Certification Program for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners:
Class of 2023-24
Jennifer McCrea
Assistant Deputy Minister
British Columbia Ministry of Education, Learning Division
Canada: British Columbia Hub | NORTH AMERICA

Jennifer McCrea is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Learning Division within the Ministry of Education in the Province of British Columbia.

She is a leader, a motivator, and a strategic communicator who achieves success by building skilled teams, articulating a vision and implements an effective plan of action. She is passionate about creating strong collaborative relationships.

Jennifer’s team supports the transforming education to ensure B.C. students remain among the best in the world through leadership and support to school districts in the areas of Early Learning, Indigenous, Inclusive and French Education and has responsibility for student safety and wellness in the province with a strong focus on mental health.

The Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners program provides an opportunity for government, school district leadership and school level leadership to come together with post-secondary to create a new leadership model in the Province of British Columbia. Under the B.C. government’s Child, Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Strategy, Pathway to Hope, there is strong support for the Mental Health in Schools component to develop our capacity related to Compassionate Systems Leadership.

She has recently worked with Harvard Graduate School of Education, Global Education Leaders Program and the OECD.

Jennifer has been with the BC public service more than 28 years. Her daughter is currently studying at the University of Victoria. Together, they enjoy spending time at the lake, hiking and practicing yoga.