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Marilyn Gouthro

Marilyn Gouthro brings both breadth and depth of experience as an experienced leader. She has had over 35 years of experience as an educational leader, including six years as the director of education for Lakehead Public Schools. Strategic thinking, planning and working directly with a board of trustees was an essential part of her role as a CEO.

Throughout her career and in retirement, Gouthro has maintained a particular interest in meeting needs of young people at risk. She chaired the provincial expert panel on student success, Grades 7-12.  In 2004, she was recognized by her peers across the province and received the Distinguished Leaders Award. In 2006, she was the recipient of The Fred Bartlett Memorial Award, presented by Ontario Public School Boards Association for outstanding contribution to education in Ontario.

Since retiring from the director’s role, Gouthro has worked extensively with boards across the province in facilitating important discussions on board governance and leadership. Most recently, she worked with a team from all four publicly funded school systems to develop a comprehensive Trustees Development Program: Good Governance for School Boards.

She has led and completed an operational review of Ontario Public School Boards Association, which provided her with a unique opportunity to develop a broader understanding of leadership needs among elected officials in various regions of the province.

She recently completed a six-year term on the board of governors for Confederation College where she was chair of the board of governors for two years and also chaired the board’s governance committee. During that time, she led the team that developed a new strategic plan for the college. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Thunder Bay Children’s’ Centre, an organization with a mandate to meet the mental health needs of children and their families.

Gouthro holds a bachelor of arts from St Francis Xavier University and a master of education degree from Lakehead University as well as numerous professional qualifications and involvement in leadership training.