Board of Governors

* Photo of the 2019-2020 Board*

Back Row: Kevin Kimsa, Don Durno (Chair), Alison Holt, Rod Davidge, Brenda Christen, Paul de la Roche
Front Row: Molly Pocklington, Kathryn Finn, Don Kawasoe, Brad McLellan, Cynthia Eldridge, Tom Heintzman

Cynthia Eldridge | Chair

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 two sons at Montcrest, in Grade 2 and Grade 5. She is a past Montcrest student herself, and her mother, Betsy, has served on Montcrest’s Board as well.

Don Kawasoe  | Secretary

Don is currently the Project Manager – Leadership Development and Student Programs and one of the On-site Co-ordinators for school accreditation at the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools organization. He retired from his role as Head of the Prep and Upper Schools at Upper Canada College in 2015, where he had previously served as Head of the Prep School and Director of the Norval Outdoor School.

Kathryn Finn | Treasurer

Kathryn is a Portfolio Manager at RBC Dominion Securities. All three of her children graduated from Montcrest. Kathryn was a very active parent volunteer, having chaired Montcrest’s 50th anniversary gala and helping to organize several Fall Fairs.

Isabelle Bissonnette

Isabelle is currently Senior Director at CIBC, leading a team accountable for change management, data analytics and the introduction of process automation for the organization’s wholesale and cross-border payment operations. Isabelle has over 20 years of leadership experience, in financial services, management consulting and technology development. For 10 years, Isabelle has been a member of the board of directors of a not-for-profit French language day care, La Garderie La Farandole. Isabelle and her husband Ian Butler have 3 children, Sarah (Montcrest alum), Charles (current Montcrest student) and James (future Montcrest student). 

Brenda Christen

Brenda is a founding partner of Wilson Christen LLP, specializing in family law. Brenda has two daughters who graduated from Montcrest. This is Brenda’s third year as a member of Montcrest’s Board of Governors.

Paul de la Roche

Paul has two kids at Montcrest, in Grade 2 and Grade 6. Paul is a VP with Fiera Capital, providing investment counselling to families, endowments & foundations. This is Paul’s second year as a member of Montcrest’s Board of Governors and third year as a member of the Advancement Committee.

Alison Holt

Alison Holt is the Managing Director of Offord Group and Senior Consultant and Principal at Marts & Lundy. Before joining Offord, Alison was the Vice-Principal of External Relations at Greenwood College School for eight years. Alison was responsible for the school’s fundraising, brand development, communications and marketing, admissions and recruitment. Alison began her career more than 20 years ago at her alma mater, Queen’s University. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees, the University Council Executive, and the External Relations and Development Committee of Queen’s University. She is also a member of the Child Development Institute Foundation and is the former Vice-President, Communications of Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

Kevin Kimsa

Kevin is married (Mandi) with 6 children, two of which are at the school in Grades 2 and 6. Kevin is a Managing Partner at ScaleUP Ventures and Climate Innovation Capital. Prior to venture capital, Kevin co-founded and operated 3 technology companies dating back to 1993. He currently serves on the board of numerous technology companies in Canada and the US. Previous board seats include the Toronto East General Hospital, Canadian Stage Company and Variety Village.

Brad McLellan

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 was previously a member of Montcrest’s Board as Secretary and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee for five years.

Molly Pocklington

Molly is a clinical social worker (MSW, RSW Psychotherapist) in private practice. Her area of expertise is eating disorders. Much of Molly’s work revolves around family support. Molly has two children who both attended Montcrest.

Joanna Theriault

Joanna has a daughter in Grade 8 at Montcrest and another daughter who graduated from Montcrest. She is a former accountant who worked in the not-for-profit and retail sectors prior to taking a number of years out of the workforce. More recently she has returned to work in the healthcare sector. This is Joanna’s first year as a member of Montcrest’s Board of Governors and second year as a member of the Finance Committee.

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