Board of Governors
David Schwartz ’87, Chair of the Board
David has been the chief financial officer of Nuvei Corporation, a global fintech company, since November 2018. From 2010 to 2018, he was a senior executive of The Aldo Group ultimately being appointed chief financial officer in 2015. From 1999 to 2009, David was a senior financial executive of Optimal Payments and chief financial officer since 2002. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he held positions in Assurance and Financial Advisory Services. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec since 1996, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). David and his wife Leanne have three daughters: Daniella ’17, Kaylee ’19 and Madison ’23.
John Antoniou ’84
Dr. John Antoniou is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Jewish General Hospital and the research director of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the Lady Davis Institute. He is a full tenured professor of surgery and research director of McGill University’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. John graduated from LCC in 1984 and McGill's medical school in 1991. He did his orthopaedic residency in 1997 and PhD in experimental surgery in 1999, both at McGill. He completed three fellowships in Seattle (University of Washington), Chicago (Rush), and Philadelphia (Penn) before returning to work at McGill University. He was invited to present his work at over 250 international conferences, workshops symposiums and courses, and over 500 abstracts were presented at national and international meetings. He published and co-authored over 200 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. John recently served as the president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society. He is chair of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s communications committee and is co-chair of the Orthopaedic Research Society’s International Combined Orthopaedic Research Society committee. He is a scientific reviewer for journals, conferences, grant task forces and serves on several editorial boards. He is the recipient of several national and international prestigious awards including the FRSQ’s chercheur national. John and his wife Dr. Johanna Choeremis have two boys: Anthony ’23 and Constantine.
Andrea Arthurs has been the owner/director of a children’s enrichment and animation company in Montreal for the last eight years. She previously worked in research, editing, and publishing at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Art Institute of Chicago. Andrea has degrees from Concordia University (BSc), McGill University (Graduate Diploma in Management), University of Toronto (BA), and The Royal Conservatory of Music. Andrea has volunteered at LCC in various capacities over the past 13 years. She and her husband Robert Rambally ’81 have three children: Catherine ’18 (Pre-U ’19), Nicholas ’20 and James ’23.
Kristina Ashqar ’02
Kristina is a partner at PSB Boisjoli LLP specializing in audit and assurance services. Kristina has been working at the firm in public practice since 2007 and her client base includes owner-managed businesses from a diverse range of industries, including real estate, financial services, distribution, construction, manufacturing and transportation. She plays a key role in the administration and oversight of the firm’s audit department and is actively committed to recruitment and the professional development of staff members. Kristina joined the LCC community in grade 7. As the recipient of the All-Around Prize in grade 11 and the Top Female Athlete Award in Pre-University, Kristina was involved in every aspect of student life. As a student leader, Kristina played a role in helping to facilitate the return of the house system in the fall of 2002 and then served as the first ever head of Webster House during her Pre-University year. Kristina earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Queen’s University in 2007 and returned to Montreal to complete the diploma in chartered accountancy at Concordia University. Kristina obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation in 2011. She has served on the LCC Foundation Board as treasurer since 2017 and was involved with the Foundation since 2014.
Tom Assimes ’84
Tom Assimes is currently vice-president of finance and administration at the Montreal Port Authority. He graduated from LCC in 1984, obtained his BEng from McGill University in 1990 and MBA from the Ivey School of Business in 1994. He is a member of the LCC Corporation and has served on the school's Alumni Association where he chaired the LCC Alumni Golf Tournament. Between 2009 and 2015, Tom and his family lived in Athens and Vancouver where he was involved in developing and financing large infrastructure projects on both continents. In 2015, Tom returned to Montreal to help the Caisse establish a new infrastructure subsidiary - CDPQ Infra - with a mandate to develop greenfield infrastructure projects. CDPQ Infra’s first major investment was the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), a new automated light rail network serving the greater Montreal area. The REM is the largest public transit project undertaken in Québec in the past fifty years. The first trains are expected to start running in 2021 from the South Shore to Bonaventure-Central Station. The other branches of the network will be gradually put into service in 2022-2023. Tom and his wife, Christine, have two daughters: Irene '19 (Pre-U ’20) and Elizabeth '20.
Geneviève Biron has been active in the health sector for nearly thirty years. Committed to the province’s economic development, she attaches great importance to innovation and the development of tomorrow’s talent, aiming to improve the quality of life in the community. Geneviève joined the company in 1989 and held various position within the company, including head of human resources and vice-president of operations, prior to co-founding the Imagix radiology network in 2005. She became president and CEO of Biron Health Group in September 2014. A seasoned entrepreneur, her strategic vision and leadership style have been recognized on several occasions by the Business Transfer Award, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec, and Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Founded in 1952 by her father, Denis Biron, Biron Health Group has become a market leader in Quebec’s healthcare services, with more than 800 employees and 120 service centres. The company focuses on four lines of business, including laboratory analysis, sleep disorder clinics, corporate healthcare, as well as genetic testing under the BiogeniQ banner, and medical imaging under the Imagix and Medvue banners. Geneviève is a board member of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec (FCCQ) and the École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce and sits on the TELUS Community Board in Montreal. She is an HEC Montréal graduate (BSc) and is a certified corporate board director (ICD.D). Geneviève has one daughter at LCC: Emma ’21.
Suzanne Costom graduated from the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 1993, earning degrees in both civil and common law. She was awarded the Aimé Geoffrion National Programme Gold Medal, the Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal, as well as the Chief Justice Greenshields Prize in Criminal Law. In 1993-1994, she attended the Université de Paris II where she obtained a post-graduate degree in criminal law, with a focus on the European Convention of Human Rights. From 1993-2016 Suzanne worked as an attorney, focusing principally on criminal, penal and disciplinary law. Suzanne was a sessional lecturer at the McGill Faculty of Law from 1997-2010 where she taught courses on evidence and sentencing. She has taught at the National Justice Institute, which provides continuing education to judges, and is often a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars attended by other lawyers. She has written a number of articles in the areas of criminal law and procedure, and lectures regularly at schools and to community groups. In November 2016, Suzanne became a Judge of the Court of Québec, criminal and penal division. Over the years, Suzanne has devoted a lot of time to both professional and community organizations. She is a past president of the National Criminal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, the Lord Reading Law Society and the Akiva School. She has been involved in and chaired numerous committees at Federation CJA. Suzanne and her husband Paul Cutler have two children: Danielle ’18 (Pre-U ’19) and Andrew ’21.
Louis Gendron is managing director and deputy head, corporate and investment banking, at National Bank of Canada. Louis has over 25 years of investment banking experience being actively involved with corporate and institutional clients in numerous M&A, private and public financing and advisory assignments. Prior to his current role, Louis had been heading the Quebec investment banking activities at the bank for over 10 years. Louis earned a Bachelor of Commerce from H.E.C. Montréal and an MBA from McGill University. Louis has been an LCC parent for over 10 years and a member of the finance committee since 2014. Louis and his wife, Liana Guizzetti, are proud parents of Gabrielle ’11, Chloe ’13 and Ethan ’19 (Pre-U ’20).
Harley Greenspoon ’90
Harley is the chief operating officer at OnDeck Canada. Prior to joining OnDeck, Harley was a director and co-founder of several financial technology businesses including SterlingCard Payment Solutions and Evolocity Financial Group, which combined with OnDeck in 2019. Harley previously practiced corporate law in New York City at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (HBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and civil and common law degrees from McGill University. Harley serves as a member of the LCC Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the LCC Corporation. Harley and his wife, Marcy, have three daughters: Hannah ’20, Lily ’22 and Carolyn.
Mark Pascal ’92
Mark Pascal is president & CEO of Kombi Sports Inc., a leading winter accessories brand. He is the 4th generation in his family company that started in 1911. Mark has vast experience in manufacturing and distribution across the world. He oversees the company operations to ensure efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of resources. Kombi’s goal is dedicated to being unique, partnering with supply chain and retail, and simplifying consumers' buying decisions by focusing on their needs. Kombi has been the recipient of awards, including the Alpha contest winner for manufacturer of the year and company of the year, Townies of Merit award, and ISPO Munich awards for rebranding and product innovation. Kombi’s caring values go beyond keeping families warm inside and out, but making sure that Kombi provides a caring and respectful work environment. In the last five years Mark has focused on elevating the “Kombi family work environment” which has earned them two ‘Great Place to Work Canada’ awards. Mark is an LCC ‘lifer’, starting in grade 3 in 1984 and graduating in 1992. Mark has served as a member of the finance committee since 2017. He and his wife, Jean, have three children: Shane ’26, Mason ’26, and Emma ’31.
Isabelle Poirier was born and raised in Cap-de-la-Madelaine, Quebec. Isabelle is a lawyer who graduated from Université de Sherbrooke in 1994. After living in Europe for two years, she started her career at the end of the nineties with a dot-com, Cescon Inc., a firm focused on voice-over-IP. As secretary of the board she managed the company's growth from seven employees to 300. The company eventually closed and she was the last employee before dissolution. After two years in private practice in Montreal, she joined Abitibi Consolidated as in-house counsel. In 2003, she joined Aldo as director of legal services where she focused on the international growth of the company, negotiating contracts with franchisees in 36 different countries. In the last five years, Isabelle has focused her time on raising three children: Logan ’24, Sloan ’26 and Connor ’28, and keeping up with her husband, David Bensadoun ’87. Isabelle has been the chair of the advancement committee since the 2019-2020 academic year.
Costa Ragas ’01 (Pre-U ’02)
Costa is a partner at Fasken, a leading international law firm. His practice focuses mainly on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, information technology and start-ups. Costa first entered LCC as a sixth-grade student in the Junior School (1995-1996), and was elected to serve as head boy in 2001. After finishing high school (Class of ’01) and Pre-University at LCC (Class of ’02), Costa attended Mount Allison University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours with Distinction) in International Relations in 2006. He then attended McGill University’s Faculty of Law where he obtained his civil and common law degrees in 2010. Costa has served on the LCC Alumni Executive Committee since 2006 and has been a member of the LCC Corporation since 2009. He has also participated on a number other LCC committees, including the LCC Board’s Long-Range Planning Committee and the Advancement Committee. Costa is the current president of the LCC Alumni Association.
Adam Ray is a seasoned menswear professional whose career spans over two decades. Today, he is the executive director of Outerwear at Jack Victor Limited. Adam was third generation and vice president of Cardinal of Canada. Adam helped transform his family’s business from a domestic manufacturer to one that manufactured abroad. In 2006, the overseas factory was built and Adam became partners with the Chinese corporation. In 2018, Adam sold his shares and joined the Jack Victor team. Adam graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy, and then went on to Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He also lived in Whistler, BC, teaching skiing and snowboarding. In 1998, he returned to Montreal to start his career in the apparel industry leading him to join his family business. Adam is a dedicated athlete, who has coached his son’s hockey team for many years. He is a big supporter of physical activity and believes it is an important element of a child’s education. Adam is active in community affairs. He was a member of a committee at the Miriam Home Foundation for several years before joining the Advancement Committee at LCC in 2016 and LCC Board in 2020. Adam and his wife Sara, have two kids: Emma ’20 and Josh ’22.
Caitlin Rose ’99
Caitlin is a partner at Fasken, a leading international law firm. She practices business law with an emphasis on mergers & acquisitions and securities. She obtained both civil and common law degrees from McGill University, and holds a Bachelor’s degree (honours) in Psychology from Queen’s University. Caitlin graduated from LCC in 1999, having joined the school in its inaugural year of coeducation in 1995. She was the first female student council president at the school and has served on various committees at the school since graduating, including Strategic Planning, Long Range Planning, the Centenary Committee, the Alumni Executive and the Alumnae Cocktail Dinatoire, celebrating 20 years of coeducation. In addition to the LCC Board of Governors, she is a member of the Board at St-Mary’s Hospital Foundation, the Centaur Theatre Group and Young Canadians in Finance.
Tina Serrao has a passion for all things creative; she marries her love of design and entrepreneurial spirit everyday as creative director and co-owner of BeaverTails Pastries. With 150 stores across Canada and internationally, she proudly works side by side with her husband Pino Di Ioia and brother-in-law Anthony Di Ioia. She graduated from Concordia University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Tina and Pino have three children: Max ’28, Lucca and Kai ’23.
Michael Shatilla ’88
Over the past 12 years, Michael Shatilla has worked in real estate and has created a boutique real estate asset management and consulting business. Always intrigued by new business challenges, over the last five years Michael has expanded into other business sectors, including the development of multiple product lines in the health and wellness sectors. His products are sold in over 1,000 stores across Canada. Michael is a graduate of LCC and Concordia University. After serving seven years on the LCC Facilities Committee, and a former member of the Alumni Executive Committee, Michael recently joined the Finance Committee and heads up the Ad Hoc Facilities Committee. Michael and his wife, Heather Golfman, reside in NDG, steps away from LCC, and have two children: Skylar and Mackenzy ’19.
Lisa earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). While spending the majority of her time raising her family, Lisa has volunteered in a variety of capacities for many local organizations. As a board member of a Montreal-based private elementary school for over 10 years, Lisa served in many roles, most notably as its vice-president after establishing and chairing its Governance Committee. Lisa is a past president of the Just for Kids Foundation where she currently remains on the board and serves on its Executive Committee. She is also involved in Federation Combined Jewish Appeal and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Lisa currently serves as a member of the LCC Finance Committee. Prior to devoting her time to community work, she provided audit and assurance services at Richter. Lisa and her husband Ronny are the proud parents of Matthew ’14, Jonathan and Jeremy ’20.
Priscilla Whitehead serves as the chair of governance on the Board. She was chair of the LCC Parents’ Association (LCCPA) from 2012-2015, after having served as vice-chair for many years. She has volunteered as an organizing member of numerous LCC events including fundraising galas, staff appreciation events, LCC Book Fairs, Family BBQs, among others, and was a long-standing class parent rep and new family mentor as well as class fund ambassador. Priscilla is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, DC, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. After clerking for a US Federal District Court Judge, Priscilla practiced law in Puerto Rico advising multinational entities. She returned to Washington, DC and was thereafter elected as a partner at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, now merged into Bingham McCutchen, handling litigation and regulatory matters, as well as advising clients’ entry into international markets. Priscilla currently works in the legal department at Paysafe, an international payments solutions group of companies. Priscilla grew up in the US and is fluent in Spanish. Upon moving to Montreal, she focused her energy on her children and on numerous volunteer roles with LCC. Priscilla has four children: recent LCC graduates Alexandra ’16, Danova ’16 and Katina ’16, (all Pre-U ’17) and Nikolas ’19 (Pre-U ’20).
Christopher Shannon (Pre-U ’76)
Headmaster Christopher Shannon joined LCC as headmaster in 2005. Since then he has overseen the implementation of three strategic plans, the school’s most successful fundraising initiatives and the construction of several state-of-the art learning facilities. Under his leadership, LCC has also developed a clear vision for campus and program development with an emphasis on program excellence, innovation and sustainability. This includes a more global orientation with adoption of IB curriculum in the high school, active membership in the Round Square international association of schools and broad student participation in the Duke of Edinburgh leadership programs. During his tenure at LCC, Chris has been president of the QAIS and served on the boards of CAIS, Round Square and the Vimy Foundation, which provides unique unique learning opportunities for young Canadians exploring Canada’s notable WWI legacy. Prior to coming to LCC, Chris served for six years as headmaster at Stanstead College in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. A fluently bilingual Montrealer, Chris graduated from Selwyn House School and from grade 12 at LCC, making him the first alumnus to head Lower Canada College. He pursued his education at Queen’s (BA), Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études Internationales – University of Geneva (Masters in International Affairs) and Brock University in Ontario (Masters in Educational Administration). Chris and his wife, Hilary, have two children: Leah (Pre-U ’06) and Matthew ’07 (Pre-U ’08) who are both proud graduates of LCC.
Updated September 2020