Matthews Hall is an independent school which operates on a not-for-profit basis and is governed by a volunteer Board of Governors.
The role of the Board includes the following:
- To act in a fiduciary capacity as trustees of Matthews Hall’s stability and future;
- To establish and uphold the Mission, Vision and Values of Matthews Hall;
- To establish the strategic direction and priorities of Matthews Hall, and bring resources to the school to accomplish them;
- To develop and review policy and oversee financial planning;
- To hire, support and evaluate the Head of School.
BY-LAW NO. 30
This By-law relates generally to the conduct of the affairs of Matthews Hall (the “Corporation”).
Schedule of Board Meetings (2017-2018)
- Wednesday, October 25
- Monday, December 11
- Wednesday, February 7
- Wednesday, April 4
- Wednesday, June 27
Board Member Recruitment
Recruiting members to serve on the Board is one of the primary functions of the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee makes recommendations about recruiting to the Board. In this way, the Board chooses its own governors, which helps build a more diverse range of skills and experience in keeping with the strategic goals of the School. This model also ensures that future governors contribute to the continuity of existing aims and values as the custodians of the School’s mission, vision and values. If the Board lacks skills or expertise, it can target specific candidates to fill gaps when vacancies arise.
If you are interested in becoming a member of our Board, please contact Kayla Moore, Executive Assistant to the Head of School at email@example.com for more information.
Board of Governors
Chair of the Board
Keyvan Abbaszadeh practices oral and maxillofacial surgery in a partnership in London and is on staff at local hospitals. He is also part-time faculty at Western University.
Keyvan is a past president of London and District Dental Society and Ontario Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Keyvan’s daughter is a 2013 alumna of Matthews Hall and his son is in the class of 2016.
Keyvan has served on the Board of Governors since 2010.
The Chair of the Board of Governors can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Wedermann is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Autodata Solutions, a London-based technology and professional services firm. Autodata has over 400 employees in US and Canadian offices with 300 of those in London and, and is one of the largest providers of e-commerce technology, software development and infrastructure services to North America’s automobile manufacturers.
Chris has played a pivotal role in Autodata’s growth since 1991 and is currently focused on operations and technology issues.
Chris graduated from the Ivey Business School at Western and completed post graduate work at the University of Koblenz in Germany.
He has been a member of the Matthews Hall Board since 2011 and has a daughter currently enrolled at Matthews Hall and a son who is a recent graduate.
Treasurer of the Board of Governors, Chair, Finance Committee
Robert Lewkowitz was raised in St. Catharines, ON, and attended Ridley College from Grade 6 though thirteen. Following high school, he attended The University of Western Ontario, where he completed an B.A.(Hons).
Robert joined the Royal Bank in Branch Administration, but quickly realized he could be of greatest value working one-on-one with clients in protecting and maximizing their wealth as an independent Financial Advisor, inspiring him to found Lewkowitz Financial.
Robert is a Director on the Board of Governors for Friends of Amani Canada in support of an orphanage in Moshi Tanzania and is honoured to be a member of the Board of Governors for Matthews Hall.
Robert and his wife, Lori, have four children, the youngest of whom is a student at Matthews Hall.
Secretary of the Board, Chair, Governance Committee
Erin McDermid is General Counsel for Pulse Infoframe. Originally from Tecumseh, Ontario, she received her law degree from Western University in 2006 and was called to the bar in 2007. Erin has practiced in commercial litigation and sports law since that time. In 2008, she attended the Beijing Olympics as a volunteer lawyer with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Erin joined the Matthews Hall Board of Governors as an External Member in 2009. Prior to becoming a Board Member, Erin volunteered on the Governance Committee for Matthews Hall. She currently serves as Board Secretary and Chair, Governance Committee.
Pat Cronin has served as President of Patrick J. Cronin Insurance & Financial Services since 1994 and President and principal of Interra Management Group Limited since 2004. Interra is a commercial real estate management and development company with properties located throughout Ontario.
Pat also holds the position of Chairman and CEO of California Gold Mining Inc., a publicly listed company, in the junior resource space.
Pat joined the Matthews Hall Board of Governors in 2011. His son Matthew graduated in 2013 and his daughter Molly graduated in 2017.
Chair of the Building, Property & Design Committee
Nate Fehrman obtained a BA from McMaster University as well as two Diplomas from Mohawk College in Architectural Technology and Construction Management. He is a certified Gold Seal Project Manager with the Canadian Construction Association and has 15 years’ experience as a construction professional.
Nate has been responsible for many high profile projects across Ontario ranging in size up to $40 million dollars. In 2013 Nate co-founded Michael + Clark Construction, a commercial general contracting company located in London Ontario which offers Design-Build, Construction Management and General Contracting services across South Western Ontario. For the past two years Nate has been a member of the Matthews Hall Building, Property and Design Committee.
Nate enjoys time at the cottage, kayaking, skiing, and traveling. Along with his wife Kristine, Nate has a daughter and a son who attend Matthews Hall.
Chair of the Guild Committee
Angela Kyveris graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 2006 with Honours. That year, she was honoured with the J.C. Thompson Memorial Prize for Optometry from the College of Optometrists.
Angela further enhanced her ocular disease and therapeutic training through the completion of an internship at the Omni Eye Specialists in Baltimore, MD. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Ontario Association of Optometrists. Angela provides full scope optometric care with special interests including laser refractive surgery, contact lenses and ocular disease management.
She has served as a volunteer in the F.I.S.H. Eye Clinic in Kingston, Jamaica and currently is a member of the Seaforth Local Advisory Committee. For the past two years, Angela has served as a member of the Building, Property and Design Committee of the Board.
Outside of the office, Angela enjoys cooking, skiing and spending time with her family. She and husband, Devon, have a son who currently attends Matthews Hall.
Chair of the Advancement Committee
Ron LeClair and his wife are the proud parents of two former students, and have been members of Matthews Hall since 2011.
Ron is the principal at LeClair & Associates a leading London law firm, specializing in management side labour and employment law.
Ron is a frequent speaker and lecturer at various colleges and universities, and he has authored several books and other publications on labour and employment law matters.
Ron is a member of the Board of Governors at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in London, where he serves on the Governance Committee and is the incoming Chair of the Health Care Ethics Committee. Ron is also past chair of the Board of Directors at Anago (Non) Residential Resources, a community-based organization assisting developmentally delayed adults and complex needs youth.
Andy Thomson has been President of Can-Am RV Centre since 1992. Can-Am RV has a continent-wide reputation for innovation in the RV industry.
Beyond his duties at Can-Am, Andy has been a columnist for RV Lifestyle magazine since 1987 and regularly writes for Airstream Life. He has twice served as the President of the Ontario RV Dealers Association (ORVDA) and is the Current Chair of the ORVDA government relations committee.
His hobbies are traveling in his Airstream with family and friends, cycling and running. His daughter, Megan, graduated from Matthews Hall in 2007.
Head of School
A career teacher and administrator, Ric Anderson’s passion for independent schools guides his professional work with students, teachers and parents.
Ric was the founding principal of The Parrott Junior School at Albert College in Belleville, Ontario – Canada’s oldest coeducational boarding and day school established in 1857. As the current Head of School at Matthews Hall in London, Ontario, Ric continues to explore paths of engagement and inquiry in order to inspire and support students, teachers and families.
An alumnus of Queen’s University where he earned a B.Sc.(Hons), B.Ed., and M.Ed., Ric is a life-long learner and has worked with students of every age across all elementary and secondary school divisions. Ric is a native of Kingston, Ontario. He and his wife, Janet, are the proud parents of three sons and one daughter.