|Our Leadership | The York School is a not-for-profit independent day school led by a Board of Directors and the Head of School.|
|The Board of Directors is a volunteer group comprised of current and past parents, alumni and outside directors.
The Board of Directors helps formulate policy, oversee the School’s financial affairs, and select, retain, and counsel the Head of School. Each year the Board sets and approves the budget as a financial expression of policy decisions. A summary of the annual financial statements can be found in the Annual Report.
The full Board meets monthly during the school year; standing committees (which may also include non-board parents and community leaders) meet in frequent working sessions and additional meetings.
The Head of School, Conor Jones, reports to the Board of Directors. He provides the vision and long-term direction of The York School. Conor works closely with the Principals of the Upper and Lower Schools and is responsible for implementing the strategic plan with the support of the wider school community.
Communications from the Board
Warren Bongard is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Law School. In 1997, he co-founded ZSA Legal Recruitment, the only national legal recruitment firm in Canada.
Warren was a former practicing lawyer at Blaney McMurtry in the area of Corporate/Securities law. He is the President of the University of Western Ontario Law Alumni Association and is a Past-President of the Toronto chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global organization dedicated to the development of entrepreneurs around the world. Warren and his wife have two children who are currently at The York School: Jared in Grade 8 and Carly in Grade 5.
Warren is currently the Chair of the Board.
Ann Glazier Rothwell
Ann Glazier Rothwell is a CFA charterholder and graduate of the Sauder School of Business at UBC, Leslie Wong Fellow. She is Head of Business Development at RP Investment Advisors, a specialized Fixed Income manager based in Toronto. Previously, Ann was Chief Investment Officer at Alpha Scout Capital Management, a fund of hedge funds and worked in proprietary trading and institutional equity sales at TD Securities/Newcrest Capital, RBC Capital Markets and National Bank Financial.
Ann and her husband Alex have five children, four of whom are at The York School: Katherine in Grade 5, Paige in Grade 3, as well as Julia and Harris who are in SK.
Ann is a member of the Finance, Governance and Advancement Committees.
Sara Bellamy Sara Bellamy (née Green) is an alumna of The York School. She and her husband John have three children, all of whom currently attend York: William in Grade 6, Thomas in Grade 3, and Fiona in SK. Sara has been active in the York community as a Class Parent. She is an interior designer and has run her own business for the last eight years
Sara is a member of the Advancement Committee.
John Brown John Brown
has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Ryerson University and has been actively involved in the construction industry since graduating.
He is the President of Govan Brown & Associates Limited, a Toronto-based national construction management firm. He has been active in building and growing the business since starting the company out of his kitchen with his business partner more than 17 years ago.
Besides being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Toronto branch, John takes an active role in coordinating the operations of the company’s other regional branches.
John’s spouse, Melanie Edwards was Co-Chair of The York Parent Guild in 2007. They have two children currently at York: Jack in Grade 9, Kai in Grade 8. They have two York Alumni, Dylan and Shea.
John is the Chair of the Premises Committee.
Lynn Clarfield, who has law degrees from McGill University and Cambridge University, is an AVP at Sears, Canada. Prior to her current assignment, she worked at Rogers Communications and in management consulting at Hewitt Associates and Ernst and Young.
Lynn has been an active volunteer in the Toronto sports community, coaching and performing other volunteer roles in GTA soccer. She has assisted in charity events and in the junior programme at the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto where she is a member. At The York School, Lynn has been a Class Parent and also ran the After-Four Programme for several years. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Clarfield have had two children at York: Matthew, currently in Pre-Ivey at Western and Lauren in Grade 11.
Lynn was the Vice Chair of the board and Chair of the Advancement Committee. She is currently a member of the Governance and the Head’s Support Committees.
Joel Feldberg Joel Feldberg
is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Group. He has been serving in this capacity since May 2006. Previously, he served as their
Executive Vice-President for Product Development and Emerging Markets, with responsibilities that spanned several areas within the Global Group.
Prior to joining Global, Joel was an associate at the law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto where he focussed his legal practice on the areas of corporate finance as well as
mergers and acquisitions.
Joel has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall and is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations. He is a board member of the Canadian Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers’ Association. He and his wife Dr. Melissa Feldberg have four children: Reese, Jay, Eden and Lucy. Reese attends The York School.
Joel is a member of the Premises Committee and Chair of the Long-Term Planning Committee.
As Head of the School, Conor Jones serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors.
Conor joined The York School from The International School of Stavanger in Norway where he served as Chair of the English Department and taught International Baccalaureate English, Theatre Arts and Theory of Knowledge.
Conor has taught all of these subjects at The York School and served as the Chair of the English Department before moving to serve as Director of Admission for three years. Conor gained further experience serving as the Director of Advancement for a year, and after a very successful term, Conor became Head of School in 2011.
Conor holds a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto and a MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont.
Steve Karam has been a member of The York School’s Board of Directors since 2003. He is the past Chair of the Board as well as past Treasurer. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honours degree in Business Administration and he obtained his CA designation in 1981. Steve is a partner with KPMG LLP, specializing in providing assurance and advisory services to private companies and high net worth individuals.
Steve is an active member of the Toronto sports community, coaching and managing for the York Mills Hockey programme as well as coaching soccer and baseball at various levels.
Steve and his wife Pat have one son, Patrick, who is a Grade 11 student at The York School.
Andrew Kay Andrew Kay is a partner and founder of Kay & Warburton, a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Toronto that specializes in the film and television industry.
Kay & Warburton is the largest independent practice in Canada dedicated to serving the entertainment and media industry. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University. He has three children at York: Samantha in Grade 12, Nicole in Grade 10 and Jacob in Grade 7.
Andrew is the current Chair of the Finance Committee and he is also a member of the Premises Committee.
Katie Leopold is the Director of Finance and Operations for The York School. Katie graduated with honours from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and became a chartered accountant in 2000. Katie has 15 years of public accounting experience specializing in not-for-profit organizations. Katie serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors.
Katie's areas of responsibility include accounting functions, human resources, non-academic administration, facilities, food service and the York Shop.
Allison Menkes graduated in 1983 with honours from Boston University’s School of Management with a BSBA majoring in Marketing and Finance. She graduated in 1985 from Touro Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in February 1986.
Allison moved to Canada in 1986 and worked in contract law and various entrepreneurial ventures. For the past four years, she has been following her passion for art and now works as an Art Consultant with clientele in both the United States and Canada. She has been involved in numerous charities including the Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Herbie Fund and The Daily Bread Food Bank. Allison has four children, all of whom have attended The York School. Her daughter Lianne is in Grade 11.
Allison is a member of the Advancement Committee.
Lloyd A. Perlmutter is an Upper Canada College Old Boy and a graduate of Harvard College with an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Relations. He has put his education to good use in a long and fruitful career in the retail business. He founded and operated a chain of outdoor wilderness apparel stores called Beaver Canoe; built the Canadian business for the multinational apparel retailer Gap Inc.; spent time in executive leadership positions at Indigo Books and Music as well as Clothing for Modern Times and most recently as CEO of Mexx Canada Co.; he is now engaged in several consulting projects. Over the course of his career, Lloyd has also been involved in his family’s children’s summer camp named Tamakwa in Algonquin Park, the founding of the Kids Now after-school programme and in being an Advisory Board Member of the Ryerson School of Retail Management.
Deanne Saunders holds a BA in psychology from Queens University in Kingston, ON, and has more than two decades of professional experience in higher education. Her areas of expertise are academic program management, student services, and recruitment and admissions. Since coming to the University of Toronto in 2005, she has been an integral part of the administrative team at the Rotman School of Management in both the MBA and undergraduate programs. She is currently the Director of Academic Services for Rotman Commerce. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Deanne held key administrative positions at both the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law and McGill University’s Student Housing.
Deanne also serves on the Academic Board of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council (2012-2013), the Board responsible for matters affecting the teaching, learning and research functions of the University, the establishment of University objectives and priorities, the development of long-term and short-term plans and effective use of resources in the course of these pursuits.
Deanne is the Chair of the Governance Committee.
Elizabeth Schad Liz Schad has a B.S. Engineering degree from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from the Darden School of the University of Virginia. She was formerly the Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, at the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. Other companies she has worked with include Paine Webber (Mergers and Acquisitions) in New York and England, PepsiCO, and MAC, a consulting firm.
Liz is a founding member and director of the Schad Foundation and Earth Rangers Foundation. The Schad Foundation supports projects focused on environmental issues. Earth Rangers is Canada's largest non-profit organization focused on communicating a positive message to children on the importance of protecting biodiversity.
Liz has also held board positions at Husky Injection Molding Systems and World Wildlife Fund Canada.
Liz is a member of the Advancement and Premises Committees.
Andrew Sheiner is the Managing Partner of Altas Partners, a private equity firm focused on long term investments in high-quality North American headquartered operating companies. Andrew grew up in Montreal and studied at McGill University and Harvard University.
He joined The York School Board of Directors in 2011 and is also a member of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation Board of Directors and Harvard Business School's Canadian Advisory Board.
Andrew and his wife, Liza Mauer, have four children, three of whom attend The York School.
Timothy Thorsteinson Tim Thorsteinson
is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Enablence Technology, a global broadband technology provider.
Enablence is based in Ottawa and has significant locations in Boston, Fremont, California and Herzliya, Israel. Tim has been “turning around” and managing technology businesses such as National Semiconductor, Tektronix, Grass Valley, and Leitch Technology for 25 years, with stops in the Silicon Valley, Portland, Oregon, Hong Kong and Northern California. Tim and his family relocated to Toronto in 2003 when he became the CEO of Leitch Technology.Tim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behaviour analysis and he completed graduate studies in the same discipline.
His spouse Kim Emerson was the Chair of York’s Parent Guild in 2008. Tim and Kim have two children at York: Shane in Grade 6 and Tasia in Grade 5.
Tim is a member of the board’s Finance Committee.
|Warren Bongard, Chair
Ann Glazier-Rothwell, Vice-Chair
Conor Jones, Head of School
Katie Leopold, Director of Finance and Operations
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