Our Team


At ISL, we believe that a dedicated staff makes a true difference in the overall quality of our offerings. Meet the team!


Nadine Trépanier-Bisson

Nadine Trépanier-Bisson

Chief Operations and Leadership Officer

Nadine Trépanier-Bisson

Chief Operations and Leadership Officer

Nadine Trépanier-Bisson

Chief Operations and Leadership Officer

Committed to research-based practical professional learning for school and system leaders, Nadine Trépanier-Bisson is the Director of Professional Learning for Education Leadership Canada (ELC) at the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) and the Chief Operations and Leadership Officer of International School Leadership (ISL).

Nadine has been an educator for over 20 years in different capacities including her most recent role as Executive Director for l’Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO). In that role, she developed working relationships with many partner education organizations in Ontario, Canada and internationally. She has participated in the design, development and implementation of many professional learning opportunities, both in English and French.

At OPC and ISL, Nadine spends much of her time working with school and system leaders to develop workshops, courses, online learning programs and other opportunities to develop the school and system leadership skills, expertise and experiences needed in a changing environment.

As a lifelong learner herself, Nadine seeks to challenge her own thinking and learn about current research and practices related to public education. Currently, she is working on her Doctorate of Education (EdD) in the area of International Education.

Nadine is the mother of two. Her interest and commitment to education worldwide is both personal and professional.

Dr. Andy Scott

Dr. Andy Scott

Director of Operations and Program Development

Dr. Andy Scott

Director of Operations and Program Development

Dr. Andy Scott

Director of Operations and Program Development

Dr. Andy Scott is a recognized leader in global education and a leading force behind projects that have positively evolved education communities worldwide.

Andy is the innovative mind behind sophisticated programs designed for school leaders with international aspirations. Understanding the diverse backgrounds of ISL participants, Andy works closely with instructors to offer online and on-site course options.

Andy has brought about results-driven change internationally by working with an innovative mindset on complex projects. Vice-principals in Abu Dhabi benefitted from a new training program based on recommendations from Andy and a team of ISL personnel. He continues to work with international entities that have sought him out as a key expert in school leadership.

40 years of experience in the field has given Andy a deeper understanding of the value and importance behind continuing professional development and education. He uses this experience to enrich the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) Master’s (degree) Dimension as a lead responsible for the delivery of the program. His commitment to higher education has also led him to Charles Sturt University where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. Further, he was instrumental in developing a partnership with Western University that resulted in the creation of a master’s degree: Master of Professional Education – International School Leadership.

In 2018 – 2019, Dr. Scott led an international study with a partner from Edith Cowan University in Australia. The study involved the development of three case studies (Norway, Cayman Islands, and Australia) using one-on-one interviews and the analysis of reflections and evaluations. On a theoretical level, the purposes were to explore, understand, and advance our understanding of how to change leadership practice; and to develop a set of guiding principles for the development of a universal program. On a practical level, the purposes were to better understand what is required in the contextualization of a professional learning program that is designed to be universal in its application; and to judge the overall impact of the International School Leadership program in three jurisdictions. The findings and recommendations will be a chapter in a book (in press) Mastering School Leadership-Ideas that Work from Around the World (Peter Litchka, Loyola University, editor).

Andy continues to strive for excellence in everything he does. Throughout his career, he has contributed to the success of students as a teacher, elementary and secondary principal and superintendent of schools. With an extensive history in the recruitment, selection and development of school administrators, he has a clear understanding of effective school leadership.

Matt Peden

Manager

Matt Peden

Manager

Matt Peden is the Manager of International School Leadership and also serves as  a Project Manager with the Ontario Principals' Council. To date, Matt has spent most of his career working on complex, high value corporate and government-funded projects.

Focusing on the big picture without losing sight of the details is how he approaches every project. Matt is an expert in professional development and project management but what sets him apart is his unique ability to see things from both a strategic and creative perspective. This unique vantage point allows him to identify and initiate inspired results that support business objectives.

Matt offers expertise in overseeing all aspects of International School Leadership. From budgeting and resource allocation to execution and quality management, he delivers results and exceeds expectations. As a result, he captures high levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty from our clients around the world.

Dr. Joanne Robinson

Dr. Joanne Robinson

Instructor / Consultant

Dr. Joanne Robinson

Instructor / Consultant

Dr. Joanne Robinson

Instructor / Consultant

Committed to exemplary professional learning for school leaders, Dr. Joanne Robinson is the former Director of Professional Learning for Education Leadership Canada (ELC) at the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) and the former Chief Executive Officer of International School Leadership.

Her involvement with the OPC began in 1998 when Joanne was a member of the Interim Council that developed OPC. She was appointed as OPC President in 1999, for a one-year term. In 2001, she returned to OPC, to continue her work on designing, developing and implementing the Principals’ Qualification Program and Supervisory Officers Qualification Program.

Joanne continues to spend much of her time working with school leaders to develop workshops, courses, online learning programs and other opportunities to develop the school leadership skills, expertise and experiences needed in this new environment. She is passionate about mentoring and coaching as it is a powerful vehicle for supporting education leaders. Joanne has completed her Doctorate of Education Leadership, through a study of mentoring and coaching for school leaders, in Ontario.

Joanne has many years of international school leadership expertise and is called upon in many corners of the world to assist in the assessment of leadership needs and in the development of professional programming. She devotes much of her time to supporting international school systems and school leaders through program development and consultation. In her international endeavours, she has travelled to many countries, such as Abu Dhabi, Australia, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Jordan, Peru and South Africa.

She has been an educator since 1972 and served in many capacities including her previous role as Principal with the Thames Valley Board of Education.

Joanne is the mother of two and a grandmother of nine. Her interest and commitment to public education in Ontario is both personal and professional.

Bob Jackson

Bob Jackson

Instructor

Bob Jackson

Instructor

Bob Jackson

Instructor

With over 20 years of expertise in school leadership, Bob has been an elementary school principal in various school settings. During his leadership career, he was honoured to be recipient of the Award of Distinction for Outstanding Contributions to Education and recipient of the prestigious John W. Laughlin Award for Educational Leadership.

He was a valued instructor for the Principal’s Qualification Program at the University of Western Ontario and has authored a number of articles for the OPC Register magazine, an award winning professional publication for Ontario’s school leaders. He was a Lead Reviewer with the Ontario Curriculum Centre for Intermediate Science and Literacy Texts.

Bob continues to consult for the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) and is a founding member and district facilitator for the Leading Student Achievement Initiative in Ontario.

“Bob is a great instructor. While presenting, Bob’s approachable attitude coupled with his use of personal examples of both successes and failures generate a trusting environment in which participants feel that they can be open and speak freely about their doubts.” Principal from Peru

Focus: Facilitation, Strategies to Improve Student Achievement Innovative Leadership, Inquiry-Based Learning for Teachers

Joni Heard

Joni Heard

Instructor

Joni Heard

Instructor

Joni Heard

Instructor

Joni Heard is a passionate, committed educator driven by the highest standards. For over three decades, Joni has served in many different leadership roles: teacher, instructor, associate professor, consultant, elementary school principal and Education Officer with the Ministry of Education.

Joni’s experiences with International School Leadership include facilitating online and onsite courses for current and aspiring educational school leaders and providing workshop presentations to international education study tours. Her most recent appointments have been in Brazil, Denmark, Norway and Peru to deliver the International School Leadership Certificate program.

Joni worked as an Education Officer with the Leadership Development Branch of the Ministry of Education in Ontario and during that time was the provincial lead for Mentoring for Newly Appointed School Leaders, chaired the Ontario Leadership Congress and supported school districts across the province in implementing the Board Leadership Development Strategy.

Other professional experiences include her role as sessional instructor and faculty advisor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Faculty of Education and as instructor for Principal’s Qualifications Course at York University for many years. She continues to consult with the Ontario Ministry of Education on various education related initiatives.

“Joni inspires and engages participants with her knowledge and interaction skills … perfect modeling of methods to use within schools, both in classrooms and during teacher collaboration time.” Elisabeth Rudi Lund – Principal in Norway

Focus: Study Tours, Facilitation, Government & Ministry, Mentoring Programs for Leaders, Special Education Program Assessment, Aspiring School Leaders, Classroom Instruction, Leadership

Laura Somerville

Laura Somerville

Study Tour Lead & Instructor

Laura Somerville

Study Tour Lead & Instructor

Laura Somerville

Study Tour Lead & Instructor

“Creating empowered leadership teams is the driving force in building school cultures where student centred leadership is pivotal to student success and well-being.” This is the foundational belief upon which Laura Somerville has guided her own career. She brings a varied and extensive background with school, system, provincial and international experience in the areas of establishing networks for learning with leaders as “lead learners” and with a particular interest in social justice issues, equity, inclusion and learning for all students.

Formerly a principal with the Toronto District School board, Laura has served as a Senior Specialist of Education in the Leadership Development and School Governance Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education. She is a facilitator for the Leading Student Achievement initiative in Ontario. She is currently the lead for the Safe and Caring Schools: Healthy Relationships, Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) initiative which supports school leaders in addressing cyber and social media concerns in a modern learning context.

Laura is committed to providing authentic professional development education that is relevant to the local context of the participants. She has been an instructor for the Principal's Qualification Program at the OPC and has created and facilitated numerous workshops focusing on Courageous Conversations, Mathematics Leadership, the Ontario Leadership Framework and Learning for All through the use of differentiated instruction and assessment. Through coordinating International School Leadership (ISL) Education Study Tours, she has developed a keen understanding and interest of the adult learning needs of international visitors.

Moving from theory to practice, Laura is able to create meaningful and practical connections that support students, teachers, parents and communities.

Focus: Study Tours, Mentoring, School Improvement, Leadership Development, Data Analysis, Classroom Instruction

Phil Baker

Phil Baker

Instructor

Phil Baker

Instructor

Phil Baker

Instructor

Phil Baker enjoys the reputation of a school leader who is able to move a school forward. During his many years as a school principal, Phil successfully engaged all stakeholders in efforts to improve the learning environment. He remains current in his reading and focused on student achievement.

As a colleague, Phil mentored many new principals and vice-principals, as well as serving as an advisor to district leaders. He also led the local Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) group and was a Provincial Councillor for many years. Consequently, Phil developed a broad network across the province.

In recent years, Phil worked within the Student Achievement Division, the Literacy Numeracy Secretariat of the Ministry of Education. As a Student Achievement Officer, he was engaged with a number of districts in co-planning, co-facilitating sessions on system improvement, implementation and monitoring. Phil continues to be called upon to replace principals on extended leave.

Phil is an exceptional teacher with a deep understanding of what it takes to lead a school and imparts that knowledge with the greatest of skills. Those participating in his International School Leadership Modules in Denmark, the Cayman Islands, and online, consistently rank the experience as exceptional.

Focus: Facilitation, Mentoring, School Improvement, Classroom Instruction, Collaboration

Stephen McCombe

Instructor

Stephen McCombe

Instructor

Stephen was a principal for 16 years in Ontario, Canada.  He has 32 years of expertise in education as a teacher, learning support teacher and administrator.

He has lead several different schools through very difficult transitions, while maintaining a focus on student achievement. His exemplary work at the school-level, coupled with his board-level commitment to professional learning, resulted in provincial-level involvement as an educational consultant in professional learning with the Ontario Principals’ Council and International School Leadership for over the last decade.

With an academic and practical interest, Stephen values staff collaboration to improve capacity in the context of a Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).  Consequently, he was a major contributor to The Principal as Professional Learning Community Leader, in 2015 published an article in a Danish publication, Canadisk Paedagogik i Skolen and has lead a variety of workshops to educational leaders from around the world.

Stephen has found his interaction with international educational leaders to be rewarding, and although he has had an opportunity to share a variety of topics, he has learned from his international colleagues as well.

Bruce Barrett

Bruce Barrett

Instructor

Bruce Barrett

Instructor

Bruce Barrett

Instructor

Bruce Barrett is an Ontario educator with over thirty years of experience that has been equally divided as classroom teacher, school administrator (secondary and elementary), and Superintendent. He was recently appointed as an Accreditation Officer for the Council of International Schools operating almost one thousand schools and post-secondary institutions across 115 countries worldwide.

With a decade of work as a Superintendent he has extensive experience working with Trustees, other elected officials, and the broader community to achieve the common goals that advance education on the local level. Over the years his central roles have included leading Curriculum, IT, Student Success, Leadership Development, Safe Schools, and Pathways to Post Secondary and Apprenticeship.

Bruce’s work with school administrators is targeted to drive student achievement and student engagement by leveraging the analysis of class, school, and system data. He believes strongly conversations tied to regular monitoring visits is a key catalyst to continuous improvement, and that visibility is the gateway to positive relationships.

He has been an instructor for the Ontario Superintendents Qualification Program, a member of the Steering Committee for Superintendent Mentoring, and an active mentor for the development of both Superintendents and Principals across Ontario. He has also worked extensively with Indigenous communities and system leaders in both Ontario and Canada's North. He has travelled internationally and presented as a member of Ontario Principals Council, and was the Superintendent Representative for the development of the Ontario Leadership Framework Self-Assessment Tool.

He has spoken broadly on the topic of the effective use of the Teacher Performance Appraisal as a tool for continuous growth, and his most recent work is with University of Zurich Psychologist Dr. Wilfred Schley on the impact everyday teaching moves have on teacher-student relationships.

His interest in continuous improvement goes beyond the field of education as he has coached multiple provincial championship rugby teams at both the secondary school and university level.

He and his wife Lesley and have four adult children and two grandchildren.