Board of Governors

List of 15 news stories.

  • Mr. Bruce Chapple ’87 - Chair of the Board

    Bruce Chapple ’87 is a partner with McMillan LLP, a national business law firm. He has over 20 years experience, specializing in business law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. At McMillan, Bruce is a co-chair of the private equity group and holds the position of Chief Firm Partner - reporting to Managing Partner and responsible for promoting integration of McMillan’s offices.  He is a past member of the firm’s professional services committee – the committee oversees lawyer professional development.  He was chair of its United Way Campaign for four years. Bruce is regularly a member of the board of directors on portfolio companies for private equity investors. Bruce has a B.Sc. Econ. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.B. from U of T. He is an alumni interviewer for prospective U Penn students. Bruce joined the RSGC Board in 2012. His two sons attend RSGC: Spencer (Class of 2019) and Devin (Class of 2021).
  • Ms. Cathy Cranston - Vice Chair

    Cathryn Cranston is Treasurer of BMO Financial Group. She is responsible for the strategic management of the Bank’s capital, liquidity and funding and structural interest rate risk. She is also President of BMO Financial Group’s Pension Fund Society, where she is responsible for oversight of all activities of the Pension Fund Society and is responsible for enterprise Recovery and Resolution Planning. Cathy joined the Bank of Montreal in 1985 and has held a number of positions in Risk Management, Capital Markets, Corporate Banking and was previously the Chief Financial Officer of BMO’s Private Client Group. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Toromont Industries Ltd, Bank of Montreal (Barbados) Limited, The Bank of Montreal Mortgage Corporation and a past Director of The National Ballet of Canada. She is an active supporter of many charities and not for profit organizations. Cathy received her B. Comm. (Honours) and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. Her son Charlie is in the Class of 2022.
  • Mr. Steve Geist - Treasurer, Audit and Finance Committee Chair

    Steve Geist is a corporate director with more than 30 years experience as a senior executive in wealth and asset management. He retired from CIBC in 2017, where he last held the position of Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head of CIBC Wealth Management which included the asset management, retail brokerage, private banking and trust businesses. Prior to this role, Steve was President and CEO of CIBC Asset Management. He was also previously with Price Waterhouse, Fidelity Investments and TD Wealth Management. He is a past director of the Mutual Funds Dealer Association and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute and also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. His son Nicholas is Class of 2018.
  • Mr. James Crossland - Past Chair

    James Crossland is Senior Managing Director of Teneo Strategy and Chairman of Teneo Canada, a global CEO strategy advisory firm. He is a former Director of Cancer Care Ontario, the Canada-Eurasia Russia Business Association, and the Canadian Council of the Americas. James was appointed to the RSGC Board of Governors in 2011. He holds a BA from York University and an MA from McGill University, both in political science. His son James is in the Class of 2019.
  • Ms. Dorothy Byers

    Dorothy Byers is an educator with 40 years of experience in Ontario schools. In her most recent role as Head of School at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School (SMLS), a not-for-profit independent school for girls in Oakville, Ont., Dorothy found her passion: nurturing and supporting diversity in STEM. Prior to SMLS, she was a teacher and administrator in the Peel District School Board. Recently retired, Dorothy now has the time to fiercely promote opportunities for diversity in STEM fields through her role as Chair, Board of Directors, FIRST Robotics Canada. She is the first woman internationally to assume such a position. With a Masters in Education in Curriculum Development, she is keenly aware of the impact on learning of real world application of theory. She and her husband Ted live in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood and are the parents of three adult children. Dorothy joined the RSGC Board in 2012.
  • Mr. Ryan Cookson '03

    Representing our young alumni, Ryan Cookson ’03 brings a wealth of RSGC experience to our Board. After spending six years at RSGC, Ryan attended Queen’s University as a Chancellor’s Scholar where he earned a Political Science degree, graduating with distinction. He then went on to earn a J.D. at Western University’s Faculty of Law and became a Law Clerk with the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where he clerked for the Honourable Justices Janet M. Simmons and Russell G. Juriansz. Ryan is currently a lawyer in the Litigation Group at Goodmans LLP.
  • Ms. Roma Dubczak - Strategic Planning Committee Chair

    Roma Dubczak is a marketing and brand strategy consultant with experience in both packaged goods as well as in the non-for-profit sector. She is currently Chair of the Canadian Red Cross’ (CRC) Marketing Advisory Committee, co-chair of the CRC’s Behind the Red Vest Campaign and member of the CRC’s Tiffany Circle Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Governors at Royal St. George’s College and Chair of the RSGC Strategic Planning Committee. For the past 10 years, Roma was involved with Kingsway College School as a member of the Board of Governors, Chair of the Communications Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.   Previously, she served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Ukrainian Cooperative Nursery School. Roma spent most of her professional life at Procter and Gamble Inc. and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and has completed the NFP Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management. Roma’s two sons attended RSGC: Maxym, Class of 2017 and Mattay, Class of 2015.
  • Mr. Peter Furnish - Advancement Committee Chair

    Peter is the Vice-President of Marketing at Starbucks Canada and has over 20 years of Marketing and Communications experience with highly regarded brands: Cineplex Entertainment, Virgin Mobile, Labatt Breweries and The Walt Disney Company. He is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Marketing Association. Peter is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He joined the RSGC Board in 2012. His sons Matthew and Benjamin are in the Class of 2018 and 2023.
  • Ms. Jennifer Keenan

    Jennifer Keenan is a lawyer and has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of strategic planning and fundraising. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of Dignitas International and a past Chair of the Advisory Board of the Give a Day to World AIDS Campaign. A former immigration lawyer, she presently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Queen’s Law School. In addition, she was a Bencher for the Law Society of Upper Canada and in 2011 was awarded the Lexpert-Zenith Award for Philanthropy that Impacts Children. Jennifer has three sons: Daniel, Class of 2019; Cameron, Class of 2016; and Matthew, Class of 2013.
  • Ms. Adrian C. Lang - Nomination and Governance Committee Chair

    Adrian Lang is Head of Small Business Payments, North American Retail Payments, Bank of Montreal. She comes to our Board with significant previous Board experience on the Board of Directors at both The Advocates Society and The Canadian Stage Company (where she was Chair of the Board from 2013-2015). Adrian also sat on the Advisory Board of Young Woman in Law, and served on the board of the YWCA Toronto from 2005-2009. In 2008, she was recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40. Adrian’s son Gavin is in the Class of 2020.
  • Ms. Caroline Newall

    Caroline Newall is a freelance communication expert who specializes in event management, writing and strategic planning.  She has worked with top consumer brands to develop and implement creative and strategic communications plans, product launches, special events, crisis communications and issues management, partnerships, and media relations programs. Prior to forming her own consulting firm, Newall Communications Inc. in 2012, Caroline worked at GCI Group as Vice President of the Consumer Lifestyle Practice, where her team and client won the 2011 Canadian Public Relations Society Award of Excellence for a program in the community relations category. She joined the RSGC Board in 2012. Her son James is in the Class of 2020.
  • Rev. Jesse Parker '01 - Clergy

    The Reverend Jesse Parker is the Incumbent of the parish of St. John the Evangelist in Port Hope, Ontario and Regional Dean of Durham-Northumberland Deanery. Jesse is an RSGC Old Boy (’01) and former member of the faculty (2007-2008). He completed both his undergraduate and divinity degrees at Trinity College, Toronto. Jesse serves in a number of volunteer capacities in the Diocese of Toronto. In addition to the RSGC Board of Governors, he currently serves on the Boards of Trinity College, the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Foundation and the St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Seniors Centre. He is also the Diocese of Toronto’s representative to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, member of Diocesan Council, and member of the Housing Subcommittee of the Diocesan Social Justice and Advocacy Committee.
  • Mr. Gordon Raman

    Gordon Raman is a partner at the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  Gord practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance. He is involved in several professional development programs for lawyers and students, has chaired the Toronto office’s Student Recruitment Committee and has been a past adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 1996. He also holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and a BEng (Engineering Physics, Summa Cum Laude) from McMaster University. Gord currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Children’s Aid Foundation and as the Treasurer of the Law Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is also a Past-President of the Canadian Club of Toronto. His son Sebastian is in the Class of 2021.
  • Ms. Jasmin Von Teichman - Georgian Parents' Guild Representative

    Jasmin is the mother of Connor von Teichman, Class of 2020. Jasmin had been part of the RSGC volunteer community since Connor started in Grade 5 and enjoyed many other volunteer positions. She was the President of the Guild in 2016-17. 
  • Mr. Alex Edmison '02 - RSGC Alumni Association Representative

    Alex served the RSGC Alumni Association as Vice President from 2012-14 and as President from 2014-16. His mission as President was to develop the alumni mentoring programs, enhance communication and increase engagement and attendance at both school and Alumni activities. Alex serves the Board of Governors as Alumni Representative and ensures communication in both directions between the Alumni Executive and the Governors. Alex graduated RSGC in 2002, received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Queens University and is currently a Vice President specializing in Urban Retail and Development at CBRE Limited.

Officers of Royal St. George's College

List of 2 news stories.

  • Mr. Stephen Beatty '86 - Headmaster

    Stephen Beatty became the 6th RSGC Headmaster in 2011. Steve’s association with the College began in 1976 as a Grade 4 student. A Lifer graduate of 1986, Steve was the President of the Alumni Association from 2000-2002 and a Governor on the RSGC Board from 2003-2010. Before returning to RSGC as Headmaster, Steve was the Head of School at Montcrest from 2006-2011. Steve is also a proud RSGC parent to sons Jack '22 and Finn '25.
  • Ms. Jane Nyman - CFO and Secretary

    Jane Nyman joined RSGC as Chief Financial Officer in January 2013. She brings many years of senior leadership experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Jane began her career at Ernst & Young, followed by increasingly senior positions at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada) and the CPP Investment Board. From 2006 to 2015 Jane served on the Board of Directors for Pathways to Education Canada and is a Past Chair of the Finance and Audit and Investment Committees of Pathways. She is a CPA, CA and a CFA.

Governance Committees

List of 4 items.

  • Audit and Finance Committee

    The Audit and Finance Committee regularly reviews the financial position of the College. It is responsible for making recommendations to the Board concerning management of the College’s finances, preparation of an annual budget and the carrying out of an annual audit.

    Steve Geist - Chair
    Adrian Lang
    Richard Talbot

    Steve Beatty (ex-officio)
    Bruce Chapple (ex-officio)
    Cathy Cranston (ex-officio) 
  • Facility Committee

    The Facility Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Board on all matters dealing with the improvement, maintenance, repair, upkeep and use of the property of Royal St. George’s College.

    Mike Barker – Chair
    Ryan Cookson
    Charles Gane
    Jennifer Keenan

    Steve Beatty (ex-officio)
    Bruce Chapple (ex-officio)
    Cathy Cranston (ex-officio) 
  • Nomination and Governance Committee

    The responsibilities of the Nomination and Governance Committee are to:
    1. seek out, identify and place in nomination the names of persons to stand for election or for appointment, as Governors, Committee members and Officers, in each case having regard to the person’s demonstrated commitment to the College;
    2. receive nominations for Board positions;
    3. support the Board with the development, review, planning and implementation of the College’s approach to corporate governance.


    Adrian Lang - Chair
    Jim Crossland
    Gord Raman

    Bruce Chapple (ex-officio)
    Cathy Cranston (ex-officio) 
  • Advancement Committee

    The Advancement Committee is responsible for all strategic and policy matters related to fundraising, communications and alumni programs, as well as parent/community engagement and development programs/efforts.

    Peter Furnish (Committee Chair until October 2018)
    Tim Costigan
    Cathy Cranston
    Julie Dreger (cross appointment as Gala Chair)
    J. Bradley Holland
    Jennifer Keenan
    Andrew Mitchell
    Caroline Newall
    Geoff Osborne ‘08
    Daniel Tecimer ’93
    George Thompson ‘88

    Steve Beatty (ex-officio)
    Bruce Chapple (ex-officio)
    Maria Jordan (ex-officio)

Governance Policies

List of 3 items.

  • Nomination Process

    The Board of Governors is responsible for the strategic direction of the College, its facilities and its capital plan. The Board oversees the financial affairs of the College, as well as hires and assesses the Headmaster of the College.

    The Board members are drawn primarily from the parent and alumni community, and include ex officio representatives from the Parents’ Guild, the Alumni Association and the clergy. The Board meets seven times a year.

    The Board has a comprehensive committee structure that includes Audit and Finance, Nomination and Governance, Facilities and Advancement. Committee members include Board members and other members of the RSGC community who possess special skills/expertise.

    The Board has developed a “skills matrix” that summarizes desirable skills and attributes of Governors and committee members. These notes are used as a reference to ensure a balanced and effective Board and committees, and to identify areas in which representation can be strengthened. These desirable skills and attributes include an affiliation with the College, as well as expertise in areas such as governance, financial management, project management, strategic planning, communications and education. The skills matrix also recognizes the importance of having a Board that represents the broad diversity of its community.

    The Board solicits the RSGC community annually for names of people interested in serving on the Board or its committees and maintains a list of those who have expressed such an interest. On an annual basis, the Nomination and Governance Committee reviews the composition of the Board and its committees with reference to the skills matrix and recommends to the Board potential candidates to fill any required positions. Generally, the Board elects new members in September.

    For more information, please contact Bruce Chapple ’87, Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee.
  • Transparency Policy

    Policy on Transparency, Openness and Engagement

    The Board of Governors (the “Board” and the “Governors”) of Royal Saint George’s College (“RSGC” or the “College”) considers that transparency, openness and engagement are important values that underlie the governance of RSGC and help to build trust and understanding in the institution. These values, in the context of the governance of an independent school, help to guide how the College interacts with the community it serves. Such community includes: staff and faculty; current and former students; current, former and prospective parents; and, neighbors who live and work in the vicinity of the College. The commitment to transparency, openness and engagement includes:
    • Information – making information available regarding the Board and its practices and procedures
    • Communications – periodic reporting to the community on Board activities
    • Board Nominations – maintaining an open and inclusive process for the nomination of Governors
    • Governor Activities – establishing and sustaining a visible presence of the Board and the Governors in the community
    Accordingly, the Board has passed this policy on transparency, openness and engagement.

    The Board will work towards implementing the following, while identifying and instituting new means of interacting with the community as it may determine to be appropriate from time-to-time.
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  • By-Laws

    A By-Law relating generally to the conduct of the affairs of
    (the “Corporation”)

    Read the Bylaws

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