Maria Vasanelli (Former Director of Strategic Initiatives and Professional Learning, Faculty of Education) began her new role as the Chair of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors. The appointment has a term of two years.
Maria joined Lakehead's Board of Governors in 2015 and has served on several of its standing committees, including Finance and Operations, Governance and Nominating, and Learning and Liaison.
Maria's experience in senior administration in education includes Superintendent of Education at the Durham Catholic District School Board and Superintendent at the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. She is currently the Director of Education at the Superior North Catholic District School Board and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers Council.
After earning her B.A. in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, Maria received a Master in Religious Education degree from Saint Paul University, and a Master of Business Administration from Cape Breton University.
Among other accreditations, she holds a certificate in Canadian Aboriginal Relations from Confederation College, and recently completed a certificate in Executive Leadership at the Rotman School of Business.
Her professional interests include leadership development, board governance, and education equity.