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MONTREAL,  AUGUST 7, 2014 – The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has announced  the appointment of Nathalie Lauzière as its new Secretary General, effective August 4, 2014.

Ms. Lauzière, most recently the Director of Legal Services and town clerk in Hampstead,  succeeds Joanne Bisbikos. She has retired following an extraordinary 51 year career with the EMSB and the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal,

Ms. Lauzière  obtained her law degree from the Université de Laval in 1994 and is a member of the Quebec Bar. She has  worked for the Town of Hampstead since 2009.  Previously she served as Director General for the Deux Montagnes area municipality of Sainte-Placide,   Director of Legal Services and Human Resources for the construction materials firm Materiaux Kott and as a lawyer for the  St. Jerome-based law firm Leonard & Lauziere. As the EMSB’s new Secretary General,  she  will also oversee the  EMSB Archives, Translation and Communications divisions.

“Coming directly from the municipal world, I look forward to joining the education sector,” said Ms. Lauzière. “I have had the pleasure of meeting with Ms. Bisbikos several times before taking office and she was very kind to me; a great lady. I hope to bring to the organization my experience and expertise for all employees, officers and administrators of the school board. I am looking forward to working with everyone,  encouraging collaboration and promoting efficiency among the various departments I will be involved with.

Ms.  Bisbikos served as Secretary General/Director of Archives since 1992, first for the PSBGM and then for the EMSB since its establishment in 1998. Ms. Bisbikos began her career in the field of education in 1962, when she was first hired by the PSBGM, and  worked in a number of support staff positions. This included  School Social Work and Attendance, Personnel, Regional Offices, Pupil Transportation and Registration Services.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to have spent my entire working career with the PSBGM and the EMSB,” said Ms. Bisbikos. “It is a career that I have thoroughly enjoyed since I have worked with so many wonderful people, many of whom I am still in touch with. My 22 years as Secretary General have been very satisfying and rewarding and I have learned so much.  I have seen many changes over the years, the primary one being the change from confessional to linguistic school boards.   I was actively involved in the transition during which a Provisional Council was established to oversee the setting up of the new school board.  During 1997-98, the meetings of the Provisional Council were held in a number of the schools that we would be receiving from the Catholic sector and it was interesting to meet the administrators who would become our new colleagues and to see where the schools were located.  I have so many wonderful memories of my many years here at the Board and I would like to thank everyone I have worked with.”


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213