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Deani Van Pelt

Deani Van Pelt, PhD, OCT


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Deani Van Pelt is the President of Edvance Christian Schools Association, a Cardus Senior Fellow, and former Director of the Barbara Mitchell Centre for Improvement in Education at the Fraser Institute where she is now a Senior Fellow.

Previously Associate Professor of Education and Director of Teacher Education at Redeemer University College, and formerly a secondary school teacher in both Christian and public schools, she has a B.Commerce (McMaster University), B.Ed. (University of Toronto), and Master's and Ph.D. in Education (Western University) where she received a medal for excellence in graduate studies. Van Pelt, an Ontario Certified Teacher, has researched and published frequently on aspects of school choice in Canada (including home schooling, charter schools, religious schools, and independent schools), on education spending, and school sector enrolments. She has initiated and led international research collaborations (funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council) and recently received the Charlotte Mason Institute’s Charlotte Mason Tribute award for doing so. She has served as an expert witness and presented at numerous academic and education conferences across North America. Her work has been regularly featured in Canadian print and broadcast media including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, Hamilton Spectator, National Post and CBC. Deani is passionate about asking the big questions in education and about the importance of good policy that creates space for innovation and local collaboration in education. She and her husband, Michael, raised their three children in Ancaster, Ontario.