Born abroad, with Irish, Scottish, Mi’kmaq and Acadian roots from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Marc Albert Cormier was raised in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

After four years at Université de Bordeaux in France, he moved to Canada in 1992 and studied at the University of Toronto, obtaining a Bachelors in Education.

For 10 years, Marc was a director of a nationwide education system for homework help working with a virtual office staff of 20 professionally trained teachers from across Canada with year-over-year increased usability stats for students desiring to get better grades in school. In September 2018, Marc moved to back to his teaching roots to inspire kids in math and science.

For his work as a teacher, principal and project manager in education, Marc was awarded two knighthoods for his groundbreaking work in online education and his passion for maintaining one’s culture.

Trained as a biologist at the Université de Bordeaux, Marc has a strong penchant for evidence based policy.

Because of Marc’s scientific background, maritime roots and professional experience, his politics are very close to the general values of Canadian Liberalism. Beyond municipal affairs, Marc is also a strong supporter of Canadian Republicanism: a Canada with no institutional ties to the British Monarchy.

For the past 26 years, Marc’s lived in various neighborhoods of Toronto: from Moore Park to the Annex, from Davenport to Little Italy and finally the Grange. To stay in shape Marc walks up to 100 Km per week in those neighbourhoods. He knows the urban infrastructure and the demographics of its residents. He knows what’s being torn down, what’s being put up, as well as local businesses and their owners and operators.

Marc is passionate about science, technology, culture, music, education, history, architecture, heritage and world travel.

Experience

  • Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher in French Language Board in Toronto
  • Educational Councilor for Online Education and Content Development
  • Project Manager and COO of a Nation-Wide Online Tutoring Service for Intermediate and Secondary Students
  • Senior Web Developer for middle to top-tier Websites in the Private and Public Sector

Education

  • Université de Bordeaux, DEUG – Diplôme d’études universitaires générales,
  • Université de Bordeaux, Victor Segalen, Licence de biologie cellulaire et physiologie
  • University of Toronto, Bachelors in Education
  • Special Education (Specialist), Computers in the Classroom (Specialist), Principal’s Qualification.

Community Involvement

  • Board Member of (3) Toronto Film Festivals (ReelHeART Festival Group, GeekFest Toronto, Toronto Beaches Film Fest)
  • Board Member and Former President of French Expat Association
  • Former Board Member of a francophone LGBTQ Association
  • WarmHearts Outreach Program (12 years, on foot delivery of warm clothing to Toronto homeless community)

Publications and Presentations

  • CORMIER M. 2013 – Homework Help with Technology: After 12 Years, What Have We Learned? Online Educa Berlin. 19th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning & Training. December 5 2013 Berlin, Germany
  • CORMIER M. 2003 – Cartographie des îles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon du XVIe au XIXe siècle : toponymie et représentation variées d’une balise cartographique de la côte atlantique. The International Cartographic Conference, 2003, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • CORMIER M., 1997 – Toponymie ancienne et origine des noms Saint-Pierre, Miquelon et Langlade. Le Marin du Nord, Vol. VII. No 1. pp 29-45

Awards

  • Knighthood in the French Order of the Academic Palms, a National Order bestowed by the French Republic to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.
  • Knighthood in the French Order of Merit, Membership awarded by the President of the French Republic for distinguished military or civil achievements.