Board of Directors

TFS Board of Directors

The TFS Board of Directors provides strategic advice and financial oversight for the school. The Board is comprised of 12 elected directors who serve up to two three-year terms plus three ex-officio directors. Ex-officio members of the Board are the Chair of the TFS Foundation, the Alumni Association President and the Parents’ Association President. The Head of School reports to the Board and the Chief Financial Officer reports jointly to the Board and to the Head of School.

Board Committees

All Board members sit on at least one Board Committee. With the exception of the Nominations & Governance Committee (which is all Board members), the Board Committee composition includes both Board members and non-Board members.

Advancement
Audit and Finance
Nominations and Governance
Property and Sustainability

Nominations

Typically, interested and qualified TFS community members are first nominated to join a Board Committee for a three year term. Later, if it is mutually agreed by the Committee member and the Board, the Committee member may then be nominated to join the Board. Members of the TFS community are encouraged to self-nominate or to nominate others who may be interested in volunteering for a Committee role.

If you have any questions about the TFS Board of Directors or the nominations process, please contact Julia Miguel, Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Board Secretary (jmiguel@tfs.ca).  Otherwise, please fill in the Nomination Form below, which will be submitted automatically.

Board Members

Mitch Frazer
Chair, Board of Directors
    Mitch is a partner and Chair of the Pension and Employment Practice at Torys LLP and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is also the former Vice-Chair of the North York General Foundation Board of Governors, a member of Ryerson University’s Board of Governors and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre. In recognition of his community service, Mitch was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Most importantly, Mitch and his wife, Leslie, are the proud parents of two boys at TFS.

 

Dr. Josep L. González
Head of School
    Dr. Josep L. González is TFS’ Head of School. Dr. González brings to TFS exceptional academic and international experience. Prior to his appointment in 2015, Dr. González was Headmaster at the British School of Barcelona (BSB), an international and co-ed school. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Oxford, and has been department head, and a language and literature professor and lecturer, for over two decades at prestigious schools and universities, including Eton College and the University of Oxford. With a passion for languages, he speaks French, English, Catalan, Spanish and Italian fluently. Among his other accomplishments, Dr. González has designed a pre-university syllabus for Cambridge International Examinations, written award-winning novels and has been a cultural commentator and media spokesperson on many educational topics, including bilingualism in schools and developing students’ international mindedness.

 

Sonia Baxendale
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
    Sonia is currently on the Boards of CI Financial; Foresters Insurance; Hospital for Sick Kids Foundation, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. From 1992 to 2011 Sonia held executive positions with CIBC. She was Senior Executive Vice President CIBC, and President, CIBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management from 2005-2011. She led CIBC’s personal banking, business banking and wealth management businesses in Canada, as well as investment management and business banking services globally to retail and institutional clients in China, Singapore and the Caribbean with a direct reporting team of 28,000. Sonia is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Victoria College, Honours BA. One of her children currently attends the Senior School, and two have graduated from TFS, in 2013 and 2015.

 

Laura Dottori-Attanasio     Laura Dottori-Attanasio leads the Risk Management function at CIBC and is the Executive Champion and Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion. Laura sits on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Teck Resources and is on the Board of Trustees for the Global Association of Risk Professionals. She has also been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” four times by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and has been inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame. Laura resides in Toronto with her husband and four children.

 

Fraser Elliott     Fraser has been the President of CFE Financial Inc. since 1987, a private investment banking company, providing consulting and financial services including mergers, acquisitions, and structured financings, through CFE Financial Inc. to a variety of businesses in both the public and private sectors where he invested and retained an ownership position when warranted. He is Executive Chairman of Gowest Gold Ltd., a publicly listed gold exploration and development company. He is also a director of Sylogist Ltd., and DealNet Capital Corp., publicly listed companies on the TSX Venture exchange. He has served on a variety of school boards during the last 15 years, and holds BA (Economics) and B.Comm. (Accounting) degrees.

 

Judy Goldring     Judy G. Goldring, LL.B, ICD.D, is Executive Vice-President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a member of the Board of Directors of AGF Management Limited (AGF), an independent Canadian investment management company trading on the TSX. Judy received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto and earned her LL.B from Queen’s University. She was called to the Bar in 1993 in the Province of Ontario.  Judy is also passionately involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and is presently Co-Chair of the 2016 JDRF Gala to be held in the fall of 2016.  In 2015, Judy was inducted into the Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame having been recognized in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the Women’s Executive Network. In 2010, she was honoured as one of the Women’s Post Top 20 Women of 2010. Judy’s two daughters have attended TFS since junior kindergarten, and are now in Junior and Senior School.

 

Sandra Keeley     Sandra is the Co-Founder of Love That Closet Ltd., a Canadian-based online designer consignment marketplace, established in 2013. She is also a freelance writer and copy editor at Keeley Writes and Edits since 2005. She previously worked at Bloomberg LP, as a markets reporter and BMO Nesbitt Burns as a repo and money market trader. She has a long history of volunteerism and philanthropy that includes her involvement with the advisory committee to re-elect Jaye Robinson, governor of the North York General Hospital Foundation, lead hospital fundraiser of Sick Kids Hospital’s Scrubs in the City (2005-2010), and as food committee co-chair for Toy Tea that raised money and awareness for 12 women’s shelters in Toronto (2007-2011). Sandra has also focused her time giving back to her community as a volunteer with the Lawrence Park Community Church since 2008 and at TFS in both the Parents' Association and the school’s capital campaign cabinets (2006-2013). Other philanthropic ventures include being a gala committee member for both Canadian Stage Company in 2011 and True Patriot Love in 2010. Sandra has a B.A. in, political economy and English from Bishop's University and a diploma in journalism from Centennial College. Sandra and her husband Patrick are proud parents of Annie and Parker, who are both TFS students.

 

Christian Lassonde     Christian is Founder/Managing Partner at the venture capital firm Impression Ventures. Prior, he was a technology startup founder/CEO, having successfully built and sold Virtual Greats as well as Millions of Us, in San Francisco. Christian has taught entrepreneurship at The Next 36, where he helped launch more than 25 software startups. Christian holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco, a BESc and a BSc from Western University. Christian is currently Vice-Chair of SickKids Foundation and serves on the Board of Governors of Western University. Christian is married and has four young children.

 

Dan Markou     Dan is the Senior Vice President, People at Shaw Communications Inc. and has an extensive background in leadership and Human Resources, with 20 years of progressive HR strategy, talent management, change management, labour & employee relations, talent acquisition, total rewards and organizational effectiveness experience gained in senior leadership positions across various industries including aerospace, consumer packaged goods and communications. Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto, majoring in Labour-Management Relations, a post graduate diploma in Human Resources, in addition to various certificates from Queens University, the University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School. Dan and his wife Maria are proud parents of Luke and Harry who are both TFS students.

 

David Marshall     David is a Fellow, Certified Public Accountants Association of Canada and Fellow Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. He is also the President and CEO Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and a former Vice Chair, CIBC and former Canadian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. David’s two children attend the West Campus. He is an active member of TFS’ Governance and Nomination Committee.

        

Nathalie Mercure    

Nathalie is the former Interim Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (2015-2017) and a former corporate law partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP (1992-2010). Her expertise was in mergers and acquisitions for both public and private clients. In addition to having obtained her law degrees (LLB and BCL) from McGill University, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business (Western University), Nathalie has completed the Directors Course from the Institute of Corporate Directors at University of Toronto’s Rotmans School of Business (2010). Nathalie is a nominated member of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Board of Trustees, and sits on TFS' Board of Directors, as well as a number of committees of this Board. Nathalie was previously Chair of the TFS Board (2012-2014) and Chair of the TFS Foundation (2010-2012). Both of her children have been enrolled at TFS since their PK years. Her eldest graduated from TFS in 2016 and her youngest is scheduled to graduate from TFS in 2018.

 

Sal Patel '04     Sal works in board and executive relations for the Toronto International Film Festival. He also sits on the fundraising committee of the board for the Regent Park Film Festival, the advisory board of The Hand Eye Society and manages a local Toronto folk band. Sal graduated from TFS in 2004, as a "TFS lifer" - he was a student at the school from Grade 1 to Level V. He subsequently went to Queen's University where he studied commerce with a minor in film studies. In 2015, he began a two-year term as President of the TFS Alumni Association.

 

Frank Perricone     Frank Perricone is the Founder, President and CEO of Percon Construction Inc., responsible for all operations in Ontario. Frank is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) and a Professional Engineer licenced in the Province of Ontario. He has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry and is Gold Seal Certified as a Project Manager. Frank is a member of the Ontario General Contractors Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

 

Cathy Piedra-McKenzie     Cathy is an entrepreneur and President of Kidville Canada. She spent over six years at PepsiCo Canada, where she fostered her business acumen in the multi-national consumer packaged goods environment. During this time, Cathy held positions in nation-wide sales and marketing. In 2005, Cathy parlayed her strategic discipline and love of children to the Canadian toy industry at Spin Master Toys where she led the development of growth strategies and new products for multiple children’s product lines in Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico. In 2013, Cathy launched Kidville in Yonge-Lawrence Village area, the flagship location of Kidville Canada and the first of many locations across the country. Committed to building stronger local and global communities for her two young children, Kingston and Liliana, Cathy is the president of the TFS Parents’ Association and supports various other charitable organizations.

 

Roger Poirier     Roger has been an active TFS community member over the last decade, including a five-year term as Director of the TFS Foundation. His three children have attended TFS since PK. Two of his children currently attend the Junior School and one child attends the Senior School. Roger joined Sprott Securities in 1998 and was a founding partner of Cormark Securities in 2000, where he is currently Managing Director, Investment Banking. Roger has had significant experience raising capital for companies across multiple sectors and currently holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

 

Andrea Wojnicki     Andrea earned a Doctor of Business Administration (Marketing) from Harvard Business School and served as a faculty member at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She currently works as a marketing and strategy consultant and serves on the board of North York General Hospital Foundation and the Direct Marketing Association of Canada. Andrea has three children at TFS. She previously chaired TFS’ Marketing & Communications Committee and now sits on the Nominations & Governance Committee.

 

 


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