In 2006, after careful deliberation, the Trinity College School Governing Body determined that the establishment of a foundation, which would be responsible for the School’s endowment fund, would be in the overall best interests of the School. As a result, an application was made to formally create a charitable organization called the Trinity College School Foundation.
In January 2007, the trustees of Trinity College School led the next step in this initiative with the election of 12 individuals to the position of foundation director. The foundation board is comprised of alumni and parents who are long-time supporters of the School and have board and committee experience.
Foundation Board of Directors 2023 – 2024
- John Barford ’74, Trustee
John graduated from Trinty College School in 1974. He is also a graduate of the Western University (1978) with a B.A. in economics and of the Owners/Presidents Management Program (2000) at the Harvard Business School.
John is president of Valleydene Corporation, a private investment holding company based in Toronto. He began his business career in Calgary, Alberta in the energy sector, eventually co-founding an exploration company. He returned to Toronto in 1991 to run the family investment company. He is the former controlling shareholder and chairman of GSW Inc., a manufacturer of domestic and commercial water heaters.
John is the immediate past chair of the board of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, where he has been a director since 2006, and recently concluded chairing a $42 million campaign to build the BARLO Multiple Sclerosis Centre – one of the best of its kind globally. He is a past chair of Toronto Foundation and was a board member from 2006-2017. John is also a member of the advisory board of the KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund and InvestEco Private Equity Fund. He was a member of the TCS board from 1992-2005 and 2008-2011 and served as chair of the head search committee that brought Stuart Grainger to the School. He is currently a trustee of TCS and of the Bickle-Wilder Foundation. John was also on the board of Bishop Strachan School (2003-2011) and co-chaired the head search committee in 2008. Past corporate directorships include Alberta Clipper Energy, Thunder Energy, Impact Energy, EnerWorks Inc., Chief Executives Organization and past chairman of UV Pure Technologies and Intercontinental Warehouses. John is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization Gold and Chief Executives Organization.
He and his wife, Jocelyn, are the proud parents of four children and one grandchild.
- John Bellamy ’88
John graduated from TCS in 1988, and following that he attended Huron College at Western University.
He started in the investment business in 1991 in various roles that led him to be a founding partner at Paradigm Capital in 1999 where he serves as managing director of institutional sales and trading.
John is a past board member of TCS and served as president of the TCS Alumni Association for three years. He currently is a member of the investment committee of the TCS Foundation.
Outside of TCS, John is currently the president and board member of the Yellow Bus Foundation, which is a charity he co-founded with five others. The Yellow Bus Foundation supports six different children’s charities in Canada, helping kids with mental health, chronic illness and serious medical conditions and disadvantaged youth.
John and his wife Sara live in Toronto and have three children.
- James Binch ’66, Trustee
After graduating from Trinity College School in 1966, Jim attended Princeton University, where he obtained his degree in engineering science and played on Princeton’s varsity ice hockey team. He then went on to obtain his M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Jim’s professional career began in the general management consulting business in New York. After seven years of constant travel, Jim joined Champion International, the major U.S. paper and wood products producer, and owner of Weldwood of Canada, where he became vice president, planning, of their wood products operations. In 1981 he joined Combustion Engineering, a major industrial manufacturing firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, as its first corporate vice president for strategic development. Two years later, he became president and chief operating officer of CE’s process engineering operations. In late 1987 he formed his own privately held merchant banking operation, named Trinity Capital Corporation.
In 1992 Jim joined one of Trinity’s holdings, Memry Corporation, where he remained for the next 14 years, building this start-up technology company into one of the leading medical device component manufacturers in the U.S. He retired from Memry in January 2006, and in February 2007 became a managing director and senior operating partner with Lincolnshire Management, Inc., a leading private equity firm headquartered in New York City. In July of 2020, Jim became a senior advisor to Lincolnshire Management, while also becoming CEO of Q-Tran Inc., an architectural LED lighting manufacturing company based in Milford, CT.
Jim started his post-graduation involvement with TCS in 1974 when he became an officer of the TCS Fund Inc., the School’s American fundraising arm, which he later led for a decade. Jim became head of the investment committee of the TCS Board of Governors in 1991. In 2000 Jim was elected vice-chair of the TCS board. Jim was an initial member of the TCS board’s governance committee until 2015. Today, Jim sits on both the governance and investment committees of the TCS Foundation.
In his spare time, Jim served as Commodore of the Cruising Club of America from 2016 to 2018, races bi-annually to Bermuda aboard his new 38-foot sailboat, plays every game he can think of, and joins his wife Suzie for terrific trips around the world. He also enjoys helping True Hockey, a business he helped form, and on whose board of directors he currently serves.
- Kevin Foley ’88, Vice Chair
After graduating from Trinity College School in 1988, Kevin earned a bachelor of commerce degree at Dalhousie University. Following this he has completed his C.F.A. level 2, Harvard University’s High Potentials Leadership Program and a FinTech Future Commerce certificate from MIT.
Kevin had a long capital markets career as a managing director at Scotiabank from 1995 to 2016, where he held several leadership positions, including: head corporate bond trader, head of credit trading, head of debt syndication & private placements, global head of sales & research, member of the fixed income management group, member of the fixed income underwriting committee and senior relationship manager.
In 2021, Kevin joined some former colleagues at YTM Capital Asset Management to focus on their institutional clients, business strategy and write market insights.
Kevin’s volunteer activities have included being a past chair of the Toronto Bond Traders Association, a member of the board of directors of Candeal and CanPX, and a former board director of Cinchy. He is currently the chair of the TCS Foundation’s investment committee, and a TCS Foundation director. Kevin is a member of the Heart & Stroke Canada investment sub-committee, recently joined the Canadian Race Relations Foundation as an advisor and is a former trustee of the Havergal Foundation board.
Kevin’s fundraising efforts have supported the United Way, The Hospital for Sick Children, Movember and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Kevin and his wife, Beth, live in Toronto with their two children, Jack and Grace.
- John Hogarth ’78 P’08, Trustee
After graduating from Trinity College School and Queen’s University, John achieved his FCSI (Fellowship of Canadian Securities Institute) in 1986. That same year he was elected president of the Toronto Society of the Investment Dealers Association (IDA) and became chair the following year.
He also sat on the Ontario District Council of the IDA (now IIROC). In 1987 he moved to London as an institutional salesman with James Capel, London (part of HSBC), where he was head of the emerging markets department. John was president of the U.K. branch of TCS alumni for many years.
He returned to Canada in 2000 to join his original colleagues and friends at ScotiaMcLeod, and every year since he has been inducted into the President’s Council for the top-performing investment advisors at ScotiaMcLeod. John is director and portfolio manager (CIM) at ScotiaMcLeod, running a high net worth, family office wealth management practice.
John has sat on various charitable boards, including Ballet Jorgen Canada, and was president of the North Rosedale Ratepayers Association, where he chaired a district heritage study. John served as a TCS governor from 2007-2015, past chair of the advancement committee and past president of the TCS Parents’ Association. John was elected as a TCS trustee in 2016 and has been a foundation director since 2017, and currently sits on the investment committee of the TCS Foundation.
John’s daughter, Lauren ’08, was the third generation to attend TCS.
- Will Kennedy ’72 P’02, Trustee
Will is a graduate of the class of 1972 and went on to graduate from Queen’s University in 1976. He is the brother of Jonathon ’82 and father of Matthew ’02.
Will is Global Head of Sales & Marketing with TickTrade Systems. TickTrade offers a SaaS software platform that banks use worldwide to engage their customers to digitally execute foreign exchange trades and payments. It incorporates AI based tools to analyse and predict customer behaviour. He has over 30 years of experience in media and information technology related services. He previously held executive positions domestically as well as in the U.S. and U.K. with S&P Indices, Reuters Limited and Investment Technology Group, and operated his own consulting practice.
At TCS, Will has served most recently as a board member, chair of the IT advisory committee, is a current member of the infrastructure committee and was elected as a trustee in 2017. Prior roles included New York Branch executive, Toronto Branch president and member of the investment committee. He is currently secretary of the Port Hope Racquet Club. He is a past chair of the Shorelands Association in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and Russel House School in Otford, England. Will is a very keen racquets player, golfer and sportsman.
Will resides in Port Hope, Ontario and has three children: Matthew, Gregor and Ryan.
- Brian D. Lawson ’78
Brian graduated from Trinity College School in 1978, and Trinity College, University of Toronto (Bachelor of Arts) in 1983, followed by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1985.
In 1983 Brian joined the audit practice of Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte). In 1988, he moved to what is now Brookfield Corporation where he held a number of roles in finance and investment and is currently a vice-chair and a director. In 2013, he was selected as Canada’s CFO of the Year.
Brian served as a member of the TCS Board of Governors from 1998 to 2003. He is a member of the TCS Foundation board and serves on the foundation’s finance & audit committee. Brian also served as chair of the TCS Foundation from 2014 to 2018. He is currently the Chancellor of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and is a past chair and member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and is also a director of Community Food Centres Canada.
Brian and his wife, Joannah, are active in promoting changes in the food system to promote better outcomes for human health and the environment. They live in Toronto and have three children: Tristan, Alexander and Gillian.
- Chris Matthews ’77, Trustee
Chris graduated from Trinity College School in 1977. He is a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, where he practices commercial litigation and arbitration, primarily in securities, products liability and contractual matters. In addition, Chris advises non-profit organizations, including independent schools, on governance, discipline and risk management.
Chris is a past president of the Toronto Lawyers Association and currently a director (and chair of governance) of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario. From 2007-2013, Chris was a member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and was the chair of the finance committee for four years. From 2010-2017, he was a governor of Havergal College, and chair of the governance committee for five years.
He was a member of the TCS Board of Governors from 1999-2009, and chair of the philanthropy & alumni committee for six of those years. He is currently chair of governance for the TCS Foundation, as well as a trustee, and serves as year chair for 1977. Chris was also president of the Toronto Branch for several years in the late 1990s.
- Lisa (Moebus) Martin ’00
Lisa graduated from Trinity College School in 2000 and from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor of commerce (finance) and bachelor of arts (creative writing) in 2005. She joined Ernst & Young LLP in 2005 and was welcomed into the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2008.
After five years in public accounting, Lisa joined Bell Canada as a controller and subsequently moved on to become a director of finance at SickKids Hospital, working directly with the finance and audit committee of the SickKids Board of Directors.
She has been an active volunteer with CPA Canada, the Greater Toronto Hockey League, and has acted as a board member of several community NPOs. Lisa joined the TCS Foundation’s finance & audit committee in 2022 and is now excited about the prospect of joining the TCS Foundation as a director in 2023.
Lisa lives in Toronto with her husband Morgan Martin ’00 and their three sons.
- Maria Phipps P’98 ’03, Trustee, Foundation Chair
Maria is president of M.E. Phipps & Associates Inc., an information and knowledge management consultancy which she founded in 1980. For the past 35 years her firm has provided information management solutions to corporations and organizations across Canada.
Maria graduated from Lakehead University in 1970, University of Guelph in 1978 (psychology), and holds a Masters of Information and Library Science (1979) from the University of Western Ontario.
Maria’s personal involvement with Trinity College School started in 1993 when her son, Geoff ’98, attended the School, following in the footsteps of his father, David ’62, as well as his grandfather and great uncle, both of whom graduated in the early 1920s. The attendance of her daughter, Elizabeth ’03, at the School ensured further commitment.
During the last 28 years she has served on the TCS Board of Governors twice, served on the campus concepts committee, the library & archives renovation task force and the headmaster’s search committee. She also served on the School’s infrastructure committee and IT sub-committee, was appointed a trustee in the fall of 2005, and was involved in the School’s strategic planning workshop in 2006. Maria was the chair of the School’s 150th history book committee, who were responsible for the creation of the celebratory book, Hearts & Minds: 150 years of Trinity College School. She was awarded the Colin T. Brown Medal in the fall of 2015.
She is a TCS Foundation director and was chair of the governance committee of the TCS Foundation prior to becoming its chair in 2019.
Maria’s passion for Lake Superior and Northwestern Ontario is exhibited in many ways. The family property on Nicol Island, Rossport, Ontario is an integral part of her life. Until recently she was a director of The Friends of Battle Island Lighthouse, Lake Superior, which provides stewardship to this national historic site.
Maria has served twice on the board of governors of St. John’s-Kilmarnock School and remains a member of the corporation. She was a member of the Lakehead University’s board of governors for nine years where she was chair of the external relations committee was a member of the presidential and chancellor search committees.
Maria continues to reside in Aberfoyle, where she and her husband, the late David ’62 (2017) made their home in the 1990s. Her two children, Geoff ’98 and Elizabeth ’03, their spouses and grandchildren reside in Toronto.
- Derek A. Smith ’72, Trustee
Derek is a graduate of Trinity College School (1972) and Trinity College, University of Toronto (B.Comm.). He has an executive masters professional director certification from the American College of Corporate Directors. A chartered professional accountant and a certified public accountant (Massachusetts), Derek is managing director of DAS Financial Management Advisory Services, LLC, a financial management advisory firm based in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
Derek started his post-graduation involvement with TCS in 1984, when he became an officer of Trinity College School Fund Inc., the School’s American fundraising arm. He has been president of the TCS Fund Inc. since 1992. He was elected a governor of the School in 1992 and a life governor in 2001. In 2005, Derek was elected as a trustee of the School. In 2007, he was appointed treasurer of the Trinity College School Foundation. In 2019, he was awarded the Colin T. Brown ’75 Leadership Medal.
A soccer enthusiast, Derek is treasurer of the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, serving 170,000 young people in Massachusetts; and a United States Soccer Federation referee. He is past president of the Wenham Historical Association & Museum, Inc. He is a member of the finance committee and the audit committee of the Essex County Community Foundation. He is treasurer of the Patton Homestead, Inc.
Derek, his wife Rebecca and their son Alastair reside in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.
- Brian Westlake P’95 ’98, Trustee
Brian Westlake is a retired partner in the Toronto office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he has spent his legal career in the practice of business law.
Brian has served as a director of various Canadian corporations and as a volunteer with a number of charitable organizations. Brian’s volunteer activities have included being a past governor and current honorary trustee of Trinity College School; a current director, secretary and the chair of the governance committee of the TCS Foundation. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Toronto and its charitable foundation. He has served on the national board of MADD Canada and continues to serve on its finance committee. He sits on the board of the Graham Munro Charitable Foundation and is a member of session and chair of the Board of Trustees of Armour Heights Presbyterian Church.
Brian and his wife Joyce were both awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for their volunteer work with MADD Canada. Their two sons graduated from TCS: Andrew ’95 and Michael ’98.
Michael Davies ’55 P’80 ’82 ’84 ’85