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Montcrest School Board of Governors

John Cook (Chair). John joined the board in October of 2006 and has been Chair since 2009. John is currently President and CEO of Greenchip Financial Corp. an environmental investment firm. Prior to joining Greenchip, John was President and Chief Operating Officer of MaRS Discovery District. He has also held executive positions at Aim Trimark and BPI Financial Corp. John had two children attend Montcrest School. 

Don Durno (Vice Chair). Don has one daughter attending Montcrest and has been a member of the board since 2015. Don has been in global management consulting for 17 years in Europe and North America. He is currently the business development leader for Ernst & Young's Advisory business. Don has a passion for volunteerism, philanthropy and athletics. 

Brad McLellan (Secretary).  Brad is a lawyer and a partner at WeirFoulds LLP. His practice encompasses commercial real estate and infrastructure projects. His son attended Montcrest for five years. Brad has been the Board Secretary and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee at Montcrest for the past four years.

Marc Buklis (Treasurer). Marc is a Managing Director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he specializes in Risk Management and Technology. He joined the board in 2013 and has one son who graduated from Montcrest. He is chair of the Finance Committee and was previously Chair of the Risk Management Committee. In his spare time, Marc enjoys distance running and movies.

Alison Chapman. Alison joined the board in 2009 and has two Montcrest graduates. She is currently Chair of the Property Committee. She works as the Director of Philanthropy for the microfinance charity, Opportunity International.

Rod Davidge. Rod is a lawyer and partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP where his practice involves a variety of commercial real estate matters. Rod has two children attending Montcrest in Grades 1 & 5. He previously served on the Real Property Section Executive of the Ontario Bar Association, including a term as Chair.

Cynthia Eldridge. Cynthia is a consultant in international healthcare and development. She was previously Associate Director of Marie Stopes International’s Health Markets team based in Nairobi, Kenya. Cynthia has a son in Grade 1 at Montcrest. She is also a past Montcrest student herself, and her mother, Betsy, has served on our Board as well.

Kathryn Finn. Kathryn is an investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities. She has one child currently attending Montcrest and two Montcrest graduates. Kathryn has also been a very active parent volunteer, having chaired Montcrest’s Fall Fair and 50th anniversary gala. 

Kevin Kimsa. Kevin is married (Mandi) with 6 children, three of which are at the school in Grades 2, 5 and 6. Kevin is the Executive Chairman of AudienceView Ticketing, a company that he co-founded in 2002. Kevin has co-founded and operated 3 technology companies, dating back to 1993. He serves on the Boards of Askuity, a retail analytics platform, and of the Centre for Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology at the University of Waterloo. Previous board seats include the Toronto East General Hospital, Canadian Stage Company and Variety Village.

Ian Robinson. Ian taught in France and England before coming to a teaching position at the UCC Prep School in 1976. After 19 years at UCC, Ian was appointed Principal of The Sterling Hall School in 1995 and retired from this post in 2012. During his time at SHS, Ian was a member of the CAIS and IBSC Boards. After his retirement, he joined the Montcrest Board from which he resigned in 2014 in order to return to UCC for a one-year posting as Head of the Middle Division. Ian was pleased to return to the Montcrest Board in the 2015-2016 academic year. 

George Rutherford. George joined the Montcrest Board in 2014 and is Chair of the Risk Management Committee. He served as Head of School for Holy Trinity School for 18 years and as Head of Canadian College Italy for 3 years. George has been the Board Chair for CIS (Ontario) and previously sat on the CESI Board. He teaches the Governance Module at the CAIS Leadership Institute and has been working recently as a consultant for CAIS. George and his wife Deborah have three daughters, all of whom graduated from HTS. Their eldest two children now work in Ontario independent schools while their youngest recently graduated from Acadia University. 

Diana Thomson. Diana has a passion for her philanthropic interests including work for health, education, and environmental protection. She is a member of the Property Committee and has one child who is in her eight year at Montcrest. Diana has also been a very active parent volunteer in many areas of the school.

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