BSS enjoys strategic oversight from a team of exceptional leaders with diverse skills and backgrounds. 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, led by Head of School Angela Terpstra, to champion innovation while strengthening our financial sustainability.
Board of Governors AGM
Tues, Sept 24, 2019, 6:30 pm
Head’s Reception Gallery, BSS
Board of Trustees AGM
Thurs, Oct 3, 2019, 7:30 am
Head’s Reception Gallery, BSS
- Richard Bradlow (Chair)
- Dennis Kavelman
- Golnar Khosrowshahi
- Pierre Lassonde
- Mark Nashman
- Manny Patel
- David Rawlings
- Cathy Spoel
- Jodie Wallis (Chair)
- Jordan Dermer
- Royal Hong
- Cheryl MATTHEWS ’88
- Sarah Morgenstern
- Adam Ochshorn
- Mark Nashman (Chair)
- Valerie Sorbie
- Craig Webster (Chair)
- Richard Bradlow
- Jonathan Hunter
- Devon KIRK ’01
- Lisa Robinson
- Alex Leman (Chair)
- Kenny Albert
- Tripler Pell
- Bruce Poon Tip
- Rulan Parekh
- Kelly MILLER ’92
- Richard Bradlow, Co-Chair
- Jonathan Hunter, Co-Chair
- Sarah Morgenstern
Meet our Board of Governors and Our Board of Trustees
Board of Governors
Board of Trustees
VALERIE SORBIE, CHAIR
Valerie Sorbie, Chair, 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, U.S, 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.
RICHARD BRADLOW, VICE CHAIR
Richard Bradlow is a Partner at Penfund, a leading provider of junior capital to middle market companies throughout North America. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from The University of Western Ontario. Richard served as a Trustee from 2008 to 2014 and joined the Board of Governors in 2014. He is a current BSS parent, Chair of the Finance Committee and Co-chair of the Development Committee.
ALEX LEMAN, VICE CHAIR
Alex Leman, 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.
Kenny Albert is a private equity investor, and served as EVP for 22 years at the Kilmer Group, a private family investment holding company, to extend and diversify interests in the sports, entertainment and media sectors. Prior to joining Kilmer, Kenny developed and marketed toys and games as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Canada Games Company Limited. He is actively involved in the community and has served on several not-for-profit and corporate boards. He joined the BSS Board of Governors in 2011 and is a BSS past parent.
Jordan Dermer is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CD Capital Developments, an industry leading Canadian real estate development company with international roots. He is a Director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Center Innovation Committee, Co-Chair of the 2019 & 2020 Real Estate Hold’Em for Life Event, and a Co-Founder of the Kids for Kids Foundation. Jordan is a current BSS parent.
Royal Hong has a background in both law and business. She is the founder and Director of K-Steel International Trading Inc., since 2006. She also is a co-founder and Director of Kidsnook Foundation (not-for-profit) and L&R Investment Inc. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Law in China and is passionate about running import and export business, real estate development, mortgage business. Royal is a current BSS parent.
JONATHAN HUNTER, EX-OFFICIO, REPRESENTING THE BSS FOUNDATION
Jonathan Hunter, Chair, Board of Trustees, is Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities, RBC Capital Markets and leads a team of more than 700 professionals globally. He recently served an eight-year term as a member of the Board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). Jonathan was recognized by the Women in Capital Markets organization as a 2018 Champion of Change in acknowledgement of his ongoing efforts to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He is also a key participant and contributor in RBC’s many community and charitable initiatives, including the RBC Race for the Kids and the United Way. Jonathan earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) from Queen’s University in 1991, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a current BSS parent.
DEVON KIRK ’01
Devon KIRK ’01 is joining the Board of Governors this year. She 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 Senior Principal, Direct Private Equity at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and as an Associate at Linklaters LLP in London. 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.
Pierre Lassonde founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation in 1982 with Seymour Schulich and has been the chairman there since 2007. 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 appointed last August to Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts. This past June Pierre was made a “Grand Officier” of the Quebec National Order. Pierre served as a BSS Trustee for several years, and is a current BSS parent.
JENNNIFER LEE ’01, EX-OFFICIO, REPRESENTING THE BSS ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION
Jennifer LEE ’01 is the Vice President of Business Operations at Solidwear Enterprises, a domestic apparel manufacturing business. She began her career as a management consultant at Accenture, focused on building the firm’s Sustainability and Strategy practice. Jen sits on the Advisory Board for the Creative Destruction Lab, a seed-stage tech accelerator program for massively scalable, science-based start-ups. She holds an Honours B.A. in Economic Development from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
CHERYL MATTHEWS ’88
Cheryl MATTHEWS ’88 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 ecommerce 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 (’88), current parent and volunteer, and a member of the BSS PA executive. She is the Vice-President of the Network of Independent Schools Parents Associations (NIPSA) and has been a volunteer builder for Habitat for Humanity for a decade.
Mark Nashman is a successful entrepreneur in the information technology space. Mark co-founded Clarity Systems in 1996 with a vision to improve the processes surrounding the Office of the CFO. He is now the Chief Investment Officer at INcapital Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on high-tech, Israeli based companies. Mark is also an advisor at MaRS, an innovation centre located in Toronto. He holds an MBA and an HBSc, both from the University of Western Ontario, and is actively involved in the community, serving on several not-for-profit boards. He joined the BSS Board of Governors in 2013 and is a BSS parent.
DR. RULAN PAREKH
Dr. Rulan Parekh is Associate Chief, Clinical Research, and Senior Scientist, at The Hospital for Sick Children and University Health Network, and is Professor of Paediatrics and Medicine and Division Chief of Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is an international leader in clinical epidemiology and translational research in kidney disease and had a significant track record in mentorship and training. Rulan has received several awards, and was recently named Canada Research Chair in Chronic Kidney Disease by the Canadian Institute of Health Research. She is the parent of a recent graduate at BSS.
BRUCE POON TIP
Bruce Poon Tip is the Founder and Owner of G Adventures. He is also the Founder of the Planeterra Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that helps to empower local people to develop their communities. Bruce studied business at Mount Royal University in Calgary and transferred to study Tourism. In 2013, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, 2006, and 2016. In 2018, Bruce was welcomed into the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame, was honored as one of AFAR USA’s “Travel Vanguards”, and was named one of Waterstone Human Capital’s “Canada’s Most Admired CEOs”. In 2019, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Capilano University in North Vancouver, B.C. In 2013, his first book “Looptail” hit the New York Times Best Seller list, and in 2015 he released his follow up publication “Do Big Small Things.” Bruce is a current BSS parent.
DR. LISA ROBINSON
Dr. Lisa Robinson is the Associate Dean, Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She is a professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Head of the Division of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children and a Senior Scientist in the Cell Biology program at the SickKids Research Institute. She is a past parent.
REV. CANON PETER WALKER, EX-OFFICIO, REPRESENTING ARCHBISHOP JOHNSON
Rev. Canon Peter 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. Representing Archbishop Johnson Ex-Officio, he joined the Board of Governors in 2011.
Jodie Wallis is the Managing Director for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Canada at Accenture. In her role, Jodie works with clients to develop AI strategies, discover sources of value and implement AI solutions. She also leads Accenture’s collaboration with business partners, government and academia, and oversees Accenture’s investments in the Canadian AI ecosystem. She is the host of the podcast series, the AI Effect. Jodie is a past BSS parent.
Craig Webster is the National Tax Practice Group Leader and a partner of 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 8 years, where he was President from 2011-2013. Craig is a current BSS parent.
JONATHAN HUNTER, CHAIR
Jonathan Hunter, Chair is Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities, RBC Capital Markets and leads a team of more than 700 professionals globally. He recently served an eight-year term as a member of the Board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA). Jonathan was recognized by the Women in Capital Markets organization as a 2018 Champion of Change in acknowledgement of his ongoing efforts to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He is also a key participant and contributor in RBC’s many community and charitable initiatives, including the RBC Race for the Kids and the United Way. Jonathan earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) from Queen’s University in 1991, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a current BSS parent.
Valerie Sorbie 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.
Lorne Burnett 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 COOK ’95
Andrea COOK ’95 is the Global President of FCB/SIX, a specialist digital advertising agency. 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, BSS parent and Parent Association volunteer.
SAGE FRANCH ’11
Sage FRANCH ’11 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.
Kelsey Gunderson is the current President and CEO of Laurentian Securities and an EVP of Laurentian Bank of Canada. From 2007 to 2019 he was in various roles at BMO Capital Markets including Global Head of Trading Products where he was responsible for the trading-related businesses for the bank. He also held the role of Head of Global Equity Products where he was responsible for Cash Equities and Equity Derivatives, Research and Economics. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets in 2007, Kelsey was at Credit Suisse Group in New York and CIBC in Toronto. Kelsey has been a member of United Way of Toronto and York Region Major Individual Giving Cabinet and sits on the Board of the Loran Scholarship Foundation where he chairs the Investment Committee. He holds an MBA from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. He is a current BSS parent.
YING GUO (LINDA)
Ying Guo (Linda) is a business leader with over 20 years of experience in investment, sales and marketing, and business development in high tech and the real estate industry. She is currently the Founding Partner of Unbounded Business Capital Inc., an investment and consulting platform providing funds, experience and resources for early stage companies in Canada. She was a partner of Advantage Investment, a U.S.-based investment and consulting firm in China from 2010 to 2018. Before Advantage Investment, Linda worked for 10 years for Verizon Communications Inc in the U.S. and China as product manager for Asia and Director of Sales in China. She has extensive international professional experience, having both lived and worked in Washington, DC, New York, Beijing, Vancouver, and Toronto. Linda received her BA at Foreign Affairs College in Beijing and her MBA at American University in Washington, DC. She is a current BSS parent.
Dennis Kavelman 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.
Rob Mah is a Senior Advisor with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He advises BCG’s global institutional investors such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and private funds with investment strategy, execution and asset management. Prior to BCG, 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. Before joining AIMCo, Rob was 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 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.
HEATHER CLYDE STEWART ’81
Heather CLYDE Stewart ’81 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 has been on the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees; she 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 Board at Trinity College at UofT, is a lay leader in the Anglican church, and was a co-founder of the Women in Capital Markets organization. Heather has a BA (Honours) from Trinity College at UofT, and a MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of London (UK).
David Stonehouse is Senior Vice President and Head of North American and Specialty Equities at AGF Management Ltd. He was previously a partner and Director of Fixed Income at Acuity Investment Management Inc., and prior to that worked at OMERS. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geophysics) from Queen’s University, an MBA (Finance and Accounting) from McMaster University, and the CFA designation in 1997. He is a past BSS parent.
Lara Zink 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.