Board of Directors
Director of Education and Secretary of the Board, Upper Canada District School Board
Stephen Sliwa is an accomplished educator with more than 30 years of service in Ontario schools. He is currently the Director of Education and Chief Executive Officer of the Upper Canada District School Board in Brockville (Ontario). The Upper Canada District School Board serves 26,800 students from over 37 municipalities within a 12,000 sq km jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario, with an operating budget of $374M to support 79 schools and 12 adult education centres.
Prior to his appointment to the Upper Canada District School Board as its CEO, Stephen served for twelve years as a senior executive in the K-to-12 Education sector in Ottawa-Carleton and Renfrew County. With specific responsibility to generate value and make a difference in operational and / or financial performance for local school boards, he led portfolios such as Program Supervision (School Effectiveness Framework), Early Learning, School Operations, IT, Student Leadership, and Special Education.
As a senior executive, Stephen was also responsible for leading a shift within the existing instructional culture in K-to-12 schools to incorporate a renewed focus on Indigenous Education. Key to this work was promoting a collaborative approach for classroom teaching and learning, involving partnerships with Indigenous communities, local schools, and the Ministry of Education. He brings insights and reflections from these experiences forward when mentoring future teachers in his role as an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Education, at Queen’s University.
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.