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 also serves on the Executive and Nominating Committees of the Board of Governors.

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 Mentorship Committee. Brianne and her wife Bianca live in Ancaster with their sons. Both HSC alumni, they look forward to carrying on the HSC tradition with their children. 

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

Dr. M. Doble

Dr. Martin Doble spent 15 years running a strategy consulting business based in London, UK but operating around the world. The business was then merged with Hatch, a global business of Canadian origin, which brought him to Canada. He is a board member for Hatch, responsible for strategy and development across the business and the globe. Martin previously ran the infrastructure, consulting and iron and steel business units for Hatch and managed regional businesses around the world. He has lived in the UK, India, Germany, the USA and Brazil, and undertaken assignments in over 60 countries around the world. He is a member of 14 boards of directors for Hatch around the world and a member of the pension committee.
Martin speaks fluent English, French and German. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Birmingham, and master and doctorate degrees in Philosophy from the University of Oxford.
Martin has been an HSC parent for 14 years. One son is an alumnus and currently in university, while his second son is in Senior School. Both of Martin's children have enjoyed the arts and athletic prgrams at HSC. 

Mr. A. Hammond '98

Andrew Hammond ’98 is the Senior Vice President, Enterprise Risk for the Royal Bank of Canada. In this role he is responsible for leading the strategic management of risk, including the definition and quantification of RBC’s risk appetite, ensuring financial resiliency, identification and management of emerging risk, measurement of credit risk and RBC’s risk framework and policy. He also has responsibility for risk data, program management and the administration of the Group Risk Management function. As a member of the Group Risk Management Operating Committee, Andrew contributes to the development of the overall strategy and direction of the group.

Andrew joined RBC in 2005. Most recently, he was Head, Global Credit and Cash Management in Wealth Management, where he lead a team of industry specialists who were accountable for the development of best-in-class credit and cash management products to support RBC’s wealth management businesses world-wide.

Before joining Wealth Management, Andrew worked in Group Risk Management where he provided oversight of all risks arising for our Wealth Management businesses in the Americas. Prior to that he provided risk support to RBC’s Corporate Banking and Global Markets platforms in both Toronto and London.

Andrew attended HSC from 1982 to 1998, where he met his wife Nora, and their twin sons are currently enrolled in the Montessori School.

Andrew also serves on the Risk Management Committee.

Mr. J. Tiong

James Tiong holds a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University, specialization in Management Information System, and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto. He also completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management Executive Program in Artificial Intelligence and is a certified Project Management Professional.

He has two academic publications to date and possess years of executive experience incorporate strategy development, operational management, and project implementation. James is currently an advisor for Harvard Business Review and board of director of Common Compass, a non-profit youth organization. He believes in empowering children to be confident about their abilities and taking actions to make the world a better place.

James’ son and daughter have been attending HSC since kindergarten and are currently in Montessori M9 and Grade 8. In his spare time, James enjoys running, travelling, listening to music, and spending time with his family.

Ms. A. Weaver '02

Alexandra (‘Alex’) Weaver is an Investment Advisor with Weaver Wealth Advisory Group, BMO Nesbitt Burns. Together with her team, Alex demonstrates to business owners and professionals how to keep more of their income and successfully grow and protect their wealth. As a trained lawyer, Alex is uniquely qualified to work with her team’s wealth planning consultants and experts, and coordinating with the trusted advisors of her clients to develop wealth plans that focus on estate, philanthropic, cash management and other specialized needs.

Alex obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Windsor, where she was awarded the Windsor Law Prize in Access to Justice. She practiced in Hamilton prior to joining Weaver Wealth Advisory Group as an Investment Advisor and Chartered Investment Manager.

Alex is a graduate of Hillfield Strathallan College (’02). She lives in Hamilton with her husband and fellow alumnus Charlie Sherman (’03) and their bulldog ‘Levi’.

Ms. K. Yates

Kathryn has spent the last 20 years as owner operator of Image Honda in Hamilton, an automotive dealership in the Queenston Automotive Group. She recently retired from daily operations but continues in a governance role on the Board of Directors. Kathryn also serves on the Board of Landlink, a private corporation engaged in commercial real estate.

Kathryn is an AMI CASA trained Montessori teacher. Prior to her involvement in the automotive industry Kathryn taught in an AMI Montessori School in Toronto. Kathryn's post-secondary education occurred at the University of Waterloo where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology.

Kathryn recently returned to education as a supply teacher in HSC's Montessori School. She is also a reading tutor for Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, a local non-profit organization focussed on improving the literacy skills of children in Grades 1 to 4.

Kathryn lives in Ancaster with her partner Rob and children, both of whom attend HSC. Graham is in the Senior School and Holly is in the Middle School. Kathryn enjoys participating in outdoor activities with her family such as hiking the Hamilton Conservation trails, skiing and spending time at their cottage.

Non-Voting Members

Mr. Marc Ayotte – Head of College
Ms. Liz Davidson – Director of Finance
Mr. Bruce Heagle ’76
Mrs. Sherri Morris – Parents' Guild Representative
Ms. Susan Owen ’85– Alumni Association Representative
Ms. Zahra Valani – Director of Advancement and Communications
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