Head of School
After working as a Principal with Le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde here in Toronto, and in Georgia before that, as well as a Director of Curriculum in Nigeria and an Athletic Director in Yemen, M. Gaudet arrived at TFS as Principal of the Senior School in 2015, bringing with him an invaluable international perspective. In August 2020, M. Gaudet stepped into his new role of Executive Director of the Learning Forum at TFS, and in November 2021, became TFS' Head of School. M. Gaudet is a bilingual educator with a master’s degree in educational administration. He has more than 20 years of experience working with high school students. His passion for academic ambition is felt school-wide through his innovative and informed ideas and programs.
Principal, Senior School
M. Urfels, a native of France, joined TFS in August 2020 as Principal of the Senior School. He was appointed Deputy Head in January 2022. He was most recently Proviseur (Head) at Lycée français de Gavà – Bon Soleil in Spain. During his 13-year tenure at the Lycée, he gained considerable experience in international education and educational cooperation, ensuring the implementation of the Franco-Spanish Bachibac diploma and the IB Diploma Program. M. Urfels is passionate about history and geography, which he taught in France and Spain, as well as the history of political ideas, law and geopolitics. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and German.
Proviseure adjointe for French Studies
Sylvie hails from the Strasbourg region in France. She joined TFS as Proviseure adjointe for French Studies in 2016 after a career in the French public school system. She is seconded from the French Ministry of National Education. At TFS, she helps implement TFS’ strategic plan while ensuring compliance with existing programs to ensure they align with the school’s objectives and mission supporting student success. She also supports teachers in the development of their educational practice and oversees the quality of teaching and learning in compliance with the teachers’ reflection and growth plan. She serves as a liaison with TFS partners, the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (AEFE), the Mission laïque française (MLF), and the French diplomatic post in Ottawa. She began her career in education as a teacher and then as a school principal. Between 2005 and 2016, she worked as Deputy Headmaster for two French schools, a junior and a senior high school. The insignia of “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques” was bestowed upon Sylvie in 2013, awarded to honour the merits of the Ministry of National Education staff in France.
Principal, Junior School
Raised in a tiny village in France, near the German border not unfamiliar with two world wars, Alexandre's desire for expanded international interaction and understanding grew at an early age. Fortunately, he was able to expand his perspective and interactions through sport, specifically soccer, very early on. His drive, skill and determination culminated in his achieving his bachelor's degree in science of sports and physical activities, as well as playing in an elite French soccer league, while pursuing his master's degree from the University of Nancy I. A few years later Alexandre was recruited to teach at TFS where he jumped at the occasion to move to an ethnically diverse city and teach in an innovative school. Alexandre led the West Campus' athletics and taught for more than 15 years before becoming more deeply involved in the Junior School's administration and contributing on a deeper level to TFS’ mission of staying avant-garde. He continues to champion internationally minded pupils by providing a strong foundation, encouraging a curious mind, rigour and compassionate behaviour inside and outside the classroom.
Principal, La p’tite école
Before joining TFS 25 years ago, Mirna taught at a public school in the Ottawa area, and before that she was director of a Parisian company. At TFS, Mirna took on different roles including teaching in classrooms and heading various branches of the Junior and Senior Schools. Mirna holds a DEUG (two-year university degree) in economics and has a bachelor degree in business administration from St. Joseph University, a University of Lyons, France affiliate. She then studied law and accounting in Paris. Mirna also taught in schools and wanted to go back to university to become a teacher. For this purpose, she graduated with Bachelor of Education and Master of Educational Administration degrees, and received an executive director certificate from the International Schools Training Centre. The insignia of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes académiques was bestowed upon Mirna in 2019, awarded to honour her outstanding contribution to French education abroad and her services to French culture. She was appointed Special Advisor to the Head of School in January 2022.
Principal, West Campus
Davy Marques brings to TFS extensive academic leadership experience, having worked in many bilingual and multicultural French schools around the world. He was most recently the Head of the Primary School at the Lycée Français International d’Al Khobar in Saudia Arabia. His international experience also includes being the Headmaster of schools in Zimbabwe, Nigeria and France. Fluent in French, English and Portuguese, M. Marques is a student-focused leader who shares our school’s passion for developing well-rounded students who are engaged in their wider world. He holds a master’s degree in education from Bretagne Sud University and a bachelor’s degree in language sciences from Sorbonne University.
Director, People and Culture
A native of Laval, Quebec, Gabriel Bérard started his career in human resources in the manufacturing sector in Montreal. He moved to Toronto in 2010 and joined the Mon Avenir School Board where for over a decade he was successively health and safety coordinator, manager of labour relations and assistant director of human resources. Director of People and Culture at TFS since 2021, his role includes talent and performance management, labour relations, and recruiting staff members who are committed to TFS' values of integrity, discernment, respect, and engagement. Gabriel holds a bachelor's degree in human resources management from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Chief Financial Officer
Shyrose is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years of experience, 10 of which have been in the not-for-profit sector. She is a graduate of University of Toronto, with an Honours BComm before receiving her CA. An accomplished senior financial leader, she has led many cross-functional projects and teams developing and implementing standards of excellence. She approaches finance with a customer service objective choosing to collaborate and find solutions through trusting relationships with stakeholders. Shyrose has served on various boards and is a lifelong volunteer for many causes, with a will to leave the world a better place. She is a people person at heart, and loves to work with our staff and parents.
Senior Director, Citizenship and Global Education
A native of Brittany, France, Aurélie Lossouarn joined TFS in 2019 after spending over 18 years in England in the field of education. A qualified teacher, she taught the French programs of the International Baccalaureate. She was also the program coordinator for the National Centre for Distance Education, and assistant director of the foreign language department of an independent international school. Aurélie has a strong passion for education and is committed to the personal development of students. As Director, Citizenship and Global Education at TFS, she oversees the citizenship programs, one of the fundamental pillars upon which our school is built. She is responsible for strengthening and aligning the programs across our four branches. She is also responsible for managing school partnerships, student representation, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Her experience in overseeing international school trips is also a valuable asset, helping students awaken and broaden their international perspective through trips and exchanges around the world. Aurélie holds a certificate in secondary education from the University of Exeter (England), a certificate in leadership from the University of Laval (Quebec), and a bachelor's degree in literature and linguistics from the University of Nantes (France).
Executive Director, Facilities
Gord is responsible for the matters related to the TFS facilities. This includes building maintenance, custodial, grounds, safety and security as well as managing all capital projects. Gord and his team help ensure TFS is provided with a safe, inviting and sustainable teaching environment for its students and staff. Previous to TFS, Gord held positions at Seneca College, Royal Ontario Museum, and various public and private facilities. As a mechanical engineering technologist, Gord brings diligence, process and a strategic perspective to the TFS community.
Executive Director, Innovation and Technology
Bob Tarle is responsible for technology planning and support across the school. He works collaboratively with classroom teachers and support services to ensure thoughtful integration of technology, driven by pedagogy. Bob is helping to build a digital citizenship program with focus on the power and responsibility connected to engagement and discernment online. He has led local and national IT leadership research, and developed working partnerships with Ryerson's DMZ and Rotman's iThink Initiative. Bob came to TFS from TVO and TFO where he launched and managed an innovation incubator and was Director of Innovation & Partnerships. Fully bilingual, Bob has a Bachelor of Education from McGill and has completed postgraduate programs in journalism-new media and business innovation, at Sheridan College and U of T. A proud TFS parent, he also supports all-round development as both a mentor and basketball coach.
President, TFS Foundation
Cathy leads TFS’ advancement and alumni relations department and works closely with the Head of School, Foundation Board and volunteers to advance TFS’ culture of philanthropy. Prior to joining our school as President of the TFS Foundation, Cathy was most recently Vice-President of Philanthropy at St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and held senior roles at a number of educational institutes and organizations, including Vice-President and Chief Development Officer at Pathways to Education Canada, Senior Vice-President of the York University Foundation and Associate Director in the University of Toronto’s Department of Alumni and Development. Cathy holds an honours BA in politics from Queen’s University.