Author Profile

Elisabeth Rees-Johnstone | Executive Director of Continuing Education and Professional Learning at OISE, University of Toronto

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Elisabeth Rees-Johnstone is currently Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies of Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

Prior to joining OISE, UofT, Elisabeth held various roles in both for-profit and non-profit sectors where she was accountable for leading diverse teams and large-scale initiatives across Canada, the US, the UK and Asia. In her current role, Elisabeth and the OISE CPL team are accountable to lead education consultancies and custom education services, establish institutional partnerships and implement education programs across the K-12, Post-Secondary and Workplace Learning education systems in Canada and abroad. In 2019, she co-created InnovED, UofT’s first campus-linked accelerator dedicated to education innovation and she continues to lead international initiatives to advance the global competencies and shape the future skills agenda, as well as develop awareness to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Elisabeth’s interests are talent development and how education systems work to ensure that all learners can access and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to sustain their work and life journey. To achieve this education aim requires significant collaboration along with a commitment to sustainability and innovation.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Rees-Johnstone received both a BA and a BEd from McGill University and a M.Ed. from the University of Toronto (OISE).

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Rees-Johnstone is committed to mentoring emerging leaders in the field of education and supports a few informal networks through speaking engagements and one:one coaching. She is an avid learner and is currently learning to code in her free time (“the resources online to self-teach coding are simply amazing”) and has recently taken a shine to where she is taking an online metalsmithing course (“it’s consuming and satisfying to transform a glob of metal into a tangible ‘something’”) .

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