Janine Lad – President and Board Chair
Board Member since 2015, Janine is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and management consultant with over 18 years’ experience. Janine practiced as the strategic human resources business partner to executive leadership in both the private and public sectors, most recently for eHealth Ontario and Home Depot Canada, as well as through her own professional consulting firm, Peopleosophy HR. Janine works currently as the Director, Human Resources & Business Operations for a private health care organization. Janine studied political science at York University, then went on to obtain certificates from Queens University, Humber College and Osgoode Hall Law School in strategic human resources management, organizational development and human resources law. Janine is the daughter of two retired teachers and attended the Toronto Waldorf School in kindergarten. Janine is the parent of two children at Waldorf Academy; a son in grade one and a daughter in kindergarten.
Robert McKay – Secretary
Board member since 2014, Robert is currently serving as the Board Secretary and Chair of the Board’s student enrolment and retention committee. Robert is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the Toronto Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada and Chair of the Board of the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Robert works as a psychotherapist in private practice and as the lead on advocating for publicly-funded psychotherapy with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Gis Segler – Treasurer
Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Board finance committee since 2016, Gis has been a parent of the Waldorf Academy community for over ten years and has a son in grade seven. Gis works at Canaccord Financial as a corporate bond trader, obtained his Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma from the London School of Economics. Gis is also an avid birding enthusiast.
As a new Board member in 2017 and currently serving as the Chair of the Board human resources committee, Joe also works as the Director, Human Resources at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons. Prior to his role at the RCDS, Joe was the Human Resources Manager at Kraft Foods, and then took on the same role for its grocery division Mondelez International. Joe has a B.Sc. in Biology-Psychology from the University of New Brunswick, and a post-graduate certificate, Human Resources from Ryerson. Joe sang in the school choir and his spouse, Marla, has assisted the Board with fundraising matters, serves as the school’s Community Council Co-Chair and is a parent representative for grade five. This is Joe's fourth year at the school. Joe has two sons, one in grade five and another in grade three.
Board member since 2017 and currently serving as the Chair of the Board governance committee, Kevin also works as a Senior Product Manager at Veeva Systems. Prior to joining Veeva Kevin ran his own management consulting business. Kevin is an Information Technology professional in the enterprise computer software market and works extensively as a project manager, consultant and product manager. This is Kevin’s fifth year as a parent at the school. Kevin is the parent of a son is in the grade seven class and a daughter in the grade five class.
As a new Board member in 2017, Matthew also works as the Vice-President, Global Partnerships & Initiatives, World Council on City Data (WCCD) based at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto. The WCCD hosts a global network of innovative cities committed to improving services and quality of life with open city data and standardized urban metrics. Matthew has over twenty years’ experience in sustainability and international development, working in the private sector, NGOs and international organizations. Prior to joining the WCCD, Matthew was the Director of the Sustainable Cities Program at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. Matthew has an M.Sc. in Environmental Technology (Environmental Economics & Policy). This is Matthew’s third year as a parent in the school. Matthew has two daughters, his eldest in grade one and his youngest in preschool at the Waldorf Academy Childcare Centre.
Board member since 2017, Charmaine also works as a Professor of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Charmaine has been a parent and active part of the Waldorf Academy community since her son started attending the school four years ago - currently in grade five. Charmaine has experienced our school as a welcoming space, committed to providing children with a holistic education that will prepare them to be informed, ethical, responsible members of our community. Charmaine’s professional background is in social work where she worked for ten years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as a clinician before getting her Ph.D. and becoming a professor of Social Work at the University of Toronto. In the health care sector and at the university, Charmaine held a number of administrative positions including, Director of Staff Development, Anti-Racism Officer, Associate Dean and Provostial Advisor. Charmaine also worked extensively with students and community members and has led various school-based and community education programs on topics including, mental health issues, HIV prevention, human rights, addiction issues, professional practice and issues of diversity.
As a new Board member in 2017 and currently serving as the Chair of the Parent Service & Fundraising Committee, Steve also works as the Founder and Executive Director at Polaris Music Prize. Steve has significant experience in project management, budgeting, marketing, obtaining sponsorships and event planning. Prior to founding the Polaris Music Prize, Steve was a Director of True North Records. This is Steve’s tenth year as a parent at the school. He has two sons, one in grade five and another in grade four.
Board Member since 2016, Diana works currently as the Lead Teacher of the Jasmine Garden Kindergarten, Early Childhood Chair and Board Member at the Waldorf School of New Orleans (WSNO), USA. Diana is a former faculty member at Waldorf Academy since its founding in 1987. Diana left Waldorf Academy to move to New Orleans and joined WSNO in 2017. While working at Waldorf Academy, Diana served as the Early Childhood Chair and the school’s representative for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN). Diana trained in theatre at the School of Performing Arts/Directing Program and graduated from the Ryerson University Theatre School in 1987. She received a Bachelor of Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education. Diana completed her Waldorf training while working at Waldorf Academy and has participated in numerous professional development opportunities around the world, including the International Early Childhood Conference in Dornach, Switzerland, where she studied therapeutic story writing. Diana designed and directed the original after-school program for Waldorf Academy as part of the Oxford School of Art, Music and Theatre. Outside of her teaching, Diana is the artistic director and founder of Theatre as a Metaphor in Toronto. In 1988, Diana joined Angel Wing Puppet Theatre and helped design and present Waldorf puppet shows at many public libraries in Toronto. In 2015 Diana initiated Progetto Toronto/Saluzzo, a cultural exchange between Italy and Canada.