a Bachelor of Education and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

Anna-Marie Nielsen, OCT
Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation

Anna-Marie Nielsen, OCT

Anna-Marie Nielsen, OCT, is the College’s Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation.

Anna-Marie joined the College’s Accreditation Unit as a Bilingual Program Officer in 2015, during the transition to the four-semester initial teacher education program. Later, as Manager of the Accreditation Unit, she demonstrated continued leadership by guiding her team through accreditation reviews of more than fifty initial teacher education programs across Ontario.

Prior to joining the College, and informed by her academic background in science, Anna-Marie worked as a Curriculum Developer and Pedagogical Reviewer in elementary mathematics for the Ministry of Education. In addition, she was a curriculum consultant in such diverse areas as science, numeracy, instructional technology, and environmental education. She has also worked as a math content reviewer for the Education Quality and Accountability Office and acquired rich classroom experience teaching students from kindergarten to Grade 12.

From 2005-2006, Anna-Marie facilitated courses on patterning and algebraic reasoning as a visiting lecturer at James Cook University’s Faculty of Education. She has also developed and taught online Additional Qualifications courses for providers in Canada and the U.S.

Anna-Marie is also an experienced presenter who has represented the College at several conferences and is currently Vice-Chair of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada.

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