Board of Directors

Stephen Sliwa

Adjunct Professor and Faculty Advisor, Queen’s University

Stephen Sliwa

An accomplished educator with 35 years of service and a long-serving senior executive in the K to 12 Education sector, Stephen is currently an adjunct professor/lecturer and faculty advisor with the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. 

Prior to his joining Queen’s University, Stephen was the CEO and Director of Education at the Upper Canada District School Board—one of Ontario’s largest school district regions—serving nearly 27,000 students residing in 37 municipalities over a 12,000 square kilometre region in Eastern Ontario. Up until his retirement from the school district in 2021, Stephen played a key role in driving the instructional agenda forward during a significant period of change. He has a performance history of designing successful organizational transformations resulting in: the revitalization of student programs; improved graduation outcomes for Grade 12 students and Adult Learners; expanding the focus on Indigenous education in all schools and community-based partnerships as part of a genuine response to the Federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action; intensification of a focus on digital learning/remote learning strategies accelerated by a global pandemic, and; successfully stabilizing the organization through unforeseen fiscal challenges. 

In addition to his support of United Way East Ontario, Stephen is also a member of the Board of Governors at St. Lawrence College where he is the chair of the academic committee. He is also past chair of the Ontario Institute of Educational Leadership.  A life-long learner, Stephen holds graduate degrees in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, as well as Curriculum Design, Program Assessment, and Public Administration from Queen’s University.