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.


Sam Blyth,
CEO 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

Pat Shaw,
Group President

Pat Shaw is the President and Managing Director of Blyth Academy as well as President of Blyth-Templeton 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.


George Rutherford
George Rutherford,
Managing Principal

As Managing Principal, International George Rutherford oversees Blyth Academy Qatar and Florence. George has been the Head of School at a large Ontario co-ed independent day school located north of Toronto for 18 years followed by a post-retirement tenure at a small Canadian boarding school in Italy for 3 years. George holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto having completed his undergrad work at York University. He is married with three daughters.

Frances Hatcher - Vice President of Academics for Blyth Academy
Frances Hatcher,
Vice President of Academics

Frances Hatcher is Vice President of Academics for Blyth Academy. Frances studied Education at the University of London and continued with post-graduate studies in mathematics and Educational Management. She taught elementary and secondary students for 13 years in the UK where she became Head of Year with responsibility for Primary-to-Secondary liaison. After immigrating to Canada with her family, Frances moved into the private system where she initially worked as a teacher before moving into administration.

Dina Poulopoulou - Vice President of Operations
Dina Poulopoulou,
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.

Grant Channer
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.

Barb Hayhurst
Jenni Denniston,
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.

Brenden O’Hearn
Brenden O’Hearn,
Vice President of Business Operations & IT

Brenden O’Hearn is the Vice President of Business Operations & IT at Blyth Academy. His previous work experience includes working at Blackberry and Loblaw Companies Limited. Brenden has an Honours B.A. from Queen’s University in Economics and Mathematics and a Post-Graduate Certification in Project Management from Sheridan College. He is also a designated Project Manager, holding a Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification.

Anukul Sharma
Anukul Sharma,
Vice President of Finance

Anukul Sharma is the Vice President of Finance at Blyth Academy. Anukul has earned an undergraduate degree in Commerce (, and an advanced diploma in Business Administration. Anukul has had the pleasure of having an international exposure through living and studying in India and Canada. His previous work experience includes finance and plant Controllership functions in the food manufacturing industry. He is also an avid athlete who has participated in cricket, tennis and volleyball tournaments.

Sarah Mastroianni,
Director of Admissions and Operations Manager
Blyth Academy Florence

Sarah Mastroianni is the Director of Admissions and Operations Manager for Blyth Academy Florence. Sarah’s career has focused on various aspects of international education and youth development programs. She holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto and most recently completed a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Seneca College.

Shantelle Raaflaub,
Director of HR and Recruitment

Shantelle Raaflaub is the Director of HR and Recruitment for Blyth Academy. Shantelle has over 10 years of experience in leadership, people management, and team development. She is a process and quality improvement specialist, certified in LEAN and Six Sigma; and received her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.


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.

Adam Hurley
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 the University of Toronto in Educational Leadership & Policy.

Laurie Foley - Principal of Blyth Academy Thornhill
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.

Luke Coles
Luke Coles,
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.

Jennifer Flynn-Clark - Principal of Blyth Academy London
Jennifer Flynn-Clark
Principal of Blyth Academy London

Jennifer Flynn-Clark is the Principal of Blyth Academy London. She has over 20 years of experience in education in a variety of areas including ESL, online curriculum design, teaching, and administration in a private school setting. Jennifer has a B.A from Laurier, completed her B.Ed at Brock University, and has her M.Ed from Western University.

Haley Cruse - Principal of Blyth Academy Ottawa
Kristy Larose
Principal of Blyth Academy Ottawa

Kathy Young - Principal of Blyth Academy Waterloo
Kathy Young,
Head of School, Blyth Academy Waterloo

Kathy Young is the Head of Blyth Academy Waterloo. Previously she worked for the Waterloo Region District School Board in various schools, initially as a mathematics and computer science teacher and department head and later spent twenty years in administration as Vice-Principal and Principal. Kathy has a B.Math. from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario.

Kim Hacker - Principal of Blyth Academy Whitby
Kim Hacker,
Principal of Blyth Academy Whitby

Kim Hacker is Principal of Blyth Academy’s Whitby Campus. Previously she was the Guidance Counsellor at Blyth Academy Whitby; taught English at Greenwood College School in Toronto, and was English Department Head and Head of Female Boarding at Rosseau Lake College. Kim has an Honours BA from Trent University in English with minors in Native Studies and Women’s Studies, a Marketing diploma from Georgian College, and a B.Ed degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.

Michael Booth - Principal of Blyth Academy Mississauga
Michael Booth,
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.

Susan Kelley - Principal of Blyth Academy @ CIHA
Susan Kelley,
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.

Nathan Bishop - Principal of Blyth Academy Online
Nathan Bishop,
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.

David Brazeau,
Principal of Blyth Academy Qatar

David Brazeau is a very experienced educator and leader having headed public and private schools both in Canada and internationally, most recently as Principal of the Canadian International School of Egypt. He is also an accomplished teacher, athlete and coach, and has built and led community services projects both locally and internationally.