Jim Grieve was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Learning Division, Ontario Ministry of Education in November 2009 to lead the provincial implementation of full-day kindergarten for four- and five-year-olds. With the transfer of responsibility for child care to the Early Learning Division, Mr.Grieve leads the work of creating a seamless early learning experience for children from birth onward.

His passionate advocacy for early learning began as a founding member of the Council for Early Child Development. He holds a Master’s Degree from OISE/University of Toronto, and undergraduate degrees from York University and Victoria. College, University of Toronto. Following an exemplary career as a teacher, school administrator and superintendent in the North York Board of Education, Mr. Grieve served as Director of Education in Ottawa-Carleton before moving to the Director of Education role with Peel District School Board, Canada’s second largest school board.

A highly visible and approachable leader, he has visited communities in every part of Ontario to view exemplary programs and meet leaders of Best Start networks, child
care, municipalities and education to engage early learning partners. In 2013, the International Association of Business Communicators named Mr. Grieve Communicator of the Year. In 2014 the Ministry of Education presented him with the Realm Lifetime Achievement Award.

Since 2010, Mr. Grieve has co-chaired a working group on early childhood learning and development for the Council of Ministers of Education Canada. A member of the Executive Committee, OECD Network on Early Childhood Education and Care, he is currently leading an international project to develop an early learning and development framework and identify early learning outcomes.