Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall stewardship of Havergal College, including establishing the school’s direction and priorities and overseeing its financial and administrative functions. The Board is responsible for appointing the Principal, to whom authority is delegated for the administration of the College and matters pertaining to curriculum and staffing. The Board maintains several standing committees and membership on these committees includes representation from the Havergal community and beyond.
Governors are elected to the Board based on their demonstrated willingness to commit time and energy to the school, their representation of key school constituencies and the match between their skills and resources and those needed for effective governance of the school, including expertise in finance, law, human resources, marketing, facilities development and management, fundraising, information technology, wellness and education. The Board is comprised of 13 elected Governors and three ex-officio Governors (a representative of the Havergal Old Girls Association, a representative of the Anglican Church and the Chair of the Havergal College Foundation). Potential Governors are identified through Board sub-committees and through consultation with the school’s constituencies.
Committees of the Board
- Campus Management and Resource Development
- Financial Sustainability
Current Board Members
Currently, the members of the Board are:
Debbie Simpson, Chair
Ms. Simpson is an executive leader in financial management, reporting and strategic initiatives with extensive knowledge and expertise in Canadian and international finance, accounting and treasury. Prior to her appointment as Board Chair, she served as Chair of the Financial Sustainability (formerly Finance and Audit) Committee of the Board for four years. Ms. Simpson brings a wealth of experience from her tenure on other not-for-profit and corporate sector boards. She holds a BA in Accountancy and a MSc in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Stirling, Scotland, and obtained her professional designation from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Ms. Simpson has a daughter in the Upper School.
Martha Cohen Simmons 1999, Past Chair
Dr. Martha E. Simmons, PhD, is the Winkler Professor of Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School and Chief Education Officer at Forthlane Partners. She is also the Director of the Mediation Intensive Program and Clinic at Osgoode and is the Academic Director of the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution. Her primary areas of research, practice and teaching are dispute resolution, education, and family continuity. Dr. Simmons has two daughters at Havergal and is an Old Girl (Class of 1999).
Ms. Bryant is a Senior Fellow in Public Policy, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto where for over a decade she has taught in the graduate program and stewarded development of student leadership initiatives. Prior to joining the education sector, Ms. Bryant led a successful 29-year career in the Ontario Public Service, including senior policy and delivery roles at the Assistant Deputy and Deputy Minister levels. She serves on the Board of Covenant House Toronto and is a former Chair, Fred Victor and of the Seaton House Family Health Team.
Barbara Callander 1979
Ms. Callander is Vice President, Operations Excellence, Six Sigma and Learning at Maple Leaf Foods (MLF) and member of the MLF Senior Management Forum, focusing on Continuous Improvement and Process Optimization. With 30+ years of experience in Operations, Labour Relations, Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Program Management and Six Sigma – Lean Manufacturing, she has been a leader in developing young women in non-traditional STEM roles. As a supporter of diversity and inclusion, she is past President of the GM of Canada Woman’s Advisory Council, current member of the MLF Diversity and Inclusion Council and an active mentor to young women in the workforce. Ms. Callander is a Havergal Old Girl (Class of 1979).
Dr. Ian Chen is an adolescent medicine specialist providing mental health as well as puberty and developmental healthcare to teens and young adults. He has been an advocate for young people through various initiatives in the medical community. He is an educator, a researcher and an engineer with extensive experience in technology and translational research that aims to identify factors affecting adolescent brain development and is developing technology to engage young people and to impart resiliency in order to maximize their potential.
Sarah Coombs 1990
Ms. Coombs is the president of SCPR Consulting and is an expert in strategic communications with particular expertise in media relations, corporate reputation management and issues management. With over 20 years of communications experience in global public relations agencies including as a Partner at NATIONAL Public Relations, Ms. Coombs is an award-winning professional working with prominent companies from around the globe. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and History from Huron College and her Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. She is a Havergal Old Girl (Class of 1990).
Lexi Ensor 2013
Ms. Ensor (Class of 2013) joins the Board as Chair of the Havergal Old Girls Association (HOGA) Governance Committee. Since graduating from Havergal, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with an Honors Specialization in Political Science from Western University and is currently working as Advisor, Corporate Affairs and Planning at the Ontario Cannabis Store, where she focuses on corporate strategy and business planning. Previously, she worked at a consulting firm on a variety of projects and in a range of industries, including not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and healthcare, delivering strategic planning, governance, service delivery and public affairs support.
Mr. Frank is a partner in the Toronto litigation group at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. He has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and commercial disputes. Mr. Frank has represented major Canadian and multinational companies over a broad range of issues including private international law disputes, shareholder disputes, environmental claims, takeover bids, plans of arrangement and regulatory and business matters in the energy sector. Mr. Frank obtained his Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Civil Law, Bachelor of Common Law and Masters of Law from McGill University. He has a daughter in the Upper School and two daughters who are graduates of Havergal.
Jill Fraser 1987
Ms. Fraser is a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP where she is a member of the Financial Services Group and the firm’s Executive Committee. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Fraser is a member of the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Asset-Based Lending, Banking and Finance Law, Equipment Finance/Leasing and Structured Finance Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Expert Directory. She is a Havergal graduate (Class of 1987) and her daughter is a current student at the school.
Ms. Glober has had a successful 20+ year career in management consulting and is currently a Partner in Advisory Services at KPMG Canada, where she focuses on helping clients realize value from their transactions (acquisitions and divestitures) or through transformational projects. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and her MA in Economics from the University of Toronto. Ms. Glober is passionate about the advancement of women in the workplace and has two daughters in the Upper School.
Ms. Jeffreys is the Global Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer for KPMG International. She has held previous roles within KPMG as the Canadian Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, National Industry Leader for Building, Construction and Real Estate, National Leader for Management Consulting and Global Chief Operating Officer, Management Consulting. Ms. Jeffreys completed her Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto and obtained her CPA from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has two daughters in the Middle School.
Ms. Kennedy is Managing Partner at PulvermacherKennedy & Associates, a legacy boutique firm that specializes in transitioning family and non-family businesses to the next generation. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 17 years of experience in public accounting and was a Partner in KPMG’s Advisory Practice working with multinational insurance companies, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), real estate development companies and financial institutions. Ms. Kennedy grew up in a family business environment and joined the family business to manage its financial operations. She also spent two years volunteering in Mozambique, which she described as a transformative experience on all levels. Ms. Kennedy joins the Board as an independent Governor.
Mr. Pardy is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets. As Head, Global Energy Research, he is responsible for leading a team of more than 25 professionals in North America, Europe and Australia. He is also directly responsible for coverage of Canada’s Senior Exploration & Production and Integrated Oil companies. Mr. Pardy was most recently ranked as a top Analyst covering the Canadian Integrated & Refining sector by Greenwich Associates. He holds a BA and MA (Economics) from Queen’s University, an MBA from York University and earned his CFA designation in 1999. He is the parent of a Havergal Old Girl and has a daughter entering the Middle School.
Mr. Radin joins the Board as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Havergal College Foundation. He has more than 25 years of experience managing global equity portfolios at Radin Capital and previously with Templeton Investment Management. Mr. Radin is the recipient of a Morningstar Canadian Investment Award and a Lipper Award. He is a CFA charterholder and holds three degrees from Western University: a Bachelor of Science, an Honors Business Administration (Ivey) and a Master of Business Administration (Ivey). Mr. Radin is married to Old Girl Dr. Stephanie Young (Class of 1986) and they have three children, including twin daughters in the Upper School.
Rev. Seaborn joins the Board as the representative of the Anglican Church of Canada. She is the Director of Community Support Service for Yonge Street Mission (YSM) where she provides strategic oversight to programs that motivate and equip adults living with low incomes to physical, emotional, spiritual and economic well-being. She holds both MSW and MDiv degrees and was ordained a priest in 2009. Prior to rejoining the non-profit sector 2019, she served in various parish ministry roles, including with St. Paul’s Bloor Street. She is a Board Member of AURA (Anglican United Refugee Alliance) and an Honorary Associate at All Saints Church.
Mr. Wynn is a lawyer and partner with Gardiner Roberts LLP, serving clients in the fields of entertainment, insurance, intellectual property, environmental building and nutrition. He is on the board of Ovarian Cancer Canada, has served as the president of the Lifesaving Society for Ontario and Canada, and is the chair of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee for Toronto. His daughter is now working in New York and graduated from Havergal in 2003.