Joe Jamieson, OCT, MEd, BA
Interim CEO and Registrar
In January 2020, Joe Jamieson became interim CEO and Registrar of the College.
Certified to teach in Quebec in 1992, Joe began his career in education with the Halton Catholic District School Board where he served as a teacher and curriculum consultant. Since 2001 he has held various positions at the College including Director of the Standards of Practice and Accreditation department and Director of the Investigations and Hearings department. He holds a MEd from the University of Toronto, a BA from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Secondary Education from McGill University.
Joe has responsibilities in managing the College’s financial systems, including its $43 million dollar annual operating budget and works closely with the 37 elected and appointed members of the College’s governing Council. Joe leads several major College initiatives and speaks frequently to community partners.
He belongs to the Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation’s international relations committee. He is the past Chair of the Professional Practices Committee of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) and the recipient of its 2015 Doug Bates Award. From June 2013 – June 2019, he was a publicly appointed member on the Council of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Joe is a compelling and sought after presenter within the education sector. He speaks frequently at public and education conferences on topics such as professional conduct, use of social media, leadership, education law, and LGBTQ issues in education.
Paul Picard, OCT, MEd, BA
Interim Deputy Registrar
Paul Picard was appointed in December 2019 as Interim Deputy Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers.
A native of Essex County, Paul retired in 2017 from the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board after a distinguished 41-year career with the board, the last seven as its director of education. As director, he oversaw 33 elementary, three middle, and eight secondary schools, a Centre for Excellence and an adult education program all serving 20,200 students with a staff of 2,078.
Certified to teach in 1976, Paul served as a teacher, vice-principal and principal at various schools. Later, as a superintendent, he was responsible for human resources and facilities services. He holds MEd and BEd degrees from the University of Windsor and a BA from York University and has extensive experience in labour relations, having negotiated collective agreements on behalf of management, union affiliates, and support staff across the province.
During his tenure, the board’s student achievement scores and graduation rates rose steadily, schools were consolidated to devote more innovative programs to classrooms, three middle schools began, numerous new academy programs started, and international student enrolment increased significantly. He was also an architect of the Muskoka Woods Leadership Development program. More than 30,000 Grade 8 students have participated in the four-day, three-night program that combats bullying and fosters positive mental health, self-worth and well-being.
Paul guided the board through its most tumultuous years and financial difficulties caused by declining enrolment. He was awarded the J.F. Johnston Outstanding Educator Award by the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Principal Association for his efforts to meet the needs of all students, especially those most vulnerable.
A recognized community builder, Paul received a Government of Ontario Award for Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Athletics, coached the national champion Windsor Juvenile Selects Baseball Club, facilitated the acquisition of food and clothing for the Blessed Sacrament Food Bank, helped organize a church youth group for disadvantaged children, and was chair of a Ministry of Community and Social Services Multi-Year Planning Committee for Windsor-Essex County.
Chantal Bélisle, OCT, LL.M.
Director of Investigations and Hearings
Chantal Bélisle is the Director of Investigations and Hearings with the Ontario College of Teachers and is also a member of the College.
Since Chantal was first employed by the College in 2008 as a bilingual Investigator she has held other positions in the organization including that of a secondment to the Complaint Resolution Program, and that of a bilingual Program Officer in Accreditation.
Chantal holds Principal as well as Supervisory Officer Qualifications. In 2013, she completed a Master of Laws degree with York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. She also holds an advanced certificate in dispute resolution and mediation through York University.
Prior to arriving at the College, Chantal was a teacher for 16 years in Simcoe County with the Catholic as well as the public French language school boards.
Chantal’s other professional experience includes participation on initiatives for the Ministry of Education and a roster member with York University’s ADR program.
Linda Zaks-Walker, OCT
Director of Membership Services
Linda Zaks-Walker is Director of Membership Services at the Ontario College of Teachers. Linda has worked in education in a variety of roles. She is a former Director of Investigations and Hearings at the Ontario College of Teachers. She was a project manager for Teach in Ontario, a bridging program that assisted internationally educated teachers to become certified in Ontario and find employment. From 2001 to 2003, Linda worked as an education officer for the Ministry of Education. Linda started her career as an elementary teacher in the Durham District School Board and also served as a special education resource teacher, vice-principal and principal in that board. In addition, Linda has taught Special Education, Part 1 for York University.
Roch Gallien, OCT
Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation
Roch Gallien, OCT, is the Director of Standards of Practice and Accreditation. Before joining the College in 2015, Gallien was Director of Education of the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l'Ontario for six years and, prior to that, served seven years as a superintendent for the Conseil scolaire public du Grand-Nord de l'Ontario, servicing northwest Ontario.
As a teacher, he taught a variety of subjects in French- and English-language schools, including technology, and worked as a vice-principal for the Rainbow District School Board.
As head of the College department that promotes professional standards and manages the processes for accrediting initial teacher education and in-service teacher education courses Roch says, “I am very fortunate to be working with a dynamic team in the ongoing review and promotion of the well-regarded Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession. I am also proud to be working with all our well-respected providers that continue to deliver quality programming to Ontario’s teachers.”
Roch holds a bachelor of education degree from Laurentian University and a master's in administration from the University of Ottawa. He was a member of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) Executive and of the Conseil ontarien des directions de l'éducation de langue française (CODELF), and has been a member of various Ministry of Education committees.
Director of Corporate and Council Services
Rich Lewko is the College’s Director of Corporate and Council Services. Rich is responsible for a range of services including Policy and Research, Communications, Information Technology, Human Resources and Facilities. Under his leadership, a highly trained team of individuals support the work of the College Council as well as the Executive, Accreditation Appeal, Registration Appeals, Governance, Quality Assurance, Human Resources, Editorial Board and Public Interest Committees.
Prior to joining the College’s senior leadership team in 1995, Rich served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Education (1993-1995) and Special Assistant to the Government House Leader in the Ontario Legislature (1991-1993).
Before relocating to Ontario in 1991, he held several positions with increasing responsibility in Manitoba including Executive Assistant to the Minister of Industry and Trade, and Research Director to the Government Caucus in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. He also owned and operated a commercial printing and design business in Winnipeg.
Rich has been an active member of the International Youth Hosteling Federation including service as a provincial president. He studied at the University of Winnipeg with a specialization in Political Science.