Dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education in Toronto
Marie Bountrogianni is the Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in Toronto.
She has been President and Executive Director of the ROM Board of Governors, Ontario Cabinet Minister, Chief Psychologist at the Hamilton Board of Education and Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University.
As a former Ontario cabinet minister, Dr. Bountrogianni served as minister of a number of portfolios including Intergovernmental Affairs, Democratic Renewal, Children and Youth Services, and Citizenship and Immigration. During her time in office, she was instrumental in negotiating a number of landmark federal-provincial agreements and in authoring the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which established Ontario as a world leader in accessibility. In 2015, she was appointed by the Ontario government as Chair of the Selection Committee for the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.
A new research suggests that providing access to physically disabled people could add billions to the economy each year. Dr Marie Bountrogianni, who wants to see New Zealand workplaces surpass Canada for disability access, reiterated the financially attractive idea to an audience of business people and politicians at the Auckland University of Technology.
“I would love for New Zealand in a couple of years to make us look bad in Ontario. The ultimate goal is for people with disabilities to have automatic access to transportation, education, healthcare and job opportunities,” she said.
Prior to entering politics, Dr. Bountrogianni was the chief psychologist for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.
Marie also authored Partnering for Prosperity, a report that resulted from extensive consultations she conducted with private and public sector partners on mal-employment in Canada.
Bountrogianni was born on December 10, 1956 in Hamilton, Ontario, the daughter of Greek immigrants. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo in 1979 and she holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto.
She is a board member of Northland Power Inc., the Canada California Business Council and Skills Connect Inc. She also sits on the boards of the Democracy Study Center in Kyiv as well as the Greek America Foundation in New York.
In 2014, the CBC named Marie as one of the top 10 most influential alumni at the University of Waterloo and in 2015 she was further recognized by Her Campus Waterloo as one of five influential women who have graduated from the University of Waterloo. In 2002, she was named Woman of the Year in Politics by the Hamilton Status of Women Committee.
In 1997, she was hired by the European Union to evaluate proposals for graduate school funding. She was the President of the Royal Ontario Museum from 2007 to 2011. Bountrogianni lives in Ancaster with her husband and two children, a son and daughter.