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Board of Governors

As a non-profit corporation, Kingsway College School operates with a volunteer Board of Governors who give their time and talents to help our school be the best it can be.

The Board is responsible for ensuring the continuing health of the school, establishing major policies and objectives, setting long-term direction, approving the yearly budgets and supporting the Head of School.

2017 Board Members

List of 13 items.

  • Chair: Alan Bowman

    Alan is a tax lawyer and has been a partner at Goodmans LLP since 2004. Subsequent to his call to the bar, he has specialized in helping clients structure complex corporate transactions to achieve tax efficiencies. Alan holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario (BA 1992) and the University of British Columbia (LLB 1995) and is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law.

    Number of years on the board and past roles: 3 Years.  I have served on the Finance and Governance Committees and I chaired the Senior Campus Committee.  Currently, I am the board chair.
     
    Affiliation to KCS? Two of my children are at the school and two others have graduated.
     
    Volunteering at KCS is important to me because?
    Volunteering at KCS is a 360-degree experience.  KCS is a better school because of its volunteers. I have also learned a tonne from my experiences as a KCS volunteer.  I get what I give.
     
    Which of the Habits of Mind, Body and Action do you most align with and why?
    I'm a big fan of perseverance.  Keep trying and you will get better.  And getting better is what learning is all about.
  • Vice-Chair: Brian Burlacoff

    Brian is a Certified Financial Planner at Sun Life Financial with dual Masters Degrees in Accounting and Finance and Business Administration. Since 1989, Brian's professional focus has been the installation of employee benefit programs for companies and counselling individuals on investment, retirement and insurance matters.

    Number of years on the board: 5
    Affiliation to KCS: Current Parent and alumni parent
     
    Which of the Habits of Mind, Body and Action do you most align with and why?
    Habits of Mind – Take Responsible Risks – by doing so we challenge our ‘comfort zones’ and grow as individuals benefiting our families, friends and communities.
     
    What are you passionate about professionally? Personally?
    Professionally I am passionate about making sure my clients have financial security, especially in times of economic uncertainty and lengthening retirement horizons. Personally, I am passionate about continued learning, astronomy, photography, golf, scuba diving and travel. 
  • Treasurer: Allen Church

    Allen Church is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He provides tax planning and wealth advisory services to a select group of families. Prior to starting his current practice, Allen held various leadership roles at EvansMartin LLP, a local chartered accountancy and MNP LLP, a national accounting firm.
     
    Allen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from U of T (1985) and has a CPA, CA designation.  He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

    Number of years on the board:
    1 + Several years on Finance Committee
    Affiliation: Alumni Parent
     
    Volunteering at KCS is important to be because?
    KCS had a significant positive impact on both our daughters. Volunteering is an opportunity to say thank you, help the school have a positive impact on others.

    What are you most passionate about professionally and personally?
    Professionally I am passionate about helping families deal with the challenges associated with financial success. Personally, I am passionate about seeing my children grow into responsible kind adults. 
  • Jenn Butters

    Jennifer currently owns an editing consulting firm that works primarily with research scientists and doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital. Prior to this she was the Director of Research at the Centre for Urban Health Initiatives at the University of Toronto (U of T) and worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in a variety of research positions. 

    Jennifer was educated at Havergal College, Western University and obtained her Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Toronto where she was the inaugural recipient of the Edie Yolles Award for Dissertation Excellence. 

    Number of years on the board and past roles:
    1; co-chair parent network, chair social and community portfolio, advancement committee, class parents, gala committee

    Affiliation to KCS? Current and alumni parent.

    Volunteering at KCS is important to me because?
    I value being an active participant in the partnership between parents and the school. I know that with parent involvement, more can be given to the students of KCS and I am happy to give back to a school that is giving so much to my children.
     
    Which of the Habits of Mind, Body and Action do you most align with and why?
    Listen to Understand, Find Humour, Persist, Be Active and Do what is Right. Taken together, I believe these Habits will one to make contributions in an effective, collaborative manner and live a health life. (mind, body and soul)
  • Jennifer Deschenes

    Jennifer has a background in public policy, having worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Jennifer currently works as Senior Lead, Stakeholder Relations at the Ontario Medical Association. Prior to that, Jennifer has worked in Corporate Social Responsibility at TD Bank, and as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

    She has a Master’s in Public Policy, a Master’s in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in English Language/Lit. In 2016-2017 Jennifer completed the Rotman Initiative for Women in Business at the University of Toronto.
     
    Number of years on the board and past roles: 4 years; previously vice-chair of St. George’s Church Nursery School

    Affiliation to KCS?
    Current Parent

    Please list 3 words that describe yourself:
    • Curious
    • Loyal
    • Patient
    Which of the Habits of Mind, Body and Action do you most align with and why?
    Take Responsible Risk: because if you’re not challenging yourself, you’re not growing. 
  • Greg Dunn

    Greg Dunn is a Partner with Adamson Associates, Canada’s largest architectural firm. He specializes in international large-scale project working primarily in London on such signature projects as the Shard and Canary Wharf. He has lectured on tall building design internationally. He is a registered architect in five states and two provinces.
     
    He received two degrees from McGill University, including his professional architectural degree where he graduated with honours and was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal for Achievement.

    Number of years on the board and past roles: Second year on the board and third year on the Senior Campus committee
     
    Affiliation to KCS? Current parent to three students
     
    Volunteering at KCS is important to me because?
    Firstly: I love what the school is doing for our kids, so it’s payback.
    Secondly, I feel it offers me a chance to show my kids that I am engaged at their school
    But mostly, it’s just a great bunch of people to work together with for common cause.
     
    Which of the Habits of Mind, Body and Action do you most align with and why?
    To Persist, Adapt and ... Find Humour
    To Persist:  Our projects are long and can be a grind. We need to persist through many challenges to see things ultimately get built
    To Adapt: Every day is a new challenge: In a week as an architect, I can be a lawyer, developer, accountant, engineer, promoter and politician.
    I am a true believer that you need to find some humour in everything. It can help everyone lighten up. And... it keeps you sane.
  • Karen Dockrill

    Karen Dockrill is Director of Business Development for Butterfield & Robinson, the world's leading luxury active travel company where she oversees strategic partnerships with international luxury brands and high net worth membership groups and executes customized tours for corporate rewards, incentives and client hospitality groups. 

    Number of years on the board and past roles:
    ½ year on the board and 2 years on the KCS Gala Committee

    Affiliation to KCS? Alumni and Current Parent

    What is your favourite quote?
    “What’s meant to be, is up to me” – M Dockrill

    Volunteering at KCS is important to me because?
    I love my kids and I love this school. 
  • Bronwen Evans

    Bronwen is a Founding Director and CEO of True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), which has been raising record funds to support military families since 2009.  Under her leadership, TPL has spearheaded Expeditions to the Himalayas, the North Pole and Antarctica, partnering prominent business leaders with wounded veterans. TPL secured the bid to host the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.    

    Number of years on the board: 1

    Affiliation to KCS:
    Current Parent
     
    Which of the Habits of Mind, Body and Action do you most align with and why?
    I am most aligned with the KCS Habit of Action ‘make the world a better place’ because I believe that everyone has something of value to contribute, especially when we come from a privileged society, like Canada.

    What do you and your family do when you have free time?
    When our family has free time, we enjoy reading and playing board games. 
  • Aman Gupta

    Aman Gupta is the founder of Fan Expo, one of Canada’s largest and most successful events.  He started running events at the early age of 15 and grew his portfolio of shows until Informa Global Exhibitions acquired it in 2013. Aman remains engaged with the business as President of Informa’s pop culture division, Fan Expo HQ, which hosts 500,000+ fans a year at over 12 events within North America.
     
    Aman holds a degree from York University (BA 2001), majoring in marketing, and has been a Governor at KCS for the past five years
  • Diane Kazarian

    Diane is PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's Canadian International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) practice leader and a partner in its Audit and Assurance Group, working in the Toronto office. She also leads the national Banking and Capital Markets industry practice.  As the Canadian firm's IFRS national leader, Diane's role includes leading the firm's functional, industry and geographic teams for clients moving to IFRS as well as PwC's internal training initiatives.  Diane has over 20 years of extensive banking audit experience spanning both the U.S. and Canadian markets.

    Number of years on the board:
    6

    Affiliation to KCS:
    Alumni and current parent
     
    Volunteering at KCS is important to me because?
    Supporting KCS through my governance expertise, to be part of the school community and because I care.
     
    What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
    Professionally I am most passionate about the growth of PwC’s Financial Services Practices and my PwC team. Personally, I am more passionate about my family. 
  • Susan Richardson

    Susan has extensive senior executive experience with over thirty years’ experience in information technology, insurance, finance, telecommunications and software industries. Her diverse areas of focus include; leadership, sales, operations, professional services, business development and customer service. She is currently, President of Leadership That Matters which is an executive coaching & leadership development firm.
     
    Susan first attended Richard Ivy Business School at Western where she earned an Honors Business Degree. During her career at IBM she also earned an Executive MBA at Harvard. 

    Number of years on the board and past roles:
    11 years, Chair of Communications Committee, Board Chair, Head Search Committee, Member of Strategic Planning and Governance

    Affiliation to KCS?
    Alumni Parent

    Volunteering at KCS is important to me because:
    It makes such a difference in children’s lives. KCS made a lasting impact on my children and I want to pay it forward. I also believe in the staff, which makes volunteering at KCS so meaningful.

    What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
    • Professionally: Helping people get to their next level of success. I enjoy helping clients to change their brand and own their career.
    • Personally: I am passionate about my family, friends and giving back
  • Mark Rogers

    Mark earned his Chartered Accountant designation with KPMG and has been a Vice-President at Empire Life Insurance Company since 2016, with divisional CFO accountabilities for the individual insurance and segregated funds business. He is a seasoned financial services executive, with progressively senior experience launching new businesses, leading transformational change and delivering profitable growth. Prior to his current role, Mark was a Vice-President at Scotiabank with P&L accountability for the bank’s Caribbean insurance companies (2012-2015).
  • Michael Washinushi

    Michael is a seasoned finance executive with a strong track record and experience in strategic planning, financial analysis, P & L ownership, employee performance management tools, subscriber management systems and investor relations. For the past two years he has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to a Toronto based technology company, FreshBooks.  His previous experiences include CFO to a public company (SiriusXM – Canada) and real estate executive. 

Paul Vessey, Past Chair

Education has such a profound effect on the development on children. Having witnessed the positive impact KCS has had on my daughter and so many others, I never thought twice about becoming a volunteer. I can honestly say KCS provided our entire family with such a wonderful experience and we will always by grateful.
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