Blyth Academy Leadership Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Pat Shaw - Group President of Blyth Academy

Jonathan Harms,
Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan brings strong global experience to Blyth Academy’s CEO role, having led education companies and education business units in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Since 2011 he’s dedicated his focus to the Education industry, effectively managing Online Education businesses and bricks-and-mortar educational institutions. Jonathan has an MBA in Strategy and Marketing from HEC Paris, a Masters in International Business and Japanese from Nanzan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Biola University.

Kathy Young
Kathy Young,
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.

Jack Pulkinen

Jack Pulkinen,
CFO / COO

Jack is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Blyth Academy. He is certified as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has extensive financial experience working with both public and private enterprises, including senior executive experience in a number of large and small companies in a wide range of industries. Jack specializes in developing and implementing strategic plans and working with complex, diverse organizations. In his free time, Jack likes to hit the green for a round of golf.

Jack Pulkinen

Anthony Broomfield,
Director, Admissions

Anthony Broomfield leads the Admissions department at Blyth Academy. He brings with him over 15 years from within the education sector having supported several universities across North America. He has extensive experience in building and leading teams that support students and families with the admissions process. He is currently pursuing Data Analytics at the University of Toronto. Anthony is an avid soccer fan being both a player and watcher.

Jack Pulkinen

Marc Gauvin,
Director, Marketing

Marc brings with him strong marketing experience in education, tech and start-up sectors. He has significant experience in digital marketing and has previously served as the strategic leader for all marketing activities at both an online and international university. In his spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball, golf and going on hikes.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Alissa Cooke - HR Manager, Blyth Academy

Ahmed Yassir,
Director, Information Technology Systems & Automation

Ahmed Yassir heads the IT department at Blyth Academy. He is an experienced Information Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. He is skilled in Intuitive consultancy, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Databases, IT Service Management, and IT Strategy. He graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, and is a strong information technology professional. 

Alissa Cooke - HR Manager, Blyth Academy

Abosede Ogunseye,
Manager, Human Resources

Abosede Ogunseye heads the Human Resources function at Blyth Academy. Her extensive background includes talent management, talent recruitment, training, development, compensation management, HRIS administration and employee relations. She brings with her a Masters in Business Administration from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration from University of Windsor and is finalizing her CHRP Designation and Six Sigma Certification.

CAMPUS LEADERSHIP TEAM – OUR PRINCIPALS

Jennifer Quong - Principal, Blyth Academy Mississauga

Jennifer Quong,
Regional Principal For Blyth Academy
Jennifer Quong is the regional principal for Blyth Academy. She oversees campuses in Mississauga, Burlington, London, and Waterloo, our middle school programming, and active partnerships. 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 B.A. degrees from the State University of New York and her MSED from the University of New England.

jennifer.quong@blytheducation.com

Nathan Bishop,
Principal of Blyth Academy Online
Nathan Bishop is the Principal 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. Nathan is currently completing the Master of Educational Technology program at UBC.

nathan.bishop@blytheducation.com

Ian Hughes - Principal of Blyth Academy Burlington
Ian Hughes
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.

ian.hughes@blytheducation.com

Adam Hurley - Principal of Blyth Academy Downsview Park
Adam Hurley,
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.

adam.hurley@blytheducation.com

Laurie Foley - Principal of Blyth Academy Etobicoke
Laurie Foley,
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.

laurie.foley@blytheducation.com

Michael Booth

Michael Booth,
Principal of Blyth Academy Lawrence Park & Orbit
Michael Booth is Principal of Blyth Academy’s Lawrence Park and Orbit Campuses. 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.

mbooth@blytheducation.com

Annemarie Pedersen - Guidance Counsellor, Blyth Academy Thornhill

Nicholas Catania 
Vice Principal, Academics of Blyth Academy London
Nicholas Catania is the Vice Principal, Academics at Blyth Academy London. They have worked with Blyth Academy for several years in various teaching capacities and leadership positions, both internationally and domestically, within our close network of schools. Prior to joining Blyth London in 2019, they spent four years teaching and travelling the globe from Europe to Asia with Blyth International. Nicholas holds a dual H.B.A. in English and History and a B.Ed. from York University.

Nicholas.Catania@blytheducation.com

Alexandra Zourntos - Guidance Counsellor, Blyth Academy Mississauga

Alexandra Zourntos
Principal of Blyth Academy Mississauga
Alexandra Zourntos is the principal of Blyth Academy Mississauga. She brings experience in teaching, student wellness, and global education. Following her passion for cross-cultural learning, Alexandra spent nine years working for Blyth Academy’s previous experiential travel programs, leading hundreds of students across the globe. In 2015, Alexandra moved to Brazil to spearhead the operations and curriculum development of a Canadian exchange program. She re-planted her roots in Canada as the guidance counsellor at our Mississauga campus in 2017, before transitioning into the role of principal. Alexandra holds a B.A. (Kinesiology) from Western University, Teacher Certification (OCT) from Canisius College, and a Postgraduate Certificate (Public Relations and Marketing) from Humber College.

alexandra.zourntos@blytheducation.com

Kristy Larose - Principal of Blyth Academy Ottawa
Kristy Larose
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.

kristy.larose@blytheducation.com

Michelle Pucknell - Blyth Academy Lawrence Park guidance counsellor

Michelle Pucknell
Principal of Blyth Academy Whitby

michelle@blytheducation.com

Alexandra Dominato - Guidance Counsellor, Blyth Academy Waterloo

Alexandra Daminato,
Principal of Blyth Academy Waterloo
Alex Daminato is the Principal of Blyth Academy Waterloo. She received her undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, studying abroad in France in her last year, then heading to Queen’s University for her Bachelor of Education. An avid traveler, Alex moved to the island of Sint Maarten to teach middle school for two years after teachers’ college. This is Alex’s fifth year with Blyth, starting as Waterloo’s Campus Administrator/Teacher in 2017, becoming the Guidance Counsellor in 2019 and then Principal September 2021. She loves the close-knit community Blyth offers!

Alexandra.Daminato@blytheducation.com

Susan Kelley - Principal of Blyth Academy @ CIHA

Susan Kelly,
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.

susan.kelly@blytheducation.com

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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