Board of Governors
Board of Governors
The ultimate responsibility for the governance of Elmwood School resides with the Board of Governors which is the guardian of the mission and values of the school. The Governors are volunteers who function at arm’s length from the School’s administration. The Board works with the school, and in particular the Headmistress, to develop the school’s strategic plans, and it provides oversight with respect to the implementation of those plans. The Board also works to ensure that adequate resources are in place to maintain Elmwood as a premier school for the education of girls and young women.
The Bylaws provide for up to 21 governors, who are proposed by the nominating committee and elected by the Board for 3-year terms. The Headmistress serves as an ex-officio governor as well as an ex-officio member of each Board committee. Volunteer candidates are sought who bring a willingness to commit time, energy and resources to the school, as well as a diversity of skills and experience needed for the effective governance of the school including expertise in areas such as governance, finance, law, human resources, marketing, fundraising, information technology, strategic planning and risk management. An intrinsic purpose is to maintain a Board with a make-up which reflects a balance of expertise, is representative of the school community, and which contains past parents, alumni and external community leaders.
Elmwood’s Board meets a minimum of 5 times per year, with additional meetings being convened on an as-needed basis. Committees of the Board which include Finance, Governance (including Risk Management), Development, Nominating, Strategic Planning and Head Support (including Head Evaluation), meet regularly and in advance of Board meetings. Committees are chaired by members of the Board and their composition may include non-Board members in addition to Board members. The work of the Board is largely conducted through those committees, which consider and bring forward matters for recommendation to the Board. The Board regularly evaluates itself and endeavours to operate according to best principles established by CAIS/CESI and the National Association of Independent Schools.
Persons interested should contact the Chair or the Headmistress. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to first participate in the work of one of the Board’s committees.
- Mr. Mike Greenley, Chair of Board
Chair of Board; Chair of Head Evaluation and Compensation Review Committee; Chair of Strategic Planning Committee; Nominating Committee; ex-officio member of all Board committees.
Mr. Greenley is a defence and security industries executive, with over 20 years experience in strategic planning, leadership, and business execution in Canadian and international markets. He currently serves as Vice-President of General Dynamics C4 Systems and General Dynamics Canada. A graduate of the University of Waterloo (BSc, MSc), this is Mr. Greenley’s third year on the board. He has one daughter at Elmwood in Grades 9 and one that graduated in 2013.
- Mr. Chris Brennan
Strategic Planning Committee.
Mr. Brennan is a partner in Avenai, a business and IT consulting firm specializing in people development, strategy development, business development, change management, I.T. governance and the execution of complex business change programs.
Mr. Brennan spent the majority of his career (1981 – 2002) with Accenture, a global consulting firm. Since leaving Accenture in 2002 Mr. Brennan has held a number of roles in the public and private sector. He has daughters at Elmwood in grades 2, 4, and 11, and another daughter that graduted in 2013.
- Mr. Patrick Coady
Mr. Coady is a Partner in KPMG’s Transaction Advisory Services practice in Canada and he directs a dedicated team of professional business valuators. He has Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Carleton University (1987), as well as a Chartered Accountant designation (1989) and a Chartered Business Valuator designation (1993). Mr. Coady has extensive global valuation experience having acted for major public corporations in assignments based in Canada, the United States, Germany, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Taiwan and is a recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award. He has one daughter in Grade 12 at Elmwood.
- Ms. Catherine Coulter
Chair of Redevelopment Planning Task Force; Strategic Planning Committee.
Ms. Coulter practices management-side employment law and commercial litigation for a national law firm. She frequently speaks and writes on a variety of employment and privacy topics and has taught for the Law Society of Upper Canada for a number of years. Before earning her law degree at the University of Western Ontario, Ms. Coulter graduated from the University of Michigan with a BMusA in flute performance. A board member since 2006, Ms. Coulter assumed the position of Chair in January 2009. She has two daughters, one in Grade 10 at Elmwood and one who graduated from Elmwood in 2012.
- Ms. Kim Doran
Vice Chair of Board; Development Committee; Nominating Committee.
Ms. Doran is a Senior Account Director within the Public Affairs group at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Ottawa. She has worked as a government relations consultant for more than 18 years. She holds particular expertise in regulatory issues.
Kim is a graduate of Queen’s University (Political Studies) and has done graduate studies in Political Science at Carleton University. She has served as a member of the Governance Committee at Elmwood School in 2011 – 2012.
Kim and her husband David Goldstein have two daughters at Elmwood; one in Grade 6 and one in Grade 8. In her free time, Kim downhill skis with her family, walks her dog Bella; and reads as many books (political and fiction) as she can.
- Ms. Raquelle Dupuis
Chair of Parents' Association Committee; Governance Committee.
Ms. Dupuis has been actively involved for over thirteen years in various activities supporting independent schools in the USA and Canada. She has had leadership roles in Parents’ Associations, Parents’ Committees, Working Committees, Strategy Groups and Boards of Governors.
Raquelle is a graduate of University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto and New York University. She is fluent in four languages: French, English, Spanish and Ukrainian. She has travelled extensively and has lived in Montreal, Toronto, Boston, New York and Ottawa. She has two daughters at Elmwood; one in Grade 9 and one in Grade 12.
- Mr. Dan Goldberg
Vice Chair of Board; Head Evaluation and Compensation Review Committee; Strategic Planning Committee.
Dan Goldberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of Telesat. Prior to joining Telesat in 2006, Mr. Goldberg served as Chief Executive Officer of New Skies Satellites and then SES New Skies following the purchase of New Skies by SES. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of New Skies, he served as its Chief Operating Officer and, prior to that time, as General Counsel.
Before joining New Skies, Mr. Goldberg served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at PanAmSat. Prior to PanAmSat, he worked as an associate at Washington, D.C. law firms Covington & Burling and Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright and as a deputy prosecutor at the Ada County Prosecutor’s office in Boise, Idaho.
Mr. Goldberg obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, graduating with highest honors, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude. He has two daughters at Elmwood; one in Grade 5 and one in Grade 7.
- Mr. Derek Howe
Redevelopment Planning Task Force.
For the past seven years, Mr. Howe has worked for Broccolini Construction Inc., first in the role of Business Development Manager and subsequently as Vice-President, Real Estate and Development. Prior to Broccolini, he worked as an Engineer for two engineering firms carrying out structural design, restoration audits of buildings, supervision of construction activities, and building inspection services. He has one daughter at Elmwood in Grade 3.
- Mr. Peter Hudson
Chair of Development Committee; Finance Committee.
Mr. Hudson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HTG, Canada’s foremost logistics provider for major sporting events. He oversees strategy for each of the company’s core divisions. Mr. Hudson is also President of Aurenlay Holdings, with assets in commercial, multi-unit residential, trade show facilities, condominium development and hotels. He leads HTG’s philanthropic efforts which focus on investments in healthcare and education. He has one daughter at Elmwood in Grade 4.
- Ms. Dominique Jacobson
An alumna and former Elmwood School Head Girl, Ms. Jacobson serves as Vice-President of Dove Tale Collections, an importer/distributor of exclusive fine foods. A graduate of Queen's University, Ms. Jacobson has worked in progressively senior marketing, business development and public relations roles. A final nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and WBN Canada's Top 100 Women Award, Ms. Jacobson's exemplifies the quality of an Elmwood education.
- Mr. Alfred Jay
Strategic Planning Committee.
Mr. Jay is the Founder, President and CEO of Ramius Corporation, a social software company focused on the development of enterprise cloud-based online community systems and social networking platforms. He has also served on the board of directors for iLOOKABOUT Corp., a visual and data intelligence company serving commercial enterprise in the real estate, insurance, municipal, utility, assessment, and appraisal sectors in North America and Europe. In 2000, he was named on the Ottawa Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40, and is a co-founder of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival. He has one daughter at Elmwood in Grade 8.
- Mr. David Law
Mr. Law is a partner at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, specializing in labour, employment, governance, workers' compensation and occupational safety law. He is also a Sessional Professor of Queen's University Faculty of Law: Occupational Health and Safety & Workers' Compensation Law. He has served on the board of directors of the Hospice at May Court, the Ottawa South Community Association, Ottawa Food Bank, Lac Manitou Community Association, and Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. He has a daughter at Elmwood in Grade 8.
- Ms. Elisabeth Preston ’85
Board Secretary; Chair of Governance Committee; Development Committee; Head Evaluation and Compensation Review Committee.
Elisabeth Preston is Managing Partner at national law firm McMillan's Ottawa, Ontario office. She also serves on the McMillan national Board of Partners, the firm's Professional Services Committee and the firm's Audit Committee. She is a member of the McMillan Succession Planning Committee and the Women's Initiative Steering Committee. Ms. Preston is also Vice-Chair of the Aerospace and Defense committee of the American Bar Association, International Section and a member of the steering committees of the ABA's Procurement Law Committee and Canada Committee.
- Mr. Lawrence Schembri
Past Chair of Board; Chair of Finance Committee; Chair of Nominating Committee; Head Evaluation and Compensation Review Committee; Strategic Planning Committee.
Mr. Schembri is Chief of the International Department at the Bank of Canada; overseeing analysis of developments in foreign countries as well as providing policy advice and conducting research on global economic and financial issues. Mr. Schembri holds a BComm from the University of Toronto, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has published articles in various Bank of Canada and external publications. Prior to joining the Bank of Canada, he was a professor of economics at Carleton University. Mr. Schembri has served on the Board since 2006 and is father to two Elmwood alumnae.
- Ms. Cheryl Boughton
Headmistress – (ex-officio member).
Cheryl brings more than 12 years experience in progressively senior roles managing independent schools. Prior to joining Elmwood, she served as Deputy Head at Bedford Preparatory School in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, an independent boarding and day school for 1,100 male students.
Previous to Bedford, Cheryl spent eight (8) years working in all-girls' schools in the United Kingdom. Educated at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, she began her career teaching English and History in the Ontario public school system.