Michael Carty, Q.C., was the President and also acted, later on, as the Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario. He was awarded the CEFO Medal of Honour in 1999.

Michael Carty had a long and interesting involvement with Catholic education in Ontario. Responding to a request from the Archbishop of Kingston, in the 1960’s, he participated in developing creative solutions to assist in the issue of Catholic school funding. He was a constant affirmation to parents and educators that their best desires for Catholic education could be achieved by cooperation, positive action and prayer. He was instrumental in helping to form the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario.

The Michael Carty Award was established in June 2002 and since that time CEFO has awarded over $100,000 to Catholic School projects and initiatives across Ontario. The objective of these awards is to encourage initiatives that improve, develop and enhance aspects of Catholic education that contribute to the whole person. Such initiatives would complement the central curricular program of the school or Board, and reflect the mission and goals of the authentic Catholic school