The Management Board operates independently of government and of any individual college or the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. It develops policy and oversees the implementation of related processes within its specific mandate. Members of the Management Board are drawn from business and industry, higher education facilities in other jurisdictions, student organizations, and from the College system in Ontario. This blend of ‘internal’ and ‘external’ membership is in keeping with international best practices for quality assurance agencies. Appointments are made on the basis of experience in quality assurance roles and skills identified as being required by the Board as a whole.

The management board is committed to advancing the quality and standards of career education in Ontario. To learn more about our vision and values, please visit our vision & mission page. To access our policies and procedures, please visit our policies page.

  • Charles Pankratz

    Chair, Management Board

    Charles Pankratz has been involved in the field of adult education for more than 30 years, most of it at Bow Valley College. He has a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Calgary. In the first part of his career, he was involved in the English language learning field in Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Canada as an instructor, program coordinator, and dean. He went on to serve as the dean of the Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning at the college for 10 years. Charles is the Director of Enrolment Services and Registrar at Bow Valley College, a position he has held since 2011. Charles has been a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Skills Solution Forum, Alberta Employment and Immigration Provincial Training Provider Advisory Committee, United Way’s All in For Youth committee and chaired the Provincial Adult Upgrading Committee for 6 years. He has been involved in OCQAS since 2014 and has been an audit panel chair for five college audits.

Board Members

  • Ahmed Obaide

    Vice-President Academic, Canadore College

    North Bay, Ontario

    Dr. Ahmed Obaide was appointed to the position of Vice President Academic at Canadore College in the Fall of 2019.

    Ahmed earned a B.Eng. (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Knowledge) Management. He is a senior academic leader with over twenty years of progressive and diverse experience in the post-secondary education sector. Ahmed taught many courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervised over 170 successful Masters Dissertations and 260 Graduation Projects, and held a number of administrative leadership positions that included Head of Department, Associate Dean, Dean, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. In these roles, he provided leadership and support to a wide array of academic matters that ranged from strategic and operational planning, policy development, quality assurance, accreditation and teaching excellence to enrolment management, registration, student affairs and partnerships.

    Ahmed’s academic leadership style demonstrates strong focus on programs and credentials, teaching and learning, student experience, people, research and innovation, technology, and connection to community. He is passionate about student success and is committed to academic quality and social responsibility.

  • Daniel Giroux

    President, Collège Boréal

    Sudbury, Ontario

    Daniel Giroux est dans le système collégial depuis plus de 20 ans.  Il a occupé de nombreux postes dans le système collégial qui lui ont permis de bien saisir et comprendre l’importance de la qualité dans le système collégial.  Ces postes comprennent des postes de gestion en finances, directeur de la main-d’œuvre et du développement des affaires, doyen des métiers et de la technologie, vice-président de la main-d’œuvre et du développement des affaires et vice-président des études. Avant de se joindre au réseau collégial, M. Giroux a travaillé dans l’industrie minière en tant que directeur général de Timberock International, M. Giroux a aidé l’équipe à respecter la norme ISO 9001.


  • Deidre Bannerman

    Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence, Canadore College

    North Bay, Ontario

    Deidre Bannerman has 20 years of experience in Ontario’s college sector, and is the Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence at Canadore College. She provides leadership for program quality assurance, curriculum integrity, professional development related to teaching and learning, applied research, academic policy review and revision, and special projects and initiatives.

    She holds a variety of positions outside the college that compliment her role within the institution. She is Canadore’s representative on Heads of Quality Management (HQM) since 2016 and participates on the Executive Committee of the group (since 2019). She is an auditor for Colleges Ontario’s, College Quality Assurance Audit Process and is the past Chair of the local School | College | Work Initiative (SCWI), Regional Planning Team (Nipissing Parry Sound). She has been involved with the Curriculum Developers Affinity Group (CDAG) since 2008 and held a position of the CDAG Executive team (Vice-Chair) from 2013 – 2016.

  • Don Duclos

    Registrar, Confederation College

    Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Don Duclos est actuellement registraire au Collège Confederation de Thunder Bay. Il travaille au collège depuis 2000 dans un certain nombre de domaines différents, notamment les technologies de l’information, l’élaboration de programmes d’études, la recherche institutionnelle, les services aux étudiants, l’assurance de la qualité académique et le bureau du vice-président aux études. M. Duclos a été le premier directeur de l’assurance de la qualité au Collège Confederation et a aidé à diriger leur premier processus complet du PAQCO et a participé au processus AMAQP et a siégé à un certain nombre d’équipes et de comités de vérification. Il est registraire depuis 2011 ans et gère également la formation continue, l’apprentissage en ligne et est président du comité d’éthique de la recherche. M. Duclos est membre du conseil d’administration d’Ontario Learn et fait partie de l’exécutif représentant les petits collèges au sein du CCPVS. Il a obtenu sa maîtrise en éducation (Leadership in Higher Education) de l’OISE en 2010.

  • Doug Owram

    Chair of the Degree Quality Assessment Board of British Columbia

    British Columbia

    Doug Owram is a Canadian historian who was educated at Queen’s University (B.A. , M.A.) and the University of Toronto (PhD).

    He joined the University of Alberta in 1976 and became full professor in 1985. He served in several administrative positions, becoming Provost and Vice-President (Academic) in 1995. As such he was senior vice-president of the university and its chief operating officer. His term was completed in 2003.

    In 2006 he was recruited to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. He completed his term on June 30, 2012 and  retired from UBC in 2014.

    Professor Owram has authored or edited eleven books and many articles. In recognition of his scholarship he was made a member of the Royal Society of Canada (1990) and won the university’s research prize in 1995.

    Major external roles include the Presidency of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002-2004) and the founding Chair of the Campus Alberta Quality Council (2003-2006), Alberta’s accreditation body. He currently serves as Chair of the Degree Quality Assessment Board of British Columbia.

  • Eileen De Courcy

    Vice President Academic, St. Lawrence College

    Kingston, Ontario

    Eileen De Courcy is a senior academic leader with experience in both the private and public sector, including secondary school, apprenticeship, college, university and executive education settings.  As Senior Vice President Academic at St. Lawrence College, Eileen’s leadership of the academic division is demonstrably committed to a deliberate focus on the development and delivery of strong, effective programs resulting in measurably high levels of student satisfaction and professional success. She is also committed to creating learning environments that reflect the best elements of faculty expertise, industry/ community partnerships, and the use of emerging technologies to position St. Lawrence College as a preeminent teaching and learning institute.  Eileen’s research interest including innovative teaching, curriculum theory and practice, and the student experience.

  • Elaine Popp

    Vice-President Academic, Durham College

    Oshawa, Ontario

    Dr. Elaine Popp has been the vice-president, Academic at Durham College since 2015.  In this role, she provides oversight to the academic schools, and academic departments.

    Under Popp’s leadership, Durham College will begin offering its first degree program, the Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management, in fall 2018.

    Before joining Durham College, Popp was the associate vice-president, Academic, at Humber College.  During her 16 years tenure at Humber, Popp was also head of the Kinesiology degree program at the University of Guelph-Humber.

    She is a member of the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service (OCQAS) Management Board, and the Chair Academy’s International Practitioners Board.

    Popp holds a Ph.D. in Biology from York University.  Her graduate research involved the examination of mitochondrial formation in cardiac muscle.

  • Laurie Macdonald

    Executive Director VQA, Ontario Wine Appellation Authority

    Toronto, Ontario

    As the Chief Staff Officer at VQA Ontario, Laurie oversees the management and operations of Ontario’s Wine Appellation Authority.  VQA Ontario administers provincial regulations that govern wine composition and labelling for Ontario wines and ensure label integrity for consumers.  She has been with VQA Ontario since its establishment in 2000.

    Before joining VQA, Laurie practiced as a professional engineer in the mining discipline and later was the Director of Professional Affairs and CEO/Registrar at Professional Engineers Ontario, the licensing authority for Professional Engineers in the Province.

    Laurie currently serves on the Boards of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and the Ontario Colleges Quality Assurance Service and is an active Civilian Instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Corps.


  • Lynn Casimiro

    Vice-President Academic, La Cite College

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Since 2016, Dr Lynn Casimiro has held the position of Vice-president Academic and Student Success (VPA) at La Cité College in Ottawa. She is also associate professor a the “Université de l’Ontario français” as well as vice-president of the board of directors for the “Réseau des cégeps et collèges francophones du Canada (RCCFC)”. She also sits at the board of the  “Consortium National de développement de ressources pédagogiques en français au collégial (CNDRPFC)” and she is a college representative at the Ontario colleges Indigenous Peoples Education Circle.

    From 2009 to 2015, she was adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, the founding chair of the Montfort Research Ethics Board (REB) and as Director of education, she contributed to the development of the hospital’s academic mission. From 2007 to 2009, she was the founding Director of the Ottawa Academic Health Council and from 2000 to 2007, she worked on the development of the “Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) – volet Université d’Ottawa”.

    In addition to her VPA position, she is currently member of the Montfort Hospital Research Institute scientific committee and has led numerous studies in the fields of french language health and social services for francophone minority communities as well as interprofessional care.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in sciences with a specialty in physiotherapy, a master’s in kinesiology and a doctorate in education from the University of Ottawa. She has over 68 peer-reviewed publications, 101 conference presentations and 13 technical reports.

  • Mary Wilson

    Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Waterloo and Brantford, Ontario

    Mary Wilson has over twenty years of experience in the Ontario postsecondary education sector.  She is Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada where she oversees Student Success and Retention; Accessible Learning; Experiential Learning and Career Development; Academic Advising in Brantford; Teaching, Learning and Development, eLearning and Continuing Education. Mary holds a Doctorate of Education in Theory and Policy Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Mary’s research and practice interests include educational development, post-secondary policy, curriculum theory and practice, the history of postsecondary education, and postsecondary student learning experiences.

  • Sam Jemison

    President, Niagara College Student Administrative Council

    Sam Jemison earned their Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology with Niagara Scholar distinction from Niagara College in 2021. During their studies, Sam served two terms as the NCSAC Director of Technology Studies, which led to their election to become the full-time President of the Niagara College Student Administrative Council after graduation. As President, Sam worked with the student board to ensure excellence in governance and continue the advocacy efforts and relationship building from those that served as President before them. After being elected for an additional term, Sam worked collaboratively with student leaders across Ontario to design, incorporate, and launch Ontario Student Voices, a provincial advocacy organization for college and polytechnic students, and was elected to serve as the inaugural Chair and Secretary of the Board.

    Previous to their studies at Niagara College, Sam was a student pilot with the St. Catharines Flying club, and continues to work towards their PPL today in their free time, while also volunteering as a Medical First Responder with St. John Ambulance.