Ottawa Network for Education

The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) collaborates with community partners and works side-by-side with educators to bring innovative and essential programs into schools
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The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) collaborates with community partners and works side-by-side with educators to bring innovative and essential programs into schools to address critical issues, provide students with the additional support they need to succeed, and prepare them for postsecondary studies and fulfilling careers.

ONFE is the only organization in Ottawa that works directly with, and is endorsed by, all four schools boards to deliver programs in more than 80% of schools, providing 110,000 students access to our programs. Over the past 32 years, ONFE has launched more than 40 education programs - becoming partners of choice for new, collaborative
initiatives that enhance student learning and achievement.

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The Ottawa School Breakfast program provides for the nutritional needs of 13,500 students in 186 schools daily.


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Employer Connections is a pilot program that will connect educators and employers, boost enrollment in STEM-related courses, share labour market information, and create work-related learning experiences – all to better prepare students for
tomorrow’s careers.


How you can help


Align your business with ONFE – and give local students the chance to soar! The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) helps students to succeed by tackling issues that create barriers to learning and have a negative impact on student well-being. Your donation will fund programs that remove barriers like hunger, inadequate nutrition, skill deficits, and substance abuse; and support students’ learning, skill development, and career preparation.

Companies that value education and youth, and want to invest in the communities where their employees work and live, often choose the
Ottawa Network for Education because they know their contribution will enhance public education and support student success right here, at home.


Each year, we place close to 1,500 volunteers in 150 Ottawa schools. They provide vital support to students to help meet their complex needs. Together, with teachers, our volunteers help students build core skills, grasp new concepts, close learning gaps, and develop greater self-confidence. Volunteers tell us that helping a student is one of the most fulfilling things they’ve done. Teachers tell us that caring volunteers make an immense difference to children in need of extra support.

Events and fundraising

On October 21, 2017, the Spark Soirée, hosted at the Infinity Convention Centre, will engage you and your company in an evening of entertainment and networking with other community-minded individuals and business professionals, as well as executives from Ottawa’s four school boards. You will be recognized as a company that cares about student nutrition, and a company that invests so every child in Ottawa starts the school day ready to learn, and on equal footing with his or her peers.

JA Company Program inspires high school students to create an enterprise of their own, with the support of mentors from the business community. Teams of students work together over the course of one semester, gaining valuable employment skills and learning about entrepreneurship alongthe way. The program culminates each year with the JA Company Awards, which recognize and celebrate their hard work and achievements. Students compete for the highly coveted honour of being named Company of the Year. In 2017, the JA Company Awards hosted over 250 guests, including students, parents, teachers, mentors and leading industry experts.

Junior Achievement Ottawa accepting the IPN Global Best Gold Award for Partnership (North America)

Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2017
The “opening day of the giving season,” is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

Board members and executives

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Kathy McKinlay, President and CEO
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Rob White, Chair

Jennifer Adams, Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Denise Andre, Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Mike Belliveau, Regional Vice-President for Eastern Ontario, Royal Bank of Canada
Carole Chouinard, Partner, Gowling WLG
Margo Crawford, President & CEO, Business Sherpa Group
Édith Dumont, Director of Education, Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
Robert Gillett, Past President & CEO, Algonquin College
Cheryl Jensen, President, Algonquin College
François Julien, Dean, Telfer School of Management
Deanna Monaghan, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Chris O'Gorman, Director of Americas Talent Management and Organizational Development, Nokia
David Ritonja, Vice President, Broadband Access Business Unit North America, Nokia
Réjean Sirois, Director, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
Ian Shabinsky, Principal and Vice President, Leasing and Operations, Glenview Management Ltd
Rob White, Chartered Professional Accountant, Growth Company Advisor

Get in touch

Ottawa Network for Education
205-900 Morrison Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K2H 8K7

Twitter: @ONFE_ROPE