Jill Pollock (Chair)
Jill is from Toronto and is a graduate of Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She developed a love affair with Europe while touring as the athletic therapist for Canada’s Olympic Speed Skating team and moved to the UK in 1988. Jill has enjoyed a diverse 25+ years in healthcare; 14 years with Bupa in the area of workplace health and wellbeing. Through her own consultancy she now provides insight and guidance to companies, both small and large, who seek to create healthier organisations. She also delights in collaborating with entrepreneurs and early stage healthcare companies helping develop their proposition and business strategy. A CCSF Trustee since the early 90s, one of Jill’s annual highlights is meeting and supporting the exceptional Canadian talent who choose to study in the UK.
Claire Angus (Trustee)
Claire returned to the UK for her second time in 2010. Her previous two year secondment in London (1990-1992) was a highlight of her 13 year career with KPMG in Toronto, where she worked in Audit and Human Resources. Claire has a BA (Economics) from the Huron College University, University of Western Ontario and received her CPA, CA in 1989. After leaving KPMG to be at home with her four children, Claire became active on several boards in Toronto in Education, Health, Arts and Social Services. She has used the move to London as an opportunity to return to school and completed her IFRS Diploma and is now at Cass Business School at City University London working on her MSc Charity Accounting and Financial Management. With one child at a UK University and a second child starting in September 2014, Claire is keen to support other Canadian students with the opportunity to expand their educational experience in the UK.
Conrad Harrington (Trustee)
Conrad is a Vice President in the London office of Sard Verbinnen, a strategic corporate and financial communications firm. A native of Montreal, he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Dalhousie University before a Masters in Financial Management at Exeter University. Conrad moved to London in 2007 and is actively involved in the Canadian community, including Young Canadians in Finance, the Maple Leaf Ball and the CCSF.
Matilda Kentridge (Trustee)
Matilda is from Toronto but has lived in London for the past ten years. Prior to moving to London, Matilda worked in the Director General’s Office of the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. Until recently, she was the Director UK & Europe for the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Matilda has a BA from McGill University in Montreal and an LLB from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Julia Montgomery (Trustee)
Julia is a long time London resident and an active member of the CCSF since 1990. As part of a foreign service family she also lived abroad in India, Thailand, Indonesia and Geneva. A posting brought her to London where she also worked for 12 years at the Canadian High Commission before retiring six years ago. Being a former Chairperson of the CCSF, her passion remains to read about, assess and interview the annual list of applicants.
Andrea is originally from Toronto and a graduate of the University of Toronto. She practised law in Ontario for several years and moved to the UK in 2007, where she now works in London for a leading university helping researchers to obtain grant funding. She’s delighted to be part of the CCSF and its work to support excellent and creative Canadians pursuing their passions.
Deborah has lived in England for 52 years having initially come for a year directly after graduating from the University of British Columbia. She was born & raised in Vancouver. She worked for the Nuffield Foundation and taught in English schools before raising her family. Since then she has been involved in many volunteer activities which have included the CCSF and being President of the Canadian Women’s Club from 1992 to 1994.
Michelle is the Commercial Officer – Financial Services at the Canadian High Commission. Michelle is originally from Toronto and came to the UK in 1987. Michelle has a BComm from Queens University and a Msc from the London School of Economics. After a career in the City, Michelle took a break to look after her three children and at this time took an active interest in the CCSF.
David is the managing partner of the London office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. A native of Toronto, he studied History and French at the University of Toronto and then took a Masters in history before turning to law. David moved to London in 1986 to help open his firm’s first international office, and except for two years in the early 90s when he was back in Toronto, has lived here ever since. He has been involved with the CCSF for 15 years and is also a trustee of the Maple Leaf Trust.
Arlene, originally from Montreal and a graduate of McGill University, has been living and working in London for the past 22 years. She is a practicing psychotherapist, teacher and writer and is a Student Liaison Officer for the CCSF.
Robin is from Vancouver. She has been in the UK since 1988 when she joined the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit at Sussex University where she worked until 2000. In 2001 she moved to the London School of Economics and Political Science where she is Deputy Director and Provost, and Professor of New Media in the Department of Media and Communications. She has served as Head of Department and was President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) from 2004 to 2008. Robin researches, teaches and consults in fields related to the social, political and economic impact of digital technologies and networks on society.
Jem is originally from Toronto, and lived in British Columbia, attending law school there before moving to London. She did her Master’s (law) at the University of London and was also doing a PhD in law (currently on hold). In the past, she has worked as a law lecturer, a journalist, a freelance web writer (mobile technology), and in political communications.