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 of the North York General Foundation Board of Governors, 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.
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.
Shernee Chandaria is the President of Conros Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of a variety of adhesive-based products and solutions with a focus on innovations that make lives easier. She is also a governor on the North York General Hospital Foundation Board. Shernee is a proud “lifer” TFS alum, and has two children at TFS.
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.
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 has a daughter in Senior School who has attended TFS since PK.
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 independant Canadian global asset management firm 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). 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.
Julia Ivonoffski ’05
Julia Ivonoffski ’05 is the Founder and CEO of Sero Communications, an international language services agency with operations in Toronto and Dubai. Prior to starting her own company, she worked in translation and marketing in the public and private sectors across Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Julia came to TFS in Level III for the International Baccalaureate program, and went on to complete an honours degree in political science and translation at McGill University in 2009. This fall, she will pursue her master’s degree in public policy at the University of Toronto. Julia is passionate about giving back to the community and has supported various causes including: volunteering as a community program assistant for Heritage Toronto, campaigning for local MPP candidates in the 2018 provincial election and serving on the condominium board of directors of One Park Place South in Regent Park. Julia has been an executive member of the TFS Alumni Association (TFSAA) since 2015 and is now the TFSAA President. Julia is also the 2016 recipient of the Prix de distinction des jeunes diplômés de TFS.
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 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 is the Executive Vice President & Chief People & Culture Officer 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 is a Fellow, Certified Public Accountants Association of Canada. He is a former Vice Chair, CIBC and former Canadian Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. He currently advises corporations and provincial governments on financial matters. David’s son attends the West Campus. He is an active member of TFS’ Governance and Nomination Committee.
Matt Mortazavi is an engineer; 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 and Alberta. Mortazavi is member of four prominent dispute resolution institutes and is an advisor to many government organizations. Mortazavi is 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. Matt’s daughter attends TFS.
In her role as President with the Sprott Foundation from 2005-2017, Juliana worked closely with Canadian Indigenous groups and was honoured to receive both a Spirit Name and a Star Blanket. Juliana worked to find and fund innovative projects that addressed urgent human need, hunger and homelessness here in Canada and globally. She was a student at TFS’ West Campus from 1980-1985 and her three children are now happy students there as well.
Azin Tabrizi-Holder ’94
Azin Tabrizi-Holder ’94 is a serial entrepreneur and currently CEO of Met-Scan Canada Ltd. Azin joined TFS in Level III to complete the International Baccalaureate programs, which she had started in Spain. She went on to complete her honours degree at the University of Toronto in embryology and genetics, followed by her MBA in science and technology at Queen’s University. Her career began in biotechnology, consulting and ultimately her passion for start-ups led her to be the founder of a specialty pharma company, COO of a social video platform, and currently owner and CEO of a security engineering firm. As an alumna, parent to a Grade 7 student (Zoe), and now the president of the TFS Parents’ Association, she is committed to contributing to the growth and success of TFS.