THE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
OF ONTARIO'S DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARDS
What is CODE?
"A Professional Association"
The Council of Ontario Directors of Education, a Professional Association,
represents all Chief Executive Officers of the seventy-two District School Boards in Ontario.
It is the common public voice of Senior School District Administrators working with Government and various Associations.
CODE Executive Director (Interim)
Tony Pontes spent 39 years with the Peel District School Board as a teacher, principal, superintendent and director of education, retiring on August 31, 2017. On November 1, 2018, he was appointed as Interim Executive Director of CODE.
During his career in education, Tony built on his commitment to student success by playing a leadership role in local and provincial initiatives. In addition to his leadership within the Peel board, Tony provided leadership at the provincial level as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials' Association (OPSOA). Tony served as president of OPSOA for 2010-11. As a director of education, Tony served on the executive of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) and was the chair of CODE in the 2015-16.
Tony believes in the impact that directors of education have on publicly funded education and the students and families served by their local boards and is proud to serve as Interim Executive Director of CODE.
Anna Marie Bitonti
CODE is pleased to announce that Anna Marie Bitonti, Director of Education at the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, is the Chair of the Council of Ontario Directors of Education for 2017-2018.
Anna Marie Bitonti is the Director of Education at the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board. She has worked in education for 32 years, having served as Teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, and Superintendent of Education.
Anna Marie is responsible for the achievement of her board’s Ends, Board Improvement Planning for Student Achievement, Human Resources, Communications, Board-Staff Linkage, and Community Engagement. She has experience in leading various system level portfolios, including Special Education, French as a Second Language, Technology for Learning, and Labour Relations. She has worked closely with the Board of Trustees on policy governance, including community engagement, Ends development, board-staff linkage and monitoring.
Anna Marie has completed the Ontario Director of Education Institute on Leadership and Strategic Impact Program through the Rotman School of Management and The Learning Partnership.
She also serves on the Board of Directors for Patrick4Life North Bay, on the Rick Hansen Foundation Advisory Committee, and on the North Bay Police Community Mobilization Project Executive Committee. Over the years, she has represented CODE at several provincial tables, and is currently on the provincial Early Years Advisory Group. Anna Marie was appointed Director of Education in 2002.