STF Professional Complaint Process

Making a Professional Complaint

The Teachers’ Federation Act, 2006 grants the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation the authority to receive and review complaints regarding the conduct or practice of its members. This legislation, along with The Registered Teachers Act, The Education Act, 1995 and The Education Regulations, 1986, provides the framework for the teacher regulation in Saskatchewan.

The Federation is required by law to refer all complaints that raise or potentially raise a question of professional misconduct or professional incompetence to the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board.

Professional Complaints Process Regarding STF Members

To initiate a professional complaint regarding the conduct or practice of a member of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, please complete, print and sign this Professional Complaint Reporting Form and forward it to:

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation
Attn: Executive Director
Professional Complaints Process
2317 Arlington Avenue
Saskatoon SK  S7J 2H8

Federation members include all teachers and school-based administrators (principals, vice-principals and associate-principals) employed in a PreK-12 separate or public school in Saskatchewan.

If you have any questions or require assistance to complete this form, please contact the Federation at 1-800-667-7762 or 306-373-1660 in Saskatoon.

Upon receipt of the completed form, the Federation will:

  • Open a professional complaint file.
  • Send a letter of acknowledgement to the complainant(s).
  • Send a letter and a copy of the complaint to the teacher who is the subject of the complaint.
  • Forward a copy of the complaint and any relevant information to the STF Professional Complaints Committee to initiate a professional complaint review.
  • If the complaint raises or potentially raises a question of professional misconduct or professional incompetence, it will be referred by the Federation to the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board.

Following the review and any subsequent proceedings held, the Federation will:

  • Send letters to inform the complainant(s) and the teacher who is the subject of the complaint of the status of the complaint review and any subsequent proceedings .

Please note:

Anyone who has reasonable grounds to believe that a child is being abused, neglected or in need of protection shall comply with any legal duty, pursuant to The Child and Family Services Act, or otherwise, to report the matter to the appropriate authority which may be a police officer or a child protection officer.

Professional Complaints Process Regarding Non-STF Members

If you have a professional complaint regarding a teacher or school-based administrator (principal, vice-principal or associate-principal) working in a qualified independent school or a federally funded school on reserve, please contact the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board directly.

If you have a professional complaint regarding an out-of-scope administrator working for a school division, please contact either the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents or the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board.

Please note:

Employers of teachers are required to report, in writing, to the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board any suspension, termination, resignation or retirement of a teacher whose suspension, termination, resignation or retirement has resulted from conduct that constitutes professional incompetence or professional misconduct that may relate to the suitability of the teacher to hold a teacher’s certificate.

Regardless of any other avenues taken to report and/or resolve questions or concerns about a teacher’s conduct or practice, anyone (including students, parents and the public) can make a formal professional complaint to the Federation, to the employing school board or conseil scolaire, and/or to the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board. It is important to keep in mind that there are two distinct sets of expectations and procedures between the employer and the profession and that they are not interchangeable.

It is also important to note that is some cases, other authorities such as the courts or Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission may supersede any other complaints process. This may result in delays to the resolution of Federation professional complaints processes.

Teachers’ Bargaining Committee 2018-19

Patrick Maze 

Patrick Maze

Patrick is the President of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. He was first elected in 2015 and re-elected at meetings of the STF’s governing Council in 2016 and 2017. 

Prior to serving as STF President, Maze served as the President of the Regina Public School Teachers’ Association. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Regina with a master’s degree in educational administration. He began his teaching career in Regina in 1996. Patrick has also served on the Board of Governors at the University of Regina where he chaired the Board’s Human Resources Committee from 2012 to 2016.

In 2016, he obtained a certificate in labour negotiations from Queen’s University.

Brent Keen

Brent Keen

Brent is an experienced member of the STF’s Teachers’ Bargaining Committee. He has been a member of the Committee since 2015, and an STF Executive member since 2011. His participation in the STF’s governing Council goes all the way back to 2003. Brent earned his bachelor of arts in 1985, his bachelor of education in 1989 and his master’s of education in 2009.

In addition to his duties on the provincial bargaining team, Brent is also a member of the STF Executive’s Budget, Finance and Audit and Executive Visioning committees.

Debbie Ward

Debbie Ward

Debbie has been an educator for 26 years. She is a member of the STF Executive and has been President of the Regina Catholic School Teachers’ Association since 2012. Prior to holding that office, she was the Association’s Vice-President from 2007 to 2012. Debbie brings a unique perspective to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee, having served on both sides of teacher contract negotiations. For one round of recent bargaining talks, Debbie was President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. That meant she was a pivotal member of the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee. 

Randy Schmaltz

Randy Schmaltz

Randy Schmaltz is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. He brings a wealth of experience from the education sector to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee. 

Randy began teaching in 1989 and served as a school principal at a number of Saskatchewan locations for more than 20 years. After joining the Federation’s Senior Administrative Staff in August of 2010, Randy has been involved continually in many aspects of the collective bargaining process. That experience includes membership on Saskatchewan’s Joint Committee on Student and Teacher Time as well as the Task Force on Teacher Time.

In his capacity as Executive Director, Randy is the Chair of the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee.

Angela Banda 

Angela Banda

Angela Banda comes to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee after a long and distinguished career in education. She has travelled the globe in her capacity as a presenter for Project Overseas, PDP India and the New Teachers’ Conference. 

Angela taught in the K-12 public education system for 28 years before joining the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. She was a principal and vice-principal in Saskatoon for 14 years.

Al Boutin

Al Boutin

Al Boutin is relatively new to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. However, his roots in the province’s education sector run deep.

Al is currently a Senior Administrative Staff member at the STF. Prior to joining the Federation, Al was the Human Resources Superintendent at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.

He has twice graduated from the University of Saskatchewan; first with a bachelor of education, then with a masters degree in educational administration.

He’s been a teacher and a principal in several communities including Prince Albert, Weyburn, North Battleford and Makwa, Saskatchewan.

Al’s previous experience includes roles as Chief Spokesperson and lead negotiator for a number of LINC and non-teacher contracts. He’s looking forward to this new challenge of negotiating a provincial collective bargaining agreement for teachers all across our province.

Dustin McNichol, Ph.D

Dustin McNichol

Dustin is a research and policy analyst in the areas of collective bargaining and labour relations. Prior to joining the staff of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Dustin taught at the university level for over 11 years in political philosophy, public policy and Canadian history. Dustin is also the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles on Saskatchewan history in various academic journals.

Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt

Kevin has 22 years of classroom experience, including experience as a vice-principal. His main areas of teaching expertise are in math and chemistry. He has been a member of the Federation’s Senior Administrative Staff for almost a decade.

Kevin received training in mediation from the Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada in 2016. He has recently completed training in negotiation skills from the Industrial Relations Centre at Queen’s University.