Jonathan Toews is the Executive Director of the mRLC. He has served in the role of Assistant Superintendent of Border Land School Division since 2015, and also has extensive experience as a Principal, Vice-Principal, and Teacher in rural Manitoba. Jonathan has recently served on committees of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents, including Indigenous Education and Leadership Development. Jonathan has first-hand experience with the work of mRLC as a participant in the Numeracy Achievement Program and many of our learning networks. He is passionate about teacher professional learning, rural education, and school improvement.
Janet Martell is a Co-Director of the mRLC and also the former Superintendent of Lakeshore School Division. She is a visionary leader whose passion for education and commitment to her communities fuels her desire for high-quality learning and teaching in every classroom. She was instrumental is leading teachers through a process to reimagine education in Lakeshore School Division. Teachers, with the support of principals, developed plans, classroom-based or school-wide, that aimed to meet the needs of all learners in the school and engage them in learning.
Eileen Sutherland is a Co-Director of the mRLC and one of the co-founding members of the organization. She has over 35 years of educational experience ranging from early years to senior years, along with leadership experience both at the school and divisional levels. Her work as a consultant in high school improvement and experience as a curriculum leader have all contributed to her depth and breadth of understanding around teacher and student learning. Her passion for innovation and learning continues to drive all aspects of her life.
Jess Sutherland is the Operational Manager for the mRLC. He is a proven business leader and innovator. Working for over 15 years in senior supply chain and transportation roles. His diverse experience includes areas such as school bussing and pallet management, as well as overseeing major retail logistics divisions for companies including Walmart Canada and Loblaws Companies Ltd. Jess enjoys working with others and passing on skills whenever he is given the opportunity. He will be working closely with the Executive team, Facilitators and Participants throughout the year.