TAAPCS Welcomes John Picard As New Executive Director

October 29th, 2019, Calgary, AB – Public charter schools proudly provide educational service to parents
and students within Alberta’s public education system, giving voice to Albertans’ shared vision for

The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) is delighted to announce that John Picard is
our new Executive Director.
John comes to this position with a long history in educational leadership. Having been an active
superintendent of two Alberta public charter schools, he is closely connected with the public charter
school and education community in Alberta. His focus on authentic relationships and passion for the
success of Alberta students will make a strong contribution to TAAPCS.

“TAAPCS welcomes John into our Executive Director role. We look forward to serving Albertan learning
communities together. Our best wishes and appreciation to Kath Rhyason our past Executive Director;
may your rose garden, grandchildren and travels be rich, fulfilling and relaxing.”
Ron Koper, Chair, TAAPCS

John’s initial focus will be on the helping TAAPCS contribute to the Alberta government work, creating
effective and sustainable funding and declaring the new Choice In Education Act next spring.

The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) represents Alberta’s 13 charter schools,
working together to build vibrant learning communities, which support choice and innovation in public
education, focused on student learning. For more information visit,
For further inquiries:

Ron Koper
Board Chair – TAAPCS,
Vice Chair – Connect Public Charter School
(403) 862-4030 /

Dale Erickson
President – TAAPCS,
Superintendent – Calgary Arts Academy
(403) 863-3253 /