Van Malkhassian joined the Board in February 2019. He has also been a proud parent at the Giles School since 2012, with both his children in attendance from Pre-Kindergarten. With over 30 years of experience, he is a senior leader and executive in the retail automotive industry, with a successful track record in implementing high-performance cultures and helping companies expand their leadership position in the marketplace.
Van has previously served on boards in both the Automotive and Athletic verticals and is also fluent in English, French, and Armenian. Van holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University and an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Vanessa Wade is the Academic Director at Holy Trinity School in Richmond Hill. She has also been a member of Guidance and Student Life Departments for numerous years, both at Havergal College and St. Clement’s School. Vanessa’s passion for leadership and wellbeing has been demonstrated throughout her career. She completed her Masters of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Toronto.
She also holds her Guidance and Career Education Specialist and Building School Culture certificate. She has been involved in many teams and committees over the years, with a vested interest in bettering the student and faculty experience at the schools she has been involved in. As a proud graduate of the Toronto French School, also founded by Harry Giles, Vanessa is thrilled to be part of the Giles School’s Board of Directors.
School Culture Portfolio
Lauren Dade joined the Board in February 2019. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from McGill University and has specialized training in Clinical Neuropsychology, and Paediatric Health, Clinical, and School Psychology. She has carried out research at the Rotman Research Institute, worked in the Chronic Pain Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children, as well on the Developmental and Brain Injury Rehabilitation teams at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She now applies all her skills in her current work as a Psychologist for the Toronto District School Board. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring others, and over the past few years has been involved in the teaching and supervision of Doctoral Psychology Candidates at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Finally, she is also on the Board of Directors for Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre, an agency focused on supporting children, youth, and families coping with mental health challenges and developmental issues. Lauren has close ties with the Giles School, having been connected with the school since her eldest child started in Kindergarten and graduated from Giles in 2019. Watching how her two children have grown and developed socially, personally, and intellectually within the academically strong and developmentally nurturing Giles environment has made her a dedicated and long-time supporter of the School.
Health and Safety Portfolio
Radu Elias is a former parent at Giles. His daughters, now in their late twenties are moving into the legal and medical professions. To this day, he credits the Giles School and its curriculum, for providing the grounded his kids needed to be successful in their educational pursuits. As a dentist in Toronto, he also has a rich background as an inventor and curious learner.
Radu grew up in Romania where he learned early on about electronics which enabled him to build and patent a number of dentistry tools. He worked with students on an enrichment project to build our recording studio in his Science of Sound and Soundproofing after-school program. Radu research in the area of epidemiology provides our school with excellent guidance on Health and Safety.
Charlie Fricke joined the Board of Directors in the Spring of 2020. His background in Marketing and Sales includes work with IBM, Xerox, and more recently as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Echologics, a division of Mueller Co., the largest manufacturer of water distribution hardware and technology. Charlie was responsible for training sales teams, presenting at conferences and various state legislative in the United States. A graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto, Charlie holds an MBA degree as well as certification in coaching tennis and men’s gymnastics.
Fundraising and Alumni Portfolio
Shelagh is the Managing Director & Head of Credit Research at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, an independent wealth management firm. She has over 20 years of experience in fixed-income asset management and credit research. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Political Science from Glendon College, York University, and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen’s University.
Shelagh has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a former Chair of the Fixed Income Committee for the Toronto CFA Society.
Stephanie joined the Giles School Board of Directors in 2020. She is a corporate and real estate lawyer at the law firm of Moore & Costello. Prior to joining Moore & Costello, she practiced banking and finance law at an international law firm. Stephanie holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Kinesiology & Health Sciences from York University with a specialist certificate in Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counselling, a Bachelor of Education (Junior-Intermediate) from York University, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Stephanie has been involved in education for many years in some way, shape, or form. She was an aquatics and water safety instructor during high school and her undergraduate studies.
Prior to attending law school, she taught French and Physical Education (Aquatics) at the Upper Canada College preparatory school and French and Physical Education at the Sterling Hall School. While attending law school, she was a primary, junior, and intermediate tutor and an occasional teacher with the York Region District School Board and now she provides educational presentations in her field of law from time to time. Stephanie is an avid runner who has completed over ten marathons and greatly appreciates and enjoys the recreational trail and path systems that the City of Toronto has to offer. Stephanie is thrilled and honored to be a member of the Giles School Board and to continue to be involved in education.
Tarek Elgammal is the managing director and owner of an international trading company. He is an accomplished and decisive executive with 10+ years of progressive strategic management and operations leadership. Tarek has experience in domestic and global import, export and distribution industries. He has demonstrated success streamlining business operations including process analysis, performance measurement and team development. Results-driven and resourceful problem solver with proven track record of revenue growth, Tarek is the proud dad of four children and spend his time coaching, playing sports and volunteering.