Senior Leadership Team

UCC’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) sets the strategic direction of the College and leads its implementation, ensuring appropriate resources are in place and effectively managed to achieve the College’s goals. The SLT is accountable for ensuring high standards of excellence across academics, College programs and operations, and advancement opportunities with our extensive community.

Meet the Team

List of 9 items.

  • Sam McKinney


    Sam is the 19th Principal of Upper Canada College. Under his leadership, the College has set a course for the next decade — through its Strategic Directions: Towards 2029. Sam chairs the Senior Leadership Team and reports to the Board of Governors.

  • Naheed Bardai

    Head, Upper School

    Naheed is responsible for leading, coaching and developing faculty and staff, and ensuring the delivery of excellence in teaching and learning, resulting in exceptional student experiences for our Upper School students in Year 8 through Year 12.
  • Tanya Sweeney

    Head, Preparatory School

    Tanya works with Prep faculty and staff to deliver excellence in teaching and learning for students in Senior Kindergarten through Year 7. She was formerly at the American International School in Hong Kong as Assistant Head of the School and Elementary School Principal.
  • Julia Kinnear

    Academic Dean

    Julia oversees the academic program for the College, from Senior Kindergarten through Year 12. She leads all International Baccalaureate elements, curriculum development and the Richard Wernham & Julia West Centre for Learning.
  • Scott Cowie

    Dean of Student Life and Wellbeing

    Scott oversees the College’s whole-school approach to co-curricular programs including Athletics, Creativity, Activity & Service, Horizons and Norval. He also leads the College’s wellbeing programs and services.
  • Patti MacNicol

    Vice-Principal, Administration and Innovation

    Patti is the Vice-Principal of Administration and Innovation and is also responsible for all non-academic services including finance, IT, facilities, food services, housekeeping, security, rental operations and UCC's Summer Camps and Summer Life programs.
  • Jim Garner ’77

    Vice-Principal, Advancement and Strategy

    Jim supervises all annual and special fundraising, capital campaigns, alumni and constituent relations, and all community and school-wide communications. Jim also leads the implementation of school-wide strategic development.
  • David McBride

    Vice-Principal, Enrolment


    David is responsible for the recruitment and admission of new students and for external marketing of the College locally and world-wide. He travels the globe to meet with prospective families and our parent and Old Boy communities.
  • Thomas Lindell

    Vice-Principal, People and Organizational Development

    Thomas leads the human resource function, directing leadership development, succession planning, employee relations, recruitment, policies and compliance, change management and organizational development.

Administrative Support to the Senior Leadership Team

Dorothy Dudek
416-488-1125, ext. 2212
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