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Updated April 13, 2015

by Michael Peirce


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Michael Roy Peirce, Ed.D.

1 Victoria Street, PO Box 508
Flesherton, Ontario N0C 1E0
Work:        (905) 849-4623
Fax:         (905) 901-0693


Doctor of Education, 1994
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Applied Psychology (Counselling 1)

Thesis: The University Selection Process: A Canadian Perspective

Master of Education, 1989
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Applied Psychology (Guidance & Counselling)

Thesis: Guidance & Counselling in Canada's Independent Schools

Bachelor of Education, 1978
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Secondary Guidance and Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), 1977
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

Thesis:  The Interaction of Motion Parallax, Texture Gradient and Retinal Disparity in the Perception of Depth.

Grade Twelve High School Diploma, 1973
Stanstead College,
Stanstead, Quebec


Peirce Educational Consulting
1995 to present
Consultant & Partner
Duties & responsibilities: Author  of "It's Your Choice" and "Considering the US" which are workbooks for students considering post-secondary options. Editor of "For Grads Only: The University Admissions Guide". Career and educational consultant.

Appleby College, Oakville, Ontario
September 1985 to June 2010
Head of School (2007 - 2010)
Duties & responsibilities: Member of senior administration. Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the school’s day to day operations and Faculty performance management.
Former Senior Administrative roles:
Associate Headmaster & Dean of Faculty (2005-2007)
Assistant Headmaster: Information Technology (2004-2005)
Assistant Headmaster: Curriculum (1996 - 2004)
Assistant Headmaster: Student Services (1991-1996)
Accomplishments: Developed current Student Services model: Personal and Education counselling program ; integrated Health Services; Athletic Therapy; and School Chapel.  Coordinated professional development of approximately seventy five faculty members.  Counsellor for all academic and educational counselling for approximately 565 students.  Responsible for creation and implementation of the academic timetable.
Other positions held:  Teacher of Mathematics (1985-1988), Director of Guidance (1988-1991), Coach (Alpine Skiing, Soccer, Hockey, Swimming), Head of Crisis Management Team, Trainer of Peer Counsellors

Stanstead College, Stanstead, Quebec
September 1978 to August 1985
Director of Guidance and Admissions
Duties & responsibilities: University and career counselling, evaluation and admission of new students, recruitment and publicity.
Other positions held:  Teacher of Mathematics and Psychology, Housemaster, Coach (Soccer, Swimming, Hockey)


Ontario College of Teachers
Ontario School Counsellors Association
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
National Association of College Admission Counsellors
Peer Resources Network


Canadian Certified Counsellor, Canadian Counseeling & Psychotheraoy Association, Ottawa, ON, 2011

Level III Peer Training Leader & Peer Program Consultant, Peer Resources, Victoria, BC, 2008

Shell Canada Merit Fellowship in Career Education, University of Toronto, 1983


Presentation:  "Factors in the university selection process."  Dialogue '95. The annual conference for Ontario counsellors and university admissions personnel. May 1995.

Article: "The university selection process: A Canadian perspective", INFO, Spring 1995. Ontario Universities.

Presentation:  "University selection: Where do parents fit in?"  Interguild '95.  The annual conference for the Independent Schools' Parents Associations.  April 1995.

Presentation:  "Factors in university choice."  Graduate students in Applied Psychology at O.I.S.E. at the University of Toronto.  February 1994.

Presentation:  "Application to American universities."  Students & parents at T. A. Blakelock High School.  October 1994.

Presentation:  "The US application:  Process and resources."  Halton High School Guidance Counsellors.  June 1992, May 1997.

Publication:  "Where do we go from here?  A parents guide to helping students making post-secondary choices."  Summer, 1983.  Shell Canada Foundation in Career Education.

Publication: “Villanova Summer Technology Institute for Counsellors” A review of the programme. Cybercounsellor,  1999.

Publication: "It's Your Choice! The University Selection Workbook.", 2001, Peirce Educational Consulting, Burlington, ON

Publication: "Considering the U.S. A University Selection Workbook.", 2002, Peirce Educational Consulting, Burlington, ON

Publication: "Lessons from a Journey with Peer Counselling" Peer Bulletin, October, 2008 

Publication: "Considering the U.K. A University Selection Workbook.", 2011, Peirce Educational Consulting, Burlington, ON


Publication: "Considering Canada!", 2013, Peirce Educational Consulting, Flesherton, ON

Professional Development

Advanced Workshop for Peer Facilitator Trainers: July, 1997, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Summer Technology Institute for Counsellors: July, 1999, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA.

Understanding Learning Disabilities: September 1997, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, San Francisco, CA

Advanced Workshop for Peer Facilitator Trainers: July, 1997, 2004, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Workshop for Peer Facilitator Trainers (First Nations Model): July, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2006 University of Victoria, Toronto, ON.

Workshop for Peer Facilitator Trainers: July, 1996, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Workshop for College Counselling Students with Learning Disabilities: October, 1997, National Convention for the National Association of College Admission Counsellors, San Francisco, CA.


Dene Nation Peer Counselling Project: Project Developer & Leader
Implemented and led a dynamic peer counselling project working with First Nations students and Appleby students at the Tl'oondih Healing Centre, Fort McPherson, NWT. each July 2005, 2006.

SAT Test Center Supervisor
In charge of co-ordination and administration of the SAT I and SAT II tests at Educational Test Center sites. 1980 - 2007.

Chisholm Educational Centre: Board Member
Strategic planning, idea generation, advising and evaluation for an educational centre specializing in psycho educational assessments and educational remediation. 1997 – present.

GAP Activities Project: Ontario Coordinator
Recruitment, evaluation and selection of high school students to go to Britain on a year abroad experience in a volunteer setting.  1990-1996.

Les Coccinelles d'Oakville, Inc.: Board Member
Strategic planning, idea generation, advising and evaluation for a non-profit French co-operative pre-school. 1993 - 1995. 


Available upon request.


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