The Board of Governors is comprised of between 12 and 18 Governors, including three ex-officio members: the Head of School, the Chair of Parents’ Council, the Chair of the Alumni Association, and between 9 and 15 additional Governors are elected or appointed in accordance with the Bylaws. The Board will determine from time to time how many Governors are to be elected or appointed to serve on the board. All Governors must be at least 21 years of age and at least one half of the Governors must have themselves been, or must have a child or ward who is, a student at the School.

Board Powers and Duties

All Board members are unpaid volunteers who give generously of their time and resources in support of the school. Pursuant to the Societies Act the Governors must manage, or supervise the management of, the affairs of the Society. The Society’s Bylaws stipulate that Governors must govern the Society and provide the Board with the following specific powers:

  • hire and terminate the employment of the Head of the School as the Board may deem necessary or desirable from time to time;
  • oversee and approve the level of fees to be charged for tuition; and
  • review and approve the annual budget for the School, as well as any proposed material changes to an approved budget; and
  • delegate to a senior manager of the Society or a committee of the Board such of the powers exercisable by the Board for such time and for such objects and purposes and upon such terms and conditions as they think fit and may from time to time revoke, withdraw, alter or vary any or all of such delegated powers.

In keeping with the membership requirements of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Board oversees the school but remains removed day to day operations.

Dave Smith, Chair

Dave is a Corporate Director and financial executive with more than 35 years of career experience. He currently sits on several public company boards and previously was the Chief Financial Officer of Finning International Inc. and Ballard Power Systems Inc. and held various executive roles with Placer Dome Inc. Dave has a broad range of industry experience including mining; construction equipment distribution and service; and clean energy technology. He attended California State University at Sacramento and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Accounting degree. Dave started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) in San Francisco where he became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program (ICD.D).Dave and his wife, Carey, reside in West Vancouver and have two children attending Collingwood.

Karey Brooks

Karey is an owner and a member of management team at JFK Law, a specialized law firm that provides legal services to First Nations and other organizations or individuals seeking a more just society. Karey is a senior litigator who is actively involved in the legal profession. She was elected to the Canadian Bar Association Provincial Council in 2016 to represent Vancouver County. She is co-Chair of CBA Truth and Reconciliation Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the BC Advocates Society.

Karey graduated from law school at UBC in 2001, and holds a masters of law from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has been recognized as a Leading Practitioner in Aboriginal Law by Lexpert since 2016 and is recognized by her peers in the Best Lawyers in Canada publication in the field of Aboriginal Law. Karey is passionate about the growth and learning of children. She has two daughters, Sydney and Ella, who attend Collingwood's Wentworth campus.

Debby Carreau

Debby is the founder & CEO of Inspired HR. She is a serial entrepreneur, media personality and author. Inspired HR supports the human resources business needs for almost 300,000 employees across North America. Debby’s passion is creating great workplaces and all things human capital related. Born in South Africa and raised in West Vancouver, the Carreau family just moved back after 11 years in Alberta. Debby is a board member of Elevation Group, Young Presidents Organization BC Chapter and Chair of the global YPO Business Networks Council. She is an Advisory Board member for The Women’s Executive Network and a Platform Partner for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In foundation. Her former board roles include Chair of the Advisory board for Respect in The Workplace, Chair of 1000 Women Rising, Chair YPO Women and Westside Recreation. Debby and her husband Todd have two children at Collingwood.

James Clay

James is the President and CEO of J.T. Insurance Services (Canada), Inc. a boutique insurance brokerage based in Vancouver. He entered the insurance industry from the Toronto Dominion Bank in 1991 and was responsible for handling the firm’s major real estate and construction accounts. James holds a Fellowship in Insurance (F.I.I.C.) and a Fellowship in Risk Management (FRM). He also holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) in addition to his undergraduate degree in Business majoring in Accounting. He is a graduate of St. George’s School (a “lifer”) and was President of the Old Boy’s Alumni Association. James has served on a number of organizations in various capacities and is involved in the community. James and his wife Sheri reside in West Vancouver and have two daughters at Collingwood.

Patti Daum

After nearly 25 years in public practice—with 8 as a partner of Grant Thornton's advisory practice in Vancouver—Patti formed Daum Valuation and Financial Services Ltd. Patti is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. Patti is from Saskatchewan and moved to Vancouver nearly 25 years ago, where she subsequently met her husband, Gordon Bird. Patti has served as a volunteer on Collingwood’s Finance Committee over the past year. Patti is treasurer of the Collaborative Divorce Society of Vancouver and is a former director of Hollyburn Country Club and Bard on the Beach Society. She was also the treasurer of the West Vancouver Soccer Club for five years. Patti and Gord reside in West Vancouver and have a son and a daughter who attend Collingwood.

Peter Green


The hallmark of Peter’s career is building and developing high performance teams. He believes every meaningful accomplishment comes from the energy of a great team, the bond of a common goal and supported by a genuine caring for each other. When we bring together great people and nurture their development we create exceptional customer experiences and amazing business results. Peter has practiced these principles over 30 years in the ICT/Telecommunications industry both nationally and internationally, with startups and publicly traded corporations. Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, Carphone Warehouse and most recently TELUS. For the last 2 years he have been building my own consulting company focused on supporting organizations undergoing material business transformation. Peter and his wife of 17 years Susan have a 16-year old daughter at Collingwood and they reside in West Vancouver. They love to travel as a family and Peter has a passion for golf, autobiographies, movies, food and wine.

Nicolas Jimenez

Nicolas is the President and CEO of ICBC. In his 15 years with the company, he’s held a number of senior positions in insurance, business transformation, corporate strategy and road safety. Prior to that, he worked in strategy, management and policy roles for a number of organizations, including IBM Global Business Services, BC Hydro and the federal government. He holds graduate degrees in Public Administration from Harvard University and the University of Victoria and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Nicolas currently serves on the boards of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Canadian Geographic Enterprises Management Board and the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. He and wife Christa have two sons, Beckett ad Zachary, who attend Collingwood School.

Tim O'Neill, Alumni Association Chair

Tim O’Neill joined the Alumni Executive committee in 2017. Tim was a founder at Collingwood starting in 1st grade in 1984 and continued through Collingwood until 10th grade. Tim graduated from Tufts University in Boston, MA with a degree in Economics before moving to New York in 2000 where he worked on Wall Street for over 8 years. Currently Tim is Vice President of Institutional Sales for Haywood Securities, a Vancouver headquartered, private Investment broker-dealer. Tim is also a proud parent of his daughter, a student at Wentworth, who is now the 9th O’Neill to have attended Collingwood.

Christopher Philps

Christopher Philps is the President of Fairborne Homes Limited. Fairborne is a multi-family homebuilder with concrete and frame development projects throughout Greater Vancouver. Christopher holds a BA in Geography and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from UBC and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. In 2008, Christopher was appointed by the Premier to the Economic Advisory Council of BC. Christopher and his wife, Shelley, reside in West Vancouver and have two children—one who graduated a Cavalier and one who still attends Collingwood.


Dan Sander

Dan Sander is a managing director and owner of Hollyburn Properties Ltd. BC’s largest rental housing provider, and one of the largest private owner operators in Canada. Winner of the 2019 CFAA Rental Housing provider of the year, Hollyburn is recognized as a national leader and community builder in the rental housing space. Prior to joining Hollyburn, Dan spent 8 years at CBRE as a sales associate working on the National Investment Team and National Apartment Team platforms. Dan holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University, an economics major, a real estate broker’s license from UBC, and is a regular in the Harvard President’s program through YPO. Dan attended Collingwood from 1991-1995, has two children in Collingwood presently, and is a regular contributor to the Alumni Association and the athletics department at Collingwood.

Karon Wan

Prior to settling back in Vancouver, Karon was a senior partner with Deloitte Consulting in the China/HK office. He was the former executive committee member for the Deloitte consulting function and the leader of the technology practice. Karon was also the managing partner for the public sector service for HK/China practice and the consulting quality and risk management leader for Asia pacific. Karon has over 20 years of professional experiences in advising both private and public companies in strategy and technology business matters. Karon was the chairman of the audit committee for one of the most prestigious independent schools, Independent School Foundation, when he was working in Hong Kong. Karon was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver and graduated from the University of British Columbia. Karon’s wife, Alice Kim, is the Chair of the Korean Parents’ Association for Collingwood School since 2015, and their son Eden attends Collingwood.


Nemelia Winckler, Parents' Council Chair

Nemelia is the founder and President of Kolbina Care for Seniors Inc. Nemelia is passionate about making a difference in Seniors’ lives - sparking joy and happiness! Nemelia is a Chartered Accountant and through Kolbina Care focuses on providing management consulting and support to organizations providing care to Seniors in BC. Nemelia was born and grew up in South Africa, moving to West Vancouver with her husband, Hein, in 1997. Nemelia has two children at Collingwood, lifers from Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten respectively. Nemelia joins the Board as Chair of Collingwood’s Parents' Council.



Board Committees


Chair of Society - Dave Smith
Finance Committee - Patti Daum
Foundation Committee - John O'Neill
Governance Committee - James Clay
Head Support and Evaluation Committee - David Smith
Human Resources Committee - Debby Carreau
Land Committee - Dan Sander
Recruitment and Development Committee - James Clay