Associate Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer of the Board to Retire after 32 years

John Sabo, Associate Director of Corporate Services and Treasurer of the Board, York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) has announced his retirement after 32 years with the Board, effective April 29, 2016.

John began his career at York Catholic as the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, and one year later, he became the Divisional Superintendent of Business Affairs, a position he held until 1993. John was appointed Associate Director and Treasurer in 1993.

Since starting with York Catholic in 1984, John has led the Board through significant growth. Below is a snapshot by numbers:


Budget: $63 million
Enrolment: 18,500 pupils
Staff: 1,300
Facilities: 40 schools


Budget: $650 million
Enrolment: 56,000 pupils
Staff: 8,000
Facilities: 105 schools (*8 million sq.ft totaling $1.0 Billion in value)

John has always focused on collaborating "beyond York Catholic" by playing key leadership roles with several public sector organizations:

  • Director on the OMERS Administration Corporation Board for 13 years
  • Board Director on the Southlake Regional Health Centre Hospital Board
  • Director on the Board of Directors of OECM (Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace)
  • Founding member of both the Ontario School Boards' Financing Corporation and the Catholic School Boards' Services Association
  • Founding member and first chair of the Council of Senior Business Officials of Ontario
  • Active involvement in various provincial school board business and finance committees and task forces

John's retirement will see him assuming a new role as President and CEO with OECM on May 2, 2016. [insert link to]

OECM is a broader public sector not-for-profit Group Procurement Organization (GPO), located in Toronto, whose core business is collaborative sourcing and customer and supplier relationship management.  As a GPO, OECM is uniquely positioned to serve the supply management needs of Ontario's education sector by helping them achieve savings and process efficiencies. OECM has generated validated savings of over $45 million which helps drive funding and resources to benefit students in school boards, colleges and universities.

"John has been an excellent Associate Director, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for York Catholic," said Patricia Preston, Director of Education.  "John has always exercised a spirit of collaboration working with various partners in the education sector. He has consistently exemplified what it means to be a strategic and decisive leader.  I wish him much success as he assumes his new role with OECM."

"John has played an instrumental role in helping us achieve our vision at York Catholic," said Carol Cotton, Chair of the Board.  "Most notably, his lobbying efforts for the extension of funding to Catholic School Boards in Ontario and the defence of York Region Education Development By-Laws have benefitted us greatly. John has cultivated strong relationships with Ontario's school board sector officials, government officials and many other community partners, and a as a result of his leadership, our Board is regularly recognized for providing leading business practices. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend my best wishes to John on his retirement and congratulate him on his appointment with OECM. We are looking forward to working with John in his new role as OECM's President and CEO."