LCS Board of Directors

Our school trustees are responsible for electing a smaller group of directors who meet approximately five times per year. The Lakefield College School Board of Directors plays a more "hands-on" role. Directors are responsible for approving and monitoring the school's strategic plan and implementation strategy, as well as ensuring effective oversight and monitoring of school resources and risks. 

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List of 6 items.

  • Chonée Dennis P '14, '16, '19

    Chonée Dennis P '14 ,'16, '19 is the President/CEO of The Dennis Group Inc. She began her career in 1985, and was awarded her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 1995. Chonée has held senior positions in the health care, social service and the environmental sectors. Throughout her career she has successfully worked on campaigns in the range of $1.5M – $50M. In addition to her extensive work in philanthropy, as a senior manager, she has also broad experience in communications, government relations, governance, organizational change, re-engineering, volunteer management, and redevelopment initiatives. She has been an active board member, sitting on numerous Boards and Committees throughout her career. Currently she is a Director on the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP) Board. Chonée studied general sciences at the University of Toronto and Business Administration at Brock University. She is currently completing her Masters in Non-profit Management. Chonée resides in Peterborough with her husband, Michael, and their three children.
  • Neil Hamilton, P '15

    Neil Hamilton, P '15 is the Owner of Market Research Consulting. Neil founded his own marketing strategy and research consultancy in 2005 and works with some of Canada’s leading brands in the consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to striking out on his own, he spent 10 years with Sklar Wilton & Associates in Toronto and 8 years in brand management with the Quaker Oats Company. Neil is a graduate of the Queen’s School of Business and Lower Canada College. He and his wife, Kerri, call Peterborough home and have a daughter Brooke '15.
  • James Hicks '84 P '17, '20

    James Hicks '84 P '17,'20 is the Founder and Managing Director of Kegaska Group. James graduated from Lakefield College School in 1984 having spent four years at the school as a boarder. He and his wife Barbara are the parents of Meg ’17 and William ‘20. James currently is the Founder and Managing Director of the Kegaska Group, a payments and financial technology consulting and advisory firm. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Global Acceptance and Solutions for Mastercard based in the company’s New York Headquarters. He also held a number of executive positions at Global Payments Inc., a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and solutions. While based in Hong Kong, his roles included; President, Global Solutions and President, Global Payments Asia Pacific during which time he was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Asia-Pacific Global Payments / HSBC joint venture. Prior to the move to Asia, James and the family lived in Prague, where he was President and Executive Director of Global Payments Europe following a number of years at Global Payments Canada and CIBC’s Merchant Services business. James holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), and the family resides in Toronto.
  • Brett Jackman '03

    Brett Jackman '03 is a Senior Director of Corporate Strategy for Rogers Communications. Growing up in Lakefield, Brett always dreamed of attending LCS and was fortunate enough to do so from 1998-2003. Since leaving the school, Brett has been active in the LCS community serving as President of the Grove Society and a school trustee since 2010. Brett has experience in the communications, media and high tech industries as well as functional experience in growth strategy and transformation. Brett is a graduate of the HBA and MBA programs at the Ivey Business School at Western University and currently lives in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Amber and his two daughters, Hazel and Ruby.
  • Zack Kembar '87

    Zack Kembar '87 is the Managing Director, Burke Norris Investments. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, including 10 years at Goldman Sachs in their Tokyo, London and New York offices. Subsequent to Goldman, Zack worked at Deutsche Bank NY and BNP Paribas Japan managing their equity derivative sales business in Tokyo. Over the last 7 years, Zack has focused his efforts in the alternative investment space, advising and investing in projects ranging from hedge funds and Private Equity to Self Storage in the USA. Zack graduated from Western and the LCS Class of 1987. He is a trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee.
  • Ross Little '81, P '13, '17

    Ross Little '81, P '13, '17 is the President and CEO of IAG IT Services.
    Ross is an alumnus and parent of two recent graduates: Andrew ’13 and Katie ’17. Ross’ connection with the Grove began in 1917 when his grandfather attended. Ross an active supporter of Lakefield College School as a class rep, Trustee and member of the Board of Directors. He is currently the Vice Chair and has sat on the Human Resources and Joint Strategic Planning Committees. Ross is somewhat of a serial entrepreneur having founded, bought and sold a number of small/medium sized companies over the past 30 years. He is currently President and CEO of IAG, a US professional services firm specializing in business architecture, project portfolio management and agile business analysis. Having spent many years traveling around the world with dozens of organizations like Bank of America, Disney and Harley Davidson, Ross now works in Oakville, Ontario overseeing product development, operations, sales and marketing. Ross continues to pursue the passion for outdoors, adventure and life-long learning that was nurtured for him at the Grove. Ross spends his leisure time travelling and relaxing at the cottage with wife, Dorothy—and canoe tripping, scuba diving, and skiing with his family and classmates.

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  • Hugh Macdonnell '85, P '18

    Hugh Macdonnell '85, P '18 is the LCS Board Chair and Senior Partner of Clarion Partners. Hugh is the father of Betsy ’18, and a cousin of Monty Bull ’37.  Hugh is a senior partner of Clarion Partners, a NYC-based real estate investment management business.  He has worked in the real estate business for his whole career as a lawyer (Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg; 1991-1996) and as an advisor and principal (Morgan Stanley Real Estate; 1997-2011).  Hugh is a graduate of McGill University (BComm), Queen’s University (LLB/JD), and the University of Pennsylvania (MBA).  He has been involved in a range of charitable activities, including a trustee of The Grove (since 2011) and a trustee of Round Square (since 2002).  Hugh has served as Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee for Round Square. Hugh is married to Margot (nee Chapman), and has four children: Betsy (1999), James (2001), Charlie (2003), and Teddy (2008), as well as several dogs.  The Macdonnells live in Glen Ridge, NJ, and also spend time at an old (and gradually deteriorating) family summer cottage on Lake Ontario.
  • Patrick Marshall '90

    Patrick Marshall '90 is the President, Adrem Brands.  Patrick graduated from LCS in 1990 and is currently President of Adrem Brands. He has held senior leadership roles in several VRG Capital companies advising on strategy, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital repatriation. Prior to joining Adrem, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations at Wheels Group. Patrick served as President and Director at Thomas Technologies International. He has extensive experience consulting and raising capital for non-government organizations in England, Guyana, Ecuador and India. In addition, he has served as a director and advisor with Serve Canada, Project CANOE and the Toronto Adolescent Recovery Centre. Patrick and his wife Kate live in Toronto with their two daughters.
  • Karen McKnight, P ’13, ’16  

    Karen is an alumni parent to Alison ’13 and Carter ’16.  She brings her expertise in education, human resource and leadership development to the Board of Director role.   Karen is the President of Transitions’ Edge Ltd., an executive coaching practice.  She is a Certified Professional Coach who works with senior level executives, focusing on leadership development, transitions and change, and meeting career/personal goals. She served as a Chair of the MacKay CEO Forums, one of Canada’s largest and most highly regarded national leadership forums for chief executives, from 2014-2019. Before starting her executive coaching practice, she worked for 8 years as a Teacher with Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Karen earned a Bachelor and Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Karen and her husband Greg reside in Etobicoke.  
  • David Miller ’77, P ’15

    David was Head Boy and graduate of the Class of 1977.  He is the alumni parent to Simon ’15.  David served as a school trustee (2010-19) and returns in 2020 as a member of the Board of Directors and trustee.  He brings to the Board of Director role his expertise as a politician, lawyer and author with non-profit governance, senior management, strategic planning, and environmental stewardship experience.  He is a leading thinker on urban issues and advocates for the creation of sustainable urban economies and is a champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.  He is the Director of International Diplomacy for the C40 Climate Leadership Group and Global Ambassador of Inclusive Climate Action.  Prior to this, David served as President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada. David served as Mayor of Toronto (2003-2010). Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired for its environmental leadership, economic strength, and social integration. He also served as Chair of C40 cities (2008-2010) and Future Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (2011-2014). David and his wife, Jill Arthur, have two children and reside in Toronto.
  • Cait Sainsbury '96

    Cait Sainsbury '96 is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto.  Cait attended LCS from 1992 (when her family moved to Lakefield) to 1996.  Cait is the sister of Greg Sainsbury ’93, A.J. Sainsbury ’99, and Andrew Sainsbury ’02.
     
    Cait graduated from Trent University in 2002 with a degree in Native Studies and Environmental Studies, and graduated from the U of T Faculty of Law in 2006.  Cait has been practicing law at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP since 2007, and is currently the Regional Manager of the Commercial Litigation Group in Toronto.  Cait represents clients in complex commercial disputes, anti-trust and securities class actions, and securities regulatory investigations.
     
    Cait is a member of the Canada Committee of Human Rights Watch, and sits on the Alumni Committee of the International Human Rights Program at the U of T Faculty of Law. She is married to Angus MacPherson and has twin daughters, Alice and Eleanor.
  • Scott Smith '87, P '23

    Scott Smith '87, P '23 is a professional engineer (Ontario) with an MBA, finance, possessing diverse construction, project management and executive management experience.  He specializes in commercial and institutional construction, property development, LEED construction, and renewable and sustainability technologies.  Scott has been on the operations side with Bird Construction since 2010, holding various positions as Project Manager, Production Manager, Project Director, Senior Project Manager and Construction Manager.  As a Senior Project Manager of the East Rail Maintenance Facility, he oversaw the construction of a 500,000 sq. ft GO maintenance facility and as Project Director on Bird’s Target Program, he completed 5 rounds of Target Store conversions and closing out duties on the renovations and expansion of Osgoode Hall, York University, and St Catherine’s Performing Arts Centre.  Scott is currently the Construction Manager for Special Projects and ICI construction.  Scott was the President and Owner, Taycott Enterprises Inc. (2004-10) providing contract project management services.  He was the Director of Construction at Rochon Building Corporation (2005-09), and Manager Construction and Development at Frum Development Group (1999-2004) responsible for all construction activities averaging 1-2, $3-5M projects in addition to up to 15 smaller projects annually.  Scott has maintained a long meaningful relationship with LCS since his graduation, Grove Society Executive (2001-07) and trustee (since 2004), and through his philanthropic and event participation.  Scott, Jill and their family reside in Toronto with their daughter Alexis and the dog Cooper and their son Dylan '23.
  • Cara Westcott, P '14, '16

    Cara Westcott, P '14, '16 is active with a wide variety of charitable organizations. Cara has served as President of the Parent Chapter of the Grove Society and a member of the Grove Advisory Committee and the Head Search Advisory Committee. She became a Board member in 2016, the Vice-Chair of the Board in 2019 and is the President of the Grove Society for 2020/21.
     
    She has a Master’s degree in Health Administration and worked in health and social services policy development and service delivery for many years.  Later, Cara changed direction into landscape design, working on municipal, institutional, commercial and residential projects.
     
    Cara and her husband James are the proud parents of Sam ’14 and Alex ’16.
  • Daniel Woolf

    Daniel Woolf served as the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University (2009-2019) and is now Principal Emeritus and a professor in the Department of History at Queen’s, which awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2019. He is also an Honorary Fellow at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, where he took his D.Phil. degree in 1983, having graduated from Queen’s in 1980. Daniel’s prior appointments were as Dean of Arts, University of Alberta (2002-2009); Dean of Humanities, McMaster University (1999-2002); and a Professor of History, Dalhousie University (1987-1999).  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Historica Canada (2012- ) and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (2020- ). Daniel brings to the LCS Board of Directors an external perspective as a leader in post-secondary education, an educator, author, and professional historian.  In Daniel’s 10 years as Principal he was responsible for rebuilding the school’s profile, and implementing a number of organizational, management and governance changes, including reform of its Board of Trustees and University Council, and the introduction of an activity-based budget model.  He led Queen’s through an extensive series of planning exercises and took a proactive role regarding the school’s challenges around culture sensitivity, mental health issues and the freedom of speech.  Daniel led the university into its most ambitious fundraising campaign, the Initiative Campaign, exceeding its $500M goal by $140M.  Growing up in Winnipeg he attended two different independent schools and has a strong interest in school-higher education transition. Daniel has 3 adult children, and he and his wife, Julie Gordon-Woolf, live northwest of Kingston in the village of Yarker, Ontario.
  • Susan Wright

    Susan Wright is a management consultant who has undertaken governance and strategy projects for a variety of public and non-profit organizations.  She has had the opportunity to work with approximately 30 independent schools in Canada including Lakefield College.  Susan completed a B.A. (Honours) degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a M. Phil. Degree on a Commonwealth scholarship at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
     
    Susan brings an external perspective to the trustee role, as a teacher of a Non-Profit Leadership Strategy and Change course at the University of Toronto and the Governance module for the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Leadership Institute.  Her past volunteer roles have included being a Chair of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario) and a variety of volunteer roles at Havergal College including; serving as Chair of the Board of Governors, a member of the Advancement, Strategy, Governance and Finance committees, as well as the Havergal College Foundation. 

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Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

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