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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 elected directors, who may serve up to six one-year terms. The Chair of the TFS Foundation, the President of the Alumni Association and the President of the Parents’ Association, attend School Board meetings as guests. The Head of School reports to the TFS Board and the Chief Financial Officer reports jointly to the Board and to the Head of School.

Board Committees

All Board members may sit on at least one Board Committee. The Board Committees include both Board members and non-Board members, with the exception of the Nominating and Governance Committee, which include only Board members.

  • Audit and Finance
  • Nominating and Governance
  • Sustainability and Property 
Typically, interested and qualified TFS community members who are nominated for consideration, may be invited to join a Board Committee for a one-year term. Later, if it is mutually agreed upon 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 Rehana Persad, Board Administrator. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please fill in the nomination form below, which will be submitted automatically.

Board Members

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  • Roger Poirier

    Chair of the Board
    Roger is the Founder, Whiteshell Group Inc, a Toronto based merchant bank and was President of the Tallman Group for the past two years. Prior, he was a co-founder of Cormark Securities, an institutional equity boutique in Toronto, where he held various positions over 18 years. Most recently, Roger was Managing Director, Investment Banking and held internal roles including Deputy Chair / Risk Committee and Audit Committee. Roger holds a CFA designation as well as a BA in Economics. Roger is also a member of two private company boards in the U.S. and is an advisor to a family office, as well as a small venture capital fund. Roger has been an active member of the TFS community, having served as the Chair of the TFS Foundation for the past three years. Roger, and his wife, Jennifer, have three children attending both the Junior and Senior Schools.
  • Josée Turcotte

    Vice Chair of the Board
    Ms. Turcotte is an executive with management experience in legal policy, corporate governance, and regulation, particularly with respect to Canada’s financial sector. Ms. Turcotte has held several senior executive positions, in both the financial sector and in the provincial government (Ontario), serving for many years at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) as the Secretary to the Commission and most recently as the Chief Legal Officer of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). She currently serves as Executive Director, Emerging Risk Operations Directorate (EROD) at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), where she is responsible for leading OSFI’s non-financial risk specialist response and for taking all new and emerging risks that have been prioritized for action and develop and implement OSFI’s regulatory response to them.  Ms. Turcotte also served as the Senior Vice-President, Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance at the HSBC Bank Canada, where she served on the Executive Committee and the Risk Management Committee.
    Ms. Turcotte holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in business law from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Civil Law degree with honours (LL.L.), a Juris Doctor degree with honours (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Josée is a member in good standing of both the Ontario and Quebec bars, and is fluent in both English and French. Josée and her husband James are proud parents of a daughter who has been attending TFS since PK.
  • Shernee Chandaria ’95

    Shernee Chandaria ’95 is the President of Conros Corporation, an innovative family owned manufacturing and distribution company. She has a resilient passion for ‘getting things done’ and driving results through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships. Shernee is also a Governor on the North York General Hospital Foundation, as well as a mentor for the DFZ – Design Fabrication Zone for Ryerson. Shernee holds a BA from McGill University. Shernee’s ties to TFS go back several decades - she is a proud “lifer” TFS alum, and Shernee and her husband Jay are proud parents to three children at TFS.
  • Mitch Frazer

    Mitch is the Managing Partner of the Toronto office of Mintz and the Chancellor of Ontario Tech University. Prior to joining Mintz, Mitch served as the chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice of an international law firm based in Toronto. His practice focuses on all aspects of pension, benefits and employment law. He is the co-founder of the National Institute on Ageing at Toronto Metropolitan University, a former adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a published author. Mitch is vice-chair of the North York General Board of Governors, a member and former chair of the TFS Board of Directors, chair of the Western Law Advisory Council, the immediate past chair of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Board of Governors and a former member of the Ontario Science Centre Board of Trustees. He is an avid runner and has completed all six Abbott world marathon majors. Mitch was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine and is a recipient of a number of awards and honours including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Pension and Benefits Law and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Toronto Metropolitan University. He has also been admitted to the Order of Ontario.
  • Rob Galaski

    Rob Galaski is Vice-Chairman & Managing Partner, Financial Services at Deloitte, the world’s leading professional services organization. In this role, Rob oversees all Deloitte’s business with Financial Services clients, across Consulting, Audit, Risk, M&A and Tax. As a practitioner, Rob is a senior advisor to the world’s most important institutions, working with boards and executive management teams to shape growth-oriented transformations. Rob is a market-eminent expert on the interconnectivity of issues shaping the industry (strategy, regulation, technology, innovation); a highly regarded speaker and author of numerous publications. In recognition of his contributions to the global financial services industry, Rob was recognized by the IIF as a Global Leader Under 40. In addition to his work at Deloitte, Rob serves as Executive Advisor to the World Economic Forum on Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services, where he has led groundbreaking work on AI, 5G, Blockchain, Cloud, Quantum, and IoT. Rob and his wife Chantal are parents to Henri and Élodie. Rob and family are active within the community and supporters of several charitable organizations.
  • Christian Lassonde

    Christian is the founder and managing partner of Impression Ventures, a VC firm focused on investing in Seed and Series A deals in the fintech sector. Lassonde is a founder, having built and sold Virtual Greats, a luxury online IP rights broker, and Millions of Us, a digital agency. Christian spent a decade in San Francisco building software for Second Life, LucasArts and Electronic Arts and selling solutions to Sony, Nike, Warner Brothers, General Motors, Coke, Intel and many more Fortune 500 companies.
  • Matt Mortazavi

    Matt Mortazavi is an engineer, chartered arbitrator and construction adjudicator specializing in construction. Mortazavi holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (B.A.Sc.) and a Master’s of Applied Science degree (M.A.Sc.) in civil engineering with specialization in Construction and Project Management, both from the University of Waterloo. He also has a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Global Business Law from the University of Toronto. He is licensed to practice engineering in the Provinces of Ontario, Alberta and British Colombia. Mortazavi is member of four prominent dispute resolution institutes and is an advisor to many government organizations. Mortazavi is on the board of directors at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Canada Branch. He is also the founder and owner of Mortazavi Construction Consulting Inc. (MCCI), where he operates a dispute resolution and construction litigation support practice as well as construction and project management.
  • Adina Notto '04

    Adina Notto ‘04 is a Partner at Imperial Capital, a private equity firm, where she leads investments in various business and consumer services companies across North America. Before joining Imperial, Adina spent 13 years at Onex Partners, with a focus on investing in large business services companies. Prior to entering private equity, she began her career in investment banking in New York City.  Adina holds a B. Sc. Economics and a B.A. International Studies from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

    Adina and her husband Mike are proud parents to two TFS students (Gr. 3 and Gr. 1) and another younger sister who will also soon join the TFS community.
  • Nora Nestor

    Nora Nestor is the Chief Financial Officer of Peloton Capital Management, a private equity fund with a long-term investment orientation, which she joined in 2018. She previously held the position of Director of Tax at West Face Capital, with a focus on tax structuring. Nora started her career at Deloitte and held roles in the mergers and acquisitions tax group, working mostly with private equity clients, and audit group. She holds a BBA (Hons.) from the Schulich School of Business at York University, MTax from the University of Waterloo, CPA, CA charterholder and is a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors designation. Nora enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor sports with her kids and is actively involved in volunteer work, including board roles at the YWCA Toronto. She has been a member of the Audit and Finance Committee at TFS – Canada’s International School since 2017.
  • Arnaud Soupa

    Arnaud is an entrepreneur and an advisor in corporate financial management. His 24-year career includes working at PwC and Veolia, a global leader in environmental services. At Veolia, Arnaud held various senior executive roles, including CFO for the Canadian energy business. Arnaud studied in Grenoble, France, at the Institute of Political Sciences, then at Grenoble École de Management. He is also a CFA Charterholder. A dual-citizen of France and Canada, Arnaud lived in Paris, London (UK), before moving to Toronto. His two children are students at the Junior and Senior Schools. He serves as the Chair of TFS’ Audit and Finance Committee.
  • Limin Yang

    Limin Yang is a Managing Director at CPP Investments, a professional investment management organization that manages over C$575 billion assets under management for the Canada Pension Plan by investing across all major asset classes. He heads the Real Assets and Sustainability Risk Group and is a voting member of both the Real Assets Investment Committee and the Sustainable Investing Committee.  Before joining CPP Investments in 2007, Limin spent 5 years with RBC Financial Group in Market Risk and prior to that 5 years as a corporate banker in China. Limin holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business.  
    Limin and his wife Cathy are proud parents of TFS graduate Ryan Yang ’21 and TFS Senior School student, Claire Yang ’28.
  • Suzy Davidkhanian ‘94

    President, TFS Alumni Association
    Suzy Davidkhanian is the Principal Analyst for Insider Intelligence, parent company of eMarketer and Business Insider Intelligence, in New York City, and leads the retail and e-commerce vertical. Since graduating with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2006, Suzy has worked in the New York City retail sector, beginning with Tiffany and Company’s in-store operations. She later moved to Macy’s where she held several merchant positions before transitioning into the consumer insights and strategy team and created the market trends team. Taking full advantage of her French education, Suzy previously worked in public relations for a financial services company in Montréal. Suzy has always been a dedicated volunteer, including serving as a YMCA gymnastics coach while still a senior school student at TFS. She served on the University of Chicago Alumni Association, representing the business school, from 2016 to 2020, and has been the New York alumni chapter president since 2019. She is the TFS Class Representative for 1994, sits on the TFS Alumni of Distinction Selection Committee, and co-organized the Foundation’s first virtual tri-state event (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut). Additionally, Suzy volunteers for the American Heart Association and the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization.
  • Rosa Maria Barbara

    President, TFS Parents' Association
  • Sander Grieve

    Chair, TFS Foundation Board
    Sander Grieve is a partner with Bennett Jones LLP where he leads the firm’s Global Mining Practice Group. He practises public markets mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He is recognized regularly as a leading lawyer, including by Chambers Global domestically and as a noted foreign expert in Australia; Lexpert; American Lawyer; the Legal 500; and International Law Office. Sander is an active contributor in national, provincial and local politics, providing policy and communications advice to political leaders. He was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his community service. His wife, Tierney Read Grieve is a proud TFS graduate. Their three children are now TFS students.