Denise began her career in the Ontario Public Service as an Assistant Crown Attorney in Kitchener, Ontario and it culminated in her promotion to Legal Director for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Currently, Denise is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Indigenous Education and Well-Being Division in the Ontario Ministry of Education. She leads the ministry teams dedicated to enhancing the array of learning conditions that promote student success. Her portfolio includes Indigenous education, student and staff well-being, safe and healthy schools, parent and student engagement, and equity and inclusive education. As well, her work brings focus to youth living under the care of the Crown and of Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario. The programs and policies developed in the Division not only supports Indigenous learners, but also builds the knowledge of all students and educators on the histories, cultures and contributions of our First Nation, Métis and Inuit people.
Denise is a lifelong mentor and coach to many students and legal professionals. She holds a B.A. in political science and economics from McGill University and a law degree from University of Windsor. She earned her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Most recently, Denise was recognized for improving the lives of young women and girls as recipient of the 2017 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award.