Interview with Dennis Cochrane, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Department of Education


About Dennis Cochrane–Mr. Cochrane obtained a Master of Education in Administration and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Moncton. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of New Brunswick. During the period 1977-1995, Mr. Cochrane held various political offices, including that of Councillor and Mayor of the City of Moncton; Member of Parliament for Moncton; Leader of the N.B. Progressive Conservative Party; and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Petitcodiac. Thirteen years as a teacher at the junior high school and high school levels, supplemented by the administrative and leadership roles associated with a vice-principalship and two principalships at the elementary/junior level, led to his appointment as Superintendent of School District 6 in June of 1995, in April of 1996, appointed Superintendent of School Districts 6 and 8 and in April 1998, Mr. Cochrane was appointed to Superintendent of School Districts 2 and 4. From June 15, 1998 to March 14, 2000 he served as the New Brunswick Deputy Minister of Education (Anglophone). Effective March 15, 2000, Mr. Cochrane was named Deputy Minister of the Department Education for the Province of Nova Scotia, a position he still holds and thus is the longest serving Deputy Minister of Education in Canada. In recognition of his public service and educational leadership, he has been made an Honourary Fellow at Saint Thomas University and received an Honourary Doctor Laws from the University of New Brunswick.