Governance and Leadership

The Bishop Strachan School enjoys strategic oversight from a team of exceptional leaders with diverse skills and backgrounds. 

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  • Picture left to right: Board of Trustees Chair Lara Zink and Board of Governors Chair Val Sorbie


    Our Board of Governors provides direction for our core strategic plan, while our Board of Trustees manages our growing Endowment and Foundation initiatives. Both Boards work closely with each other and the Senior Leadership Team to champion innovation while strengthening our financial sustainability.

Board of Governors

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  • Valerie Sorbie, Chair

    Val Sorbie
    Valerie is Partner and Managing Director at Gibraltar & Company, Venture Capital and Board Director. Her current and former board experience includes Neighbourly Pharmacy, Inc., Steam Whistle Brewing, Tilley, Harvard Kennedy School Women's Leadership Board, LXRandCo, TKEES Kahuso, and Black Business and Professional Association. Previously, she was Chief Administrative Officer, BMO Capital Markets and SVP Office of Strategic Management, BMO Financial Group. Val has been COO of several software companies in Canada, the US, the UK and Israel. She began her career as a strategy consultant at Kearney after a brief stint teaching business principles in Russia. She holds an Honours Bachelor in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Western Ontario, a Premier Diploma from the University of Grenoble and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Val is a past BSS parent.
  • Devon KIRK ’01, Vice-Chair

    Devon KIRK Devon serves as Senior Principal, Credit Investments at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and has been a Director at Wilton Re Limited since December 2016. She has previously served as Managing Director, Direct Private Equity at CPP Investments, as an Associate at Linklaters LLP in London and as an Analyst at BMO Harris Bank in Chicago. She is a CFA Charterholder and earned a JD from Harvard Law School (2009) and BCom from McGill University (2005). She graduated from BSS in 2001.
  • Alex Leman, Vice-Chair

    Alex LemanAlex is founder of Leman Group, a strategy execution firm working in sectors including banking, capital markets, wealth management, telecommunications, energy, information service, technology, software, automotive and manufacturing. Alex has been active in supporting and serving on a number of non-profit Boards building the community through healthcare, the arts, and children and youth.  He is a current BSS parent. He also Chairs the Board’s Strategy Committee.
  • Sarah Morgenstern, Vice-Chair

    Sarah MorgensternSarah
    is Managing Partner of 100 Days North America, a leadership development and coaching platform for new managers, in addition to serving as a strategic advisor to several high-growth ventures. She has over fifteen years of management consulting experience with industry-leading firms Kearney and Deloitte, where she focused on enterprise transformation and performance measurement, and was the co-founder of a successful digital media company. Prior to joining the BSS Board of Governors in 2020, Sarah was an active member of the BSS Parent Association for over ten years. She serves on the boards of several not-for-profits, and has deep expertise in not-for-profit governance and advancement. She is a member of the Ivey Advisory Board and Chair of the Ivey Annual Fund. Sarah holds a BA (Honours) in Economics and Political Economy from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ivey Business School and Western University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She is the parent of both a current student and a recent graduate of BSS.
  • Jasmine DAYA '99

    Jasmine is a lawyer and managing principal of her law firm, Jasmine Daya & Company. She is the published author of the fiction novel Law Girl’s Bump in the Road, of the Indian cookbook series JD in the Kitchen, and host of the podcast Law Girl. She is a speaker, a real estate investor and owner of the property management company, JD Holdings Corporation, and owner of JD Hospitality Inc., which includes Pravda Vodka Bar in downtown Toronto. She holds a BSc in Economics, BBA in Finance, LLB and LLM. She also has certificates in Negotiation from Harvard Law School and Digital Marketing Analytics from MIT. She is an Old Girl and the current parent of two daughters at BSS and a son at UCC.
  • Shrikanta De

    Shrikanta (Shri) is an independent business consultant for large corporations with extensive supply chains in the manufacturing and retail sectors. His clients include Unilever, Black & Decker, Bayer, TNT Europe, Loblaws and Woolworths Australia. During his career, he has managed global teams and worked and lived in four continents. Shri holds a BTech in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a current BSS parent.
  • Pierre Lassonde

    Pierre LassondePierre is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts in the area of mining and precious metals. He co-founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation in 1982 with Seymour Schulich and after 35 years as Chair of the Board, became Chairman Emeritus in May 2020. Among his many accomplishments are seven Honourary Doctorates in Engineering, Law and Business. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2001 and was Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts from 2015 to 2020. In 2019, Pierre was made a “Grand Officier” of the Quebec National Order and in March 2020, he was appointed Principal and Chair of the Board of École Polytechnique Montreal. Pierre has served as a BSS Trustee for several years, and is a current BSS parent.
  • Cheryl MATTHEWS ’88

    Cheryl MATTHEWS Cheryl is the Managing Director of CLM Digital Consulting Inc., providing advisory services to firms with a concentration on digital transformation strategy, modernizing organization structures for digital and enterprise software evaluation and implementation. Previously, she was Vice-President, Digital Marketing at Investors Group, where she built the User Experience & Design and Product Development practices. In her career, Cheryl has led digital marketing, UX, analytics and product management teams in financial services and e-commerce companies in Canada and the US. She holds an MS in Management and a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from Boston University. Cheryl is a BSS Old Girl, current parent and volunteer, and a member of the BSS Parent Association executive.
  • Dr. Rulan Parekh

    Rulan ParekhDr. Parekh is Vice President, Academics at Women’s College Hospital, Staff Nephrologist at Women’s College Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine in the Departments of Medicine, Paediatrics, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She is an international leader in clinical epidemiology and translational research in kidney disease and has a significant track record in mentorship and training. Dr. Parekh has received several notable awards for mentorship and research, and has been inducted into several academic honor societies. She holds the F.M. Hill Chair of Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology. She is the parent of a recent graduate at BSS.
  • Dr. Tripler Pell

    Tripler PellDr. Pell is a physician, medical consultant, lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a children’s book author. Throughout her medical training in the US and Canada, she has maintained a clinical and research focus on mental health and newcomer health, winning awards and grants for her work. She has been on the Executive Board of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and the RI Free Clinic, and was recently appointed as Trustee to the American John A. Hartford Foundation, which funds health research in aging. Dr. Pell graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Modern European History, Oxford University with an MSc in the History of Medicine, pursued graduate work at the University of California, San Diego in Medical Anthropology, and received her MD from Brown University. She finished her post-graduate training in family medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the parent of a current BSS student.
  • David Rawlings

    David RawlingsDavid is Chief Executive Officer for JPMorgan Chase Canada and is responsible for the JPMorgan Chase Canada franchise. He also leads the JPMC Canada Foundation, which focuses on philanthropic investments in inclusive growth, diversity and education across the country. David is a member of the Business Council of Canada, is on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bankers Association and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. In addition, he is a global ally for the JPMorgan Chase Black Organization for Leadership Development, is a founding member of the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Again Racism, and previously served on the Cabinet of the United Way Toronto and York Region. Prior to his role in Canada, David worked for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York.  David graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
  • Nicolle SIRISKO White '02, Ex-Officio, BSS Alumnae Association

    Nicolle is Senior Director at retail experience company Avida, where, as a member of the executive team, she leads client programs and business operations. As the only woman on the executive team, Nicolle is dedicated to serving as the voice of women both in and outside of the company, and commits her time to women’s empowerment initiatives. She is Past President of Lean In Toronto, where she served for two years overseeing all aspects of the chapter and its 4000+ members (appointed as President by the Board in 2018). Nicolle earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, attended McGill University for Public Relations, and in 2015, through her studies at the University of Toronto, was designated a Project Management Professional (PMP). Nicolle is currently completing her Executive MBA at Smith School of Business.
  • Heather CLYDE Stewart '81

    Heather CLYDE Stewart
    Heather is the Founder of Eden Park Group, which provides career coaching, executive coaching, and organizational development consulting. Previously, Heather co-founded a successful strategic consulting and business coaching organization, Stewart Clyde Consulting. Heather has held c-suite executive roles in financial services as Executive Vice-President & Managing Director, Strategy & Business Management at National Bank Financial, and in consulting as a Partner and Global Chief of Staff at Oliver Wyman, based in New York. Within the BSS community, Heather previously sat on the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees in the 1990s, was recently the Co-Chair of the BSS Alumnae Association Executive, is a founding partner of the BSS Connect Mentorship Program and is a Year Rep. Beyond BSS, Heather sits on a private pension plan board, the Pension Committee at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and was a co-founder of the Women in Capital Markets organization. Heather has a BA (Honours) from Trinity College at U of T and an MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of London (UK).
  • Rev. Canon Peter Walker, Ex-Officio, Anglican Diocese of Toronto

    Peter WalkerRev. Canon Walker was appointed Incumbent of Grace Church on-the-Hill in 2009. He was educated at Lakefield College School, Trinity College, and Oxford. In addition to theological studies, he is a trained musician and founder of the Tallis Choir. He has served several parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, and is an ex-officio member of the Board, representing Bishop Asbil.  He joined the Board of Governors in 2011.
  • Craig Webster

    Craig WebsterCraig is the National Business Leader and partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His tax practice covers all aspects of tax relevant to business clients, with an emphasis on the investment management industry and structuring investment products. He has been a member of the BSS Board of Governors since 2015, and served as a Director of the Georgian Peaks Club for eight years, where he was President from 2011-2013. Craig is a current BSS parent.
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 6:50 pm
The Great Hall, The Bishop Strachan School

Board of Trustees

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  • Lara Zink, Chair

    Lara is a senior Capital Markets professional with over two decades of experience in Global Public Equities. Most recently, she was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets who sold North American and European equity research and investment banking products to many of Canada’s largest institutional investors, including pension funds, bank-owned mutual funds and independent fund managers. A lead partner in RBC Women’s Leadership ETF, she has been an active mentor to junior men and women throughout her career. She currently sits on the UCC Foundation Board. Lara is a member of the CAMH campaign cabinet and also a past chair and current volunteer for the Special Olympics LIMITLESS Gala. She is a current BSS parent.
  • Rochelle DE GOIAS-Jackman '97

    Rochelle is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Girls E-Mentorship (GEM), a Top 100 Rated Charity providing mentorship to marginalized, racialized girls from low-income areas in the GTA. Previously, she was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Ministry of the Environment. She began her career at the United Nations in Tokyo and spent several years as a consultant before starting GEM. Her mentorship research with the University of Toronto has been published in the Journal of Children and Youth Services Review. Her current research with U of T is on Customized Mentorship Intervention. Her board and volunteer experience includes the McGill Women Leadership and Philanthropy Board, London Goodenough Association of Canada and Co-chair of the National Ballet of Canada Gala. Rochelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a diploma from La Sorbonne and an MA from the University of London, Kings College. She is a BSS Old Girl and a mentorship advocate.
  • Lorne Burnett

    Lorne BurnettLorne is Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Burnac Produce Limited. Lorne graduated with an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University in 1994 and went on to receive his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) in 1998. Formerly with Gordon Capital, Merrill Lynch, and National Bank Financial, Lorne brings to this role over 20 years of diverse business experience from the investment community. He is a current BSS parent.
  • Andrea JANCELEWICZ Cook ’95

    Andrea is CEO of Performance Art, a specialist advertising agency network within the Interpublic Group of Companies. With more than two decades of communications experience, Andrea is considered an industry leader in the art of connecting brands to consumers in the digital and data age. Known as a change-agent with a creative vision, her agency is a top performing creative winner, is hailed as one of North America’s most progressive agencies of its time, and is a global top 30 digital agency based on efficacy scores. Andrea has spent her career promoting the development of women in the industry, including leading the launch of the Times-Up movement for Advertising in Canada. Andrea is a BSS Old Girl, past BSS parent and Parent Association volunteer.
  • Sage FRANCH ’11

    Sage is an entrepreneur, public speaker and BSS alumna. She is the CEO and co-founder of Crescendo, a software platform for building cultural competence and inclusivity in the workplace. Prior to founding Crescendo, Sage was a developer and educator at Microsoft, where she held a number of roles centered on cloud and emerging technologies including AI, mixed reality, and blockchain. Sage graduated from BSS in 2011 and went on to complete her Bachelor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University in 2016. She now splits her time between Toronto and Montreal, and speaks frequently on AI ethics, the future of work and equality in STEM.
  • Linda Guo

    Linda is a business leader, investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in investment and business development in high tech and real estate industry. She is the founding partner of Unbounded Business Capital Inc., a Toronto based investment and consulting firm providing funds and management experience to early stage companies in Canada and US. She was a partner of Advantage Investment, a U.S.-based investment and consulting firm in charge of China as well as a partner of a Swiss high tech fund in charge of China; Before her fund experience, Linda worked 10 years for Verizon Communications Inc in the U.S. and China as senior business development executive. She has extensive international professional experience, having both lived and worked in Washington, DC, New York, Beijing, Vancouver and Toronto. Linda received her MBA at American University in Washington, DC. She is a current BSS parent.
  • Sylvia HÄRM '80, Ex-Officio, BSS Alumnae Association

    Sylvia is a co-founding partner and creative director at IDS Integrative Design Strategies Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in the design of environments to enhance and make memorable guest experiences. She brings over twenty-five years of experience in the planning and project management of high profile international and local urban and attraction-based projects of varying scales and complexity. In addition to theme park master planning, attraction layout, story development and entertainment-related branding, her creative background encompasses a wide spectrum of design disciplines including modern dance and performance art choreography. Before becoming the BSSAAE Co-Chair, Sylvia volunteered her time as a professional mentor for the Grade 8 Sustainable Cities initiative at BSS, as well as the BSS Connect event, Making Places. Sylvia is the proud parent of Amelia NARDUZZO ’19.
  • Dennis Kavelman

    Dennis KavelmanDennis is a General Partner at iNovia Capital, where he focuses on growth stage technology investments. As the former CFO/COO of RIM/Blackberry, he raised $1.5 billion in financing and grew the company from 20 to 14,000 employees. Dennis graduated in 1993 with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was President of his graduating class. He obtained his CA/CPA designation at KPMG, where he won the Governor General’s Award for finishing first in Canada on the Chartered Accountants Uniform National Examination (UFE). Dennis is currently on the board of the Golf Canada Foundation, and he and his wife Karen oversee The Kavelman Fonn Foundation. He is a current BSS parent.
  • Robert Mah

    Rob has almost 30 years of investment industry experience. He and his partners are currently working with two US-based Fortune 500 companies to finance digital infrastructure projects and investments in North America and Western Europe. Rob is also a Senior Advisor for the Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) global institutional investor clients, advising sovereign wealth funds, pension and private funds with investment strategy, execution and asset management. For eight years prior, Rob was Executive Vice President, Private Investments for Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), one of Canada’s largest global institutional investment funds. Rob had responsibility for the Private Equity, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Timberland, Relationship Investing and Venture Capital portfolios on a global basis. Rob started his career an investment banker for almost 20 years advising Fortune 500, FTSE 100, TSX 60 and government clients across four continents while managing teams based out of London, New York and Toronto. Rob graduated from McGill University and the University of Toronto (Rotman School). He is a current BSS parent.
  • Robyn Mendelson

    Robyn MendelsonRobyn is the Vice President, Legal and Procurement at Fidelity Investments Canada. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2013, Robyn worked at Franklin Templeton Investments and at law firms in Toronto, New York and the Cayman Islands. Robyn is currently the Chair of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s (IFIC) Legal and Compliance Issues Committee and is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Registrant Advisory Committee. Robyn obtained her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School and her Master of Laws from New York University. She is a current BSS parent.
  • Melinda ROGERS Hixon '89

    Melinda RogersMelinda has served as Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications since January 2018, and as Vice Chair of Rogers Control Trust since 2008. She was also appointed a Director of Rogers Bank on December 31, 2017. Melinda has held progressively senior roles at Rogers since joining the company in 2000. Most recently, she was Founder of Rogers Venture Partners from 2011 to 2018.  She also served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development from 2006 to 2014, Vice President, Strategic Planning & Venture Investments from 2004 to 2006, and Vice President, Venture Investments from 2000 to 2004. Melinda is on the Board of Directors for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and is Chair of the Board of Jays Care Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Huron University College at Western University in November 2018. Melinda lives in Toronto with her husband and four children.
  • Valerie Sorbie, Ex-Officio, BSS Board of Governors

    Val SorbieValerie is Partner and Managing Director at Gibraltar & Company, Venture Capital and Board Director. Her current and former board experience includes: Steam Whistle Brewing, Tilley Endurables, TKEES, Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board, Kahuso, and Black Business and Professionals Association. Previously she was Chief Administrative Officer, BMO Capital Markets and SVP, Office of Strategic Management, BMO Financial Group. Val has been COO of several software companies in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Israel. She began her career as a strategy consultant after a brief stint teaching business principles in Russia. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Western Ontario, a Premier Diploma from the University of Grenoble, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario. Val is a current BSS parent.

Governance Committees

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  • Development

    Sarah Morgenstern, Co-Chair
    Lara Zink, Co-Chair
    Cheryl MATTHEWS '88
    Linda Guo
    Karen Fonn
  • Finance

    David Rawlings, Chair
    Pierre Lassonde
    David Rashid
    Cathy Spoel
    Dennis Kavelman
    Devon KIRK '01
  • House & Property

    Shri De, Chair
    Cheryl MATTHEWS '88
    Sarah Morgenstern
    Adam Ochshorn
  • Human Resources

    Devon KIRK '01, Chair
    Heather CLYDE Stewart '81
    Val Sorbie
  • Nominating & Governance

    Craig Webster, Chair
    Devon KIRK '01
    Jasmine DAYA '99
    Heather CLYDE Stewart '81
  • Strategy

    Alex Leman, Chair
    Devon KIRK '01
    Rulan Parekh
    Tripler Pell
    Kelly MILLER '92

Senior Leadership Team

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  • Head of School Dr. Angela Terpstra stands on a balcony and gazes out

    Dr. Angela Terpstra

    Dr. Angela Terpstra was Principal of the Senior School for eleven years before becoming Head of School, and her goals for the girls of BSS reach beyond academic success.

    A Message from Dr. Terpstra

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  • Brendan Lea

    Brendan Lea

    Principal, Senior School
  • Ian Rutherford

    Ian Rutherford

    Principal, Middle School
  • Catherine Hant

    Catherine Hant

    Principal, Junior School
  • Dr. Kristen Clarke

    Dr. Kristen Clarke

    Dean of Teaching and Learning
  • Tom Hudson

    Tom Hudson

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Janet Duga

    Janet Duga

    Assistant Head, Human Resources
  • Mary Anne Van Acker

    Mary Anne Van Acker

    Assistant Head, Innovation Development & Technology
  • Hilary Adamson

    Hilary Adamson

    Executive Director, Enrolment
  • Sarah Robertson

    Sarah Robertson

    Executive Director, Advancement
  • Kate Jamieson

    Kate Jamieson

    Director, Communications & Marketing