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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 12 elected directors, who serve for 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. The Board Committees include both Board members and non-Board members, with the exception of the Nominations and Governance Committee, which includes only Board members.

  • Audit and Finance
  • Nominations and Governance
  • Property and Sustainability
  • West Campus
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 Julia Miguel, Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Board Secretary. 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 16 items.

  • 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 Chair-Elect of the North York General Foundation Board of Governors, Vice-Chair 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.
  • Roger Poirier

    Vice-Chair
    Board of Directors
    Roger is the President of the Tallman Group, a growth company widely recognized as a market leader in its industry. 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.
  • Sonia Baxendale

    Sonia is currently on the Boards of Laurentian Bank, CI Financial, Foresters Financial and Sick Kids Foundation. 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 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 and 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 that provides 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., a publicly listed company 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.
  • 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.  She is a member of the Special Initiatives Committee of the Association for Corporate Growth Toronto Chapter.  Marie’s daughter and son have attended TFS since PK and are now in the Senior School.
  • 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 on the Board of Directors of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Region. Judy has been an active fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and is presently on its National Capital Campaign. 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 PK, and are now in Junior and Senior School.
  • Sandra Keeley

    Sandra is the Manager Community Engagement and Events at North York General Hospital Foundation. Her portfolio comprises Special and Third Party Events, Outreach to Community Organizations, Sponsorship, Cause-Related Marketing Partnerships, Local Business Engagement and the Physicians Campaign. Formerly, she was co-owner of Love That Closet, an online social enterprise. Previously, she 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 in the local community. Sandra has a B.A. in, political economy and English from Bishop's University and a diploma in journalism from Centennial College. She is the proud parent of Annie and Parker, who are both TFS Senior School Students.
  • 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.
  • Dan Markou

    Dan is the Senior Vice President, People & Culture at Shaw Communications Inc. and has an extensive background in leadership and Human Resources, with 22 years of progressive HR strategy, talent management, change management, labour and 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 from the University of Toronto, majoring in Labour-Management Relations, and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources, as well as various certificates from Queen’s 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. He is a former Vice Chair, CIBC and former Canadian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. He is currently an advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ontario. David’s son attends the West Campus. He is an active member of TFS’ Governance and Nomination Committee.
  • Matt Mortazavi

    Matt Mortazavi is an engineer; arbitrator and construction adjudicator specializing in construction. Mortazavi holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (B.A.Sc.) in civil engineering 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’s Faculty of Law. He is a licensed professional civil engineer in the Provinces of Ontario and Alberta. Mortazavi is member of three prominent dispute resolution bodies and is an advisor to many government organizations. Mortazavi is also the founder and owner of Mortazavi Construction Consulting Inc., where he operates a construction management and general contracting business. Matt’s daughter attends TFS.
  • Sal Patel ‘04

    Sal is the Toronto International Film Festival's Managing Content Producer, responsible for extending TIFF's brand into the digital space. He sits on the boards for the Arts & Business Exchange, Artscene Toronto and is a former member of the fundraising committee of the board for the Regent Park Film Festival, and the advisory board of The Hand Eye Society. 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.
  • 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. In 2013, Cathy launched Kidville in the Yonge-Lawrence Village area, the flagship location of Kidville Canada and the first of many locations across the country. Committed to building stronger communities for her two young children, Kingston and Liliana, Cathy is the president of the TFS Parents’ Association and member of the North York General Hospital Foundation Board.
  • Juliana Sprott

    Juliana Sprott-Haver is the President of her family’s charitable foundation, The Sprott Foundation. Juliana works closely with Canadian Indigenous groups and she has been honoured to receive both a Spirit Name and a Star Blanket. Juliana strives to find and fund innovative projects that address urgent human need, hunger and homelessness here in Canada and globally. Juliana was a student at the West Campus from 1980-1985 and her three children are now happy students there as well.