Larry’s career in public education spanned 30 years in two school boards in Ontario. During that time, he had the opportunity to develop leadership skills in a number of roles, including 15 years in senior administration, with the last 12 being Director of Education. His extensive involvement with government as well as work Trustees and the public has given him a deep understanding of public policy, the value of effective governance and the importance of relationship building to achieve shared success. Larry’s close attention to detail and the process of change management has allowed him to successfully lead the development of multiple Strategic Plans and the implementation of numerous innovative and inclusive initiatives.
Larry has supported or led a number of large-scale initiatives provincially. His notable achievements include being a long time Education Partner with the Education Research Development and Innovation (ERDI) Corporation, a founding board member and Secretary of the Board with Conseil des associations en education pour les avantages sociaux/Education Council of Associations for Benefits (CAEAS/ECAB) having responsibility for the establishment of a provincial benefits trust for 7500 non-unionized school board employees, and a member of the Labour Relations Council (LRC) on behalf of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA). Larry has served on the executive of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and at retirement, was the Chair of Public CODE. He has been a key member of a number of high profile committees, including Ontario’s Special Education Funding Working Group for over 10 years, the Minister’s First Nation, Metis and Inuit Education Advisory Council and the Minister’s Reference Group on Pupil Accommodation Reviews.
As part of his current practice, Larry works closely with a variety of corporate partners to support government and school board relationships, provide strategic advisory advice and change management strategies while creating growth opportunities. Larry continues to serve as a board member of his local hospital and with the Ontario Water Centre/Clearwater Farm.