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Board of Governors

The HSC Board of Governors is pleased to open the nominations process for the 2015-16 school year. We are looking for three candidates to help steer HSC into the next phase of our development as Canada's top independent school.

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Board Members 2015-2016

Honourary Life Members
Mr. C. D. Campbell
Mr. G. W. DeGroote ’74
Mr. D. E. Heagle



  Chair, Board of Governors: Ms. A. Ventresca

Ms. Anna Ventresca served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Nortel. Prior to Nortel, she was in-house counsel with Philip Services. She was admitted to the Bar in 1994, following degrees from Western University and McMaster University, and has practiced almost exclusively as in-house counsel with multi-national, public companies. Anna has practiced extensively in the areas of Canadian and U.S. securities laws, corporate governance, corporate communications, investor relations, finance and treasury as well as insolvency and crisis management. In 2014, she completed the ICD’s Director Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, Toronto. Anna is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Mohawk College and Hamilton Health Sciences.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Anna continues to make Hamilton home with her two sons, Matthew and Aidan Tutty, both students at HSC.

Anna serves on the HSC Executive, Finance, Audit and Nominating Committees.


Vice Chair: Mr. M. Hamilton

Mr. Mike Hamilton is an award-winning executive and public sector board member with over 25 years of experience in Canadian health care, with a focus on medical devices and human biologics.

As Business Director of Prolacta Bioscience’s Canadian business, Mike is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of the company’s expansion into Canada.  Prolacta is a privately-held life sciences company that develops clinically proven, high-value products derived from human milk that are designed to meet the needs of extremely premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Prior to joining Prolacta, Mike was Principal at MIROHA Inc., a small consulting company dedicated to assisting health care companies as they entered the Canadian market.  Mike also spent over twenty years with Baxter Canada, the last ten of those in executive-level marketing and sales leadership positions.  Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Western University, as well as an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Mike lives in Carlisle with his wife Angela and daughter Holly, who attends Hillfield Strathallan College.  His eldest daughter Mackenzie ’14 is a recent HSC graduate attending McGill University.  He is a member of Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood, and enjoys travelling, cycling and canoe tripping whenever he has the opportunity.

Mike serves on the HSC Executive, Finance, Audit and Nominating Committees.


Corporation Secretary and Chair, Board Development Committee: Dr. A. Sekuler

Dr. Allison Sekuler (BA, Mathematics and Psychology, Pomona College, 1986; PhD, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1991) is McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies, and a Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour.

At McMaster University, Dr. Sekuler developed initiatives to support and enhance graduate student life and research training, spearheaded the development of undergraduate research initiatives, created programs for Postdoctoral Research Fellows, and facilitated the development of innovative international and interdisciplinary partnerships and programs for research and graduate studies. She serves on the Executive Boards for both the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies and the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

Dr. Sekuler’s research focuses on vision science, cognitive neuroscience, aging, learning, and neural plasticity.
She has won numerous national and international awards for research, teaching and leadership, including serving as one of Canada’s first Canada Research Chairs. She also is deeply committed to knowledge translation, playing a leadership role in public science outreach. She is a frequent public lecturer and commentator on scientific, research, and educational issues in the national and international media. She co-founded several public outreach programs, including the McMaster-Spectator partnership: Science in the City lecture series. Most recently, Dr. Sekuler served on the founding national steering committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada, where she currently serves on the Research Advisory Board.

Allison lives in Hamilton with her husband, Dr. Patrick Bennett, and their two children: Ryan (HSC Grade 12) and Aidan (HSC Grade 8).

Allison is the Chair of the HSC Board Development Committee, and serves on the Executive and Nominating Committees.


Chair, Finance Committee: Mr. A. Beraldo

Until the sale of their family-owned business to United Rentals (the world’s largest equipment rental company) in 2011, Mr. Alvi Beraldo was Chief Financial Officer of The Venetor Group of companies, founded in 1975 and formerly Canada’s largest independently owned equipment rental provider. Prior to joining the family business in 1993, Mr. Beraldo held progressively responsible positions in Commercial Banking and Risk Management with Barclay’s Bank of Canada and CIBC.  

Alvi earned a BA in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Commerce (HBA) from University of Windsor.

Alvi and wife, Rosa, have three children attending HSC.

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


Chair, Board of Trustees: Mr. A. Kain

Mr. Andrew Kain is a lawyer by profession and currently operates his own consulting firm providing business start-up, financial, and advisory services to private clients.

From July 1995 to February 2010, Andrew 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, Mr. Kain was employed as an Associate in the Tax Department at Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto.  Andrew has extensive experience in corporate commercial matters and advising corporate boards. He has held numerous private company directorships.

Andrew 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. Andrew Kain is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bermuda Bar Association.

Andrew 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 Development Hockey Program.

Andrew and his wife Ruth have two children at HSC and two children who are HSC alumni.

Andrew is actively involved in community youth athletics. He currently coaches hockey and soccer in the Flamborough area and he is Vice President and a Director of the Flamborough Girls’ Hockey Association.  Andrew is also an avid cyclist.

Andrew serves on the HSC Executive and Nominating Committees.


Dr. M. Anvari

Dr. Mehran Anvari is a tenured professor of surgery at McMaster University, specializing in minimal access techniques, at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  Dr. Anvari was one of the first surgeons in Canada to use robotics in surgery, and established the world’s first telerobotic surgical service. His body of work has been internationally recognized and acknowledged.

Dr. Anvari is the Clinical Lead and Chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network and in 2004 was appointed the Chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Innovation at McMaster.  Dr. Anvari is the Scientific Director and CEO of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (Csii) and the Founding Director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS). Both organizations support, develop and promote minimal access techniques and robotics applications. Time Magazine has touted the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) as “sculpting the next frontier of medicine.”

As a researcher, supervisor, mentor and advisor, Dr. Anvari has a continued commitment to teaching and education. In 2005, he became the Founding Director of the McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education.  Dr. Anvari has authored over 150 publications, holds seven patents for various surgical robotics, systems and devices, and is the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery. With a strong presence in the research environment, Dr. Anvari is the principle investigator of numerous clinical trials related to obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, as well as the testing and implementation of surgical devices, platforms, techniques, and surgical robotics.

Dr. Anvari consistently uses his research findings to improve patient care, and has been honoured numerous times for his work and innovation. In 2009, Dr. Anvari was chosen as the McMaster Innovator of the Year. In 2010, he was awarded the ORION Leadership Award for his work in minimal access surgery, telerobotic surgery, telementoring, and innovation and research.  Dr. Anvari’s work with telerobotics has also been recognized by the Government of Canada with the presentation of the “Gold Medal of Distinction”, and by the Ontario Government with the “Diamond Award for Innovation in Technology.”

Mehran serves on the HSC Board Development 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 Assurance Manager 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 Alumni Executive, and previously held a position as the Alumni Conference Chair. 

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 serves on the HSC Finance Committee.


Dr. N. Bontis

Dr. Nick Bontis is an award-winning professor at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He was recently recognized as a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country. He has won over a dozen teaching awards and is the only faculty member to simultaneously hold outstanding teacher and researcher of the year honours.

He received his PhD and HBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He is a widely-cited author of hundreds of articles and several books related to strategic management, intellectual capital and knowledge management. He currently owns a consulting firm in Ancaster, and a software company in Vancouver. He is on the Executive Board of Harvest Portfolios, an investment fund company in Oakville. Nick is also recognized as one of Canada’s top professional keynote speakers (  In 2012, Nick was appointed Chair of the United Way Campaign of Hamilton and Director for the Canadian Soccer Association.

Within the local community, Nick is a dedicated volunteer coach in soccer and basketball. His volunteerism was nationally recognized when he was selected as a 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Torchbearer. Hamilton Magazine recognized him as one of the top 25 most influential people in the city. He also donates his expertise on his weekly show Bontis on Business on CHCH TV and writes a column for The Hamilton Spectator. Nick is married to Stacy and they have three children who are current HSC “Lifers” (Charlie, Dino and Tia Maria).

Nick serves on the HSC Board Development Committee.


Mr. M. Branch ’99

Mr. Mike Branch is CEO of Inovex Inc., a company he founded in 2003, the year of his graduation from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Computer Engineering. Inovex architects and develops enterprise web and mobile software applications, with a focus on the healthcare, energy, and environmental sectors. Under his leadership, Inovex grew from a one-person operation to a successful company that provides software solutions to a wide range of customers – from municipal government to national healthcare organizations. 

In 2013, Inovex spun off a brand new entity (Maps BI), as it launched its first software as a service product that provides organizations with visual intelligence into their data in the form of real-time interactive dashboards + analytics. Maps BI earned two Silver Stevie® Awards in the 2013 International Business Awards for Best New Software Product and Best Software Design, and the 2014 Geo Award at the Cloud Innovation World Cup in London, UK.  

Most recently, Mike also served as president of the University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association from 2011-2013, president of the Hillfield Strathallan College Alumni Association (2013-2015), and Chair of the Board for Streetwise Actors (2013-2015) – a charity that allows young people to participate in creative drama and showcase their talents by performing in retirement homes and long-term care facilities. 

In his spare time, Mike enjoys acting, skiing, travelling, and spending time with his wife Carrie (and they are both looking forward to welcoming their first-born to the world in October). 

Mike serves on the HSC Board Development Committee.


Mr. P. Jeejeebhoy

Mr. Pheroze Jeejeebhoy is the proud father of three children (two current HSC students and one HSC alumnus) 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 as HSC Board Ambassador for Parents.


Mr. G. Reiner ’04

Mr. Geoff Reiner ’04 has always had a passion for entrepreneurship. After obtaining corporate experience from Toyota Canada and Xerox Canada, Geoff co-founded a consulting business, Persistus Strategies. At Persistus, Geoff and his team work with business owners to help them develop and implement strategy.  Additionally, they work directly with sales teams to reframe objections, enhance sales skills and close new business.

Through Geoff’s consulting, an opportunity was created to work in collaboration with Crystal Wealth, a Burlington based portfolio management firm. Crystal Wealth is known for providing investors with a diverse range of investment opportunities anchored by their own proprietary and unique Alternative Investment Income Strategies.  Geoff has adopted this unique approach to help his clients build wealth through sustainable yet simple investment strategies. 

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 as HSC Board Ambassador for Alumni.


Ms. S. Shi

Ms. Sonia Shi has a MBA from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Science & Technology University, Beijing.  Currently, Sonia works in the Regulatory Initiatives Group, Scotia Global Banking and Markets after moving from Scotia Executive Office Finance for Capital Management.  Prior, she was at BMO Capitial Markets for Operations and Strategy. All are quite different from her engineering experience. Also, Sonia has volunteered on the HSC Parents’ Guild as Tuition Raffle Chair.

Sonia resides in Ancaster with her husband, Ronald, and their two boys, Patrick and Michael, both students at HSC Senior School. It all began with Montessori Rabbit class M2.5!  

Her personal interests are mentoring and coaching young professionals; managing Patrick and Michael’s busy activities and being a proud cheerleader for their achievements. In her "copious" free time, Sonia would enjoy reading, gardening, or trying her best to chase that little pink ball in a golf course (still to prove she can be the worst).

Sonia serves on the HSC Finance Committee.


Mrs. S. Thomas-Weir '83

Mrs. Shirley Thomas-Weir has a strong professional and personal alignment with the Mission, Vision and Values of HSC. She believes in nurturing the whole person, and bettering the world around us. She is committed to the values of compassion, respect and confidence in the demonstration of excellence.

As Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Health Care, Shirley brings more than 26 years of experience in Senior Care and Housing, providing operational, financial and strategic direction within Retirement Living and Long Term Care.

She believes it is a privilege and responsibility to create possibilities and choice in safe environments for those whose care is entrusted to us.

Shirley serves as HSC Board Ambassador for Alumni.


Mr. G. Tierney

Mr. Geoff Tierney is McMaster's University's Counsel and Director, Employee/Labour Relations within the University's Office of Legal Services and Human Resources Services. 

Geoff is the University's senior legal counsel and is responsible for the legal, employee/labour relations, collective bargaining and compensation portfolios at the University.He holds an honours Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Toronto, specializing in cognitive science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University.  Geoff was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.

Prior to joining McMaster University in 2005, Geoff practiced law in Toronto at the firm of Baker & McKenzie, specializing in employment, labour and human rights law.

Geoff lives in Ancaster with his spouse Kris, and children William (HSC Grade 4), Henry (HSC Grade 2) and Theresa (future HSC attendee).

Geoff serves on the HSC Board Development Committee and is the HSC Board Ambassador for Parents.


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 HSC Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees.


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