Exploring options and connections is key to a great organization. OCTE's elected executive is responsible for advisory, financial, insurance, archival, legal, and procurement tasks and all have voting rights. Committee vice-chairs, also elected, have roles and responsibilities as defined by the constitution and bylaws. They are supported by other OCTE members who volunteer on the sub-committees listed below. Ad hoc committees can be created as needed for specific purposes. Leads are appointed by the executive to liaise with members on specific targets and tasks.
annual general meeting
OCTE's Annual General Meeting usually happens once a year during the May Conference to involve as many representatives from all across Ontario, and incorporate Elementary and Secondary, post-secondary stakeholders, government liaisons, and many other industry partners. It's when the executive roles are nominated and elected for the upcoming terms.
The executive generally meets monthly however often does conference calls for urgent issues. If you have something that should be discussed at the executive level, please contact our administrator to have the issue tabled for the agenda. If it's something that a specific committee addresses (as noted on the committee pages) please contact the main Vice-Chair of the committee. Click here to access past meeting minutes.
The following sub-committees are made up of elected vice-chairs, appointed leads, and dedicated volunteers who perform various functions and liaise with the executive and OCTE membership as needed. Click on the sub-committee title to read more about the role of each group.
- Communications Committee
- Education Committee (Elementary and Secondary)
- Human Resources Committee
- Policy and Standards Committee
- Other ad hoc committees (Awards, Conference)
Dave Lewis, Chair
Dave ‘retired' in June 2017 from Halton District School Board as the Coordinator of Technological Education and Pathways. He has also worked as a Manufacturing Technology teacher, department head, coordinator, Guidance and Coop teacher and been very involved over the years developing programs in SHSM, OYAP, Dual Credits and Robotics. Dave is a passionate voice for Technological Education and Pathways within the HDSB and across Ontario, sitting on many provincial committees lobbying for the expansion of Technological Education and the "re-culturing" of our system to value all post-secondary destinations. Dave is committed to working hard as OCTE Chair to continuing to grow the association and strengthen the voice for Technological Education in the province.
Paul Fraser, Past Chair (appointed)
Paul has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. In June 2017, he retired from his position as the Technological and Science Education Consultant for the Durham Catholic District School Board. Paul has an educational background in Aerospace Engineering Technology from Ryerson and worked in the manufacturing, mobile equipment, light rail transit, and aviation sectors as a designer, manufacturing and quality assurance engineering technologist, and operations managment for several years before becoming an educator. Paul is very passionate about technological education, especially raising the profile of all technological educators and providing avenues for professional development.
Bob Fularski, Treasurer
Bob looks after all the details tracking expenses and auditing budgets for the organization. He will be working closely with the newly created administrator role this year. He has been a leader and contributoron many committees and continues his involvement supporting Skills Ontario and many OCTE initiatives.
Bill Fetter, Secretary
Bill is a dedicated educator and teacher consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board in southwestern Ontario. Bill has been a member of OCTE for many years and has been re-elected to vice-chair on the Technological Education Board Leads, a sub-committee of OCTE. Bill has written curriculum and developed resources for technological education courses and likes to collaborate with others in the interest of promoting technological education. Bill has presented at the annual OCTE Conference in partnership with Public Services Health and Safety Association and promotes technology programs.
Committee Vice-Chairs & Leads
Veronica Kleinsmith, Vice-Chair Communications
Veronica is currently the Instructional Program Leader for Technological Education and OYAP Coordinator for the Halton District School Board. Veronica is a strong supporter of Technological Education and believes in putting students first in order to help each student to discover their own pathway. She currently works with the HDSB SHSM board lead as well as OYAP and SHSM program leads to ensure student success on many levels. Veronica has been involved in OCTE project management, writing and taken the lead on many HDSB safety initiatives.
Chris Tucker, Vice-Chair Education - Elementary
Chris is the current Technological Education and SHSM Board lead for the York Region District School Board. He has experience with teaching both elementary and secondary technological education as well as co-op and has spent several years as a secondary guidance counselor. Chris uses his combined experience to work with industry and post secondary partners to support student transition activities, with an emphasis on experiential learning. Through this work he is supporting elementary teachers with how technological education can be incorporated into their classrooms.
Karen Linehan-Caulfield, Vice-Chair Education (Secondary)
Chef Karen has been an amazing teacher and leader with OCTE for many years involved in many initiatives as a contract developer, writer and project manager. She has set the goal to make the OCTE website a one-stop shop for up-to-date resources for tech teachers across Ontario. She has completed projects for resource development such as unit/lesson planning for OCTElab, contracted projects like the MoE SafetyNet, and leads subcommittees for professional development, conference, liaising with the elementary education committee, and exhibitor co-ordination. She connects industry resources, products, services, post-secondary education liaisons and affiliated association liaisons to the wild and crazy membership that is OCTE.
Mario Blouin, Francophone Leader
With over 30 years of teaching at École secondaire catholique de Hearst for the CSC des Grandes Rivières. Mario is a Robotics, Manufacturing and Design instructor. He’s also head of technology and the SHSM coordinator. For the past 27 years he’s been participating with his students at the skills competitions, he also coordinates the trips for the school board to attend the OTSC and CSC competitions. He's been co-chairman of robotics at the OTSC for the past 15 years. He’s been an active member of OCTE since its beginning. He’s worked on the development of the portal OCTELAB. He’s in charge of translation and the French representation within this organization. His goal is to increase the participation of French educators to OCTE’s activities. He looks after the survival of technology in French in Ontario.
Ingrid Munson, Vice-Chair Human Resources
Ingrid is an intermediate teacher from the Halton District School Board and is a passionate advocate for Technology Education in elementary schools. Ingrid has been a part of several initiatives throughout the Halton District School Board and province, including co-facilitating Halton's Applications Room Safety Training and co-writing the Council of Directors of Education Health and Safety document, "Student Safety in Elementary Science and Technology Grdes 7 and 8." Ingrid is an Elementary Vice-Chair and Vice-Chair Human Resources.
Kevin Caughlin, Ontario Principals Council (OPC) Rep
Kevin is a retired Secondary Principal from the Halton District School Board. Before entering into school administration, Kevin was a technological studies teacher and department head in the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board. He continues to be passionate about promoting Technological Education and Pathways in support of student success across the province. Kevin represents the Ontario Principals Council on the OCTE executive.
Clarke Perry, Industry Representative
Clarke is thrilled to offer his time to the OCTE Executive. As a marketer, having worked with many School Boards in Ontario throughout his career, Clarke’s unique “outside” perspective is welcomed sitting on OCTE’s Marketing, Conference and Finance committees. Clarke has always been a strong proponent for Technical Education needs and awareness in Ontario and continues to help drive that message in this role.
Derek Murphy, Industry Representative
Derek Murphy is the General Manager for global services at Studica Ltd. In this position he is responsible for Studica’s consulting services, product development and education offerings. Derek has more than 25 years in the education technology and design industry, with the last 20 spent focusing solely on education and training. Derek provides a wealth of manufacturing and technological design experience. He regularly speaks at key business and industry events. His key areas of expertise are Robotics, CAD/CAM, Design and Technology, and the curriculum development process throughout education.
Board of Directors
Audrey has long been an advocate of Tech Ed with tech teachers, administrators, Ministry staff, and stakeholders. Her wealth of experience includes: 10 years developing policies and programs, including TEPERF, Specialist High Skills Majors, Dual Credits, Cooperative Education, and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) at the Ministry of Education; leadership positions at the school and board levels with the Durham Catholic Board, including 9 years as Curriculum Consultant for Tech Ed; serving on the executive of the Ontario Technological Education Coordinators (OTEC) with a role consolidating all the Tech Ed associations into OCTE; and leading the development of the Ontario College of Teachers' guidelines for the Basic and Advanced Tech Ed Additional Basic Qualifications (ABQs) and starting the development of Schedule F. In May 2012 Audrey was recognized with OCTE's Technological Leadership Award for her work at the provincial level. She was also on the team that received the IPAC Award for innovative program development for the SHSM program as well as two Amethyst Awards while in the Ontario Public Service. Audrey is retired and is currently assisting several non-profit organizations on education-related initiatives.
Aldo retired this past June from his position as an education officer with the Ministry of Education, where he was responsible for the Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) and Technological Education programs. He also sat on the OYAP provincial advisory committee as well as the Student Injury Prevention Initiative (SIPI). Prior to his work with the Ministry, Aldo enjoyed a 25-year career with the Halton District School Board as a construction technology teacher, department head, and coordinator of Technological Education, Co-operative Education and Business Studies. In the past, Aldo was the first Chief Administrative Officer of The Centre for Skills Development and Training; CAO of the Halton Learning Foundation; member of the Board of Directors of Skills Canada Ontario and National Board of Skills Canada for many years; and held leadership positions with the Ontario Technical Directors Association (OTDA) and the Technological Education Coordinators and Consultants organization (OTECC), the two organizations that guided the establishment of OCTE. Aldo has also been lead instructor for many Technological Education Honour Specialist programs and numerous additional qualification courses related to technological education, co-operative education and Design & Technology. At present, Aldo is an instructor with Brock University’s Technological Education PreService program and is doing consulting work related to health & safety and apprenticeship enhancements with school boards and industry associations.
Kevin retired in January 2018 from the District School Board of Niagara after a 31-year career, during which he served as a technology teacher, Consultant for Technology, Special Initiatives Facilitator and Student Achievement Leader for Technology, SHSM, OYAP, Skills and Outdoor Education. Kevin lead a team of 7 in expanding and enhancing Technological Education, SHSM, OYAP, Co-op and Skills programs at the DSBN. He was also responsible for developing an innovative Outdoor Education Campus for the students at the DSBN – raising 4.2 million dollars for this project. Throughout his career Kevin has been very active in promoting Technological Education not just within his own school board but Provincially, Nationally and Internationally. Kevin has worked with the Ministry of Education in Curriculum writing and reviewing and was one of the founding developers of the Specialist High Skills Major program and implementation guide. He served as Vice President of both the Ontario Technological Directors Organization (OTDA) and OCTE. Under his direction the DSBN developed an international building program for students and partnered with Global Village to build 7 homes in Paraguay, El Salvador and Vietnam. Kevin has taught AQ Courses for Brock University and continues to teach for Queen’s University. His passion for Technological Education has been recognized at the highest levels. Kevin was the recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, the Dick Hopkins Award for Excellence in Technological Education, the Premier's Award for Excellence in Leadership, the Directors Award of Excellence and he was inducted into the Klaus Woerner Skilled Trades Hall of Fame.
Dave retired from the Halton District School Board where he worked in many different positions including Electrical Teacher, Head of Technological Education and Coordinator of Technological Education. Dave has been involved in several projects with the Ministry of Education including acting as lead reviewer for curriculum subject profiles, various alignment projects, Specialist High Skills Major writer, and OYAP data tracking initiatives. Dave has also been an instructor for Construction Tech ABQ, Honours Tech, specialist courses, and the principal in charge of technology ABQ courses for the past 18 years at OISE. He has been an active member of the OCTE executive for 12 years and served as Chair for 4 years. He also consulted for Council of Directors of Education (CODE) and OCTE to develop a response to the Coroner’s inquest Report for the Ottawa school fatality. In addition, Dave worked on Phase 2 and 3 of the Student Safety Initiative through CODE.
Cheryl is a founding member of OCTE and has served on many committees over the years, most recently as Vice-Chair Education - Elementary, where she oversaw the work of the following Committees: Elementary Education, Awards, Constitution & By-laws and Goodwill. Retired from a thirty-five year career as an elementary Science & Technology educator, Cheryl additionally demonstrates support for technological programs in her role as School Board Trustee with the Greater Essex County DSB.
Kevin has been a devoted teacher with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for many years. He's been a key negotiator and leader with Ministry of Education resource development projects for OCTE as the Project Manager, Writer, and Contract Developer. As the Chair, he completed many major resource development projects as well as lobbying at the government level. His experience has been essential for the organization going forward, and working with other past chairs such as Dave Graves to continue to push the OCTE agenda for the benefit of members across Ontario.
Gail is the Executive Director of Skills Ontario (Retired), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies to young people in Ontario. Gail became involved with Skills Ontario as a volunteer in 1990 and was appointed Executive Director in 1997. Under her leadership, Skills Ontario grew into a dynamic, province-wide organization, earning accolades such as the Yves Landry Program of the Year Award, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award for Skills Development, the ICON Program of the Year, the Partners for Change Award from the Ontario Women’s Directorate, the Ontario Council for Technology Education Honourary Lifetime Membership Award, the Ontario College of Trades Chair’s Award of Excellence, the Niagara District School Board Technology Education Partnership Award as well as an Official Letter of Recognition from the Ministry of Labour and a recognition award from the Ontario Association of Certified Technicians and Technologists. In recognition of her work, Gail has received an Honourary Diploma in Technology from Niagara College (2013), an Honourary Diploma in Community Service and Technology from Loyalist College (2015), and the honourary title of Fellow of Centennial College (2018). In addition to appointment to the OCTE board, Gail is a member of the Appointments Council for the Ontario College of Trades, a Board Governor at Centennial College, a member of the Canadian Association of Women in Construction, and a member of the Curriculum Council for the Ministry of Education.
Christine German, Office Administrator
Christine will be our office administrator handling inbound communications delegation, basic website content updating, supporting executive for paperwork and organization reqirements, and doing the social media updating. She'll be the person receiving the phone calls, emails, and addressed mail. We are very thankful to have her expertise behind the OCTE organization for support. If you have photos to share (with attached scanned media releases!) news items to post, awards won, questions to be asked, she's the first contact. We appreciate the experience she's bringing to this new and complex role.