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Brian Celli, M.Ed., CEC

“In every child, there is a promise. It is a promise to the future…”

…And it is the work of a lifetime for this promise to be fully realized!

Brian spent the bulk of his career helping teachers, school administrators, system leaders and other support workers develop the skills and understandings needed to engage effectively in this work. As a Superintendent, he was acknowledged as a passionate and visionary leader who was guided by a strong ethic of care and a deep belief in the capacity and desire of people to be the best they can be. During this time, he established the “coach approach” as one of the key understandings informing how work was to be undertaken in the system as it transitioned to becoming future ready.

Brian’s work as a Superintendent afforded him the opportunity to gain significant experience and insight in the areas of strategic planning, accountability reporting, school division governance, public relations and communications, staff development, change management and project management. He is most proud of his work in the areas of developing innovative learning environments, supporting youth who are at­risk, leadership development, and innovation in technology and its use as a learning tool. In addition to his system leadership work, Brian has worked as both a teacher and administrator at the junior and senior high school levels as well as in the postsecondary environment. He has been a frequent presenter at both provincial and international conferences on education, sat on the Advisory Committee for City University (Alberta Program), and is currently engaged as Education Consultant to the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour 2017. Brian is a believer in continuous growth and reads extensively on leadership, organizational culture, and social evolution.

Since retiring from public education, Brian has focused his work on supporting leadership development and creating and sustaining hopeful and “trust worthy” organizations. As a coach, Brian works hard to hold each person capable of finding the answers they require to get past the challenges they face and to develop and implement plans of action to move forward. Key to this is developing clarity about the answer to the question, “Why is this important?”

“Hope ­ a possibility to live into.”

Courses taught at CityUniversity

  • Leadership and Counselling Diverse Cultures in Education (ECC 515)
  • Change Management with Global Perspectives (EEA 545)

Experience

2009-2015: Superintendent of Schools/CEO, Wild Rose School Division No.66

2006-2009: Assistant Superintendent/Director of Instruction, Okanagan-Skaha School District

2002-2006: Deputy Superintendent/Acting Superintendent, Clearview Public Schools

Education

Master of Education (Educational Administration & Leadership), University of British Columbia

Post Graduate Certificate (Executive Coaching), Royal Roads University

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Social Studies & English), University of British Columbia