Director of Education

Michele Giroux

Michele Giroux is the Director of Education for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, effective January 9, 2023.

Michele will serve in the role of Director until a permanent candidate is selected by the Board of Trustees later in 2023. The Board will be announcing plans for a comprehensive search for a new Director of Education in the coming weeks. 

Michele has been a very active member of the senior team for over 17 years and brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role. As Executive Officer (Corporate Services), Michele has a demonstrated track record in communications, corporate strategy, board governance, project management, research, and privacy and information management. Michele is recognized as a thoughtful and caring leader, known for building empowered and diverse teams.

A graduate of Carleton University, Michele studied Political Science and Canadian Studies. She started her career as an Education Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and has worked for many years in municipal government. Prior to joining the OCDSB, Michele owned her own consulting practice, providing education, training, and implementation strategies to clients including municipalities, provincial and federal organizations. 

At the OCDSB, Michele has been instrumental in supporting the organization’s ability to move from strategy to practice. This was demonstrated in her role as the Executive Project Champion of “Valuing Voices – Identity Matters! “ a research project to collect identity-based data where she was able to balance the legislative, research, policy, and operational requirements of the data collection, while ensuring the focus of the work was built on the lived experiences of students, staff, and families.  

Michele’s additional training and certifications include the Osgoode Certificate in Human Rights for Education Professionals; Diversity and Inclusion and Unconscious Bias Training; Cultural Proficiency, and an Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership & Facilitator Accreditation.

Michele’s appointment to the role of Director of Education brings stability, credibility, and continuity to the important work of the school district.

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