ERDI Officers

Michael D.W Lee

Chief Executive Officer


17 Elvina Gardens
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1X7
Tel: (416) 481-8462
Cell: (416) 579-6694

Michael is the CEO and CFO of the Education Research Development & Innovation Corporation, a national organization that initiates meaningful dialogue between business leaders from 40 major corporations and premier directors/superintendents of education from more than 60 key school systems across Canada.

In his role, Michael oversees all operational and financial aspects of the corporation, negotiates and organizes all conferences; managing their logistics and chairing their major events.

Michael is responsible for the sales portion of ERDI; working with corporations to support their attendance and towards gaining a full understanding of the ERDI conference and the network it provides. Michael is also responsible for the recruitment and support of all our education partner and education associates.

In his role, Michael also serves as Chief Executive Officer of ERDI and, in partnership with the executive committee; he is responsible for the success of ERDI. Together, the executive and the CEO assure ERDI’s relevance to the communities, the accomplishment of ERDI‘s mission and vision, and the accountability of the ERDI Organization to its diverse constituents.

Michael is responsibility for management and day-to-day operations and he has the authority to carry out these responsibilities, in accordance with the direction and policies established by the executive committee. The CEO provides direction and carries out its governance functions.

William S. Hogarth


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6 Alexandra Wood
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 2K1
Tel: (905) 884-0339
Cell: (416) 930-3520

A collaborative senior leader who, in periods of both expansion and consolidation over the past 40 years in two school boards, Bill Hogarth has had a broad range of experiences: expertise in developing and implementing strategic plans, board policy and ministry regulations, as well as curriculum and professional development programs.  Bill is described as a confident team player who is perceptive, proactive, visionary and results oriented; a self-motivated individual who values excellence in student achievement, positive student and staff morale, good communication, meaningful partnerships, and who agrees with the values embodied in the mission statement.

As Director of Education for 16 years, Bill’s leadership was instrumental in moving the York Region District School Board from a narrow internal focus to a robust, continually evolving and sophisticated organization that advocates not only for York Region students, but for public education as a cornerstone of all healthy communities.

Susan LaRosa

Senior Strategist-Corporate/Education Partner Relations

6 Horton`s First
 Stouffville, Ontario, L4A 1L6
Tel: (905) 591-4131 
Cell:(416) 505-1778

Susan LaRosa has extensive experience in public education as a teacher, principal, superintendent and retired as Director of Education of the York Catholic District school Board.

During her 15 year tenure as Director she led a re-culturing of the Board where creativity and innovation were welcomed. Under her leadership the board launched a massive construction program, building 26 elementary schools and 6 secondary schools to accommodate the enrolment increase of 12,000 students.

Susan is described as a leader with a no-nonsense approach coupled with a solid work ethic.  She is known for her particular strengths of building and retaining positive relationships with staff and her strategic leadership in aligning the Board in support of student achievement. 

 While carrying out her core responsibilities with wisdom and enthusiasm she distinguished herself as a community leader, contributing to countless endeavours with agencies and public services.

The majority of the ERDI Team is made up of past Directors / Superintendents from Canadian school districts. Which gives ERDI a unique viewpoint and understanding of the rewards and challenges that face our education system in Canada.

The care and details that are taken in putting together all of our conferences help make it a rewarding experience for both our Education Partners and our Corporate Partners.

Michael Lee