Teacher leader appointed as new CTF Deputy Secretary General

April 21, 2017

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvain Cléroux as the federation’s new Deputy Secretary General as of June 5, 2017. Cléroux replaces Myles Ellis who is retiring in July.

Cléroux will work closely with CTF Secretary General Cassandra Hallett to manage the staff team and implement the direction set by the governing bodies of the CTF. His specific responsibilities will include office operations, human resources, many advocacy initiatives, as well as support for the Secretary General and President on priority issues.

“We are delighted that Sylvain is joining the staff of CTF. His multi-faceted education background coupled with his leadership experience in education, labour, advocacy, and project management make Sylvain an excellent fit for CTF,” says Heather Smith, the federation’s president.

Cléroux brings with him over 15 years of experience in various leadership roles within the public and Catholic French education systems. In addition, he has a strong labour perspective from the grassroots level through his experience as local president of the Eastern-Catholic unit of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO).

In addition to holding two bachelor degrees from the University of Ottawa – one in education and another in arts with a focus on music and on history, Cléroux holds a Master of Arts (Public Ethics) from Saint-Paul University and a Master in Education with a focus on educational leadership from the University of Ottawa. Cléroux, who is fluently bilingual, also obtained a Post-Graduate Degree in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the CTF team,” says Cléroux. “And I am honoured to be part of the leadership team to work with all the great people who advance the federation’s commitment to the teaching profession and to public education through social justice, research, and international cooperation initiatives. I hope my experience in association governance, public relations, and administration will help to further advance on the federation’s strategic goals.”

In closing, Smith indicates that “We are grateful to Myles Ellis for all he has contributed to CTF over the years and we wish him all the best in retirement.” Ellis joined CTF in 2007 first as the federation’s Director of Economic and Member Services before taking on the role of Deputy Secretary General in 2014.

Founded in 1920, the CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent nearly 232,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of the 32-million member Education International. @CanTeachersFed



Heather Smith, CTF President


Cassie Hallett, CTF Secretary General


Francine Filion, CTF Communications Director 613-688-4314 or text 613-899-4247