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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 composed of 12 elected directors, who serve for up to six one-year terms, plus three ex-officio directors. Ex-officio directors are the Chair of the TFS Foundation, the President of the Alumni Association and the President of the Parents’ Association. 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 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
  • Property and Sustainability
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 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

List of 13 items.

  • Roger Poirier

    Chair
    Board of Directors
    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.
  • 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.
  • Suzy Davidkhanian ‘94

    Ex officio
    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.
  • Mitch Frazer

    Ex officio
    Mitch is a Partner and the chair of the Pensions and Employment Practice at Torys LLP and the Chancellor of Ontario Tech University. His law practice focuses on all aspects of pension, benefits and employment. He is the founder of the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University, a former adjunct professor at both the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, Senior Advisor to the Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and a published author. Mitch is also chair of the TFS Foundation Board of Directors, the immediate past chair of Ryerson University’s Board of Governors, the immediate past chair of the North York General Foundation Board of Governors and a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre. He was the recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University’s MBA Outstanding Executive Leadership Award, Western University Law School’s Ivan Rand Alumni Award a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Ted Rogers School of Management Honorary Alumni Award, the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Pension and Benefits Law and was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
  • 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.
  • Marie Garneau

    Marie Garneau is a partner in the Banking & Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups at Stikeman Elliott LLP where she is also a member of the Associates’ Committee in the Toronto office.  She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from Université Laval and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.  Marie has been a regular guest lecturer in the Joint JD/MBA Program at the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School. Marie has a daughter in Senior School who has attended TFS since PK.
  • 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.
  • Josée Turcotte

    Josée Turcotte is the Senior Vice-President, Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance of HSBC Bank Canada where she leads HSBC’s Corporate Governance Secretariat and serves on the Bank’s Executive Committee. Josée also serves on HSBC Group’s Corporate Governance Executive Committee. In her role, she is responsible for the oversight and implementation of applicable laws, regulations, and corporate governance standards for HBCA Bank and its subsidiaries. She also contributes to the development of global governance requirements that apply to HSBC Group’s global network. Josée holds a Master of Laws degree in business law from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Civil Law degree with honours and a Juris Doctor degree with honours from the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and of the Barreau du Québec. She has taught at both Osgoode Hall Law School and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa, and has been a speaker at many conferences and events over the years. Josée currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research and has previously served on the Board of: l’Alliance Française de Toronto; Governance Professionals of Canada; as Chair of the Board of The Canadian MedicAlert Foundation and as Chair of the Ontario Bar Association - Public Sector Lawyers Section. Josée and her husband James are proud parents of a daughter who has been fortunate to attend TFS since PK.
  • 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.
  • Juliana Sprott

    Juliana is the Chief Giving Officer of The Sprott Foundation. Since 2005, Juliana has worked to find and fund innovative projects that address urgent human need, hunger and homelessness here in Canada and globally. Juliana has worked closely with Canadian Indigenous groups and was given a Cree Spirit Name on June 11, 2008. She was a student at TFS’ West Campus from 1980-1985 and her three children are now happy students there as well.
  • Leslie Frazer

    Ex-officio
    Leslie Frazer is the President of the TFS Parents’ Association. She received her Bachelor in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and her Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University where she graduated with distinction. Leslie worked at IBM for 17 years, progressing through more senior HR roles. She and her family are involved in numerous charitable endeavours. Leslie and her husband, Mitch, are the proud parents of Josh at the Senior School and Jordan at the Junior School.