The Canadian Society for the Study of Education is the largest organization of professors, students, researchers and practitioners in education in Canada. CSSE is the major national voice for those who create educational knowledge, prepare teachers and educational leaders, and apply research in the schools, classrooms and institutions of Canada. Founded in 1972, the bilingual CSSE is an umbrella organization consisting of several national constituent associations.

Meet Our Executive

Jacqueline (Jackie) Ottmann, President

Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), a former elementary and high school teacher and principal, now a scholar. In 2017, Jacqueline became Professor and Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan, and now the President of  the First Nations University of Canada. Jacqueline has been recognized as an international researcher, advocate, and change-maker whose purpose is to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. Jacqueline is driven to create schools and communities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Indigenous peoples – their histories, stories, ways of knowing and being.

Louis Volante, President-Elect

Louis Volante (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Education at Brock University and a Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance in the Netherlands. Louis has held Visiting Professor appointments in England (University College London), the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT), and Canada (University of Toronto).

Professor Volante’s research is primarily focused on global education policy, performance monitoring and transnational governance, inequality in educational opportunities and outcomes, and impact evaluation of policies and programs. His scholarship is widely cited in academic and policy communities and has received generous funding from international and national agencies such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Louis is currently leading a five-year SSHRC project with Professors Don Klinger and Melissa Siegel, which examines the relationship between migrant integration policies and student achievement outcomes across Canada.

Dr. Volante is fortunate to have a publication record which has included collaborations with over 100 academics in more than 25 countries. A frequent invited speaker around the world, he is also a consultant and policy advisor for regional and national governments in North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to his service to CSSE, Professor Volante sits on the Executive of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE), which develops and updates standards for the evaluation field across North America. Louis completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto with a focus on policy studies after receiving a UofT Open Scholarship from the School of Graduate Studies.

Ruth Kane,  Secretary-Treasurer

Dr Ruth Kane is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa where she served as Director of Teacher Education at the University of Ottawa from 2006 – 2011. Prior to moving to Canada in 2006 Ruth Kane served as Director of Teacher Education at Otago University (New Zealand) and Professor of Secondary Education at Massey University (New Zealand). Her research interests lie in the development and evaluation of preservice and inservice teacher education programs including the induction of beginning teachers, teacher professional learning through collaborative inquiry and the preparation of teachers for urban schools. She has directed three national research projects in New Zealand: Initial teacher Education; The Preparation and Induction of Beginning Secondary Teachers; and, The Status of Teachers and Teaching prior to coming to Canada. Since coming to Canada she has been principal investigator on a number of province-wide evaluations for the Ontario Ministry of Education including the evaluation of the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) and evaluations of the Early Primary Collaborative Inquiry (EPCI) and the Student Work Study (SWST) initiatives. Dr. Kane supports a number of graduate students whose fields of inquiry include teacher education, beginning teacher induction, preparing teachers for urban high schools and teacher professional learning. Before entering teacher education Dr Kane was a secondary teacher in New Zealand and Australia, including teaching on indigenous communities in the far north of Queensland, Australia.


Christine Martineau, Vice-President (Indigenous)


Dr. Christine Martineau is a Cree/Metis/Dene scholar and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Concordia University of Edmonton, where she teaches in the undergraduate Education minor, the Bachelor of Education After-degree, and the Master of Education degree programs. She has more than 20 years of teaching and leadership experience, the majority of which has been in First Nations communities (e.g., Siksika First Nation, Stoney Nakoda First Nation) as a secondary teacher, principal, and education director.

Dr. Martineau’s research focuses primarily on educational policy and practice, exploring the understandings and perceptions of educators in relation to Canada’s history with Indigenous Peoples, with a specific focus on the Alberta context. Her PhD used an Indigenous Research Methodology, grounded in a Cree worldview, to examine the impacts of colonial education on Indigenous identity development. She received the 2019 Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration’s Thomas B. Greenfield Award for best doctoral dissertation in educational administration and leadership completed in a Canadian university in the previous year.

Dr. Martineau has created and regularly leads professional development workshops designed to help educators recognize and understand how anti-Indigenous racism operates in public education and how to combat it through education for reconciliation. Dr. Martineau’s hope is to help transform the educational experiences and outcomes of Indigenous Peoples in Canada by helping educators uncover and address the barriers that continue to exist in education.


Abdoulaye Anne, Vice-President (Francophone)

Sociologist of Education, interested in the quality of education and its policies, Abdoulaye Anne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foundations and Practices of Education at Université Laval, in Québec City (Canada). As a doctoral graduate in Applied Human Sciences from Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada), his research focuses on the policies, stakeholders and dynamics organizing the education sector in Canada and abroad. He specifically examines a) the characteristics of current education policies; b) the evolution of the place and role of school stakeholders and c) the dynamics created by the major current evolutions in the field. Dr. Anne is a member of two significant university research centres in Québec (Canada): the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur la réussite scolaire (CRIRES) and the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l’Afrique et le Moyen-Orient (CIRAM).

Robert Nellis, Vice-President (Anglophone)

Robert Nellis is highly honoured and thrilled to be serving his four-year term as a CSSE Vice-president (Anglophone). Robert completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta in 2007, with his thesis co-receiving the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies Dissertation Award. He developed that work into Haunting Inquiry: Classic NFB Documentary, Jacques Derrida, and the Curricular Otherwise (Sense 2009). Since that time, his scholarship has drawn from memoir, creative nonfiction, arts-based approaches, and poetic inquiry. Robert loves working as a continuous faculty member in the Red Deer College School of Education and currently teaches courses in Child Development and Family Studies. Previous courses he has taught include Media, Culture, and Curriculum; Concepts of Childhood in the History of Education; Introduction to Educational Psychology; Communication in the Classroom; and Inclusive Education: Adapting Instruction for Students for RDC. He has also taught Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education, Introduction into Media Education, Assessment and Instruction of Exceptional Learners, and Individualizing Instruction for Adolescents with Special Needs for the University of Alberta, and Introductory College English for Grande Prairie Regional College. His service has included work for Local 37, Alberta Teachers Association, Red Deer College Faculty Association, and the board for the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, Red Deer Chapter.

Meet Our Staff

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Tim Howard, Director of Administration

Tim has been happily employed with CSSE since 1982.  Over that time Tim has encountered many amazing people, and forged some strong relationships.  Tim enjoys living his life with his partner filled with travel, good food, and good friends.  Tim’s role in CSSE involves governance, and finances of CSSE and of four additional national organizations (CASAE, CNIE, CSSHE, and STLHE).

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Barb Ford, Membership Services

Barb has been with the Society for over 10 years.  Barb’s role is to manage membership, conference, and special events registrations and other duties as required.  In addition, Barb provides the same for an additional four national organizations at this office which include STLHE, CNIE, CSSHE, and CASAE.

Michael Holden, Conference Manager

Michael (Mike) has been a member of CSSE since 2014. As Conference Manager, Mike works with the Board of Directors, Programme Committee, Local Team, and Congress organizers to coordinate preparations for the annual conference. Outside of his work with CSSE, Mike is a PhD student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His research interests include classroom assessment, teacher education, and equity.

Cameron Smith, Communications Manager

Cam began working with CSSE in 2016. As Communications Manager, Cam supports the website, social media, and member updates. Outside of his work with CSSE, Cam is a PhD student at the University Of Ottawa, Ontario. His research interests include French as Second Language, teacher education, and technology integration.

CSSE Objectives

The objective of CSSE is to promote the advancement of Canadian research and scholarship in education. In order to fulfill its mandate, CSSE will:

  • provide for the discussion of studies, issues and trends in education, and for the dissemination of research findings;
  • promote exchanges among members and other educational researchers in Canada and internationally;
  • foster partnerships and, through educational research, influence public policy and help determine the nature, structure and funding of the research agenda. CSSE endeavours to accomplish this objective through involving researchers reflective of the sociocultural diversity of Canada.


CSSE is governed by a board of directors consisting of an elected executive and the presidents of the constituent associations and of the graduate student committee, supported by a permanent staff in our Ottawa office.

Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, known as the Federation, is a membership-based organization that is made up of 66 scholarly associations and 71 universities and colleges, comprising more than 70,000 scholars, students and practitioners across Canada. CSSE is one of the largest scholarly associations in the Federation.

Through its activities, the Federation strives to support and advance Canada’s research in the humanities and social science, fields which are intrinsically important to the development of social, cultural and economic understanding, thus giving our society necessary tools to address the most complex of questions.

For more information on the Federation, please visit their web site.


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