The Trafalgar Castle School Board of Directors is responsible for the school’s overall stewardship and governance, which includes overseeing the school’s financial affairs, policies and strategic direction, and appointment of the Head of School. A committed group of volunteers, board members are drawn from current and past parents, alumnae and external friends of the school. Board members also include the President of the Parents’ Guild.
Members are recruited for their specific skills and/or expertise, their alignment of values with the school, and a commitment to ensuring the school achieves its mission and vision.
The Board of Directors meets as a full Board at regularly scheduled meetings throughout the school year, and also conducts its business through the following committees that bring recommendations to the entire Board:
Finance and Property Committee
The Finance and Property Committee reviews the monthly financial results; annual budget; management processes and internal controls over financial reporting, compliance and operations; and meets with the external auditors to recommend approval of the audited annual financial statements. The Committee also recommends the appointment of the external auditors to the Board. It advises on financial strategies and reviews the school’s investments in compliance with the school’s investment policy. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board on matters dealing with the improvement, maintenance, and use of the property of the School.
Advising on matters relating to the Board’s governance, structure, policies and processes, the Governance Committee also identifies, assesses and recommends qualified individuals as nominees for appointment as directors. It develops recommendations regarding the experience, competencies, skills and personal qualities for potential directors, taking into account the Board’s short-term needs and long-term succession plans.
Board of Directors
Karen Gordon, Chair
A parent of a current Trafalgar student, Karen is Principal at Gordon Strategy Inc., a communications strategy firm. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2019, Karen has previously been Vice-Chair and is the Chair since 2021.
A parent of a current Trafalgar student, Sid is the Principal Product Manager for Devices at Amazon. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2021, and a non-Board Committee member since 2019, Sid currently sits on the Finance and Property Committee.
A friend of the Trafalgar community, Joanne is a journalist at Torstar Community Brands.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2020, Joanne currently sits on the Governance Committee and the Head’s Evaluation Committee.
A parent of two current Trafalgar students, Sean is Partner, National and Global Accounting Consulting Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2019, and a non-Board Committee member since 2018, Sean currently sits on the Finance and Property Committee as well as the Risk Management Committee.
A Trafalgar alumna from the class of 2008, Lesley is a civil litigation lawyer at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP.
Lesley has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2019 and is currently Chair of the Head's Evaluation Committee.
A parent of a current Trafalgar student, Shahid has also been a guardian for several former Trafalgar students. He is an Immigration Consultant at CD Alliance Inc.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Shahid currently sits on the Risk Management Committee.
A parent of a current Trafalgar student, Ewan is a Senior Technology Executive at Huron Consulting Group. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2021 and sits on the Head’s Evaluation Committee.
A parent of two Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2018 and 2019, Sean is a pediatrician at Kinderclinic Pediatric Office.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Sean is a strong advocate for independent girls’ schools and believes passionately that Trafalgar Castle is a wonderful place for girls to thrive and succeed. He currently sits on the Governance Committee.
A current parent of a Trafalgar student, David was a former Associate Portfolio Manager with a large Canadian financial services firm.
As a member of the Board of Directors since 2018, David currently sits on the Finance and Property Committee and is a member of the Trafalgar Castle School Foundation Board of Directors.
A parent of two current Trafalgar students, Simonetta is a lawyer at Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation. Simonetta has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2020 and is the Chair of the Alumnae Committee.
A parent of a current Trafalgar student and a Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2020, Dave is the Director of Operations at the Town of Ajax. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Dave currently sits on the Finance and Property Committee.
A Trafalgar alumna from the Class of 1987 and a parent of a Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2021, Seema is an Associate Partner at Ernst & Young LLP. Seema has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2019 and is Chair of the Risk Management Committee.