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, programs, operations and advancement opportunities.

Meet the Team

List of 7 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.

  • Dr. Julia Kinnear

    Academic Dean

    Julia oversees the College's academic program, from Senior Kindergarten through Year 12. She leads all International Baccalaureate elements, curriculum development, and the Wernham West Centre for Learning.
  • Dr. Jeff Aitken

    Head, Upper School

    Jeff leads the College's Upper School faculty including the College's boarding program to deliver excellence in teaching and learning for students in Year 8 through 12. 
  • 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 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.
  • Brendan Dellandrea ’01

    Vice-Principal, Advancement

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

    Vice-Principal, People and Culture

    Thomas leads People Strategy; Culture Development; Employee Wellbeing; Health and Safety and Mental Health; Employee Relations and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Employee Engagement; Attract and Recruit Talent & Succession Management; Human Resources Compliance; Growth and Evaluation; Professional Development and Leadership Development at Upper Canada College.
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