The Upper Canada District School Board has a new Chief Financial Officer.

Robert Backstrom has been hired to the position. Backstrom has worked in the private sector as an assistant treasurer with Essar Steel, formerly Algoma Steel Corporation. Backstrom then transitioned to the public sector working as the Superintendent of Business with the Algoma District School Board in Sault. Ste. Marie. He was also the Vice-President of Corporate Services for Confederation College in Thunder Bay.

As CFO and Superintendent of Business, Backstrom will oversee finance, purchasing, payroll, risk management, occupational health and safety, business liaison for student transportation and operational matters related to community use of school facilities.

Backstrom replaces Nancy Barkley who intends to retire next month after more than 20 years with the UCDSB.