Raffaella Carmela Di Cecco ARD Consulting Services Ltd, President
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Raf Di Cecco, CMC, is a Certified Management Consultant. She is currently president of ARD Consulting Services and Director of the Education and Training Practice of PMC Inc
Raf is also the former Executive Director of the Ontario Royal Commission on Learning where she directed the first review of Ontario’s elementary and secondary education system in 25 years. The commission’s report “For the Love of Learning”, tabled in 1995, established the foundation for Ontario’s current reform agenda. Her work experience includes both the Federal and Provincial governments. She has had assignments in a variety of policy fields and has held a range positions including senior executive positions.
Raf brings a broad perspective and specialized knowledge and skills. Raf has extensive experience within the education sector and brings a deep understanding of the education sector at the provincial, district and the local level. She brings expertise in the development and management of complex policy and program reform and how these can be implemented at the local level.
Her areas of expertise include organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, change management design and implementation, policy and program evaluation and design, mentoring and coaching, and stakeholder management and engagement.
Her clients include Ontario Ministries including Education, Training Colleges and Universities, Attorney General, Government Services, Culture and Recreation; School Boards including Simcoe DSB, Waterloo Region DSB, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB, Toronto DSB: Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC); the 23 First Nations of Sioux Lookout; not for profit agencies including The Learning Partnership; and private sector corporations.
She has designed and led the review and evaluation of several key Ontario Ministry of Education initiatives, all involving reviews at the district and school level. Her work with the First Nations of Sioux Lookout involved the establishment of the Kaywiachiin Resource Centre in Sioux Lookout as the education authority for the district.