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 between 14 and 17 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
- Planning and Priorities
- Campaign Cabinet
Current Board Members
Currently, the members of the Board are:
Martha Cohen Simmons 1999, 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).
Martha Fell 1987, Vice Chair
Ms. Fell is an entrepreneur, currently serving as the Chair of the Independent Review Committee (IRC) of Blackrock Canada and a founding Director of the not-for-profit organization – Bay Street Deconstructed. Ms. Fell is Co-Founder and CFO of Jaxx and Marbles Inc., a home accessories company. She is also a recognized leader in the advancement of women in the workplace, having held the position of CEO and of Board Chair for Women in Capital Markets. Ms. Fell was awarded the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada 2012 by the Women’s Executive Network. Ms. Fell enjoyed a 15-year career with CIBC World Markets on the Bond Trading floor. She is a graduate of Havergal, Class of 1987, a current Havergal parent and a former Trustee of The Havergal College Foundation.
Michael Meneguzzi, Vice Chair
Mr. Meneguzzi is President, Empire Communities. He is a real estate industry executive with more than 25 years experience and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Meneguzzi is a parent of three daughters, one attending Havergal and two graduates. He serves as Chair of the Campus Management and Resource Development Committee.
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 standing member of the Havergal College Campus Management and Resource Development Committee and 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.
Ms. Chung is the SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, TD Canadian Banking. She has had roles around the globe, including the UK, Europe, US and now Canada and at companies including BMO, American Express and KPMG Consulting. Ms. Chung also serves on the United Way and the Advertising Standards Boards. She completed her MBA at the London Business School in the UK, and has her chartered accountancy designation. Ms. Chung has two daughters in the school.
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).
David Dal Bello
Mr. Dal Bello joins the Board as an ex-officio member as Chair of the Havergal College Foundation. He is a Managing Director and Head, Canadian Power, Utilities & Infrastructure at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Dal Bello is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario holding an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for Young People’s Theater in Toronto and coordinates the fundraising efforts at RBC Capital Markets for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Mr. Dal Bello is married to Old Girl Dr. Michele Farrugia 1986 and they have three children, including two daughters that attend Havergal College.
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.
Farah Ismail 1996
Farah Ismail, Class of 1996, joins the Board as Vice-President and Chair of the Governance Committee for the Havergal Old Girls Association (HOGA). After graduating from Havergal, she went on to achieve a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing and then pursued her law degree. Ms. Ismail is a Nurse–Lawyer who has worked in various leadership roles in both the hospital and community sectors and formerly worked as a lawyer at a Toronto based firm where she focused on insurance, tort and health law and developed her expertise for risk management and quality improvement practices.
Ms. Jeffreys is the CAO and CFO 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 Junior School.
Mr. Pardy is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets. As Co-Head, Global Energy Research, he is jointly 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 B.A. and M.A. (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.
Ms. Simpson has more than 20 years of knowledge and expertise in Canadian and international finance, accounting and treasury. She is currently Chief Financial Officer at Maple Leaf Foods, responsible for leading all financial aspects of the organization. Ms. Simpson 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 while working at Ernst & Young. Ms. Simpson has a daughter in the Junior School and serves and the Chair of the Financial Sustainability Committee.
Tianshu Albert Wang
Mr. Wang is the Co-founder and CFO of Pantheon Group, a local real estate development company building custom homes and subdivisions across the GTA and Southern Ontario. He also manages a private equity fund that focuses on investing in various low-rise development projects in Ontario and sits on the Board of Directors for the SickKids Foundation. Mr. Wang came to Canada in 2008 as a first generation immigrant with family background in development in China. He has a Master’s Degree in business economics from Brock University and a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Wang has two children.
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.