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Dr. Pino Buffone

Director of Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board

An educator by profession since 1994, Pino has served as a teacher in the Western Quebec School Board (1994-1998) and as teacher, vice-principal, principal and supervisory officer in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (1998 to 2017). He is currently Director of Education for the Renfrew County District School Board (2017 to 2023) and has been appointed Director of Education at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, effective Tuesday 01 August 2023.

As Chief Education Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the District, as well as Secretary to the Board, he is accountable to the Board of Trustees, and through Statute, to the Minister of Education for the organization and operation of the District. Key areas of responsibility include: provision of educational leadership to the District; maintenance of a strategic focus and management of policy implementation; enhancement of communications and community relations; management of human resources and professional development; demonstration of fiscal accountability; and, development of a strong relationship with provincial officials.

In the Fall of 2022, Pino completed the Doctor of Education Program (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership at the School of Graduate Studies of Western University. Currently, he is provincial representative for the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s ‘Right to Read’ Working Group and the Advisory Committee for School Mental Health Ontario (September 2021 to present). Pino is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Children and Schools COVID-19 Working Group (2020 to present) and an Education Partner with the Education Research Development & Innovation Institute (2018 to present). He remains an active member of the Modernization in Measurement Advisory Panel of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (2016 to present), and, has served as facilitator of the Supervisory Officers’ Qualification Program for the Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (2017 to 2022).

Further, Pino has served as President of United Nations Association in Canada – National Capital Region Branch (2007-2012), as well as Part-Time Academic Staff, Faculty of Education – University of Ottawa, for the Teacher Education Program & Native Teacher Education Program (2006-2008). He has worked on secondment at the Education Quality and Accountability Office – an arm’s-length agency of the Government of Ontario responsible for provincial, national and international assessments – as an Education Officer, and subsequently, as Coordinator of English-language Assessments (1999-2003).