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The CET is a member-driven organization (15 members) created to promote a collaborative and coordinated approach to outreach and access programs in Toronto. It is supported by a Secretariat, which is funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Funds flow through Humber College, acting as Trustee on behalf of CET members.

CET Structure

Executive committee providing oversight and direction of the CET Secretariat on behalf of the Steering Committee.

Chris Whitaker, CET Co-Chair

Chris Whitaker, CET Co-Chair
President and CEO
Humber College

Dr. Chris Whitaker is President and CEO of Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Chris Whitaker joined the college in July 2012 and is the fourth president in the college’s history. He has worked in the Ontario post-secondary sector for 25 years and is passionate about student success and the role of colleges in providing access and pathways to post-secondary education opportunities. Since joining Humber, he has continued to advance the college as a comprehensive post-secondary institution with a reputation for creating and delivering a high quality student-focused teaching and learning environment.

Dr. Whitaker’s education includes a PhD from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education; an MA from York University and a BA from Queen’s University.

Among his many commitments to Humber and the college system, Dr. Whitaker is Vice Chair of the Board for Polytechnics Canada and a board member for the League for Innovation in Community Colleges, Community Colleges for International Development, Skills Canada and the World University Service of Canada.

Geraldine Babcock, CET Trustee

Geraldine Babcock, CET Trustee
Director, Community Outreach and Workforce Development
Humber College

Geraldine Babcock is the Director of the Community Outreach and Workforce Development Department. She recently joined Humber College in January 2012 and brings 28 years of experience in her field. In Geraldine’s current role she is responsible for managing programs that contribute to the educational, economic and social development of our communities by creating initiatives and partnerships that facilitate pathways for individuals to post-secondary education and/or gainful employment. Geraldine has worked in a variety of capacities, ranging from program and policy development, direct program management and frontline work in the community. The focus of her work has been on addressing barriers to education, training and employment. She has recently come from the City of Toronto where she managed a unit on youth employment and previous to this position she developed and managed employment and educational programs at St Christopher House, a community based settlement organization in downtown Toronto. She has been an active partner on three levels of government committees to coordinate economic and labour force development activities and has been more recently engaged in international collaborations to share best practices.

Anthony Bertin

Anthony Bertin
Manager, Community Outreach Office
Centennial College

Anthony Bertin brings extensive experience working with children, youth, and families to his work as the manager of the Community Outreach Office at Centennial College. He introduces a unique perspective to post-secondary education, grounded in training and practice in child welfare, children's mental health, and education.

Having worked as an individual, group, and family therapist, a College professor, and a manager in the social service and educational sectors, he views education as a life-long journey, and both a personal and community responsibility. Embracing these responsibilities, he has successfully developed partnerships with agencies, organizations, youth and families to promote access to and success in education at all levels.

A life-long learner, he has achieved a Child and Youth Worker diploma, an Honours B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Adult Education. He is deeply committed to, and passionate about, the transformative power of learning and advocates for and promotes opportunities for individual and systemic growth through education. His leadership contributed to the award-winning success of Centennial College’s First Generation Student Project and HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Education) Program.

Anthony was recently recognized by the Youth Challenge Fund for “… courageous leadership that inspires and promotes collaborative, community-based, youth-centred initiatives… (that) achieve lasting improvements in the lives of young people in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods.”

Sean Baker

Sean Baker
Manager, Student Recruitment
OCAD University

Members delegate up to two representatives each, who meet every two months to provide strategic direction and contribute to the collective agenda of access to PSE.

Judith Charest
Directrice, Développement des affaires
La Cité collégiale

Jean-Francois Rose
Regional Director, GTA
Collège Boréal

Kizzy Bedeau
Senior Manager, Community Partnership Office
George Brown College

Elizabeth Dantas

Elizabeth Dantas
Educational Partnerships Manager
George Brown College

Elizabeth Dantas is the Educational Partnerships Manager in the Community Partnerships Office of George Brown College and is responsible for the educational partnerships portfolio, including the management and oversight of the Education Strategy. With a keen interest in working with marginalized populations and issues related to access to post-secondary education, she dedicates her time to developing and implementing collaborative initiatives between the College, high schools and the community that enable economic and social development through education for non-traditional students. Liz holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a post-graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Services and a Masters degree in Adult Education.

Sean Baker

Sean Baker
Manager, Student Recruitment
OCAD University

Manon Gardner

Manon Gardner
Executive Superintendent
Toronto District School Board

Annique Farrell
Manager, Community of Practice and Youth Initiatives
United Way Toronto & York Region

Alice Pitt

Alice Pitt
Associate Vice Provost
York University

Dr. Alice Pitt received her PhD in education from the University of Toronto specializing in curriculum theory, critical/feminist pedagogy, and cultural studies in education. She served as Associate Dean, Pre-Service in the Faculty of Education at York University from 2002 to 2007 where she led curriculum renewal efforts as well as the design of experiential components, including the expansion of partnerships with schools and community organizations. Dr. Pitt’s current research investigates the significance of the concept of autonomy for teachers, from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective involving Canada and Germany. She is an active member of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education and was a member of the 2007 Social Science and Humanities adjudication committee for standard research grants.

Nivedita Lane
Manager of Community Partnerships
Humber College

Lise Beland

Lise Beland
Vice-President – Central Southwestern Ontario/Vice-présidente - Centre-Sud-Ouest
Collège Boréal

Previous to her current position, Mrs. Béland was the Director of Employment Services and Manager of Immigration Affairs at the college. Member of the Boréal team for the past nine years, Mrs. Béland has also been Manager of Continuing Education and Regional Manager in London, Ontario. Since 2015, Mrs. Béland has played a key role in the creation of the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. She holds a Master’s degree in Innovative Global Leadership from the University of Fredericton and a post-diploma in Management from Athabasca University. Mrs. Béland possesses both the breadth of expertise and the depth of knowledge to manage issues relating to the Central Southwestern area, immigration, and employability.

Henry Decock
Associate Vice President - Academic Partnerships
Seneca College

Christine Blake
Dean of Students
Seneca College

Dr. Ann Lopez

Dr. Ann Lopez
Provostial Advisor, Access Programs, OISE
University of Toronto

Dr. Ann Lopez is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), where she served as Academic Director of Initial Teacher Education. Her teaching and research focus on culturally responsive leadership and pedagogy, social justice leadership, critical multiculturalism, mentoring for diversity and equity, and teacher education. She has published many articles and received prestigious awards in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and education, and was recently named President-Elect of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Prior to joining OISE, Professor Lopez was a teacher and administrator in the Peel District School Board.

Gina Iuliano Marrello

Gina Iuliano Marrello
Superintendent of Student Success
Toronto Catholic District School Board

Sandra Cardinal

Sandra Cardinal
Director of Academic Partnerships and Planning Office of the Vice-Provost Academic York University
York University

Sandra Cardinal has recently joined York University in the Office of the Vice-Provost Academic as Director of Academic Partnerships and Planning, with primary responsibility for special projects in support of York’s Access Strategy.
Previously, she was a Consultant in Program Planning, Development and Renewal at Humber College, primarily responsible for the design and quality assurance of new baccalaureate degree programs.
Sandra holds graduate level credentials in adult education, curriculum and teaching from OISE, University of Toronto. She is also active in Toronto’s indie theatre scene as a playwright and director.

Sandra Kerr

Sandra Kerr
Acting Director, Spanning the Gaps and Director, Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement

Under Sandra’s leadership, education for older adults at Ryerson University has expanded from 3 small programs to 10 active programs and several periodic workshops and targeted courses for older adult learners. Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement includes a wide variety of offerings and partnerships from the traditional liberal arts courses, to theatre, film, music, mentoring, rethinking retirement and an arts festival challenging the stereotypes of aging.
Her past experience includes a career in the Ontario Public Service including working at the cabinet level, working in Management Board and she served several terms as President of the Ontario Advisory Council on Women’s Issues. Her leadership has extended to several not for profit organizations in the GTA.
She has been an active member of several national and international associations and is an instrumental founder, supporter of the Third Age Network here in Ontario.
Sandra has spoken at many conferences and as guest speaker in Canada, both North and South America and in the UK.

Alessandro Mazza
Specialist High Skills Major Resource Teacher
Toronto Catholic District School Board

Alex Mazza is a secondary school teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Currently, he works as a member of the Student Success/Pathways team in the role of Resource Teacher for Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs in the board. Throughout his teaching career, he has explored a number of diverse curriculum disciplines including Guidance and Career Education, Cooperative Education, Religion/Chaplaincy, Science, and Mathematics.

Team responsible for providing operational and strategic support to members, liaising with funders and the community, and for the implementation of the strategic objectives of the organization.

Eric Mezin

Eric Mezin
Executive Director
CET

Eric grew up in France and immigrated to Ontario over 25 years ago. He worked as Communications Director, Management Consultant and Financial Advisor before joining the Ontario Public Service, over 22 years ago, working at the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board, the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities and the Ministry of Education, on portfolios ranging from youth employment and training programs, universities’ Operational and Accessibility funding envelopes, provincial e-learning initiatives, early school leavers or accessibility to education for children and youth with special needs. More recently, as Director of Policy and Ministry Services at the Office of Francophone Affairs, he worked on a range of equity issues. Eric was the recipient of several public sector awards, including the IPAC award, the OPS's Amethyst Award, and the United Nations Public Service Award. 

Over the past 25 years, Eric has volunteered on the board of Directors of various community based organizations serving youth, seniors, newcomers and people with disabilities. He holds degrees in Law from the University of Paris (Assas), Public Administration from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and Finance from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris, as well as an M.A. in Political Science from York University.

 

Leisha Sladden-Atkinson
Project Manager
CET

Jessica Gianfrancesco
Project Assistant
CET

Simone Abel
Enginess

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