Two new members on French for the Future Board of Directors

(Toronto – May 11, 2015) French for the Future is pleased to welcome Drew Fagan and Michael Salvatori to the French for the Future Board of Directors. “ We are thrilled that Drew and Michael have joined our leadership team because our organization will benefit greatly from their significant experience,” says Max Cooke, President of the Board of Directors.

DrewFaganDrew Fagan is Deputy Minister responsible for the Pan and Parapan American Games and Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport with the Government of Ontario. He took on these roles in October 2014, as the province prepares to host the Games in summer 2015.

Mr. Fagan previously spent four years as Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, with responsibility for overseeing government-wide capital expenditures.

Mr. Fagan joined the Ontario Public Service in 2009 from the Government of Canada, where he was Assistant Deputy Minister for strategic policy and planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Mr. Fagan serves on the advisory boards of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, the Canadian Club of Toronto and the Literary Review of Canada. He also is chair of the Ontario Government United Way campaign. He was previously a board member of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Mr. Fagan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Michael_Salvatori_171_RGB_3x4Career educator, author and linguist, Dr. Michael Salvatori is Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers, Canada’s only self-regulatory body for teachers.

 Dr. Salvatori holds a PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and has served as a core French and French immersion teacher, vice-principal, principal, assistant professor, and director of the College’s membership services department during his 25-year education career.

Fluent in four languages, he has authored numerous textbooks and teacher resources. Dr. Salvatori is currently on the board of directors for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and French for the Future, serves as the past president of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers and is a member of the Ontario Fairness Commissioner’s consultative committee.

“It’s important for our board to reflect the educational, economical, and cultural context of our society. We strongly feel that the addition of Drew Fagan and Michael Salvatori will enable us to grow our organization and reach an even larger number of Canadian youth. We’re excited to have them join our efforts!” adds Danielle Lamothe, Executive Manager at French for the Future.

For more information, please visit our website: www.french-future.org

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French for the Future is a national not-for-profit organization that supports and motivates high school students on their path towards bilingualism. Founded in 1997 by political philosopher John Ralston Saul, French for the Future promotes Canada’s official bilingualism and the immediate and lifelong benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from grades 7 to 12 across Canada.

Contact: Suzanne Aranda, Communications Manager
French for the Future, national office
366 Adelaide Street East, Suite 444, Toronto, ON M5A 3X9
Tel. 416 203-9900, ext 224 / Email: saranda@français-avenir.org