May 24, 2017

Peel board names Peter Joshua as new director of education

​Joshua "committed to fostering a climate of academic optimism and mutual respect, built on honesty, transparency and trust," says board chair

The Peel District School Board has selected Peter Joshua as its new director of education. Joshua, currently Executive Superintendent of Leadership and Learning with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, will assume the new role on July 17, 2017. He succeeds retiring director Tony Pontes.

"We were impressed by the strength of all the applicants we considered," says Janet McDougald, chair of the board. "Each candidate spoke of the strong and positive reputation of the Peel board and the exceptional quality of our staff and students. Though the candidates had many strengths, Peter was our clear choice. We are confident that he will bring his inspired and collaborative leadership style to Peel, and strongly believe he will provide the stability our system deserves."

McDougald observes, "Peter is committed to fostering a climate of academic optimism and mutual respect, built on honesty, transparency and trust. He looks forward to working alongside trustees, staff, students, parents and members of the community to provide critical continuity on the board's Plan for Student Suc​​cess, with a focus on equity and inclusion. Already, he has demonstrated that he understands the power of our board goals and projects to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student."

Reflects Joshua, "I am truly honoured to join the Peel board as its director of education, to lead and to serve the organization and its communities as we work together to build the future we want for our students. I proudly say that I am a graduate of Peel and that I am glad to return home—to an organization that is dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of children and their families. I know that we must do this together, so I look forward to being a part of a dynamic team of trustees, staff, parents and community members as we continue to focus on providing the best opportunities for students to realize their paths to success."

Joshua graduated from Erindale Secondary School and attended Thorn Lodge and Homelands Sr. public school while growing up in Mississauga. He began his 27-year career in education in 1990 as a science teacher at Sherwood Secondary School in the Wentworth County District School Board. After time as a teacher, department head and vice-principal, Joshua became principal of Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton in 2003. In 2007, his leadership skills were acknowledged by his appointment to system principal of safe schools, and then in 2008 when he was appointed to superintendent of leadership and learning – secondary program and student success lead. In 2013, Peter became superintendent of student achievement and served in this role until January 2016 when he was appointed executive superintendent of leadership and learning, the position he currently holds with Hamilton-Wentworth. He has held a position on the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials' Association Board of Directors since 2013 and was Southwest Regional Director for the association from 2013 to 2016.

Says McDougald, "The board is confident Peter has the unity of vision and action to harvest the energy and enthusiasm of the system to bring continued hope, humanity and excellence to our system. The board is confident he will continue to build on Peel's mission to inspire success, confidence and hope through ongoing and respectful dialogue with all members of our diverse communities. We know that our staff will welcome him warmly and support him in his new role."

Peel trustees began the hiring process in the early spring. With the assistance of an executive search consultant, the board conducted an online survey with key stakeholders and received 800 responses about the qualities and experience the new director should bring to the job. The board advertised in March and held interviews in May. On May 18, trustees conducted second interviews. The contract was finalized on May 23.

The board's four-year contract with Joshua provides an annual salary of $249,312 plus benefits. Additional compensation includes a $10,000 annual car allowance, and seven weeks of vacation.

The Peel board serves 150,000 students in kindergarten to the end of secondary school. Operating 250 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga with an annual budget of $1.77 billion, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel.


​Media contacts: 

Janet McDougald, Chair of the Board, [email protected], 905-278-1402

Peter Joshua, Director-Designate, [email protected], 289-237-8655


Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications, [email protected], 905-890-1010, ext. 2814​

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