Governance

The Governing Body is comprised of the TCS Board of Governors and the TCS Body of Trustees. The role of the board of governors is to act as a steward of the mission of the Corporation of Trinity College School and to be responsible for overseeing the School’s strategic direction in this regard. The board of governors is the primary policy-making body for the School.

The body of trustees provides advice to the board of governors and head of school as to the achievement of the School’s mission.

More information on the criteria for becoming a member of the governing body and a full description of responsibilities is available under Downloads.

Board of Governors 2017-2018

Julia graduated from Trinity College School in 2006 after four years in Ketchum House. Passionate about TCS, as a student Julia quickly became involved in sports (basketball, volleyball) and campus life, including playing with the Trinity Strings and volunteering with the admissions office’s MasterKey team. Julia was a prefect in her final year at the School.

In 2010, Julia graduated from McGill University with a B.Comm. With an academic background in business, she followed her passion for food by completing a Diplome de Cuisine at the Cordon Bleu.

Julia is the director of operations at THP, a creative agency in Toronto specializing in content creation and communication services for food and beverage brands across North America and the U.K. Over the past three years, she has played a key role in growing THP from five employees to 80+ employees with over 300 clients.

Julia has served on the TCS Alumni Association for three years as the chair of young alumni. She and her husband Jeremy live in Toronto.

Mike graduated from Trinity College School in 1993 after enjoying six years as a boarder. While at TCS, Mike participated in football, hockey, rugby, jazz band and other school associations including the Trinity Environmental Action Committee. During these years, Mike was lucky to be part of the co-education evolution.

After graduating TCS, Mike studied English/cultural studies and environmental studies at McGill University (B.A. 1997) Mike currently owns and operates a Web application development firm, WebRelay, which he founded in 2000.

Mike has served on the TCS Alumni Association executive for 12 years. He has served on the School’s board of governors for six years, currently serving as chair of the infrastructure committee.

Mike and his wife Summer live in Toronto with their boys, Ford, Bo and Sam.

Ted is CEO at One Advertising, a leading Canadian independent full-service agency. Prior to this he was CEO at digital agency 58Ninety Inc. He has 26 years of marketing and sales experience, including 20 years in digital marketing.

Previously, Ted was CEO of Iceberg Media.com, a pioneering publicly-traded Internet radio broadcaster. Before joining Iceberg, he held the position of president at e-commerce book retailer, Indigo Online. Prior to this, he served as senior vice-president of new media & new business for Young and Rubicam Canada.

Ted currently serves on the boards of the Alliance for Audited Media and CBC Radio-Canada and is a member of the TCS governance committee. In the past he has served as the founding president of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada and as a director of the Children’s Aid Foundation and the National Advertising Benevolent Society. He holds an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ted lives in Toronto with his wife Monique and daughters Caroline and Olivia.

Rick graduated from Trinity College School in 1978 and took his undergraduate degree at Trinity College, University of Toronto, receiving his B.Comm. in 1982.

From 1983 to 1987, Rick worked at KPMG where he received his chartered accountant (CA) designation. In 1987, he moved to Ottawa to work in the office of Minister of Finance Michael Wilson, returning to Toronto in 1991 to join BMO Nesbitt Burns where he was managing director and head of government investment banking. In January 2008, Rick left BMO to join Borealis Infrastructure as executive vice president. Borealis is the infrastructure investment division of the OMERS pension plan. Rick left Borealis in June 2015 and is currently doing consulting work in the infrastructure market, as well as being a member of the board of the Toronto Transit Commission.

Rick is the chair of the TCS Governing Body, former chair of the School’s governance committee, and is a former long-time member of the School’s finance committee.

Rick and his wife Margot have three sons: Adrian ’08, Peter ’10 and Cameron ’12.

Brian graduated from Trinity College School in 1985 and went on to graduate from Queen's University with a B.A. (Hons.) in political science in 1990. While at Queen’s, Brian was elected a student senator and chaired the following sub-committees: Frosh Week Orientation, Disciplinary Policies and Town-Gown Relations. He also successfully co-chaired the Student Capital Campaign portion of Queen's Challenge for the new student study centre.

Brian joined HarperCollins Canada Publishers Ltd. in 1990 where he developed special markets, both domestically and internationally. In 1992, he completed the Radcliffe Professional Publishing Course (RPPC) at Harvard University and, soon after, become a Certified Sales Professional (CSP). As a visionary entrepreneur, Brian launched both Media Outfitters, Inc. in 1995 (brokering multimedia content into new channels on behalf of niche publishers) and Turn Key Concierge Services Limited in 2000 (serving independent seniors and executive households in Toronto, Muskoka/Georgian Bay and Florida).

In 2010, Brian successfully completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) course in financial literacy at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and went on to graduate with an E.M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, in 2011.

Currently, he is president and director of Aynhoe Capital Holdings Limited, an investment holdings company. Since 1992, he has served as trustee of two private trusts and secretary, director and officer of two private holding companies.

Present and past volunteer involvements include: chair, Rainbow Railroad “All Aboard!” Capital Campaign 2015-2018; cabinet member, “Leader 100” team, Casey House Foundation; champion, Muskoka Conservancy; past corporate secretary, Caughnawana Fishing & Hunting Club; past member, Muskoka Lakes Association’s water safety committee; MTCC#l367; Pride Toronto’s “Forty Plus” committee; and former communications co-director, TCS Alumni Association.

Brian resides in Toronto with his infant daughter.

Kelly holds a bachelor of science in chemistry and biochemistry, and a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering.

Kelly has over 25 years of industry experience with Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Diageo in various supply chain and procurement positions. During his tenure in industry, he and his family lived internationally for almost 20 years in locations such as China and Singapore where he held global leadership positions in supply chain managing, operating budgets in excess of $10 billion. Kelly and his family returned to Canada a few years ago and settled in Port Hope where he was the senior vice president, North America procurement, for Diageo and served as a member of the Crown Royal board until his retirement in the autumn of 2016. Currently Kelly is a member of the board of directors of two Canadian based firms.

Interested in all sports, Kelly played four years of varsity basketball at the University of Manitoba and the University of Ottawa. He is an active member of their alumni associations.

Kelly can often be found on the sidelines watching his children, Owen ’18 and Leah ’20, participate in football, hockey, swimming, rugby, track and rowing at TCS. He and his family also support a scholarship fund established in his daughter Megan’s name to assist children with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. Kelly has also been an active member of the TCS infrastructure committee since 2015.

Born in Toronto, Allison is self-employed insurance broker and a graduate of Lawrence Park Collegiate. She graduated from Queen’s University in 1982. She obtained her professional designation of Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) in 1988.

She completed her certificate in risk management and was an instructor for the Insurance Institute of Canada for several years. Allison owns an insurance brokerage with the focus on life and disability insurance in the growing community of Clarington. She has volunteered with many community organizations such as Road Watch, Big Brothers and Sisters and is a past director of the Visual Arts Centre.

Allison was an active volunteer on the executive of the TCS Parents’ Guild and served as president of the TCS Parents’ Association. She has served on the TCS Governing Body since 2008 and is currently the chair of the governance committee.

She is married to Ron Strike, a lawyer, who has been an active volunteer with the School. They are the parents of Ross ’08 and Meredith ’10, who both have fond memories of the School.

Allison enjoys golf, skiing and yoga. She still loves spending time at Bear Fair.

Nikki leads the global marketing and communications team as CMO at The Exchange Lab. She has more than 17 years of experience working with some of the most exciting brands in the world including: Showtime, Yum! (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut), General Motors, Global Television and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. A results-driven marketer with experience on both the client and agency side, she is a highly organized, collaborative and creative manager with experience across verticals including retail, financial, automotive, telecommunications and QSR (quick service restaurants). While at Global Television, Nikki set a Guinness World Record for a stunt promoting the hit series 24.

Before The Exchange Lab, Nikki was director of marketing & communications at Juice Mobile, a leading mobile marketing and technology firm. Juice won “Most Promising Digital Media Company” at the 2012 Digi Awards while she was at the helm of the marketing team.

Nikki has served on the TCS governance committee and is currently a member of the School’s advancement committee.

Edan graduated from Trinity College School in 1994. He obtained an honours degree in English literature from Queen’s University (1998) and a juris doctor from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (2001).

Edan worked for a prominent Toronto law firm before going in-house at one of the bank-owned broker dealers. He went on to serve as the head of Scotiabank’s international investment advisory business. Today, he is a portfolio manager at a Toronto-based firm specialising in meeting the wealth management needs of global families whose interests cross borders. 

Currently, Edan is the chair of the School’s advancement committee on which he has served for the past 13 years. He has three siblings, all TCS graduates: Trent ’96, Casey ’98 and Bethany ’01. His father, Walter, is a former member of the TCS Board of Governors.

Tim attended Trinity College School from 1976 to 1982. Since that time, he has become a serial entrepreneur and has participated as a senior management leader for both private and public companies in the real estate, telecom and technology sectors.

In 2002, he founded Route1 Inc., a company providing secure remote access technology that integrates multi-factor authentication and identity management within a mobile computing environment, taking it from a nascent start-up to the public markets as executive vice president and COO while also serving on its board.

Currently he is the owner of Junk Canada Removal Service Toronto, a specialty firm that counsels clients on how to permanently declutter their lives.

Tim has served on the School’s IT advisory committee for the past eight years and currently chairs the committee. He has also recently joined the School’s advancement committee.

Tim lives in Toronto with his wife Linda and has two adult children.

Mike is currently vice president, finance for John Laing Group plc., which is a U.K.-based publicly-listed infrastructure fund with global assets. In Mike’s role, he oversees all asset management for the fund’s North American investments as well as represents several board positions pertaining to these assets. Mike is a senior financial professional who has over 14 years in progressively senior corporate, consulting and private equity roles. He brings a balance of discipline in M&A transactions, corporate development, financial oversight and the solving of complex business problems.

Mike started his career at KPMG LLP and holds a chartered accountant designation, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario. He has been a member of the TCS finance committee for over five years, as well as a member of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, “Leadership Sinai” organization. Mike is also a former member and treasurer to the Toronto Rotary Club.

Mike lives in Toronto with his wife Lindsey and his identical and very dynamic twin daughters, Emma and Grace.

Katherine graduated from Trinity College School in 2002 where she was actively involved in all aspects of student life including playing on various sports teams and volunteering as a peer mentor.

In 2006, Katherine graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc. and concentration in commerce. She went on to obtain her chartered professional accountant designation (CPA, CA) in 2010 while working at KPMG in the energy and natural resources audit group.

Currently, Katherine works as a management consultant at KPMG in Toronto where she is focused on making an impact in Canada’s healthcare sector by supporting strategic planning, operational and cost improvement initiatives in hospitals and at the ministry level.

Katherine is a member of the TCS finance committee and has supported the organization of many alumni events. She has two siblings who are also TCS grads: Rachelle ’09 and Malcolm ’17.

Katherine lives in Toronto with her husband Craig.

Tory McKillop graduated from TCS in 1999 and went on to study mechanical engineering at Western University.

After graduation she joined EllisDon and worked on site on the company’s first Public-Private-Partnership (P3) project, Brampton Civic Hospital. Wanting to understand more thoroughly the business side of P3 projects, Tory elected to take a one-year educational leave of absence to complete her M.B.A. at the Richard Ivey School of Business, where she was peer-elected to be the vice president of the MBA Association.

Since graduating and returning to EllisDon, Tory has been involved in multiple P3 projects at various stages of completion. Currently, Tory works as director, emerging markets, where she leads EllisDon's marketing procurement team, relies upon her strong mediation skills to achieve consensus among team members, and communicates with multiple consortium stakeholders to prepare and submit successful proposals across the nation and around the globe.

Tory and her husband live in Georgetown and have a son, William. Without fail, the three of them can be found on winter weekends in Collingwood at Craigleith Ski Club and dreaming of snow in the off season!

Melanie and her husband Ralph have been the owner/operators of a Canadian Tire dealership since 1994, first in Alberta, then in Toronto before settling in Cobourg in 1999. In March 2016, they took ownership of a new store in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Expanding their retail expertise into furniture was a seven-year venture in Kingston with LaZBoy Furniture Galleries where they did a ground-up build. That business won a corporate best new concept store award and eventually was sold in 2010.

Melanie's commitment to TCS has seen four children graduate (Daniel ’05, Adam ’07, Meagan ’14, Emilie ’16). During this time Melanie has volunteered in many capacities: first with the TCS Parents’ Guild, as part of the guild executive, on the Taste of Trinity event committees, the parent committee for two graduation gala events, in 2006 and 2014, and as past president of the TCS Parents’ Association.

Melanie is very active in her local church and community serving in various capacities during her time in Cobourg, including involvement with: leadership conferences, visioning and planning teams, pastoral search and nominating committees, music teams and youth events, soup kitchen, Northumberland Hills Hospital galas, Habitat for Humanity, the Syrian refugee relocation team and federal Conservative campaign volunteer.

Elspeth has served as the associate dean – M.B.A. and masters programs since 2012, and has been a professor of strategy and new ventures at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University since 1996. She also holds the CIBC Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, and founded the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing. Prior to joining Queen’s, she worked in industry for seven years for several firms including IBM and Canadian Tire. As an integral part of her work in the strategy and new venture fields, she specializes in the management of change. In 2002, Elspeth co-authored a best-selling book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days, from Oxford University Press, with Dr. Peter Richardson.

Elspeth teaches on many Smith M.B.A. and executive education programs, and consults widely with a diversity of firms including BMW, Detour Gold, Wawanesa Insurance, Versacold Logistics and the Auditor General for Canada. She serves as a director for several firms and is an advisor to several start-ups and CEOs.

Elspeth received an undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics, and an M.B.A., both from Queen’s University. Her doctorate in strategy and management information systems was completed at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

She currently lives in Kingston, Ontario and has two children, both of them TCS graduates: Stephanie Kelley ’08 and Patrick Kelley ’10.

Doug graduated from Trinity College School in 1981 after seven years as a TCS student. Following graduation, Doug attended the University of Toronto (B.A. (Hons) 1986) and Queen’s University (L.L.B. 1989).

Doug is a lawyer in Toronto where he is a partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, a leading international law firm with more than 770 lawyers in eight offices across Canada, the UK and South Africa. In addition to his M&A work, Doug provides strategic advice to public and private companies on a wide range of corporate and commercial law matters in numerous industries, including those in the wealth management, technology, resource, real estate and manufacturing sectors. With more than 20 years of experience, Doug is a Lexpert ranked lawyer and was previously designated as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers.

Doug has remained a committed distance runner since his days at TCS. Other interests include reading, art, cooking, playing guitar badly and the thrill of losing to his daughters at tennis.

Doug lives in Toronto with his wife Jennifer and their three daughters.

David is currently vice president of emerging platforms and solutions for TELUS Health. He has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry spanning both the public and private sectors. David has extensive experience as a health care executive in varied roles in operations, large project leadership and as a strategic advisor to the health information technology industry.

He is a TCS Old Boy, class of 1982, parent of Brynne Thomas ’16, graduate of McGill University and holds a master’s of health sciences (M.H.Sc.) in health administration from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He has also completed the Harvard Law School executive programme in negotiation. David has extensive volunteer history with TCS dating back to the 1990s as a past board member and committee member, and he is currently a trustee.

In addition to volunteering his time to TCS over the years, David remains an active volunteer in the health and education sectors; currently he is involved at the governance level with the board of the Kids Health Link Foundation, the University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the health board for the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

David lives in Toronto with his wife Liisa Tatem; together they have a blended family of four teenagers, ages 17, 18, 19 and 19 – one daughter and three boys. His passions include his kids, travel, cooking and anything outdoors, from gardening to hiking and canoeing to cycling.

Jennifer Titterton was appointed as general manager of Safe Harbor, a reinsurance company in the life and annuity sector, in 2015. Prior to this post she was general manager of March Limited, an investment holding company in Bermuda, where she spent twelve years honing her skills in compliance and operations.

Jennifer attended Trinity College School and was part of the first year of co-education. During her time at TCS she was actively involved in all aspects of school life. After attending the Western University she returned to TCS as junior faculty and assistant housemaster to Burns House. She continues to be an active member of her community, in particularly she served as president and ex-officio board member to Saltus Grammar School and currently she is the TCS Bermuda Branch co-president with her husband, Greg ’92.

Jennifer and Greg have two children: Nathan ’17 and Megan ’20.

Beth is a Toronto-area corporate executive and, from 2009 through 2016, was KPMG’s Toronto managing partner responsible for the operations of the pre-eminent professional services firm’s largest practice, the Greater Toronto Area, which comprises 2,500 employees. Beth was also Canadian managing partner, community leadership, proudly leading an innovative initiative where KPMG employees assume grassroots leadership roles to have impact in their own communities while enhancing their management competencies.

With a career that spans more than 20 years, Beth has been selected as a “Top 25 Canadian Woman of Influence” and was twice named one of the “Top 100 most Powerful Women in Canada.”

Beth became an audit partner in 2000 working primarily in the technology sector focusing on serving electronics, software, communications and media companies. She was also a founding member and champion of KPMG’s diversity committee, which promotes the advancement of women and minorities in the organization. In 2005, Beth was appointed chief human resources officer, responsible for the HR strategy and all HR operations for the 5,000-employee strong organization. Beth proudly spearheaded KPMG’s “People Leaders” initiative, which focuses on development, retention and management of the firm’s greatest resource, its human capital. Before taking on her role as Toronto managing partner, Beth spent two years (2007-2009) as the Canadian managing partner, regions and enterprise, where she was in charge of operations for the 24 regional offices of KPMG Canada.

As a senior executive, Beth has always taken on additional leadership roles in the community. She has been director and chair of the Toronto Region Board of Trade; director and vice chair at the National Ballet of Canada; trustee for the Ontario Science Centre; past governor of Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology; and a fervent supporter for the United Way, where she is on the strategic resource development committee and previously sat on the campaign cabinet (GTA), and was co-chair for their pioneering project called “Women Gaining Ground” which strives to improve the lives and opportunities for women facing poverty. In recognition of her leadership in supporting women and girls, Beth was awarded the Margot Franssen Leadership Award by MicroSkills in 2013.

Beth has been a TCS board member for the past three years and chairs the finance committee. She and her husband Brent currently reside in Port Hope and are proud parents of Trinity College School alumnus Ben ’15, and current student Matthew ’19.

Gaddah Yassein is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a concentration in marketing.

Gaddah worked for 10 years as director of marketing both in Canada and Dubai before professionally pursuing her interest in interior decorating. For the last 13 years, she has owned and operated Yassein Interiors, providing residential interior décor services in the Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

An active TCS parent, Gaddah is a TCS global ambassador, past chair of the Parents’ Advisory Council, and host of the Parents’ Guild regional coffee morning.

Gaddah lives in Whitby with her husband, David Chaloner, and two children, both TCS students, daughter Noor ’18 and son Nasser ’20.

In her spare time, Gaddah enjoys spending time with friends, cooking, traveling, hiking and reading.