Jay Aspin is pleased to rejoin the Near North District School Board for the third time and serve his second time as Chair. For four decades, he has committed himself to elected public service in the North Bay and Northern Ontario region. He served as a Trustee with the Nipissing Board of Education and the Near North District School Board for seven terms on two separate occasions, Councilor with the City of North Bay for six terms. Recently he served in the parliament of Canada as the Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming. His extensive experience has resulted in leadership roles as the President of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM), president of the Northern Ontario School Trustees Association (NOSTA), Chair of the Aerospace Caucus in the federal parliament.
This term he is dedicated to working with parents, teachers, administrators and educational officials to provide quality education for students of this region. Due to his long history with the Near North District School Board and his passion for education, he is motivated to provide the leadership to establish and implement an effective board Governance Model which will ensure transparency, accountability and open communications by creating a culture of respect, ethics and excellence. Another one of his key goals is assist the board in implementing an effective Multi-Year Plan that will restore this board’s reputation as one of the finest in Ontario.
Mr. Aspin is a graduate of the Near North District School Board and has earned degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Waterloo as well as certifications in international trade (CITP), economic development (EcD), management consulting (CMC), and board director’s governance (ICD.D). He is the President of Aspin International Development Inc. a private consulting firm that assists businesses grow internationally.