Daood David Aidroos Hopewell Ave Ottawa Ontario Education B Sc
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Daood (David) Aidroos, 155 Hopewell Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1S 2Z4 Education B. Sc. Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Queen’s University MBA., Cranfield School of Management (England) and Grande école de management de Lyon (France) Involvement with OCDSB Schools 2005-6 Observer, Mutchmor Parent Council 2006-7 Co-Chair, Mutchmor Parent Council 2007-8 Co-Chair, Mutchmor Parent Council 2006-7 Led consultations with Mutchmor parent community on Special Education Review (non-gifted) 2007-8: Led consultations with Mutchmor parent community on gifted programming, including session with OCDSB staff 2005-2008 Participated in various school fund raising activities Participated in and/or observed various OCDSB meetings (Board, SEAC, 2007 Strategic Plan Café, Rob Campbell’s District 9 meetings) Proposed balanced school day at Mutchmor Selected Results 2007 Mutchmor Parent Council Annual Report circulated by OCDB as good practice Numerous investments in school infrastructure (e.g. yard structures, gym/auditorium) Established Parent Class Rep Network Balanced School Day rejected, after consultations with parents and staff Commencement of reporting of Parent Council financial information to Board Closure of Primary Assessment Centre at Mutchmor Parent council delegation to Education Committee on gifted programming Other Involvement in Public Education Board Member, Glebe Parents Daycare Executive Director, GEOIDE Federal National Network of Centres of Excellence funding graduate education and research Evaluator, various federally sponsored education and research programs, including Canada Research Chairs Program, Canada Foundation for Innovation. Graduate of public and private schools in four countries (Canada, US, France, England) Financial management in the public sector Corporate Secretary, signing authority, Precarn Inc. ($40 million program) Executive Director, signing authority, GEOIDE Inc. ($15 million program) Commitment to Public Education Children want to learn, teachers want to teach, and all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background, should be entitled to an excellent education without undue sacrifice. This is a basic value of a just society; however, delivering public education has its challenges. My interests are three-fold: Good governance for result accountability: policy-makers (board members), policy advisors (board staff) and policy implementers (school staff) must provide clear leadership and direction while maintaining sufficient room for discretion for exception handling. I have a keen interest in, and extensive experience with, ensuring that a sound governance and management accountability framework is in place to drive collective and individual student outcomes; Rigorous program evaluation supporting decisions that can be trusted: public education stakeholders, including parents, must reconcile board (and Ministry of Education) policies and procedures with unclear, possibly conflicting information, and sometimes heart-wrenching circumstances. The profession of teacher is a noble one, and the independence of the classroom must be maintained. However, evaluation is an essential function to maintain a balanced portfolio that leverages the capacity of the OCDSB education system while continuing to serve the evolving needs of communities and schools. My contributions would build on over 10 years of experience in designing research and education programs at the graduate level; Technology exploitation: technology offers numerous opportunities for teachers and staff to fulfill their responsibilities, and also to raise the capacity of all students to make their contribution to their community, and society generally. As a computer engineer, I have an extensive background in designing, implementing, and evaluating a wide variety of information systems, multi-organizational technology architectures, and technology innovation programs in a wide range of public, private and not-for- profit sectors. My passion is for strong communities, and public institutions play a determining role in building them by meaningfully engaging with citizens. As a Trustee, I would be deeply committed to ensuring a smooth transition from the outgoing Trustee, understanding the challenges facing students and parents in Zone 4 (where I resided in 2000-1), and showcasing their achievements, while working with fellow Trustees to strengthen Ottawa’s public education system.