1999 Champions

1999 Honourees

Nancy DiGregorio
Superintendent of Education, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Nancy DiGregorio is the Superintendent of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Ms. DiGregorio has taught with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board since 1982. She has been a teacher, Head of Department, Vice-Principal and Principal. Ms. DiGregorio has served the community of Hamilton in various capacities. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Hamilton/Burlington YMCA. She is currently on the Board of the Hamilton Teachers Credit Union. She was awarded the Canadian Educator of Year Award in 1999.
Peter Herrndorf, O.C., O.Ont.
President & CEO, The National Arts Centre
Former President & CEO, TVO

Peter Herrndorf is the President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. He worked in various production and senior management roles at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was Publisher of Toronto Life magazine, and Chairman and CEO of TVOntario.

Peter Herrndorf is Chairman of the Canadian Broadcasting Museum Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Arts Summit. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa. He was the Founding President of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation; a former member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto; a former member of the University of Toronto Presidential Search Committee; past Chairman of the Stratford Festival; past Chairman of the Canadian Museum of Civilization; and past Chairman of the Canadian Stage Company. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Ontario College of Art and Design, was a Senior Visiting Fellow at Massey College and served as a Distinguished Visitor in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario.

Peter Herrndorf is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and English, a law degree and an MBA.
Douglas G. Hull
President, Connectivity Partners International Inc.
Former Director General, Information Highway Applications Branch

Doug Hull is the President, Connectivity Partners International Inc., of Ottawa, Canada. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Hull was Senior Director, Public Access and Learning Networks, Canarie, Inc. From 1992 to 2001 Mr. Hull, working as Director General of the Information Highways Branch of Industry Canada, successfully envisioned, designed and executed major elements of the Government of Canada’s Connectedness Strategy, which aimed to place Canada at the forefront of Internet access and usage.

Mr. Hull holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. In 1996, he received an Honourary Doctor of Science from Ryerson Polytechnic University. Open University granted him an Honourary Doctor of Laws in 2000. He is the recipient of five Government of Canada Merit Awards, the 1994 Federal Government Technology Leadership Gold Medal and the 1995 CATA Award of Distinction for Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology, the 1998 CANARIE Information Highway Award for Technology Applications, the 1999 Collegium of Work and Learning Tribute for Distinguished Service to Public Education in Canada, the 2000 Treasury Board Award of Excellence, the 2001 Canadian Library Association William C. Watkinson Award for Outstanding Service to Public Libraries, the 2001 IT Hero Award from the Information Technology Association of Canada and the 2001 Smart Community Leardership Award from the Smart Winnipeg Association.

Mr. Hull has been a member of advisory bodies surrounding the Information Highway, including the Government of Canada’s Health Information Highway Advisory Board, the Advisory Panel on On-line Learning and the Broadband Task Force. He is a Director on various boards.
Veronica Lacey
Past President & CEO, The Learning Partnership
Former Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Education and Training

Veronica Lacey is steadfast in her belief that equal access to public education is the foundation of democracy and the key to prosperous and fulfilling lives for all Canadians. She has been an innovator throughout her career, pioneering new programs to meet the changing needs of students and opening up the education system to the community through a wide range of partnerships.

As a university and secondary school teacher, principal, superintendent, Director of Education for the North York Board of Education and Ontario Deputy Minister of Education and Training, responsible for elementary, secondary and tertiary education as well as apprenticeship and distance education programs, Veronica has always championed public education and lifelong learning. With a double Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature and Educational Administration from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Letters from Brock University she continues in her role as Senior Fellow at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, in the area of Public Policy and International Studies.

Veronica served as Co-chair of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council on Education and as a Director of Pro Bono Law Ontario. She is currently a Director and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Council on Learning, a Board member of the Canadian College of Naturopaths and a member of the Postsecondary Education Advisory Committee on First Generation Students. Veronica has presented at numerous international conferences and has done extensive work for the World Bank in large scale education reform.

Veronica joined The Learning Partnership as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2000. Under her leadership, The Learning Partnership has grown from a Toronto-based organization with fewer than 10 employees and 11 programs, to extend across Canada with more than 75 staff providing more than 20 programs reaching hundreds of thousands of students and educators on a yearly basis. The mission of The Learning Partnership is to champion a strong public education system in Canada through innovative programs, leadership development, credible research, policy initiatives, and public engagement of Canadians.