Assistant Deputy Minister
Leadership and Learning Environment Division
Ministry of Education
[Appointed December 2016]
Denise Dwyer, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Leadership and Learning Environment Division at the Ontario Ministry of Education, is responsible for the development and implementation of policies and programs that support equity and inclusive education, leadership capacity of board administrators and educators, effective school board governance structures, parent and community engagement, teachers and the promotion of safe, accepting and healthy schools.
In her previous role as the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Public Safety Training Division within the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), Denise Dwyer led a transformational agenda dedicated to training modernization. Her portfolio included oversight of the Ontario Police College, which has the responsibility for training every police recruit in the province.
Denise is a lifelong mentor and coach to many students and legal professionals. She describes it as the passion that led to her interest in education. Interestingly, her career trajectory within in the Ontario Public Service began in 1991 as Assistant Crown Attorney in the Ministry of the Attorney General and later expanded to conducting drug prosecutions for the federal Department of Justice. In 2006, she became counsel for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and three years later, was promoted to Legal Director, and then Assistant Deputy Minister of the Public Safety Training Division.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from McGill University and is a graduate of the University of Windsor Law School. Her Master’s degree in Adult Education was earned from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
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