CHAIR, BOARD OF GOVERNORS: MR. A. KAIN

“Andy” is a lawyer by profession and is a founder and the president of Windular Research and Technologies Inc. (“Windular”). Windular is a privately held corporation that provides innovative renewable energy systems, consulting and advisory services to the global telecommunications industry. Andy also operates his own law practice providing corporate and commercial advice to private companies with an emphasis on start-up business. From July 1995 to February 2010, Andy was General Counsel to the portfolio and administrative managers of a US$5 billion Bermuda-based hedge fund (the “Tewksbury Group”). Prior to joining the Tewksbury Group, Andy was employed as an Associate in the Tax Department at Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto. Andy has extensive experience in corporate commercial matters and advising corporate and not-for-profit boards. He has held numerous private company and not-for-profit directorships.

Andy earned a BA (Honours) in History and Political Science from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa where he graduated cum laude. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bermuda Bar Association.

Andy is actively involved in the Transformation HSC Capital Campaign where he is currently a member of the Campaign Cabinet Committee. He also coaches the HSC Senior Girls’ Hockey Team.

Andy and his wife Ruth are the proud parents of three daughters who are alumni of the College and a son who recently completed Grade 10 at HSC.

Andy serves on the Executive, Finance, Audit and Nominating Committees.

VICE CHAIR, Board of Governors: MR. B. PEARSON

Mr. Bruce Pearson is the retired former President and co-founder of Pearson-Dunn Insurance and Financial Services Inc. He is an immediate Past Chair and board member of the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford.

Bruce is the Director of the North Waterloo Farm Mutual Insurance Company and currently serves as the Chair of the Governing Board of the Insurance Institute of Ontario. He is also the Chair of the Registered Insurance Institute of Ontario.

Bruce is also the Past Chair and Vice Chair of the Hamilton Police Services Board, is a long time Rotarian and former President of the Ancaster AM Rotary.

Bruce has lived in Ancaster for his entire life and is committed to community service. He is a Mohawk College graduate and a Fellow Charter Insurance Professional. Two of his children attend HSC in the Middle and Senior Schools.

Bruce serves on the Executive, Finance, Nominating and Risk Management Committees.

Corporation Secretary and Chair, Board Development Committee: Ms. M. Williams

As McMaster University's Vice-President of University Advancement, Mary Williams leads one of Canada's strongest advancement teams with a stellar reputation for delivering strong results to the University in the development of its reputation and resources. At Mac, University Advancement broadly includes the University’s communications and marketing activities, relationship with government, alumni relations and fundraising. Williams has played a number of roles at McMaster since she joined the team over 25 years ago.  
 
As an active volunteer, Mary is a past-president of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (her national professional organization), and has been actively involved in many boards in the broader Hamilton area, including: Ronald McDonald House, the Hamilton District Health Council, the YWCA, YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington & Brantford and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council of Foundation Executives and the YMCA Canada Board of Directors. 
 
Mary, a McMaster graduate herself, grew up in Hamilton, is married to Rob Forbes and together they are proud parents of Liam Forbes who is currently a very proud Grade 10 HSC Student. 
 
Mary is the Chair of the Board Development Committee, and serves on the Executive and Nominating Committees.

Chair, Finance Committee: Mrs. B. Barton '03

Since 2005, Mrs. Brianne Barton ’03 has worked in public accounting at Brownlow Partners Chartered Accountants. She has a passion for helping privately held businesses and not-for-profit organizations become the best they can be. She demonstrates this passion by developing continuous improvement strategies for Brownlow Partners and their clients. As a Partner at Brownlow Partners, Brianne works with not-for-profit organizations, privately held companies and Brownlow team members, and utilizes her inquisitive nature to get everyone thinking about strategies for achieving their goals.

Brianne obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2009 after earning an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree with first class standing from Brock University.

She presently serves on the HSC Board of Trustees. Brianne and her wife Bianca live in Ancaster with their sons. Both HSC alumni, they are thrilled to be carrying on the HSC tradition with their children. 

Brianne is the Chair of the Finance Committee, serves on the Executive and Audit Committees and is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Chair, Board of Trustees: Mr. G. Reiner '03

Mr. Geoff Reiner ’03 has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. After spending time in the corporate world, Geoff founded a consulting business, Persistus Strategies. At Persistus, Geoff and his team work with business owners to help develop and implement business strategy.  Additionally, they work directly with sales teams to reframe objections, enhance sales skills and close business.

Through Geoff’s consulting, an opportunity was created to work a local energy company called OOM Energy. OOM Energy is an alternative to the traditional grid and provide their clients, both commercial and residential, with more efficient, reliable and affordable power.

As company President and COO, Geoff is responsible for managing the engineering, finance and sales divisions of the OOM Group of companies. Geoff works to align the sales opportunities with the current capital requirements of the organization and ensures the engineering division has the necessary resources to deliver.

Geoff is a McMaster University graduate of the MBA program at the DeGroote School of Business. He was highly engaged in co-curricular activities and was elected as class President.  During his presidency, he facilitated a number of legacy initiatives that continue today.  Geoff maintains strong connections to the program as an active alumnus and consultant.  Prior to attending the DeGroote School of Business, he obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

In his spare time, Geoff enjoys athletics both as a player and volunteer coach.  He believes that travel is the greatest form of education and takes every opportunity he can to see the world.

Geoff serves on the Executive and Nominating Committees.

Dr. O. Akintan

Dr. Olabode "Bode" Akintan is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist at McMaster Children’s Hospital. He also holds a faculty position (Assistant Professor) at McMaster University. He graduated from Medical school in Nigeria in 1996, practiced as a generalist for a couple of years, then moved to North America to complete psychiatry training and a child psychiatry sub specialty at the University of Maryland.

Since moving to Canada in 2008, Bode has helped to build the child and youth mental health inpatient unit (the largest program of its kind in the province) and Psychiatry Emergency Services, both at McMaster Children's Hospital. He currently serves as Medical Director of both.

In 2015, Bode graduated with a double Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree through Cornell University NY, and Queen's University, Kingston ON. He serves on various committees at McMaster and on the Professional Guidelines and Standards Committee at the Canadian Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Bode is a past member of the psychiatry executive for the Ontario Medical Association (OMA).

Bode lives in Oakville with his wife Nene, two children (both students at HSC) and niece from Nigeria who is attending the University of Toronto. His family is active in the community as part of a larger group of Nigerian professionals who migrated to North America. Bode's wife Nene is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization “I am, I can, I will”.

Bode is a football (soccer) fan, enjoys travelling with his family and enjoys reading non-fiction.

Bode serves on the Board Development Committee.

MS. M. HILL '07

Ms. Meagan Hill is a senior associate at McKinsey & Company and a member of their recovery and transformation service line. In this capacity, she advises clients to deliver operational turnarounds in various industries.

Meagan started her career at Morgan Stanley in New York City where, as a member of the securitized products team, she evaluated lending opportunities for commercial mortgage securitization. Meagan has previously worked at The Related Companies, a privately owned real estate firm; BASE Equity Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm; and the Canadian Federal Government under the Trudeau administration, supporting the development of the Canadian Infrastructure Bank.

In collaboration with Harvard Business School (HBS), Meagan designed the first HBS Executive Education program for First Nations and Native American investment professionals and government leaders. The program operates annually, and over the past three years, the program has graduated approximately 200 professionals from across Canada and the United States.

Meagan holds a BA from Harvard College where she was President of Harvard Student Agencies, the largest student-run corporation in the world. She is also a graduate of HBS where she completed her MBA.

Meagan serves as special advisor to the Head of College on fundraising.

Mr. P. Jeejeebhoy

Mr. Pheroze Jeejeebhoy is the proud father of three children (one current HSC student and two HSC alumni) and a lawyer practicing in Hamilton. Pheroze was called to the Bar in 1996 after graduating from the University of Manitoba (LLB) and articling at the Ontario Ministry of Health. Since then, Pheroze has dedicated his professional career to representing individuals. Pheroze’s practice is now focused on medical malpractice work and other personal injury issues. 

Pheroze has acted as counsel in matters in Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba, and he has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. Pheroze finds it particularly satisfying to represent children. He considers it a personal honour to have acted for the family of an autistic boy against the Government of Ontario through 136 days of trial in the landmark case Deskin v HMQ (Indexed as Wynberg v HMQ). Pheroze’s experience enables him to provide capable trial representation to many individuals suffering from life changing injuries. In addition, Pheroze is a Board Member and current Treasurer at the Lynwood Charlton Centre, a charitable organization which provides a spectrum of mental health solutions for children and youth. Pheroze enjoys the outdoors. 

Pheroze serves on the Board Development Committee.

DR. R. MCCABE

Dr. Randi McCabe is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in the field as a clinician, researcher, educator, and healthcare leader. At St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Randi is a Clinical Director in the Mental Health and Addictions Program. She balances her clinical and administrative roles with her academic pursuits. Her research has focused on anxiety disorders and the development of novel cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions for a range of disorders. She is a published author of more than 100 research papers and has published several books.

At McMaster University, Randi served as Chair of the Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program in the Faculty of Health Sciences (2003–08), a post professional psychotherapy training program for health professionals. She helped found the Mentorship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in 2015, and currently serves as co-lead. She also teaches and supervises graduate students in the McMaster Research Clinical Training Stream of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience.

Randi lives in Hamilton with her husband and her two sons who both started in the Montessori Program at HSC at age three. Liam Harper-McCabe is now in Grade 9 and Brendan Harper-McCabe is in Grade 5.

Randi serves on the Board Development Committee.

Mrs. Christine Mills '94

Christine is a partner with SB Partners Chartered Accountants where she provides entrepreneurs with advice on corporate reporting, business structure, family succession and tax planning. Christine is also very involved in assisting not-for-profit organizations with their financial reporting obligations. She is currently involved with the audit committee for the Bay Area Health Trust. 

Before taking on her role at SB Partners, Christine spent more than 10 years with a national accounting firm where she worked with large multi-national public corporations.

Christine’s connection to HSC began during her time here as a student (class of ’94). She and her husband Warren (class of ’94) have two children who are currently in HSC’s Middle School. She and her family enjoy participating in local sports leagues and travelling as a family in the off-season. 

Christine serves on the Finance Committee.

MR. E. SCHAEFER ‘91

Mr. Erik Schaefer is a partner at McKinsey & Company in Toronto and a leader in their Recovery and Transformation service line. In this capacity he advises clients, and where necessary, assumes interim senior management roles to drive operational turnarounds on large-scale industrial assets. He focuses primarily on the metals and mining industry, but has also led numerous transformations in other sectors including pulp and paper, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and across functions spanning operations, sales, marketing, organization and purchasing. He recently spent two years in Asia Pacific as the Chief Transformation Officer and Deputy General Manager leading the distressed turnaround of one of the world’s largest precious metals mines.

Erik previously worked as a process design and project engineer at Sulzer Chemtech in Switzerland, Canada and Germany. There, he designed and commissioned large-scale fractional crystallization systems to ultra-purify chemicals and petrochemicals.

Erik is fluent in English, German and French and possesses basic, though rusty, conversational ability in Spanish. He holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA with High Distinction (George F. Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. He and his wife Amy (’93, nee Lazier) are both alumni of the College, and their daughters Martha and Audrey currently attend the Senior and Middle Schools.

Erik serves as HSC Board Ambassador for Alumni.

Mr. C. Sherman

Charlie is a corporate/commercial lawyer, practising at the Hamilton office of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, secured lending, debt and equity financings, and commercial contracts. He regularly acts for privately held domestic and multinational corporations in a range of sectors, and several of the region's most prominent institutions. He currently sits on the Hamilton Law Association’s Corporate Commercial Subcommittee, and has been a speaker at both Ontario Bar Association and Hamilton Law Association seminars.

Charlie graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from Dalhousie University and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Charlie is a third-generation HSC alumni (Class of 2003). He is a member of the HSC Alumni Association Executive Committee and is currently its Past President, having served as President from 2017 to 2019.

Charlie is a proud resident of the City of Hamilton, where he lives with his wife Alexandra Weaver (Class of 2002).

Charlie serves on the Board Development Committee.

Ms. S. Shi

Sonia Shi has spent more than 10 years in the Financial Services industry after changing her career direction from Engineering. Her focus in recent years has been on regulatory rules implementation and execution within Capital Markets or at enterprise level, and is currently a Senior Project Manager at RBC Global Risk Management. Previously she held senior business management positions at BMO Capital Markets, and worked within TD Securities and Scotia Global Banking and Markets areas.

Sonia is certified with PMP, ACP and SMC, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Science and Technology University, Beijing, and an MBA from McMaster University DeGroote School of Business. Beyond work life, Sonia is an active member of the community she lives in, volunteering her time and talent.

Sonia's family resides in Ancaster. Her two sons are recent HSC graduates as lifers who both began in the Montessori program at HSC! Sonia’s personal interests are mentoring and coaching young professionals; she believes in the power of knowledge sharing.

Sonia serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Mrs. S. Thomas-Weir '83

Shirley has a strong professional and personal alignment with the values of respect, compassion and confidence in the demonstration of excellence. As Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Health Care, Shirley brings more than 29 years of experience in Senior Care and Housing, providing financial, operational and strategic direction within Retirement Living and Long Term Care Homes. She believes it is a privilege and responsibility to create possibilities and choice in safe environments for people in all communities.
 
She is in her sixth year as a Director on the Board of the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) With experience on the Governance, Advocacy and Finance Committees. 

It is her privilege to be in her fourth year as a member of the Board of Governors at Hillfield Strathallan College. She is an Alumna of HSC and a Parent of Alumni. She has been a member of the Alumni Executive, Parents' Guild, and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She currently sits on the Finance Committee.
 
She actively participates within the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant, Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) sitting at various Quality and Strategic Planning tables.
Shirley is a member of Burlington’s Joseph Brant Hospital’s Campaign Cabinet, whose goal of raising 60M is becoming a reality, as they rebuild the current hospital.
She is honoured to be a part of igniting the possibility and building stronger communities as she is the current Co-Chair of the 2016/17 Campaign Cabinet of the United Way Burlington & Greater Hamilton.

She holds a BSc. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, a BA from McMaster University in Gerontology and is a Certified Long Term Care Home Administrator.
Shirley resides in Burlington with her husband Rob. Their two children are currently attending university. She encourages and supports youth participation in sports, wellness, giving back and paying it forward. Shirley is an avid sports fan and enjoys travel.

Shirley serves on the Finance, Nominating and Risk Management Committees.

Mr. M. Ayotte, Head of College

Marc has enjoyed his tenure as Head of College since arriving in July 2010. He continues to work with all stakeholders at HSC in further positioning HSC as the leading independent School in Canada with a transformed campus at its core.

Marc, his wife Kim, and their two children are enjoying being part of the HSC community and look forward to many years as members of the HSC family.

Marc is an ex officio (non-voting member) to all Committees of the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees.


Located in Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College is a Canadian independent, co-educational day school.
The academic program runs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12.

Hillfield Strathallan College | 299 Fennell Avenue West | Hamilton, ON L9C 1G3 | 905-389-1367