Matthews Hall is an independent school which operates on a not-for-profit basis and is governed by a volunteer Board of Governors.
The Board of Governors is responsible for the overall stewardship of Matthews Hall. The Board sets broad policy directions through strategic planning and goal-setting and ensures the financial sustainability of the School. The Board is responsible for appointing the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority over the administration of the School and matters of curriculum and staffing. The Board oversees the School and remains at arm’s length from the administration.
The Matthews Hall Board of Governance is in compliance with all governance standards set by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools. Read the CAIS Governance Guide below.
BY-LAW NO. 30
This By-law relates generally to the conduct of the affairs of Matthews Hall (the “Corporation”).
SCHEDULE OF BOARD MEETINGS (2021-2022)
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022
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.
For information about the process for volunteering to serve on a Board committee, please contact Kayla Moore, Executive Assistant to the Head of School at email@example.com .
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Board of Governors
Chair of the Board
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.
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Vice-Chair of the Board
Matt Parr, originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick is a Mortgage Agent with OMAC after spending 15 years as a senior level leader in the hospitality industry with Starwood Hotels and Marriott International focusing on operations and project management. He and his wife, Jenny, are proud parents of a son enrolled at Matthews Hall.
Matt has been serving his community as a member of The Board of Directors at The Grand Theatre and is a member of the Medical School Admissions Interviewing team at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Travel is a staple in the Parr household with some of their favourite destinations being Bora Bora, Greece, Costa Rica, Italy and England. A South African trip currently sits atop his bucket list.
Matt is a Multi-Engine IFR rated private pilot and an avid sports fan. He spends his free time flying around in his Diamond DA42, or you might find him on a golf course, skiing, playing squash, tennis or basketball.
Erin McDermid is currently Manager of Corporate Compliance with Canada Life. Originally from Tecumseh, Ontario, she received her law degree from The University of Western Ontario in 2006 and was called to the bar in 2007. Prior to her position with London Life, Erin practiced in commercial litigation and sports law for 10 years and joined Pulse Infoframe Inc, a healthcare analytics and software development company as General Counsel for 2 and half years. Among her most memorable experiences, Erin counts her attendance at the Beijing Olympics as a volunteer lawyer with the Court of Arbitration for Sport as a highlight of her career.
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.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Ian Ross, M.D., completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at McGill University before enrolling in the Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s University, where he graduated in 1999. He is currently the radiology residency program director at Western University, where he has worked to modernize the training program. Under his leadership, the Radiology Residency Program at Western University has become a leader in incorporating the newest technologies into Residency education. Ian’s research interests include: Computer-Aided Cardiac Imaging Analysis, Computer-Aided Cardiac Disease Diagnosis and Surgery Framework on PACS and Image-registration of Cardiac CT to Patient and Cardiac Echo Images.
The Rosses are a long-standing and involved Matthews Hall family. Ian and his wife, Kate, are the proud parents of five children, four of whom are Matthews Hall alumni and one who is a member of the Class of 2019.
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 son who is a recent graduate.
Secretary of the Board, Chair of the Governance Committee
Jill is a lawyer at Siskinds LLP, specializing in health law. She represents injured clients in medical negligence cases, as well in complex pharmaceutical and medical device class actions. She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal, and Consent and Capacity Board. She has acted as counsel on several complex medical negligence trials. Jill has served on the School’s Governance Committee and she and her husband, Jason, are the parents of two Matthews Hall students.
Chair of the Building, Property & Design Committee
Rick Gleed is president and broker of record, of Gleed Incorporated, Real Estate Brokerage. He has 20 years of construction experience and over 25 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate. Rick is a lifetime resident of London, Ontario and is the parent and grandparent of school-aged children. Rick has also been a proud sponsor of Youth Opportunities Unlimited since 2006. Rick brings skills and experience in negotiation, strategic planning, asset management and real estate investment to his role as governor.
Richard was born and raised in London and attended the University of Western Ontario where he studied Engineering. Richard’s part-time summer job at Militex turned into a full time career. At Militex, Richard is responsible for Information Technology, Accounting and Human Resources.
In his free time, Richard enjoys skiing, biking and golfing with his wife Jacqueline and their five children who are currently attending Matthews Hall.
Head of School, Ex-Officio
A career teacher and administrator, Ric’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, he 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, and the proud father of four adult children – each of whom attended independent schools.