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Paul started the Award program in 1984 through the Army Cadet program where he was Leader at his local Cadet Corps and as a Reserve Officer. In completing his Adventurous Journey, he was able to travel Baffin Island and Wales where he took part in different community projects. He was awarded his Gold Award in 1988 by HRH Prince Edward.
The Adventurous Journey permitted me to achieve high standards of physical fitness, leadership, resiliency and youth development to eventually foster a sound, ethical and progressive careers in Education and through the Canadian Armed Forces as a Senior Officer.
Paul is currently the Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer of the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon which offers a French-language Catholic Educational Program in the districts of Sudbury, Manitoulin and Algoma. It counts some 6, 000 students enrolled in 27 elementary schools, 1 virtual school and 10 secondary schools.
Previously he served as Associate Director of Education and Superintendent of Education and possesses a rich and varied experience in teaching and school administration in Ontario at the elementary and secondary levels. Paul began his career in education in 1990 and has held various positions such as school principal and vice-principal, learning consultant at the CSC Nouvelon and senior specialist in education for the Ontario Ministry of Education.
For 2022-2023, Paul serves as Chair of the Council of the Ontario Directors of Education (CODE), Chair of the Conseil ontarien des directions des écoles catholiques (CODEC) and Chair of Destination Réussite NORD. He also serves as a board member for the Consortium pour les élèves du Nord de l’Ontario (CÉNO), l’Association des gestionnaires de l’éducation franco-ontarienne (AGÉFO) and the Consortium Centre Jules-Léger.
He holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Education from Laurentian University, a Master of Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) and an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management (University of Windsor and Stitt Feld Handy Group Toronto). He has also completed Executive Leadership Training at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy Business School, the Rotman Management School (UofT), HÉC-Montréal and the Chicago Booth University of Advanced and Executive Leadership.
Additionally, he has been conferred several honours including Officer (OStJ) of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem by HM and Sovereign Queen Elizabeth the Second and was appointed Knight Commander of Justice (KCLJ-J) of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. Paul is also a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion as a Retired Major.