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Board of Governors

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, such as 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. She was the recipient of the All-Around Prize in grade 11 and the Top Female Athlete award in Pre-University, and was involved in every aspect of student life. As a student leader, Kristina played a role in helping 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 Degree at Queen’s University in 2007, and returned to Montreal to complete the diploma in Chartered Accountancy at Concordia University. She obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation in 2011. 

Kristina has served on the LCC Foundation Board as treasurer since 2017 and has been involved with the Foundation since 2014. 

Tom Assimes ’84

Tom is Director of Finance and Project Services at CDPQ Infra, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ).

Tom graduated from LCC in 1984. He subsequently obtained his BEng from McGill University in 1990 and his 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. He also served as chair of LCC's Alumni Golf Tournament. Between 2009 and 2015, Tom lived in Athens and Vancouver with his family, where he was involved in developing and managing large infrastructure projects on both continents. Tom and his wife, Christine, have two daughters, Irene '19 and Elizabeth '20.

Geneviève Biron 

Geneviève has been active in the health sector for nearly 30 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 has held various positions, 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 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 Biron 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 (B.Sc.) and is a certified corporate board director (ICD.D).

Suzanne Costom

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 1993-94, 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 ’17 and Andrew ’21.

Louis Gendron

Louis is Managing Director and Deputy Head, Corporate and Investment Banking at National Bank of Canada. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience as he is 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 Degree from H.E.C. Montreal and an MBA from McGill University.

Louis has been an LCC parent for over 10 years and has been 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.

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’s degree in 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. He and his wife, Marcy, have three daughters, Hannah ’20, Lily ’22 and Carolyn. 

Doug Lewin ’87

Doug is the Chief Corporate Development Officer at Paysafe Group. Prior to joining Paysafe, Doug was Vice President of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, a Montreal-based subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Inc. A 1987 graduate of LCC, he holds a Bachelor of Science from Babson College, where he was a member of the school’s 1992 NCAA Frozen Four hockey team. Doug is a founding member and past chairman of Kids for Kids, a local charity that raises money for Montreal-based children in need. He also sat on the board of the Sarah Cook Foundation. At LCC, Doug is currently Chairman of the Board. He is also a member of the Corporation, has served on the school’s Alumni Association Committee from 2005 to the present, and was a member of the school’s Capital Campaign Committee. He and his wife, Brina, have three children: Matthew ’18, Zach ’20 and Justin ’20.

Isabelle Poirier

Isabelle was born and raised in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec. She is a lawyer who graduated from Université de Sherbrooke in 1994. After living in Europe for two years, she started her career with a dot-com, Cescon Inc. a firm focused on voice-over-IP at the end of the 1990s. 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, taking care of her ailing mother, and keeping up with her husband, David Bensadoun ’87.

Isabelle has been a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee for the past two years and was recently nominated to the board of La Fondation de l'Hôpital Ste-Justine.

Costa Ragas ’01 (Pre-U '02)

Costa is a partner at Fasken, a leading international law firm. His practice focuses mainly in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity, information technology and startups. 

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 and Pre-University at LCC, Costa attended Mount Allison University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honours, with Distinction) in International Relations in 2006. Costa 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. 

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 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.

Diana Ferrara Scalia

Diana Ferrara Scalia has been the Strategic Advisor at Samcon since 1995. She is dedicated to ensuring that Samcon stays true to its mission of urban redevelopment while remaining a leader in the industry.

Diana graduated from McGill University in 1992 with a B.Sc. (nutrition). In addition to her work with Samcon, Diana has worked with the Royal Victoria Hospital as a nutritionist. She is very involved with her children’s schools. At LCC, Diana is a member of the Nutrition Committee and the Leadership Development Committee.

Diana has been Co-chair of The Priory Parents' Association, Co-chair of The Priory School “Spreading Our Wings Capital Campaign,” and has sat on the Board of Directors of The Priory School. Diana is also involved in the community and is presently a member of the Board of Directors of Les Amis de la Montagne.

David Schwartz ’87

David is Chief Financial Officer of The ALDO Group, a global retailer and wholesaler of fashion footwear and accessories. Prior to joining ALDO, he was Chief Financial Officer of Optimal Payments, a publicly listed payment processing company. He began his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers providing assurance and mergers/acquisitions advisory services. David earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst. David’s community involvement includes (former) Board Member, Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee of a Montreal-based private elementary school, (former) member of the Audit Committee of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation and founding captain of The ALDO Group’s Ride to Conquer Cancer team, which has raised over $940,000 to date. David and his wife, Leanne, have three daughters: Dani ’17, Kaylee ’19 and Madison '23.

Tina Serrao 

Tina Serrao (Concordia BFA ‘97) 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.  

Tina has been a proud LCC parent since 2010. She currently has two children at the school: Lucca '25 and Max '28. 

Mike Shatilla ’88

Over the past 12 years, Michael 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 Steinberg

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.

Rob Velan ’88

Rob is Vice President, Customer Service, for Velan Inc., a global manufacturer of industrial valves. Over the past ten years, he has held roles in strategic planning, sales, marketing, project management and operations excellence. From 2008-2010, Rob moved with his family to London to run the European sales division of the company. Prior to joining Velan Inc., he spent six years in management consulting with Accenture and Deloitte advising clients on strategic planning and supply chain initiatives. Rob earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a board member of Velan Inc. and received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2015. He served as vice president of La Fondation de la rue des femmes, a charitable organization that helps homeless women. The Velan family has a long association with LCC with 12 past graduates and 10 current students attending the school. Rob and his wife, Claire, have three children: Emma ’20, Blair ’22 and Will ’25.  

Priscilla Whitehead

Priscilla 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 the past three galas, as well as Staff Appreciations, LCC Book Fairs, Family BBQs, Grade 6 Grad, among others, and is a long-standing Class Parent Rep and New Family Mentor. Priscilla earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She is admitted to practice in New York, Washington, D.C. and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. After clerking for a US Federal District Court Judge, Priscilla practiced law in Puerto Rico handling both litigation and regulatory matters, primarily for multinational entities. She returned to Washington D.C., and was thereafter elected as a partner at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, now merged into Bingham McCutchen, handling environmental and telecommunications regulatory matters, as well as advising clients’ entry into international markets. Priscilla grew up in the US and is fluent in Spanish. Since moving to Montreal, Priscilla has focused her energy on her children and on numerous volunteer roles at LCC, her children’s sports teams, and Ballet Ouest de Montréal. She and her husband, Drazen Gardilcic, reside in Pointe Claire and have four children: Alexandra ’16, Danova ’16, Katina ’16, and Nikolas ’19.

Christopher Shannon, Pre-U ʹ76 (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 the adoption of the 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 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 Québec’s Eastern Townships. A fluently bilingual Montrealer, he graduated from Selwyn House School and from Pre-University 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 (Master of International Affairs) and Brock University in Ontario (Masters of Educational Administration). Chris and his wife Hilary have two children, Leah '05 and Matthew '07.

Updated August 2019