Mary Ballantyne Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), a position she has held since November 2010. Mary’s career in child welfare, which began at Simcoe Children’s Aid Society (CAS) (now Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions) in 1986, has always been defined by her deep commitment to helping vulnerable children and families. At OACAS, Mary ensures that provincial initiatives reflect the importance of providing support for caregivers and staff who do the frontline work. Mary also has contributed significantly to shaping Ontario’s child welfare system through her leadership at OACAS in sector-wide initiatives, including the Worker Safety project, a system of performance indicators, the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN), a shared services program for agencies, the new Child Welfare Professional training, and the worker authorization process.





Nouman Ashraf is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Organizational Behavior area at the Rotman School of Management.


He possesses a broad range of professional, academic and research interests, with a specialized focus on enabling inclusive and innovative practices within teams, organizations and boards. For the last decade and a half, he has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto. He is a recognized thought leader in governance, and has taught thousands of directors in the national Rotman program on Not for Profit Governance in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Directors since its inception in 2007.


Winner of numerous teaching awards, Nouman teaches Emancipatory Leadership within the OMNIUM GEMBA program, Leading Social Innovation with the 2 and 3 year MBA program and Leading Across Differences within the Rotman Commerce Program.


Nouman has advised numerous clients such as Shopper’s Drugmart, Tory’s, the Canada Pension Plan and Investment Board, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way Toronto, and numerous post-secondary and healthcare institutions.


Nouman serves as Teaching Fellow at the Institute for Gender + the Economy. He is also an Associate at Trinity College within the University of Toronto.


At lunch time, he can be found at Massey College within the University of Toronto, where he mentors exceptional post-graduate students in his capacity as Senior Fellow Emeritus.



John Malloy is the Director of Education at the Toronto District School Board. Dr. Malloy’s priority is helping all students succeed by ensuring that students have access to the programs, learning opportunities, and resources they require. He believes that student voice should be at the centre of student learning and should guide every decision made both inside and outside the classroom. His commitment to professional learning and his commitment to building strong relationships with staff, families, and communities enhances student engagement and success. Further, John supports a shared leadership model in the Toronto District School Board that helps to create a culture where the voice and experience of all students, staff, parents, trustees and community matters.


Prior to joining the TDSB in January 2016, John served as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.  Before that, he was the Superintendent of Education with the York Region District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board.

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