Why I Run for Office

Dragos Popa is a former university professor and educational consultant, currently holding a senior-level policy position within the federal government, and running for Trustee with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) in Zone 4 – Bay Ward.

“I am a strong advocate for equity and quality education for ALL students in Ottawa schools – through information sharing, community engagement and decisive leadership.

The decision to run for elected office was not made lightly. I had to be sure that I can make a positive and meaningful contribution to the schools and communities of Bay Ward, to special education programs across the District (which are so important to so many students and families), and overall to the Board’s strategic outcomes of equality, learning and well-being.

I am now more convinced than ever that I can put my knowledge, experience and skills to good use for all OCDSB schools in Bay Ward (Bayshore Public School, Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education, D. Roy Kennedy Public School, Lakeview Public School, Regina Street Alternative School, Severn Avenue Public School, Woodroffe Avenue Public School, Woodroffe High School) and to the District as a whole.

My proposed Top 10 Priorities for OCDSB – an agenda that I plan to pursue forcefully yet collaboratively over the next four years – can be found here. Join me in rebuilding trust in public schools. Let’s create the schools our children deserve!”

Dragos Popa’s biographical highlights:

  • Close personal and professional connections with OCDSB schools and communities throughout Bay Ward.
  • Long-time volunteer and advocate for public schools and programs, in all parts of the city.
  • Served as volunteer for several not-for-profit educational organizations, such as the Association for Bright Children (ABC) of Ontario; Performance and Planning Exchange; Tupper Tots Day Care; Glebe Parents Day Care; etc.
  • Member of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, 2017-present.
  • Member of the Advisory Group for the Gifted Program Review, OCDSB, 2017-present.
  • Happily married for the past 19 years; he and his wife are raising two boys (grade 6 and grade 8), both enrolled in the Gifted Program in OCDSB.
  • Public servant in the Government of Canada, having worked with Global Affairs Canada, Statistics Canada, the Canada School of Public Service, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Health Canada, 2003-present.
  • For almost a decade (2006-2014), he taught graduate and post-graduate courses at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and the Canadian Forces College (Toronto).
  • M.A. degree in European and Eurasian Studies (2003), and Ph.D. degree in Political Science (2008) from Carleton University’s prestigious Political Science Department.
  • Studied Journalism and Communications during his undergraduate studies in Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • Produced numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, commissioned reports, theses, reviews, and other studies – many on educational issues.
  • Unaffiliated with any political party; only interest and priority is to be a strong and effective voice for Bay Ward schools and communities at the School Board.