National teachers' meeting to debate resolutions, honour educators and elect new executive

July 12, 2017

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) starts this evening its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa with over 100 teacher leaders representing CTF Member organizations to discuss education issues of current import, including the impact of privatization and commercialization in and of public education. Delegates will also map out the organization’s budget and priority work for the coming year. This is the last AGM for CTF President Heather Smith whose two-year non-renewable term comes to an end. H. Mark Ramsankar, Past President of The Alberta Teachers’ Association, elected in 2016 as president-designate, will assume the Federation’s presidency.

(The CTF AGM is held immediately after the July 10-11 Canadian Forum on Public Education, “Students before Profits.”)


July 12-14, 2017


Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent Street

Wednesday, July 12  

4:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony and address by CTF President Heather Smith

Thursday, July 13

9 a.m.: Sessions related to privatization and commercialization in and of public education, including standardized tests, Big Data, private-public partnerships and the need for legislation to protect public education.

Noon: CTF Awards (Special recognition, Public Education Advocacy, Outstanding Aboriginal Educator, Aboriginal Elder) – news release will be issued on the recipients.

3:10 p.m.: Vice-Presidents election candidates’ speeches (Six vying for five positions):

Friday, July 14

11:20 a.m.: Election of five CTF Vice-Presidents

12:15 p.m.: Installment of Mark Ramsankar as new CTF President (2017-19) and tribute to outgoing President Heather Smith (2015-17)

Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent over 232,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International. @@CanTeachersFed and @@EnseigneCanada



Heather Smith, CTF President

Media contact:

Francine Filion, CTF Director of Communications, office: 613-688-4314, or cell: 613-899-4247