Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides governance, oversight and strategic direction for the organization.

Peter Levesque

President and Chair

Peter Levesque

Peter Levesque is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Mobilization Works, an Ottawa-based consulting and training company. He has over ten years of experience working with governments, research institutes, and professional associations on issues of knowledge mobilization, including exchange, management, social media, transfer, and translation.

His career has included serving as Deputy-Director of Knowledge Products and Mobilization at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as Knowledge Exchange Specialist at the Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, and as Chair of Knowledge Mobilization at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. His early career included success as an entrepreneur and community developer.


Carol Cotton

Ontario Catholic School Trustee's Association

Carol has been a trustee with the York Catholic DSB since January 1993 (serving as Vice Chair several times and as Chair of multiple standing committees). She has represented the City of Markham, Thornhill, and Unionville ridings in York region and has served as a trustee representative on the Elementary Religious Education Advisory and the Catholic Parent Involvement Committees since they were created. Carol graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1980, and worked for the YMCA of Greater Metropolitan Toronto. Her career also included a role as Director on the OCSTA Board for two terms. She is married to her husband Lawrence, and has two children--Charles, 25, graduate of York University, in Education and Claire, 23, graduate of International Studies at University of Guelph.

Carol Cotton

Linda Knight

Council of Directors of Ontario

Linda Knight

Linda Knight is the Director of Education for District School Board Ontario North East and represents the Council of Directors of Ontario. Prior to the appointment as the Director, Linda was a Superintendent of Schools providing leadership to a team of Principals in the Southern Region of the Board, as well as district-wide responsibilities for curriculum, special education and technology. Additional system responsibilities were Special Education Advisory Committee, Transportation Committee, School Year Calendar, Emergency and Pandemic Planning Committee with two Health Units and numerous communities.

Linda was President of Tri-Town/Northern district of the Arthritis Society for ten years, helping raise funds for research. In 2010, Linda received the Distinguished Leadership Award 2009-2010 from the Ontario Public School Supervisory Officers’ Association.


Sophia Maloney

Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario

Sophia Maloney is a member of the Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO) that represents Principals and Vice-Principals in Ontario's publicly funded Catholic school system.

She has been an educator for 16 years and is currently Vice-Principal at Ascension of Our Lord Secondary School in Mississauga. This is located in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board; one of the most diverse and fastest growing school boards in Ontario.

Sophia has served on several committees at the school-level, system-level, and provincial-level.

She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto.

Sophia Maloney

Lincoln Simmons

Board Treasurer

Lincoln Simmons

Lincoln Simmons is a Financing Specialist in the Commercial Banking platform at RBC. In previous roles he managed a team of Small Business account managers in Southwestern Ontario and has been directly involved in the management of mid market commercial client relationships in Owen Sound and Stratford Ontario. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Stratford and Area Chamber of Commerce and holds a Masters of Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University.


Peter Sovran

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB)

Peter Sovran is the Associate Director, Learning Services at Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB). His other roles at HWDSB have included Executive Superintendent and Superintendent of Student Achievement. Before joining HWDSB in 2013, Peter served as the Senior Manager responsible for Ontario’s e-Learning strategy. Peter’s leadership experiences include being an elementary school Principal and Vice-Principal with the York Region and Toronto District school boards, a member of Curriculum Services Canada’s executive team and a Senior Policy Advisor and Education Officer with the Ministry of Education. Peter’s leadership experience includes supporting school improvement efforts with a First Nation’ school in Northwestern Ontario.

Peter Sovran

Anita Simpson

Ontario Public Supervisory Officials Association

Anita Simpson

Anita is Superintendent of Program and Innovation with the Simcoe County District School Board. She is also the Canadian Cluster Lead for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), an international learning lab involving 10 countries and 1,000 schools from around the world, led by Michael Fullan. Anita is an Adler Trained Coach (ATC) having earned her Leadership Coaching in the Workplace Certification through the Adler School of Professional Learning and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She is also a certified facilitator of Restorative Practices through the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP). Anita’s work in the area of FNMI education was featured in the fall, 2013 issue of OPSOA’s Education Today. She is married to Canadian actor Michael Simpson, and they have two children, Joshua and Leah. Her motto: “No Day Without Learning!”


Max Vecchiarino

Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officials Association

Max Vecchiarino is a Superintendent of Education with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, and has been a member of OCSOA for the past four years. Max, a former Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, is responsibile for a number of system portfolios, including Safe Schools and Student Voice. A Doctoral candidate at OISE/UT, Max’s publications as well as his professional and research interests focus on the concept of teacher professionalism, and honour the relationships between leadership capacity and school and district improvement.

Max Vecchiarino

Sue Britton

FinTech Growth Syndicate (FGS)

Sue Britton

Sue Britton is the CEO & Founder of FinTech Growth Syndicate (FGS), a company that brings deep expertise and differentiated capability to the rapidly growing FinTech marketplace globally. FGS is a business and innovation accelerator for banks, start-ups and everything in between. Prior to FGS, Sue spent 25 years growing a career in product, sales and marketing innovation for some of the largest technology companies in the world.

In her last corporate role, Sue was Vice President & Head of Global Innovation for D+H (now Finastra), and prior to that held a variety of senior roles in innovation, sales & marketing and market development for Broadridge Financial, Pareto, Symcor, Xerox and Four Seasons. An avid community builder and volunteer, she holds many advisory roles that help to drive awareness and collaboration in Canada around innovation. Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University, has 3 children, and lives in Toronto with her husband and youngest son.


Sangeetha Chandru

Sobeys Inc.

Sangeetha Chandru is the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at Sobeys Inc. In her role, Ms. Chandru is responsible for managing the corporate planning cycle including strategic and business planning, as well as developing a pipeline of growth opportunities for the organization. Ms. Chandru joined Sobeys in 2011 as Vice President, Sobeys Development Office focusing on business transformation, program management and change management. Before moving to Sobeys, she was part of the Strategy and Transformation practice at IBM supporting the Retail and CPG sectors. Prior to IBM, Ms. Chandru also worked in progressively senior positions in various retail formats and began her career in the technology sector. 

Active in the community, Ms. Chandru is a volunteer and former board member with two not-for-profit organizations prior to her joining the Board at Learnography. Ms. Chandru holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Industrial Psychology from the University of Madras with a Post Graduate Specialization in Industrial Relations. She also attained a Masters of Science in Human Resources Design and Management from Claremont Graduate University. She resides in Toronto with her family.

Sangeetha Chandru