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 2016-2017

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 Finance Minister 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 Boards of the Toronto Transit Commission and PPP Canada Inc.

Rick is currently chair of the TCS Board of Governors, former chair of the School’s governance committee, and is a former long term 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.

Lori Dodd is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies degree with a concentration in finance.

Lori is a local business owner and runs Dodd Media Group out of a home office located just north of Port Hope in a home that she designed on 10 beautiful acres. Dodd Media Group is the Canadian arm of Conde Nast Publications, publishers of notable magazines such as The New Yorker, Golf Digest and Architectural Digest, to name a few. Working across multiple industries, Dodd Media Group is responsible for all Canadian digital and print advertising and recently have also set up an office in Miami to serve the southeast U.S. territory for The New Yorker.

Lori and her husband, Bob, have three children who all graduated from TCS: Jessica ’04, Natasha ’07 and Robert ’09 (all served as head of house) and they recently added a grandson to their family, Charles James Gilmour. After 17 years, Bob is still actively involved as a volunteer football coach at TCS.

Lori has served on the School’s board of governors for one three-year term, sitting on the finance committee. She has volunteered at many TCS events over the years, including participating in the strategic planning retreat in October 2006 and most recently on the 150th anniversary campaign planning committee. Lori enjoys cooking, traveling, cycling, long walks in the forest with her two dogs Freedie and Beau, and now also enjoys spending time with her new grandson.

Tom Dutton is currently senior vice president and a part owner in the Daniels Corporation, a large developer and builder in the greater Toronto area. He has been with Daniels Corporation since 1987 and is responsible for the design portfolio within the firm as well as overseeing all construction activities. He has been involved in the design, construction and delivery of over 20,000 residential suites in various forms, along with several prominent projects, over the past 24 years.

Tom’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in physics from University of Victoria in 1975, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University) in 1980. Subsequent to graduating from architecture, Tom was actively engaged in the development and delivery of co-operative and non-profit housing prior to moving into the private sector development business.

Tom serves on the infrastructure committee of the TCS board, and was involved with school life during the time when his sons were boarding students at the School. In addition, he served as a board member and president of Oakville Galleries, a well-respected contemporary art and exhibiting gallery, from 2006 until 2011. Tom and his wife, Bunny Scott, live in Oakville and have three children, two of whom are TCS alumni: Miles ’06 and Isaac ’08.

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.

David Hackett graduated from TCS in 1983 and went on to study economics at Queen’s University. He joined Ernst & Young and attained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. He also holds his M.B.A. with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

David is an entrepreneurial, senior executive providing strategic, operational and financial direction to create corporate value, currently as the chief financial officer and corporate secretary of Coupgon Inc., Canada’s first fully digital grocery coupon solution. David was previously the CFO and corporate secretary of Diversinet Corp., a public company that was a leading provider of secured wireless and identity management solutions and professional services; the co-founder. Prior to that, he was CFO and corporate secretary of Aucxis Corp., a world leader in trading systems for agri-business, and EveryWare Development Inc., a public company specializing in cross platform web-based database conductivity applications.

David has been active at TCS a governor (1998 to 2003 and 2004 to present); as part of the finance committee (1995 to 2015), including as its chair (2004 to 2015); the investment committee (2004 to 2015); the governance committee (since 2015); the strategic planning task force (2000 to 2002 and 2012 to 2013); and the task force on governance restructuring (2003). David was also the chair of the TCS Foundation task force and the founding chair of the TCS Foundation, serving as an ex-officio director of the foundation from 2006 to 2012.

David and his wife Cheryl live in Toronto and have two children: Benjamin ’17 and Sarah.

Edan Howell 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 a member of the School’s advancement committee on which he has served for the past 11 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.

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.

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.

Dr. Elspeth Murray is an associate professor of strategy and new ventures at the Queen’s School of Business, as well as the associate dean of the M.B.A. and master’s programmes at the school. She holds a B.Sc. in computer science and mathematics and an M.B.A. degree from Queen’s University. Her Ph.D. was completed at the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Prior to joining Queen’s in 1996, Elspeth spent several years in business. Her first job as a software developer for Canada Systems Group was followed by several years as a systems engineer and marketing representative for IBM Canada. More recently, she was also a co-owner and operator of three successive and successful Canadian Tire dealerships. At Queen’s, she created the first university based, student led venture capital fund in Canada, the Tricolour Venture Fund. She also launched the school’s entrepreneurship centre, the Queen’s Centre for Business Venturing, of which she is currently the director. In 2005 she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in Entrepreneurship from CIBC in recognition of her work in the new ventures area. In 2002, she co-authored a book, Fast Forward: Organizational Change in 100 Days (Oxford University Press) with Dr. Peter Richardson, which has enjoyed several years on the Canadian Business and Globe and Mail’s list of top 10 business books. Elspeth is also an active consultant for both private and public sector organizations, and across many industries. She has worked extensively with clients as diverse as the Auditor General for Canada, BMW Canada, Glaxo-Smith-Kline and the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange.

Elspeth was the vice chair of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council, set up by the premier in 2006 to provide advice on the Innovation Strategy for Ontario launched in 2008. She was a two-term director for PARTEQ Innovations, the commercialization organization for Queen’s University. She now sits on several private sector boards, including Lawtons Drugs, a Sobeys subsidiary. 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.

Steve graduated from Trinity College School in 1978 and from Cornell University (B.S. in hotel administration) in 1982.

He joined Four Seasons Hotels in 1982, working in Toronto from 1982 to 1984 and San Francisco from 1984 to 1986, and opening the Four Seasons Newport Beach California property in 1986-1987.

He returned to Bermuda in 1987 and joined the Elbow Beach Hotel as a senior manager. Later that year Steve opened Just Shirts Dry Cleaners in Hamilton and followed this by acquiring Coral Cleaners (1994), Quality Cleaners (1996), Hamilton Val Cleaners and Paget Cleaners (1997) and Blue Ribbon Cleaners (2004). In addition to his dry cleaning businesses Steve opened Mailboxes Unlimited Ltd., a courier and shipping company, and continues to serve there as president.

Steve is chairman of C. Holdings Ltd and deputy chairman of Bermuda Press Holdings Ltd. He is a past vice president of Bermuda Amateur Swimming Association and a past board member of the technical committee of the Bermuda Olympic Association.

Steve has two college age sons and continues to work and live in Bermuda.

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.

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.

Beth Wilson is 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 is 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 believes in what she calls “the leadership mindset,” where she strives to inspire people to be a force of change by leading them to realize their full potential.

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 current 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 is a 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 Toronto Institute of Ontario; 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 is a member of the TCS finance committee and has two children attending Trinity College School, Ben ’15 and Matthew ’19.