Our Board of Trustees

TMS has a committed and diverse Board of Trustees made up of volunteers who are all either current or former TMS parents. The Board’s mandate is to ensure the successful fulfilment of TMS’s financial and legal responsibilities. The Board is also actively engaged with the school Leadership Team in the strategic planning process, providing input and support every five years.

The Board is responsible for the selection, support and evaluation of the Head of School who is charged with ensuring the successful operation of the School including management, personnel and programmatic issues. As a consequence, the operation of the School is the responsibility of the Head of School, Andrew Cross who, with the support of the Leadership Team, oversees the daily operation, sets the pedagogical direction and implements TMS Board policies.

The Board has a number of committees consisting of Trustees who facilitate the work that is carried out on behalf of the school community. The on-going standing committees of the Board are:

  • Finance Committee
  • Governance and Nominating Committee
  • Head’s Support and Evaluation Committee

When there are significant school construction projects, there is a Construction Committee with Board of Trustees representation.

Every four years there is a Strategic Planning Committee with Board of Trustees representation.

Deborah McMillan (Chair)

Deborah McMillan is Chair of the TMS Board of Trustees, a member of the TMS Finance Committee (a committee of the Board of Trustees), and member of the TMS Pension Committee.  In addition to being a TMS parent since 2007, Deborah is the Founder and CEO of Knowledge Makes Cents, a financial literacy academy for children.  Deborah brings a wealth of experience in the financial sector, as well as experience supporting a number of community non-profits as a volunteer.  Deborah graduated from Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo and worked as a pension plan actuary for almost 25 years. Her daughter was in the TMS graduating class of 2021.

Joseph Bishay

Joseph Bishay is a seasoned educator with a rich background in science and technology.  A licensed Ontario Certified Teacher, Joseph has an extensive career in teaching K-12, having worked in both public and private schools.  Currently, he is a professor at Seneca’s School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry and a lecturer at Tyndale University.  His teaching expertise spans various subjects, including microbiology, molecular genetics, cell biology, and general chemistry.  Additionally, he is a professor in Tyndale’s Bachelor of Education program, where he specializes in preparing future high school science teachers by imparting effective teaching methodologies to ensure they are well-equipped to deliver rigorous and engaging science instruction.  Beyond the classroom, Joseph is committed to advancing education as he serves on the Board of Directors for the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario and as a judge at the annual York Region Science and Technology Fair.

Gary Chow

Gary has served in Senior IT Executive role at leading wealth management firms. His career highlights include pivotal contributions to launching a Charter 1 bank, where he established robust IT infrastructure and operational frameworks. Throughout, he has focused on securing and streamlining IT operations, optimizing business processes, and driving transformative solutions. With the latest technological advancements, Gary is eager about aiding TMS in identifying secure avenues to capitalize on these changes. Gary has a daughter currently attending the Lower School.

Angela Groza

Angela is a certified accountant with over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance.  For the last 15 years, she has been working in the retirement and long-term care industry. Angela became an active member of the TMS Financial Committee in 2017 (finding many similarities between the retirement/long-term care industry and managing an independent school).  In the professional world she is fascinated about the use of technology and its application in financial systems which enables day-to-day operations to become more efficient. 

In her personal life, she enjoys travelling, attending live theater, and entertaining friends and family.  Angela is the proud parent of a TMS Graduate (who graduated in 2019). She was a parent ambassador and was involved in different volunteer roles with TMS over a period of 12 years.

Rishi Kapur

Rishi Kapur is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance Committee (a sub-committee of the Board of Trustees). In addition to being a TMS parent since 2013, Rishi is the CFO of the Global Wealth and Asset Management Business of Manulife. Rishi leads all financial accounting, management reporting, planning, forecasting and analysis, and internal controls for the global business. Rishi also leads the strategy team, aligning the strategy resources across the business to build a cohesive vision for the organization. Prior to Manulife, Rishi worked in various parts of the financial services industry across Asia, Europe and North America, working in finance, risk, business development and strategy roles. Rishi is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and Certified Financial Analyst (CFA).

Kyle Kotack

Kyle is a familiar face within Canadian advertising and charitable circles. As the President of Skylar Media Group, a powerhouse integrated digital agency, Kyle leads a formidable team known for building data-driven and award-winning strategic, creative and digital solutions for forward-thinking clients in a variety of sectors such as energy, land development, food/beverage and NFP on an international scale. Kyle prides himself as a connector of organizational leaders where he can identify positive potential impact, and he continues to prioritize the development of content meant to make our digital experiences better, safer, and more inclusive. Kyle is a TMS Alumnus, and a current TMS parent.

Denise Luckie

Denise is qualified as a Corporate Commercial Lawyer who has specialized in general corporate and commercial law and securities law with a focus on mining and exploration. She practiced with a prominent international law firm in the UK as a corporate and commercial solicitor, focusing primarily on take-over bids, mergers and acquisitions, reverse take-overs and corporate governance, and providing general advice on directors' duties and responsibilities before joining a prominent law firm, Hennan Blaikie LLP located in Toronto where she practiced securities law in the mining group. In her current role, Denise has switched focus and now heads up the Compliance and PMO Department for a prominent international organization.  She has also recently been nominated for the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women - 2022.  Denise and her husband Nigel have a son at TMS.

Laveena Munshi

Laveena Munshi and her husband, Anand Doobay, have had two children at TMS since 2016. Laveena is an Assistant Professor, Critical Care Physician, and Clinician Investigator at Sinai Health System/University Health Network in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the co-founder of the Critical Care Oncologic Investigative Network – an initiative established to improve quality of care of critically Ill patients with cancer. Her research spans the areas of acute respiratory failure, critical care of patients with cancer and COVID-19. She previously sat on the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. 

Jayson Rainone

Jayson has extensive experience in both the Financial Services and Professional Services industries and looks to bring his successes and learnings to the TMS Board.  Jayson currently heads up Workforce Management for PwC Canada, where the team provides resourcing, workforce planning and people insights for its client-facing lines of service.  Prior to PwC Canada, Jayson built successful transformation practices at BDO, RBC, and was part of a cross-industry consortium that modernized the Canadian payments infrastructure.

Jayson's passion is making an impact on both organizations as a whole and on individual people which has led him to the TMS Board. He has a keen interest in the Future of Work and believes strongly that the TMS students of today will be our leaders of tomorrow, through the acquired skills and experiences they have received as part of the TMS community. Jayson is the proud parent of his daughter, a current student at the TMS Upper School.

Monika Samant

Monika joined the TMS Board of Trustees in 2019.  She currently leads Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Adult Crisis Team, specializing in providing crisis intervention and mental health services.  Monika volunteers for York Region’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team providing debriefing services to 911 responders. With expertise in mental health and crisis management, Monika sought to contribute to the TMS community which she and her family have belonged to since 2002. Both her sons joined TMS from the Toddler House program with the eldest now a TMS Alumnus.

Cookie (Siyuan) Wu

Cookie is a CPA, CA, and LPA, and serves as a partner at Klasner, Solomon and Partners LLP. With over 10 years of experience in public accounting, she brings extensive expertise in accounting, business consulting, and strategic tax planning. In her role leading the audit team, she collaborates closely with non-profit organizations, fostering a deep understanding and a wealth of knowledge in their operations and intricacies.

As a TMS parent since 2016 (her son joined at a toddler age), Cookie maintains an active involvement within the community. In December 2023, she furthered her commitment by joining the TMS Board of Trustees, aiming to contribute to the continued support and development of the school.