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 Board of Governors


Great schools have great leaders. Members of Branksome Hall's Board of Governors include business and community leaders who are alumnae, current parents, or past parents. They set the strategic directions for the school and, in partnership with Principal Karen Jurjevich, they help ensure Branksome's financial well-being and overall success as the Board's vision and goals are met.

Members are elected at Branksome's Annual General Meeting each September. The Board holds monthly meetings during the academic year and special meetings as required. In addition to the three standing committees of Audit, Governance and Property, ad hoc committees form at the Board's discretion.


Board of Governors 2017–18

  Wayne Barwise, Chair
The father of two Branksome graduates, Wayne Barwise holds the position of Executive Vice President, Development, Cadillac Fairview, and has 25 years of experience in real estate development and asset management. He holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard's Real Estate Academic Initiative. He has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2009.

  Karen L. Jurjevich, Principal
In 1998, Karen L. Jurjevich became the Principal of Branksome Hall, serving as both the educational leader and chief executive officer. She brought the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program to the school in 2001, making Branksome the first Toronto girls' school to implement this renowned program.

  Shelby AUSTIN'99
Ms Austin is the National Innovation and Growth Leader for Deloitte's Financial Advisory Practice and leads their Legal Project Solutions. She was the founder of Toronto's ATD Legal Services, named one of Canada's Hot 50 companies by Profit Magazine. The author of the 2015 release, A Practical Guide to eDiscovery in Canada, Ms Austin has published a variety of articles in the areas of e-discovery and legal outsourcing.

  Charles Brindamour
The father of two Branksome students, Charles Brindamour is the Chief Executive Officer of Intact Financial Corporation. He is also a member of the Campaign Cabinet of CHU Sainte-Justine and a past member of the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Greater Toronto.

  Jean Cloutier
The father of a current Branksome student and an alumna, Jean Cloutier joined the Board of Governors in 2011. Jean is the Vice President, International Operations at Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. He received his bachelor's degree in actuarial sciences from Laval University and is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, as well as a member of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

  Karen CORDES Woods'99
Karen is the Director of Global Transaction Banking at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets (GBM). Karen has worked with Scotiabank for over 14 years in various roles, including Client Relationship Management and Financial Markets Economist. She holds a Master of Economics from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics from the University of King's College in Halifax. Karen lives in Toronto with her husband and their two daughters.

  Harry Culham
The father of two Branksome students Harry Culham is the Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head of Capital Markets at CIBC. He is Chair and CEO of CIBC World Markets Inc., and is a member of CIBC's Executive Committee. Harry also chairs the CIBC Children's Foundation, is a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Sauder School of Business the Women in Capital Markets Advisory Council. In addition, Harry is a Board Member at Mount Sinai Hospital.

  Sasha DARLING'87
Sasha is a Senior Wealth Advisor at Scotia Wealth Management with over 20 years of experience. A long-time resident of Toronto, Sasha is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She cares deeply about her community and was recently appointed as the first female member of the 48th Highlanders Senate. Sasha has served on an internal advisory group to the Inclusion Council at Scotiabank. She is the mother of a current Branksome student.

  Peter Enns
Peter Enns has served as head of the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) for Asia Pacific Ex-Japan since 2010. In 2015, he will assume the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs Canada. The father of one Branksome student and one alumna, Mr. Enns earned an Honours BA in Business from Western University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  Donald Guloien
The father of a Branksome Hall Senior School student, Donald Guloien is President and CEO of Manulife Financial Corporation. A 33-year company veteran, he is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Company's Executive Committee. He is also actively involved with the Campaign Cabinet for the Rotman School of Management.

  Kate HILTON'91
Bestselling author of The Hole in the Middle, Ms Hilton most recently held the position of Assistant Dean of Advancement at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law before pursuing her writing career. She holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University. Ms Hilton is involved in several community organizations, including the Board of the Writers' Trust of Canada.

  Eva Lau
The mother of two Branksome students, Eva is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, a company that invests in early-stage internet companies. Prior to that, Eva was the Head of Community at Wattpad, a global multi-platform entertainment company. She holds an MBA from Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. Eva also serves as an Associate at Creative Destruction Lab in Rotman School of Business.

  Douglas Marshall
Douglas Marshall is a partner with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt law firm, a works as a senior partner and co-chair of the firm's corporate practice group. The parent of one Branksome student and one alumna, he joined the Board in 2012. He has served as a volunteer for the Sick Kids' Foundation and as a member of the Securities Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission.

  Duncan Osborne
The father of two Branksome students, Duncan Osborne is Executive Vice President, Investments at Cadillac Fairview. Prior to joining Cadillac Fairview in 2011, he was a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Duncan holds a M.Fin. from Queen's University, an LL.B from Western University and a B.Sc from Trent University. Duncan joined the Board of Governors in 2017 and has been a member of the Property Committee since 2015.

  Ali Salahuddin
Ali Salahuddin is the Senior Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Absolute Return at Manulife Asset Management. He previously held the position of Managing Director and Head of Global Equity-Linked Products at RBC Capital Markets. His career includes trading positions at Bank of Nova Scotia, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Citibank. The father of three Branksome students, he joined the Board in 2012.

  Peter D. Senst
Peter Senst, parent of a Branksome student, is the President, Canadian Capital Markets of CBRE Limited, heading their National Investment Team in Toronto. He is a member of CBRE's Global Capital Advisory Team, their Canadian Board of Directors, Executive Management Committee and Canadian Executive Council. He joined the Branksome Board in 2015.

  Patti Shugart
Named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network, Patti Shugart is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking and Global Credit at RBC Capital Markets. Ms Shugart is a member of United Way's Leadership Cabinet and chairs the Women in Capital Markets' Strategic Advisory Council. She earned her MBA from the University of Toronto (Rotman) and her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen's University.

  Jacqueline SZETO-Meiers'87
Jacqueline Szeto-Meiers'87 is Vice-President Investment Programs at Canso Investment Counsel Ltd joined the Board in 2012. Previously She worked at TD Securities in Institutional Fixed Income Sales. She is also the CEO and President of Gone Shopping. She served as board member and former president of Women in Capital Markets. She has one daughter in Grade 6 at Branksome Hall.

  Lisa Waddell
Lisa Waddell has worked for several award-winning architecture firms, including Timothy Hatton in London, England, as well as Kohn-Shnier. Recently, she formed W312 design and has been working with several architects, interior designers and landscape architects, on diverse design projects. The parent of one Branksome Hall student, she joined the Board in 2012.

  Sarah DINNICK Webster'83
The mother of a Branksome Hall alumna, Sarah is a photographer, graphic designer and founding partner of the design firm Dinnick & Howells. She is an active member of Canada's arts community and sits on various boards, including the CONTACT Photography Festival Board. Sarah attended McGill University, The Pratt Institute and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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