Chris Cowley is the 74th President of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF).
Chris obtained his honours B.A., B.Ed and M.ED. at the University of Western Ontario. From 2004, he has been a teacher of Canadian and World Studies and Religious Studies at St. John’s College in Brantford. He has contributed beyond the classroom in various extracurricular activities, including volleyball and baseball coaching and as the faculty advisor for the students’ council.
Since 2005, Chris has been active in the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) both locally and provincially. At the local level, he has served as Political Advisory Chair and on a range of committees including the Professional Development Committee, the Staffing Committee, and the Social Committee. As well, he was a member of the 2008 negotiations team and the 2012 table team.
As a member of the OECTA Provincial Executive, Chris served as the OTF Table Officer and represented OECTA at numerous labour events including the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Annual General Meeting and the Canadian Labour Congress Convention. Since 2010, Chris has served as an OTF Governor. His interest in business and the economy is a natural fit for pension issues. Chris states, “Now that the OTPP has had a surplus a number of times, my goal in the coming year will be to focus on continued stability for the Plan and Plan members.”
Chris’ career has been guided by his dedication to publicly-funded education, OTF members and students. “Ontario’s education system works when teachers, parents and government come together to invest in the schools our communities rely on every day,” Chris states. “OTF is a great way for all teacher affiliates to come together and find common ground on issues important to members and Ontario’s publicly-funded education system.”