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.


A By-law relating generally to the conduct of the affairs of Matthews Hall (the “Corporation”)

Read the Bylaws

Board Members serve Matthews Hall in various ways, including:

  • Participating in Board meetings and on at least one Board Committee;

    Major Standing Board Committees
    Executive Committee (Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Past Chair)
    Advancement Committee
    Building, Property & Design Committee
    Finance Committee
    Governance Committee
    Guild Committee
    (Note: The Guild Committee does not meet as a committee, but the Guild has steering committees and chairs for each Guild event and they meet as required to plan their respective event. The Guild Chair – usually a Board member – represents the Guild at the Board table.)

    The full Board meets several times throughout the school year and the Committees meet approximately five times annually. Board members receive committee reports and updates prior to each Board meeting; members are expected to have reviewed the information package before each meeting and come prepared to engage in generative discussion and decision making. Depending on current school projects, some work and preparation will be required between committee meetings.
  • Contributing to Board development and better school governance;
  • Making a financial contribution, generous within their own means, to further strengthen the school;
  • Being visible and representing the Board by attending school functions.

Schedule of Board meetings (2016 – 2017):

  • October 19, 2016
  • December 7, 2016
  • February 8, 2017
  • April 5, 2017
  • April 26, 2017 (Annual Meeting)
  • June 28, 2017

Term of Appointment

The term of appointment is generally three years, with options for renewal. All new Board Members must comply with the school’s screening requirements applicable to all personnel and volunteers regarding security clearances and reference checks.

Industry Associations and Affiliations

Matthews Hall is an accredited school within CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools). CAIS establishes for its members National Standards and Effective Practices. Member schools must renew their accreditation approximately every seven years.

CIS Ontario
Matthews Hall is also a member of CIS Ontario (Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario). CIS Ontario outlines criteria for membership in the areas of:

  • Academic Program
  • Governance
  • Financial Stability
  • Reputation

In addition, CIS Ontario defines principles of good practice for member schools with respect to:
1) participation in CIS Ontario activities; 2) admission practices; and 3) employment practices.

Each year, the Head of School and the Board Chair sign a statement indicating compliance with CIS Ontario guidelines. This signed statement is required to remain a member in good standing with CIS Ontario.