Board of Governors

Lori O’Neill – Chair of the Board

Lori is a corporate director and financial consultant for growth companies, after completing 24 years of service in a global accounting firm as a partner with various local and national leadership roles. Lori currently serves as a board member for Constellation Software Inc., Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Pythian Group, Ottawa Hydro, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and as an advisory board member for the Dean of the Sprott School of Business as well as several other roles and community activities. Lori previously served as a board member and audit committee chair for a federal crown corporation, a global publicly-traded technology company, and a national non-profit organization. Lori obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Highest Honours) in 1988, achieved her CPA, CA designation (Ontario Honour Roll) in 1990, completed her U.S. CPA designation in 2003 and completed the ICD.D designation in 2012. In 2017, Lori was recognized by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario as a Fellow, the highest distinction of the profession. Lori and her husband Tim are proud parents of two Ashbury graduates. Matt (’14) is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, and Katie (’17) is currently studying Commerce at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.

Terry Blake – Vice Chair of the Board

Terry is a retired finance professional now involved in various governance, leadership and education initiatives. Terry spent over 20 years as a Chief Financial Officer for subsidiaries of multinational financial services companies working in Canada, New York, Paris, Bangkok and Hanoi, often involved in starting up subsidiary operations and turning around businesses in crisis. In these positions Terry worked for American Express, CitiBank, Assurances Generales de France and MBNA Bank. Terry serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including Shepherds of Good Hope and School of The Photographic Arts Ottawa (Chair) as well as having served as Chair of 1in 6 Canada. In addition, he provides leadership mentoring to young executives in the private and public sectors. Terry received his Chartered Director Designation in 2016. Terry graduated from the University of Windsor in Commerce and subsequently also qualified as a Certified General Accountant.

Richard Dixon – Past Chair of the Board

Richard Dixon is a retired Human Resources and Labour Relations executive who has held senior roles at NAV Canada, CN Rail and Unisource Canada. Richard has also served as Chair of the Federally Related Employers- Transportation and Communications (FETCO) and has sat on the first Workforce Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He has completed his term on the Board of Peer Support Accreditation and Certification of Canada and currently serves on the Newfoundland Teachers Pension Plan Corporation Board of Directors. Richard has also served at an adjunct professor the Master of Industrial Relations program at Queen’s University. He has received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2017. Richard holds a master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from King’s University College at Western University. His daughter Micaela, graduated from Ashbury in 2013.

Andie Andreou

Andie is the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). Prior to joining CATSA in May 2015, Ms. Andreou was the Executive Director and Corporate Controller of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has also worked with a wide range of both public sector entities and public companies during her tenure at Deloitte, where she reached the rank of Partner. She is a member of the CPA Canada’s Public Sector Accounting Board Revenue Task Force and is on the Board of FEI Canada’s Ottawa Chapter.

Suzanne Blanchard

Suzanne Blanchard is the Vice-President (Students and Enrolment) and University Registrar at Carleton University. In this position, Suzanne is responsible for overseeing Carleton University’s comprehensive range of academic and personal support services for students through the application process, over the course of their university experience and after they have graduated. She has a proven track record in managing and leading student-centred services as well as the knowledge, skills and experience to lead the Students and Enrolment portfolio in providing an exceptional student experience for Carleton University students.

Suzanne’s accomplishments include the establishment of Carleton University’s Student Mental Health Framework which won first prize in the national category of the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CUABO) 2011 Quality and Productivity Awards, an extensive review of Carleton University’s advising services leading to the creation of new programs and services tied to student success and retention, the implementation of a broad student communications benchmarking initiative including innovative social media practices and most recently, leading a university-wide committee on the undergraduate student experience that has led to a number of important recommendations to improve student success.

Suzanne graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons). She has worked in the field of post-secondary education since the late 1980s in a variety of positions including at the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, La Cité collégiale and with Carleton University initially as Director, Admission Services, then as the University Registrar and Associate Vice President (Students and Enrolment).

Pierre Boulet

At 19 years old, Pierre moved from Ottawa to Florida where he worked different jobs until he founded South East Installation Railing Company. He oversaw his multiple projects from California to Florida. 

Today, Pierre is currently President and Chief Operations Officer of The Boulet Group of companies developing some of the most innovative and exciting real estate projects in the National Capital Region. 

He also takes pride in its support of local community organizations and has been involved in a multitude of Charities, including past President of the Mathieu Froment Foundation and the Alzheimer Society of Outaouais. He has been an active participant in fundraisers for the Aylmer Food Centre, The Breakfast Club, CSSS (Integrated Health and Social Services) and United Way.

Pierre is a member of the Ashbury College Property and Building Committee. He is married and has a son in Grade 11, and a son who graduated from Ashbury in 2018.

Dr. Benjamin Chow

Dr. Chow is a cardiologist and the Director of Cardiac Imaging at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is a Professor in Medicine (Cardiology) and has been recognized for his contributions to clinical cardiology, education, and research. Dr Chow was awarded the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine Young Professor Award in 2006. In 2011, Dr Chow was awarded the 'University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine - Award of Distinction and Service'. This award recognizes faculty who have "distinguished themselves in their work, have made exemplary contributions through their work at the Faculty, whose work has greatly enhanced the Faculty's image and who have gone beyond the "call of duty" or their job description". Ben and Nancy have a daughter at Ashbury, Alyssa ’19 and their son Jonathan graduated in 2016. 

Richard Emmerson

Richard grew up in Ottawa and attended Queen’s University (BA Hons ’80, LL.B. ’83). After working as a corporate commercial lawyer on Bay Street in Toronto, Richard spent five years practicing with a leading law firm in Seoul Korea. He spent the next 20 years with SSEK Legal Consultants in Jakarta representing multinationals carrying on business in Indonesia.

He is the President of Emmerson Consulting based in Ottawa which provides various supporting services to the lawyers of SSEK, and business consulting services to clients seeking to explore trade and investment opportunities between Canada and Indonesia. For 18 years, Richard has served as a Director of the Indonesia-Canada Chamber of Commerce including one term as Vice-President, and now serves as its representative in Ottawa.

He represented the largest international school in Jakarta, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Indonesia, Trisakti University and Gadjah Mada University law schools.

Amongst his pro bono projects, Richard established Yayasan Emmanuel in 2000 which is a charitable foundation focused on education, homes and community services including food rescue and health services for 5,000+ children at any given time from scavenger communities in the Jakarta-Bogor area. He also established Yayasan Hidung Merah (Red Nose Foundation) in 2008 which provides a community centre organized around training in performing arts as well as funding for school and informal training to 280 children in a poor area of North Jakarta. 

Dr. Melissa Forgie

Dr. Forgie is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s medical school and has Royal College specializations in Internal Medicine and in Hematology. She has a fellowship in Thromboembolic Disorders and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology, and is a clinician investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She is a Professor of Medicine. Before her position as Vice-Dean, Dr. Forgie was Assistant Dean, Student Affairs as well as Co-Chair of the Association of Faculties of Medicine National for Student Affairs. She was previously Residency Program Director for the University of Ottawa's Hematology Training Program. 

Her clinical practice specializes in thromboembolic diseases.

In her capacity as Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, she has received recognition for her advocacy for and assessment of the learning environment. She has recently developed a program for social accountability for the MD program, which encompasses humanities, community service learning, global health, leadership and social determinants of health sub programs.

She has publications in a wide array of prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Nature and continues to publish in her area of clinical expertise. She is an active investigator in a number of both peer reviewed and industry funded clinical trials.
She is an invited member of the International Women’s Forum, which features women world leaders who have broken through barriers and achieved recognition for their leadership. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in January 2015.

Dr. Forgie has received several teaching awards and teaches in both the Anglophone and Francophone streams of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program. She has also received numerous patient care awards and is a 2009 recipient of the Ottawa Hospital Physician Recognition Award. She is currently one of the most highly awarded physicians at The Ottawa Hospital. Her children graduated from Ashbury in 2014 and 2016.

Zahra Jadavji

Zahra Jadavji is a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 20 years progressive experience in various leadership roles. At PwC, she is responsible for the successful delivery of consulting services and providing oversight to large-scale, complex, business transformation engagements involving the integration and implementation of technology and information systems.
Zahra holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, in addition to several industry-recognized professional accreditations. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across Canada.

Zahra has a longstanding history of community involvement that includes taking on causes such as youth development, health and social programs for seniors and various women’s leadership initiatives.  She was the past Vice Convener of the World Partnership Walk Ottawa and currently serves as the founding lead of the PwC National Capital Region Women’s Network; Honorary Secretary for the Aga Khan Council for Ottawa; and member of the Information Technology Association of Canada.

Zahra and her husband Altaf have a son, Naeem, who is currently in Grade 7 at Ashbury.

Bobby Kelly ’09

Bobby is a senior public affairs consultant for Hill and Knowlton, a global strategic communications agency. Having spent several years conducting public engagement and local outreach in the energy sector, Bobby supports a wide range of clients in regulated industries. He provides advice and counsel on federal government outreach and develops strategies to accomplish objectives on issues from trade to transport to fisheries and domestic social policy. Bobby has provided pro bono communications support to the 2016 One Young World Summit and the 2017 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. In the past year, while working for Indigenous organizations and First Nations clients, Bobby has helped secure federal funding to address child and family welfare and northern housing needs. A graduate of McGill University, Bobby holds a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Bobby is a proud Ashbury alumnus and lifer. While at Ashbury, Bobby was an editor of The Blazer and represented the school on Team Canada at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships in 2008. He served as School Captain in his graduating year and is excited to have an opportunity to give back to the Ashbury community.

Cathy McLean

Cathy McLean’s career as a management consultant has focused on strategic planning, results-based management and program evaluation in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She has a MPA from Carleton University and BA in Political Science from Bishop’s University. She began her career as an Audit Manager with the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton, leading numerous comprehensive audits of various municipal services. Moving into the private sector in 1994, she has played an integral role in over 70 evaluations of federal programs in areas such science, infrastructure, employment and economic development. In 2013, she completed Institute of Corporate Directors Governance Essentials for Not-for-Profits certification program.

Cathy has been an active member of the Board of Governors, serving as Chair of the Enrolment and Communications, Junior School Sustainability Task Force and Long Range Planning Committees.  She is a past-president of the Bishop’s University Alumni Association and is currently a member of the University’s Board of Governors. She was recently appointed as Director of the Education Foundation of Ottawa which supports the well-being of over 15,000 students within the Ottawa-Carleton District School  Board who are living in poverty.

Cathy and her husband, Bryan, are parents of two Ashbury graduates, Scott (’07) and Matt (’10). 

Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

Dr. Ng-A-Fook is a Professor of Curriculum Studies and Director of Teacher Education at the University of Ottawa. He is the Past-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), the largest professional educational research association in Canada. His current research program seeks to understand how Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians can address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action both inside and outside the contexts of teacher education and the school curriculum. He recently published the following three edited collections: 1. Hacking Education in a Digital Age: Teacher Education, Curriculum, and Literacies; 2. Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices; and 3. Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and Arts of the Possible in Education. These works have won several different prizes such as the Canadian Oral History Association Prize awarded to an outstanding example of oral history practice in 2018; and Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award in 2017. His next co-edited collection titled, Internationalizing Curriculum Studies: Histories, Environments, and Critiques, is scheduled to be released in 2019 with Palgrave MacMillan. He is a proud husband and father of three young boys who love to fish and play hockey, soccer, run cross-country, swim and downhill ski. 

Andrew Nichols ’91

Andrew Nichols is the President at BioSteel Sports Nutrition. BioSteel is a North American  operated sports nutrition company that was built on the mandate of providing the safest, healthiest, and most effective line of nutritional products available. BioSteel’s line of nutritional products ranges from a sugar and caffeine free sports beverage with no artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives, to a line of proteins and a variety of nutritional bars. BioSteel products are currently readily available across North America, and globally with select retail partners.

Andrew graduated from Ashbury College in 1991 as Captain of the School during the Schools Centennial Celebration. When not working, Andrew spends time with his family in Aurora and donates his time to a variety of charities including his role as Make-A-Wish® Canada Corporate Cabinet Member.

Chrisoula Nikidis

Chrisoula’s successful career is highlighted by creative citizen mobilization, coalition-building and the development of ethical practices on a provincial, national and international level. She has built a world-class understanding of the issues and challenges facing the advancement of ethical policies.

As the new lead to IQVIAs Canadian Compliance Team Chrisoula will be helping to navigate the complex and changing environment in compliance and transparency in the life sciences industry. As Vice President of Ethics, Integrity and Governance, she built a reputation as a trusted and respected leader of issues involving ethics and integrity both in the private and public sectors. Chrisoula has been very skilful in balancing competing and challenging issues and priorities in a fast-paced, continually changing environment. 

Most recently, she successfully coordinated the Canadian Ethical Consensus Framework, including the Canadian medical, nursing, patients and industry organizations. She continues as a senior member of a leadership team implementing collaborative ethical partnerships in many countries. Her strong legal background helped her lead several rounds of modernization of the innovative pharmaceutical code of industry practices.
She has played a pivotal role in the advancement of compliance and ethics on the international level through her leadership in the Code Compliance Network at the IFPMA and as a member of the leadership team in the APEC SME Ethics Initiative in 21 countries of the Asia Pacific region. Chrisoula continues as Co-Chair of the APEC Working Group leading this initiative.
Prior to joining IMC, Chrisoula played an important role working alongside a member of the Quebec National Assembly. She contributed on key files, elections, policy development, referenda, and constituent issues and concerns. 

Chrisoula has a strong record of coalition and relationship building. Her ability to work with diverse groups and build trust in challenging environments speaks to her sense of diplomacy and effective communication skills.

Chrisoula resides in Ottawa with her family and is an active member of the Greek community.  

Kevin Pidgeon

Kevin is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Nautical Lands Group of Companies, a globally awarded construction and design company located in Carp, Ontario. He is a graduate of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, Montreal. 

Kevin is an active member on the Ashbury Board of Governors and currently sits as the Chairman of the Property and Building Committee. Outside of Ashbury College, Kevin has served terms on the NCD Ski Team Board of Directors, NCO Board of Directors, Nexus Social Media Board of Directors and holds a certificate of Board Governance.

Kevin has been involved in the Ashbury community for almost 20 years and spent 10 of those years as a coach with the Ashbury Colts Senior football team.

He is married to Natalie Tommy and has two sons, Arthur ’13 and Kevin Brendan BL ’08.

Menisha Sharma

Menisha is the office manager for Kanata Endodontics. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science (HK) followed by two years of molecular neurolgical research (Tanz Neuroscience, University of Toronto).  After moving to Ottawa, she worked as a pharmaceutical consultant before choosing to stay home with her children. She has volunteered extensively with a focus on women and children both locally and internationally. She has been a member of Board Committees (Advancement, Long Range Planning) and Chaired the Ashbury Parents’ Committee (2013–2014) and is currently a member of the Ashbury Guild. Menisha and her husband Maneesh have a son in Grade 11 at Ashbury and a son who graduated from Ashbury in 2017.

Victoria Shore ’07

Victoria Shore is a proud Ashbury College alumna. During her time at Ashbury, she sat on the Alumni Committee as Student Representative and maintained her Ashbury connections since graduating in 2007. Victoria obtained her Bachelor of Arts at McGill University, worked on Parliament Hill as an advisor to a federal minister, received a LLB Law Degree at City University London and a LLM from Osgoode Hall. Victoria recently moved back to Ottawa where she is an associate at Gowling WLG. She is happy to have returned home after her years away and feels fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve on Ashbury’s Board of Governors.

Stefano Taucer ’02

Stefano is Chief Counsel at Huawei Technologies Canada and is a member of Ashbury’s graduating class of 2002. He was an Executive member of the Ashbury Alumni Association from 2007 until 2018, and is passionate about developing an engaged and energized community of alumni. Stefano is active in Ottawa’s legal community, serving as legal counsel at two of Canada's largest telecommunications companies after having practiced at a prominent local business law firm and an international full-service law firm. Stefano joined Huawei in 2019 as Chief Counsel and the Head of Legal for Huawei's Canadian research and development operations. There, he supports the cutting-edge R&D work being done in the information and communications technology sector across Canada.

After graduating from Ashbury, Stefano studied Economics at Queen's University and Law at the University of Ottawa. Stefano, his wife Andrea, and son William are proud to call Ottawa home.

Kathryn Tremblay

Kathryn started her career in staffing at 17 years old with a local employment company in sales, recruiting, and payroll. Working full-time in staffing while attending university at night, Kathryn completed an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Ottawa. Recognizing that her employer would not remain in the business, Kathryn envisioned a company where people could learn and strive to attain their very best. She joined her passion for the staffing profession with her colleague Toni Guimaraes and together, at 21 and 23 years old, they launched Excel Human Resources. Starting with a Youth Venture Loan, they built a company on a set of core values and ethics that in turn would become the standard bearer in the industry.
Since the firm opened its doors in 1989, it has grown into Ottawa's largest provider of staffing services to the federal government, the largest staffing vendor to the Government of Ontario, and among the top independent staffing firms in Canada. Headquartered in our nation’s capital, the firm has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Mississauga, and North York.  The company’s brands excelHR and AltisProfessional place over 8,000 resources per year in contract and permanent roles within senior-specialized areas, I.T., finance and administration.  The firm is a Platinum Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Award.

Over the course of 29 years, Kathryn has worked tirelessly to build mentorship, coaching and collegiality into the company's culture. In addition to supporting Christie Lake Kids and the Regional Cancer Foundation, she directly coaches several high school students each year to help them gain acceptance into the university of their dreams.

Kathryn is equally committed to the success of her family. First and foremost in Kathryn's list of priorities are her four daughters. Morgan ’14 is her final year in Entrepreneurship at Babson College in Massachussetts, Brooklyn is in her third year in Communications at Rollins College in Florida, Torey is in Grade 11 at Ashbury, and Camryn is in Grade 6 at OMS. Kathryn’s life and business partner passed away of prostate cancer in September 2016, an experience from which she draws strength to be a devoted mother, community leader and business owner.


Martin Parizeau

Martin Parizeau, an active Board member since 2006, is a retired banking executive and currently serves as Managing Partner of Alinea Holdings. Prior to retiring in early 2017, he was Chief Executive Officer of Chase Card Services Canada. Prior to joining J. P. Morgan Chase, Martin served as Consumer Credit Executive for Bank of America where he had oversight for unsecured lending businesses in the U.S, U.K and Canada. He also spent more than a decade at MBNA Corporation where he was a Senior Executive Vice President and a member of the Corporation’s Global Senior Operating Committee. Martin has a deep background in Corporate Governance, having served as Board Chair of MasterCard Canada, Ashbury College and Habitat for Humanity NCR. He has also served on the Board of the Ottawa Hospital where he was Treasurer and Chair of the Resource committee. His children graduated from Ashbury in 2013 and 2016.

Meena Roberts

Meena Roberts is a management consultant specializing in strategic planning, policy analysis and impact assessment for federal government and non-profit clients. She has been an active member of our Board since 2006. She has a son who recently graduated and a daughter in the Senior School. Meena also volunteers on several Non-Profit Boards and Councils including the Board of Trustees of CHEO, Foundation Board of the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation and as Executive Secretary of the Indian Women’s Association. She was also on the Board of Directors of United Way Ottawa, Chair of its Multicultural Outreach Committee, and member of the Women’s Community Leadership Committee. She is also an advisor to two international organizations helping children and youth. Meena holds a graduate degree in Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University and a master’s in Educational Administration from the University of British Columbia.

Chris Teron ’76

An Ashbury alumnus, active member of the Board since 2000, Chair of the Board from 2008 to 2010 and now a voting Governor Emeritus, Chris is President of family-owned real estate companies. He was Chair of the Property and Building Committee for 14 years and continues on the committee. He has two daughters who graduated from Ashbury: Briar who is a plastic surgeon in New York City and Heather who completed a master’s degree in experimental psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s and now works at their Marine Institute. 

Jean Teron

Jean joined the Board in 1978, she served as Board Chairman from 1986–89, chaired Ashbury's Capital Campaign 2000 and co-chaired the Building Futures Campaign with John Kelly. She served as the first female Chairman on the Carleton University Board of Governors (1983–86) and on the Executive Committee of Ontario's Trillium Foundation, National Arts Centre's fundraising committees, and on the board of the Kidney Foundation. Jean was awarded a Doctor of Laws, honours causa, by Carleton University in 2013. Jean was involved in fundraising activities with the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and is currently involved in fundraising with the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and serves on a committee of the Carleton University Board. In June 2018 Jean was designated as a Governor Emeritus of Carleton University. Her three sons are graduates of Ashbury (Chris ’76, Will ’86, Bruce ’87).  Granddaughter Briar graduated in 2004, and granddaughter Heather graduated in 2007.

Deborah L. Weinstein

Debbie has been an active member of the Board since 2004. She is a founding partner of LaBarge Weinstein, a business law firm, where she specializes in corporate finance securities law, mergers and acquisitions, governance and business law generally. Debbie is also a co-founder of Murphy Business Brokers Ottawa, a firm which specializes in assisting business owners divest of their businesses. She sits on the board of directors of several high-tech companies, including OpenText Corporation (TSE and Nasdaq) and Dynex Power Inc. (TSX-V), along with the Ottawa Heart Institute where she is Chair of the Governance Committee, and is on the Advisory Board of the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network Faculty of Management of the University of Ottawa. She is also Past Chair of OCRI. Debbie has three children: Alexander ’10 and Rachel ’10 and Daniel ’13.

Stephen Woollcombe ’57

Stephen has been a member of the Ashbury Board since 1972, which makes him the longest serving active Governor. Grandson of G. P. Woollcombe, the school’s founder, he was a student at Ashbury from 1947 to 1957, the son of alumnus George A. Woollcombe (’21) and father of Dharini (’93). After teaching in India with CUSO he had a distinguished 30-year career as a Canadian diplomat. Since retirement in 1996, Stephen has taught at universities in Canada and Venezuela, undertaken voluntary service in Canada and the third world, and been active in Canadian politics at the federal level.


Melynda Layton, Chair, Parents’ Committee

Melynda Layton is a litigation lawyer specializing in employment-related disputes. She was called to the bar in 1996 and in 2005 established her own office, In addition to her law practice, Melynda has spent more than a decade managing family-owned real estate.  

Melynda holds a master’s of Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto, a LLB from the University of Ottawa, and a bachelor degree in Psychology and Law from Carleton University. Melynda is a strong supporter of initiatives that address the social and professional development needs of women in our community. She is a former Board Member at iSisters.

Melynda and her husband, Sean Terris, have two children, Julian and Madelaine, both in Senior School at Ashbury College.

Karen Haebe, President, Ashbury Guild

Karen joins the Ashbury Board of Governors during her term as President of the Ashbury Guild.  She has been a member of the Guild since 2010. In 2011 she was invited to the Executive Committee, where she served as the Secretary for five years, spanning two terms. During this time, she has also co-chaired Used Uniform for six years and taken on leadership roles for Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Day, the 60th anniversary of the Guild and the 125th Guild event.  She has consistently been a hands-on volunteer at events such as the Ashbury Ball, the Welcome BBQ, the International Potluck Dinner and with Stephen Woollcombe’s book sales. 
Karen earned her Early Childhood Education Diploma and her bachelor of arts from Centennial College and Trent University respectively. Karen and her husband Jeff, have two children, Joshua (’16) and Emily (’19), both of whom are Ashbury Junior and Senior School Lifers.

Rob Hall ’83, President, Alumni Executive

Rob Hall is the President of Ashbury College’s Alumni Association as well as having three amazing daughters at Ashbury, Kiersten (’21), Anika (’22) and Kaari (’24).

He is the CEO of Momentous, a holding company of internet-based businesses including Canada’s largest internet domain name companies,,, and Together, these companies have over one million individual and corporate customers worldwide.

Mr. Hall was an early Internet pioneer. Prior to founding Momentous, Mr. Hall was CEO and founder of Internet Access Inc., an Ottawa based ISP that quickly grew to be one of the largest in the region. In 1996, Internet Access Inc. merged with Hookup Communications and began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He founded the Canadian Internet Registry Authority or CIRA, which now manages the .ca Internet domain names. At the same time, he hosted a radio show called “Surfing the Net” and wrote a weekly column about the Internet for the Sun Publishing chain of newspapers. His leadership has led him to various roles within ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the organization tasked with managing the Internet on a global basis.

For 20 years he was the Chairman of the Ottawa Competitive Volleyball League (OCVL) and served on other non-profit boards such as the Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association (OCUA), the world’s largest Ultimate league and Volleyball Canada, which runs the nations Olympic and world cup teams.

Mr. Hall, who favours volleyball, skiing and piloting his own plane, is a devoted Rush and Van Halen fan as well as a founding season ticket holder to the Ottawa Senators. He attended the University of Ottawa for Computer Science (Honours).

James Baxter ’83 - Chair, Ashbury College Foundation

A “near-lifer” at Ashbury, James attended Ashbury in both the junior and senior schools and was Deputy Head of Connaught House in the first year that girls were enrolled. He attended Syracuse University, where he received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. James has been a sportswriter and business journalist before returning to Ottawa to focus on political coverage. In 2010, he founded iPolitics and remains editor and publisher of the digital news service. He joined the Ashbury College Foundation in 2002 and served as Chair of the Investment Committee from 2011 to 2015. He and his wife Sarah have three children at Ashbury: Caitlin and Thomas (both Class of ’20) and Ben, who is in the Class of 2023.


Cynthia Baxter
Claude Bennett
Dr. Chris Carruthers
John Kelly
Frederick Martin
Timothy Murray
Robert Paterson
David Pigott
Gordon Pimm
James Smellie
Anthony Tattersfield
Dr. David Zussman

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