Blyth Academy Leadership Team
Blyth Academy has a strong leadership community all the way from the top down.
Scroll down to learn more about our leadership staff and how they can help you and your children get the best educational experience we can offer.
Chairman and Founder of Blyth Academy
Sam Blyth, was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. Hons. and M.A)., the University of Paris and holds an honorary fellowship at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He is Chair of The Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholars, the Bhutan Canada Foundation, and is the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Bhutan to Canada
President and CEO
Pat Shaw is the President and CEO of Blyth Academy. Previously he served as Manager of Canada’s first European-based university program in Nice, France. Pat has a B.A. from the University of Toronto, a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Western University.
Chief Academic Officer
Kathy Young began her career as a mathematics and computer science teacher in the Waterloo Region over 30 years ago, She joined Blyth Academy as the founding Principal of Blyth Academy Waterloo in 2016 and was Head of School for Global High School in 2018/2019. Kathy has led Mathematics departments, been a Vice Principal and a Principal in four of Waterloo region’s largest secondary schools and led students in their studies in Europe and South America during summer programs over many years. In 2010, her school community nominated her, and she subsequently received, the Stewart Award for Teacher Excellence. Kathy has an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.
Vice President of Operations
Dina Poulopoulou is Vice President of Operations for Blyth Academy’s International travel programs. Dina has 25 years of experience with Blyth Academy, spearheading and coordinating programs for thousands of students to over 30 countries all around the world.
Alicia Della Maestra,
Director of Marketing
Alicia Della Maestra is the Director of Marketing across the local, online, and international business units at Blyth Academy. She is a graduate of Queen’s University (Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)), and is working towards her CHRP designation. Alicia is an expert in all things Blyth Academy, having joined the organization in the Operations department before moving on to International Coordination – and even dabbled in finance! Her broad skillset provided a natural transition to management of the marketing department, where she quickly rose through the ranks to the position of Director.
Director of Admissions
Jenni Denniston is the Director of Admissions with oversight of Student Services. Jenni has 12+ years of experience in Higher Education, most recently as Director of Admissions for Masters Programs at the Ivey Business School at Western University. Jenni has a BA (Kinesiology) from Western, an HBA from Ivey and an MBA from the International University of Monaco.
CAMPUS LEADERSHIP TEAM – OUR PRINCIPALS
Principal of Blyth Academy Burlington
Ian Hughes is the Principal of Blyth Academy Burlington. He received his Undergraduate degree at The University of Western Ontario and obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Education at London South Bank University in England. During his time as a math teacher and Head of Year in the English system, he taught, counselled and mentored students, trained and developed new and experienced teachers and helped to develop curriculum and policy within the school.
Principal of Blyth Academy Downsview Park
Adam Hurley is the Founding Principal of Blyth Academy’s Downsview Park School for Elite Athletes. Previously he was the Principal of one of the first sport-focused academies in Ontario. Adam has earned a B.P.H.E. and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto and is currently completing an M.Ed.at the University of Toronto in Educational Leadership & Policy.
Principal of Blyth Academy Etobicoke
Laurie Foley is Principal of Blyth Academy’s Etobicoke Campus. In the preceding five years, she led Blyth Academy’s Thornhill campus as Principal. Prior to her tenure at Blyth Academy, Laurie taught at both the elementary and secondary levels working with junior, intermediate and adult learners. She has also worked in curriculum and policy development for both traditional and online high schools. Laurie has a B.A. from Glendon College and a B. Ed. from Nipissing University.
Principal of Blyth Academy Lawrence Park
Luke Coles is Principal of Blyth Academy’s Lawrence Park campus. Previously he was a long time teacher, coach, and outdoor education specialist at The Sterling Hall School, where he served as Vice Principal for his final three years. Luke founded the Walk for Homeless Youth and was Schools Coordinator at The Terry Fox Foundation. Luke has a B.A. from Queen’s University and a B.Ed and M. Ed from OISE, University of Toronto.
Principal of Blyth Academy London
Sheila Robitaille is currently Principal of the Blyth Academy London campus. She was also the Principal of the Blyth Academy Ottawa campus from 2013-2016. She brings 25 years of experience as an educator in various roles including teacher, Magnet School Coordinator, Professional Development Specialist, Technology Integration Coach, Director of Innovation and Learning, Marketing and Admissions Coordinator and Head of School. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and a M.Ed. in Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.
Principal of Blyth Academy Mississauga
Jennifer Quong is the principal of Blyth Academy Mississauga overseeing the Adamson and Cawthra campuses. Previously, she was a principal in Calgary, Alberta and brings with her years of experience in mentorship and school leadership. Jennifer has experience teaching in all levels from elementary to secondary school and has experience working with numerous committees focusing on assessment practices, curriculum development, and leadership development. She achieved her BA degrees from the State University of New York and her MSED from the University of New England.
Principal of Blyth Academy Ottawa
Kristy Larose is principal of Blyth Academy Ottawa. Previously she taught at Western Quebec School Board and Summit School in Montreal, and more recently taught at, and was principal of, two schools at Eastern Shores School Board in Quebec. Kristy has a BA from Dalhousie University, BEd from the University of New Brunswick, as well as an MPE from the University of New Brunswick.
Principal of Blyth Academy Thornhill &
Blyth Academy Whitby
Karen Brierley is the Principal of Blyth Academy Thornhill and Blyth Academy Whitby. She received both her undergraduate degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education at The University of Durham, UK. She taught Mathematics and Psychology for 10 years at The Royal Masonic School for Girls, in addition to counselling and mentoring students as Head of Years 10/11. She undertook her first senior management position in 2005 as Head of Sixth Form. She managed 220 girls and the associated teaching staff, in this section of the school. In 2007 she emigrated to Canada and has worked as a Guidance Counsellor and Head of Year at Trinity College School, Port Hope. In 2018 she joined Blyth Academy Whitby as a guidance counsellor.
Principal of Blyth Academy Waterloo
Lorie Guest is the Principal of Blyth Academy Waterloo. She previously worked at the Waterloo Region District School Board in various schools as the Head of Business Studies, guidance counsellor and vice-principal. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Education from Western and a Masters of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier. She is also the author of five business and careers textbooks used across Canada.
Principal of Blyth Academy Yorkville
Michael Booth is Principal of Blyth Academy’s Yorkville Campus. Previously he taught undergraduate courses at Northwestern University, Loyola University and Indiana University while pursuing a Ph.D. in Film Studies. Michael has a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from New York University.
Principal of Blyth Academy @ CIHA
Susan Kelly is principal at Blyth Academy @CIHA. She has over 18 years of experience in education, and received her Bachelor of Education Honours degree in England at De Montfort University. Susan began her educational career as a teacher, but her strong leadership skills led her to administrative roles. She has been a private school principal since 2007.
Principal of Blyth Academy Online
Nathan Bishop is the Academic Director of Blyth Academy Online, and is an advocate for education that reaches a wide variety of students and is delivered in the most accessible way possible. He has taught overseas, as well as in Ontario, and has a great deal of experience with technology and innovation in education. Along with his experience in teaching and technology, Nathan also holds additional qualifications in both Guidance and Special Education.