John Mighton to be honoured

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October 17, 2016

Dr. John Mighton O.C., founder of the award-winning social enterprise, JUMP Math, is this year’s winner of the Egerton Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education.

“Quite simply, the choice of John Mighton for the award is one that would be confirmed by thousands of students across Canada.”
The Right Honourable Paul Martin

The Egerton Ryerson Award is presented annually to a person or persons who have been both active and public in their advocacy for strong public education. The award recognizes the deep value of learning and honours those who have made the connection between strong public education, social cohesion, and strong and engaged societies.

In selecting John as the recipient of the 10th Annual Egerton Ryerson Award, we acknowledge how deeply he cares about advancing the prospects of both Canada’s young people and quality education. His dedication to young people has run the gamut—from tutoring math students while a financially-struggling playwright, to authoring the national best-seller, The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child, and founding JUMP Math, a program that fosters numeracy and builds children’s self-confidence through success in math.

Since its inauguration in 2007, the award has honoured Harold Brathwaite, former director of the Peel District School Board; Charles Pascal, former Deputy Minister of Education; The Honourable William (Bill) Davis, former Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Margaret McCain, former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick; the Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada and Roberta Jamieson, Executive Director of Indspire, Charles Coffey, former Vice President of the Royal Bank, the Honourable Ken Dryden, former MP, Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University, and Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

John Mighton joins the ranks of these champions because of his relentless dedication and outspoken advocacy for strong math education as a road to equity, and for his inspiring work to develop effective math curriculum to bridge the numeracy gap and improve the lives of children across the nation, and around the world.

The award will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 23, with host Piya Chattopadhyay.

We are truly proud to be honouring John this year.

Learn more about the Ryerson Award and our past honourees.

Join the celebration – reserve tickets for the award gala now.