Scott is pictured here while working as CODE's International Programs Director in Tanzania during the 1980's - and now as Executive Director holding a selection of CODE's Burt Award winning books.
Scott Walter was appointed the Executive Director of CODE in 2007. He brings to CODE a wealth of experience in international education, development and leadership with both government and non-governmental organizations. He came to CODE from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), where, as Principal Advisor Education in Policy Branch, he provided leadership to the Government of Canada on education issues in international development. This included Canada’s involvement at the multilateral level in the global Education for All-Fast Track Initiative and the Canadian Global Campaign for Education. Before joining CIDA, Mr. Walter was the former Director of International Development at the International Reading Association in Washington DC, where he was responsible for programs and advocacy under global literacy development, spearheading such initiatives as the 32-country Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking network of educators and the Pan-African Reading for All conferences.
Scott’s varied background includes work with the Canadian publishing industry to establish the International Publishing Partnership and a two-year period as a classroom teacher in Lesotho under the auspices of the World University Service of Canada. He has been committed to CODE and its education initiatives abroad since the 1980’s. In 1988, he was posted to Tanzania as the Director of CODE’s East Africa office earning distinction for the establishment of programs such as the Children’s Book Project, a CODE partner recently recognized for its outstanding work with a 2007 UNESCO International Literacy Award. He returned to Ottawa in 1991 to take up the position of CODE’s Director of International Development. He is now continuing this commitment as the Executive Director of CODE and the CODE Foundation, working alongside partners and local stakeholders to bring tangible education results to the developing world. Scott holds an undergraduate degree from McMaster, a Masters from The University of Waterloo and a B.Ed. from Queens.
“Education is the golden key that makes the wonders of the world accessible to all.”
– Scott Walter