Media Advisory : National and international education experts on external student testing to gather at Canadian Teachers’ Federation forum

July 07, 2009

(CTF News Service – Ottawa) External testing will be the focus of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation’s 2009 President’s Forum, Forces for Change, which will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Ottawa, from July 14 to 16. The Forum is intended to expand the understanding on matters of critical concern to teachers.


“The President’s Forum will provide thought-provoking presentations, followed by the opportunity for wide-scale discussion on external testing by all participants,” says CTF President Emily Noble. “This is a great chance to engage in dialogue with leaders in education from throughout Canada.


“Rather than a search strictly for solutions, this forum is focused on the sharing of perspectives as we look at external forces for change, especially standardized testing,” she explains.


Several key note speakers include:

  • Bernard Hugonnier, Deputy-Director for Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), July 14, 9 a.m.

  • Raymond Théberge, Assistant Deputy Minister of the French-language, Aboriginal Learning and Research Division of the Ministries of Education and Training, Colleges and Universities, Canada, July 14, 1:30 p.m.

  • Dennis Sinyolo, Coordinator of Education and Employment Unit, Education International (EI), July 15, 9 a.m.

  • David Robinson, Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), July 15, 1:30 p.m.


CTF speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations from across Canada . CTF ( is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (




Comments:          Emily Noble, CTF President, 613-899-4209 (cell)

Media Contact:    Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)