Mary Brodhead has worked in the field of
education for over 30 years, the last 15 within
the Federal Public Service as the Executive
Director of Learning at the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA). She has taught
students from 7th grade to doctoral level,
nationally and internationally, and has worked
as an advisor to school boards and communities
throughout Canada and US. Her Doctorate in
Education (EdD) is in Adult Education and
Counselling with a specialty in multi-cultural
counselling. She is certified as a professional
coach by the Coaches Training Institute and in
learning design and development by the Institute
of Performance and Learning.
Dr. Brodhead lived on the Kwakwaka’wakw Reserve
in Alert Bay, B.C. and taught high school
students who had dropped out of the provincial
system, and teacher candidates. When she and her
husband moved back east they worked in
Aboriginal communities throughout Canada. Her
specialty was designing, developing and
delivering training in partnership with
communities – supporting their
priorities and creating experiences that built
on the local culture and traditions.
Mary became part of the Royal
Commission on Aboriginal Peoples’ (RCAP)
Education Research Team in 1993. The team looked
at the history of Aboriginal education in
Canada, the testimony of the many hearings
participants, and best learning practices in
many Aboriginal communities. Mary then moved
onto the team that developed the CD “For Seven
Generations” that housed all the RCAP research,
transcripts of hearings, reports and
publications – 250,000 pages of rich resources.
Her role was to create a guide for educators in
schools, universities and work places on how to
use the CD within their curriculum.
She joined the Federal Public
Service in 1997, working as a Senior Analyst in
the Employment Equity Positive Measures Program.
She spearheaded the creation of a Masters level
course on multi-cultural counselling that was
taught to over 100 public servants and used, all
or in part, by 15 Canadian universities.
As ED of Learning for CFIA,
Mary focused on creating strong capacity in
learning technology, offering many blended
learning options. Her team implemented state of
the art measurement systems, providing the
Agency with relevant data through Annual
Learning Reports. A critical place to find
savings was by improving the quality of learning
through rigorous evaluation practices – many at
the level of observing workplace behavior.