About Us

Staff and Researchers

Peter Cowley
Peter Cowley is the Director of School Performance Studies at The Fraser Institute. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1974. Shortly thereafter, he began a long career in marketing and general management in several sectors. During his assignments in general management, process improvement was a special focus and interest. In 1994, Mr Cowley independently wrote and published The Parent’s Guide, a popular handbook for parents of British Columbia’s secondary-school students. The Parent’s Guide web site replaced the handbook in 1995.

In 1998, Mr Cowley was co-author of the Fraser Institute’s A Secondary Schools Report Card for British Columbia, the first of the Institute’s continuing series of annual reports on school performance. Annual editions now include Report Cards on both elementary and secondary schools in British Columbia & Yukon, Alberta, and Ontario and on secondary schools in Quebec. He also co-authors the Report Card on Aboriginal Education in British Columbia.

In 2000, Mr Cowley established the Garfield Weston Awards for Outstanding Principals which was succeeded, in 2004, by the Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education.

Lisa-Diane Fortier
Lisa-Diane Fortier is the Director of Education Programs at the Fraser Institute. Since coming to the Institute she has focused on improving the Awards for Excellence in Education and developing the Innovative Educator website. Before joining the Institute, Lisa-Diane taught junior high and high school students within the public and private school systems in Alberta, BC and Mexico. During her first year teaching in Alberta, she was nominated for the Edwin Parr Award for excellence in beginning teachers.

Lisa-Diane graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria’s Honours program, receiving a BA with a double major in History in Art and History. She later earned a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Lethbridge, where she graduated with great distinction and a double major in Social Studies and Art.