Board of Governors

Upper Canada College’s Board of Governors establishes and directs policy for the College and oversees its financial affairs. The Board includes 15 governors, eight of whom are appointed by the Board for four-year terms. Three are elected by the UCC Association for three-year terms and four are ex-officio members, under the Upper Canada College Act. The President of the UCC Foundation attends all meetings. The College’s Principal reports to the Board.

List of 12 items.

  • Russell Higgins ’81

    Russell has served on the Board since 2010 and was appointed Chair in January 2016. He has served as Chair of both the Norval Long-Range Planning Committee and the Property Committee. He chaired the Principal Search Committee which selected Sam McKinney as the College’s 19th Principal. Prior to his appointment as Chair of the Board, he was a member of UCC's Association Council and was Chair of the Council of 1829.

    Russell is a Principal of MacPherson Builders Limited, a builder of low- and mid-rise subdivisions throughout southern Ontario. He is a graduate of Princeton University. Russell and his wife June have a son, Simon ’16.
    Read Bio
  • Lincoln Caylor ’87

    Lincoln has served on the Board since 2013 and is Vice-Chair. He chairs the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee, and is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Barrow Foundation, which provides scholarships to boys attending UCC. Prior to his Board appointment, he chaired the Joe Cressy Golf Tournament and served on the Boarding Task Force, the Governance Review Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee. He received the Harold A. D. Roberts Award in 2012.

    Lincoln is a Senior Partner at Bennett Jones LLP in Toronto and specializes in complex cross-border financial crime disputes including asset-recovery litigation, investigations, enforcement actions in prominent, high-value financial frauds and complex litigation arising from international arbitrations.

    He has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Litigation 2017 as one of Canada's best litigation lawyers. He served a two-year term as a member of the Investor Advisory Panel to the Ontario Securities Commission. In 2012, he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada.

    Lincoln and wife Melissa have two sons, Jack ’14 and Sam ’16, and a daughter, Eliza.
    Read Bio
  • Ken Tanenbaum

    Ken served on the Board from 2008 to 2011 and then rejoined in 2015 and was appointed Vice-Chair. He is also Chair of the Property Committee of the Board.

    He is Chairman of Kilmer Developments, responsible for projects including the renewal of ONroute Highway Service Centres, in partnership with HMS Host, and the design, finance and construction of the 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village project in partnership with Dream. He is Chairman of ONGOCO, developer of the food and beverage concession for GO Transit; Chairman of West Village Partners, the joint venture company developing a 72-acre lakefront community in Port Credit, Ont; and Founder and Chairman of the Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund, which is committed to creating value by remediating and repositioning contaminated land.

    He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His community leadership has included senior volunteer roles with the United Jewish Appeal Federation, Mount Sinai Hospital, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, Evergreen, the University of Toronto and Penn Institute for Urban Research and CivicAction. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a recipient of the Canadian Urban Institute’s “Brownie Award” and the University of Toronto’s “Arbor Award,” and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

    Ken is passionate about the promise of Canada and is committed to aligning his business interests with building healthy cities and vibrant communities. He and wife Jennifer have four children, three of whom are UCC students.
    Read Bio
  • Nina Abdelmessih

    Member At Large
    Nina was appointed to the Board in 2017.

    She is Chief of Operations and External Relations for the Canadian practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm. She has more than 20 years of experience at BCG, with a unique career path that spans both client service and leadership of global and national practices. Prior to joining BCG, Nina worked in product management for Kraft Foods Canada.

    Nina holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. She has has two sons, Jackson ’18 and Troy ’20.
    Read Bio
  • Sue Guichon

    Member At Large
    Sue was appointed to the Board in 2011 and serves as the Chair of the Advancement Committee and as a member of the Property Committee. She served on the Think Ahead Campaign Cabinet and is a Past-Chair of the Prep Parents’ Organization and Past-President of the Parents’ Organization at the Upper School. Sue has been a member of the Association Council and served as its Vice-President.

    Sue serves as a Board Member at The Massey Centre for Women in Toronto and volunteers with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Human Rights Watch, the Childrens’ Book Bank and Mooredale House.

    Sue and her husband, Greg have three sons, Michael ’03, Ryan ’06 and David ’12, and a daughter, Rachael.
    Read Bio
  • Todd Hargarten

    Member At Large
    Todd was appointed to the Board by the Association Council in 2014 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. He has also served as Chair of the HR Committee. Prior to his Board appointment, he served as Chair of the Parents Annual Giving Committee for the UCC Fund and as a member of the Advancement Committee.

    Todd is the Executive Managing Director and Head of the Securities Finance and Funding group at Toronto Dominion Securities. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.
    Todd and his wife Sarah have a son, Adam ’20, and two daughters, Tess and Laine.
    Read Bio
  • Blake Hutcheson ’80

    Member At Large
    Blake was appointed to the Board by the Association Council in 2016 and is the incoming Chair of the Advancement Committee. He has had many senior volunteer roles at UCC including Trustee on the Foundation Board and Co-Chair of the Think Ahead Boarding Cabinet. He also served on the Think Ahead Campaign Cabinet.

    Blake is the President and Chief Pension Officer at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. His mandate includes leading OMERS pension business, strategy, communications and public affairs, legal affairs, technology and operations, in addition to asset liability management.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western University, a Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a Master’s in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

    Blake and his wife Susan have a son, Trevor ’17.
    Read Bio
  • Karen Hacker

    Member At Large
    Karen was appointed to the Board in 2018.

    Karen’s legal and executive career spans more than 30 years and includes ten years practising law at Goodman and Carr and senior roles at Cineplex Odeon Corporation, Irwin Toy, Spin Master Ltd. and St. Joseph Communications. In 2010, she was appointed General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee and in 2014 added responsibility for human resources, volunteer recruitment and workforce planning to her portfolio. She served as an interim Chief Operating Officer at U Sport, formerly Canadian Interuniversity, in 2016.

    Karen now dedicates her time and expertise in the areas of law, governance and sport to a number of not-for-profit boards.

    Karen and her husband Irv have a daughter, Robin, and two sons, Sean ’11 and Mattie ’13.
    Read Bio
  • Loewe Lee ’99

    Member At Large
    Loewe has served on the Board since 2015 and sits on UCC’s Asia Advisory Council and the Advancement Committee.

    He is Managing Director of National Electronics Holdings Limited and its various subsidiaries, including National Properties Holdings Limited, one of the leading luxury developers in Hong Kong and Toronto. Loewe previously worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan in New York.

    He graduated from Harvard University and sits on the boards of various trade and non-profit organizations in Hong Kong.

    Loewe and his wife Emily have three children, Emma, Oscar and Willow.
    Read Bio
  • Charlie Sims ’80

    Member At Large
    Charlie was appointed to the Board by the Association Council in 2015 and chairs the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee. He was a member of the Advancement Committee, Trustee on the UCC Foundation Board from 2005-2014 and a member of UCC’s Foundation’s Audit and Finance Committee from 2006-2014, serving as Chair from 2010-2014.

    Charlie is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland Partners Limited and Cumberland Private Wealth Management Inc. Prior to this, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Co-President and CEO of IGM Financial, Inc.

    He has been a director of various private companies since 1992 and served on the Board of IGM Financial, Inc. from 2005-2013. In 2009, Charlie joined the Board of Directors of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, where he is currently Chair of their investment Committee. He is also Chairman of the V-42 Foundation.
    Read Bio
  • Dr. Catherine Zahn

    Member At Large
    Appointed to the Board in 2014, Catherine chairs its Senior Management Review Committee.

    She is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, a Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In addition, she is a Fellow and former board member of the American Academy of Neurology, and has made numerous contributions to health care in Ontario through her leadership in hospital integration, technology assessment, chronic disease management, stroke-care coordination and mental health care system improvement.

    She received her MD (honours) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto where she completed her residency training in neurology. She holds an MSc in health administration from the University of Toronto and has completed the Directors’ Education Program at the Rotman School of Management.

    Recent honours include membership in the Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws degrees (honoris causa) from Western University and Ryerson University, and the Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement from York University. She was awarded the University of Toronto Faculty of Health Policy Management and Evaluation Prize for Innovation, and has been named Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators.

    Catherine and her husband Jeffrey have two sons, Michael ’01 and William ’09.
    Read Bio
  • Matt Johnson ’95

    Ex-Officio Member
    Matt was appointed President of UCC’s Association Council in 2015 and has served as a member since 2010. He is a founder of UCC’s Young Alumni Network and served as its chair from 2007-2009.

    Matt is a Vice-President at Colliers International, a leading commercial real estate firm, and co-chair of Colliers Not-for-Profit Advisory Group. In addition to his work with for-profit entities, Matt advises many non-profit and charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Plan Canada, Canadian Payroll Association, and various school boards and religious organizations. Matt is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a faculty member within Colliers’ training program, Colliers University.
    Read Bio
Additional Ex-Officio Members:
Chief Justice of Ontario, The Honourable George R. Strathy
Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada , Paul B. Schabas
Chancellor of the University of Toronto, The Honourable Michael H. Wilson ’55
 The UCC Difference