Board of Governors

List of 17 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. Bruce has held several leadership positions at McMillan LLP. He is currently the firm’s Chief Financial Partner and a co-chair of its private equity group.  He was previously the firm’s Chief Firm (Engagement) Partner, sat on the firm’s Professional Services Committee and chair of its United Way Campaign. Bruce is regularly a member of the board of directors on portfolio companies for private equity investors and Canadian subsidiary companies. 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

    Cathy Cranston is an independent public company board Director for Toromont Industries Ltd. and sits on Toromont’s Audit, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Cathy recently retired as Treasurer of BMO Financial Group (BMO), where she was a senior executive with 32 years of experience. Prior business experience includes executive roles as Head of Investor Relations, CFO of the Bank’s Wealth Management business, VP of Integrated Risk Management, as well as senior roles in capital markets and corporate banking. Prior Board experience includes Bank of Montreal (Barbados) Limited, Bank of Montreal Mortgage Corporation, BMO Trust Company, BMO InvestorLine, BMO Harris Investment Management Inc., and BMO Nesbitt Burns Financial Services Inc. 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.
  • Christine Allen

    Christine Allen is a Full Professor and the GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. She is also the interim Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and previously held leadership roles as Associate Dean Academic and Associate Dean Graduate Education. Since joining the University of Toronto, she has established a leading research group focused on the design of innovative materials and drug delivery technologies. She is co-founder of Nanovista Inc., a start-up housed in Johnson & Johnson Innovations JLabs @Toronto, which is focused on the development of multimodal contrast agents to improve the performance of image-guided high precision cancer therapy. Christine is an Associate Editor of the American Chemical Society journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, President Elect of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences and a member of the Governing Council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. She joined the RSGC Board in 2018. Her sons Ivan and Ryan and in the Class of 2023 and 2027.
  • 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.
  • Brad Holland - Advancement Committee Chair

    Brad has been Special Advisor at George Weston Limited since January 2014, focusing on investment, M&A and venture capital projects. He is also an Investment committee member for District Ventures Capital. Prior to 2014, Brad spent 20 years as Senior Vice President, Taxation for George Weston Limited, Loblaw Companies Limited and their subsidiaries, providing advice on Canadian and international tax planning and structuring, M&A, divestitures and financing, and was a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Brad graduated with a BA and MAcc from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CMA). Brad’s sons Ryan and Owen graduated from RSGC in the Class of 2014 and 2017 respectively.
  • 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 Operations & Small Business Solutions, North American Retail Payments, Bank of Montreal. She comes to our Board with significant previous experience on the Board of Directors at both the Advocates Society and the Canadian Stage Company (where she was Chair from 2013-2015). Adrian also sat on the Advisory Board of Young Women 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.
  • Alison Leung

    As the VP Marketing at WW Canada, Ali leads a team whose mission is to inspire healthy habits for real life, with as many Canadians as possible. Prior to joining WW in August 2018, Ali held senior leadership roles at Facebook, where she was the Head of Consumer Packaged Goods and Government, and at Unilever, where she was a Senior Marketing Director leading the growth on purpose-driven brands like Dove, Hellmann’s and Becel. Ali holds an HBA from Ivey Business School at Western, and an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York. She also sits on the board of Canada Learning Code. She joined the RSGC board in 2018. Her son Russell is Class of 2019. 
  • Peter Mann

    Peter is Executive Vice-President, Co-Chief Investment Officer & Head of Equities and also acts as a Portfolio Manager focusing on US equities. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2011, he spent eight years as a US Analyst and Portfolio Manager with Cumberland Private Wealth Management Inc. Before that, Peter managed a private investment partnership focusing on long/short US equities. He began his investment career in 1993 in Fixed Income Sales and Trading at Scotia Capital Markets. Peter joined the RSGC board in 2018 and has three boys at the College: Hutton, Class of 2023; Elliott, Class of 2025; and Tillson, Class of 2028. 
  • 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. Gord currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and as the Secretary of the Law Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law at U of T. He is also a Past-President of the Canadian Club of Toronto. His son Sebastian is in the Class of 2021.
  • Ms. Clare Samworth - Georgian Parents' Guild Representative

    Clare is the Past President of The Georgian Parents' Guild, proud mother of Andrew (Class of 2023) and aunt to Alex (‘09). She is the Registrar of the Ontario Humanist Society and a Director of the Islington Ratepayers & Residents Association. Before becoming a Humanist Officiant in June 2017, she was the Executive Director of Canadian Defence Lawyers, the Medico Legal Society of Toronto, as well as a self-employed marketing and communications professional. Clare holds a degree in International Relations from Trinity College, but you will find her regularly on campus soaking up the Georgian community.
  • 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 5 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.

    Members
    Steve Geist - Chair
    Adrian Lang
    Peter Mann
    Richard Talbot

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

    Roma Dubczak – Chair 
    Steve Beatty 
    Bruce Chapple 
    Cathy Cranston 
    Alex Edmison 
    Catherine Kirkland 
    John Lambersky 
    Carolyn Newall 
    Margaret Nozuka
    Paul O’Leary 
  • 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.

    Members
    Mike Barker – Chair
    Christine Allen
    Ryan Cookson
    Charles Gane
    Jennifer Keenan
    Jon Wheler 

    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.

    Members

    Adrian Lang - Chair
    Jim Crossland
    Jennifer Keenan
    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.

    Members
    Brad Holland – Chair 
    Tim Costigan 
    Cindy Barkway Gala Chair (Ex-Officio) 
    Julie Dreger Gala Co-Chair (Ex-Officio) 
    Alison Leung 
    Andrew Mitchell 
    Geoff Osborne 
    Daniel Tecimer 
    George Thompson 

    Steve Beatty (ex-officio)
    Bruce Chapple (ex-officio)
    Cathy Cranston (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

    BY-LAW NUMBER 1
    A By-Law relating generally to the conduct of the affairs of
    ROYAL ST. GEORGE’S COLLEGE
    (the “Corporation”)

    Read the Bylaws

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