Dr. Marie Bountrogianni is Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to joining Ryerson, she was president and executive director of the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Board of Governors.
As a former Ontario cabinet minister, Dr. Bountrogianni served as minister of a number of portfolios including Intergovernmental Affairs, Democratic Renewal, Children and Youth Services, and Citizenship and Immigration. She authored and oversaw the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) from conception to royal assent, which established Ontario as a world leader in accessibility.
Prior to entering politics, Dr. Bountrogianni was the chief psychologist for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Marie has taught at Ryerson University, Seneca College, McMaster University, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a board member of Northland Power Inc. and the Human Resources Policy Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the academic advisory board of the Democracy Study Centre at the German-Polish-Ukrainian Society (GPUS), and the New York-based Greek America Foundation. Marie advises governments nationally and internationally on accessibility and other issues. In 2014, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) named Marie as one of the top 10 most influential alumni at the University of Waterloo and in 2015, she was further recognized by Her Campus Waterloo as one of five influential women who have graduated from the University. In June, Marie was honoured with a 2017 Gabby Award in New York City in recognition of her contributions on behalf of refugees, minorities, and people with disabilities.