A MindShare Learning moment with one of Canada’s top educationalists, Carol Olsen, President, Canadian Education Association and Superintendent of the Halifax Regional School Board


Carole Olsen is the superintendent of the Halifax Regional School Board, the largest school board in Nova Scotia with 51,000 students, 137 schools and approximately 8,000 employees. Under Carole’s leadership, the Halifax Regional School Board has made significant progress in improving student achievement. Assessment results in the key areas of literacy and mathematics have climbed steadily during her tenure on local, provincial, national and international assessments and she has challenged all staff to ensure every school day matters for every student. To guarantee this happens, Carole has made it a priority to ensure teachers and support staff receive ongoing professional development because she believes that when staff members learn, students learn. Carole is also a leader outside of the HRSB involved in some of the following local, provincial and national organizations: President of the Canadian Education Association Chair of the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency Chair of Nova Scotia Educational Leadership Consortium Campaign Management Team 2009 (Chair, Schools Division), Metro United Way, Member of the Association of Nova Scotia Educational Administrators Member of the Education Research & Development Corp (ERDI) Prior to her appointment in 2002, Carole gained extensive experience as a teacher and senior administrator (superintendent) with the Toronto District School Board, and as an education officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education.