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Do you want to learn more about the Halifax Grammar School's Board of Governors? Are you interested in becoming a board member? Please visit our Becoming a Board Member page, or contact Meagan Shaw to learn more.

Meet our Current Board Members

The Halifax Grammar School's Board of Governors consists of volunteers from our school communitybe they parents, faculty, or alumni. Care is taken to nominate individuals with diverse skill sets, experiences, and backgrounds to assist the board in fulfilling its important stewardship responsibilities. We are fortunate to have dedicated and capable individuals serving on the board. Grammar benefits from these collaborative efforts to advance the best interests of the school.

Board Chair: James Wilson, CPA, CMA, ICD.D

James Wilson returned to Nova Scotia in 2004 to become the treasurer of Wilson Fuel Company Limited.  He was promoted to chief financial officer in 2016.  James’ continuing role is focused on planning and financing the company’s strong growth.  Previously, he was a senior associate with the world’s pre-eminent advisory investment bank, Lazard Ltd., in London, England.  James worked primarily in project finance with the debt advisory team.  His clients included, among others, BP plc and Falconbridge.

James has expertise in cost accounting, finance, and information technology.  He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University and became a certified management accountant in 2001.

James has had active community involvement as a former co-chair of the Citadel High Legacy Campaign, and former founding chair of the Citadel Theatre Society. As well as his role at Wilsons, James is the vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

James and his wife, Lindsay, have three sons at Grammar: Luke '22, Charlie '24, and Rex '27.

Executive Committee

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Vice-Chair - Rhiannon Davies

    Rhiannon has extensive leadership, international business, and board governance experience. Rhiannon has a passion for innovation, human rights, and sustainability. In particular, she is focused on encouraging and supporting young females in STEM careers.

    A graduate of McGill University, Rhiannon is a new member of the Halifax Grammar School community. She has two children at the school: Macsen '26 and Emma '24.
  • Treasurer - Heath Moore, CPA, CA

    Heath is a tax partner in the Halifax office of Grant Thornton LLP.  He is the tax services leader for Nova Scotia, a member of the Nova Scotia management committee, and has served on the firm’s national partnership board since 2010. 

    Heath has over 19 years’ experience providing tax and business planning advice to various clients ranging from privately held owner-managed businesses to large publicly listed companies.  Many of his clients are in the manufacturing, automotive, and professional services sectors. 

    Heath is also the course coordinator and a lecturer for CPA Canada. Guiding chartered professional accountants, he teaches in-depth tax courses that support seasoned tax specialists by providing services to owner-manager clients. He is a former tutorial leader for parts one and two of the In-depth Tax Course at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA). He also lectures at the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountants and at CPA Canada's National Conference on income tax.

    Heath and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Brandon '29 and Charles '26, who attend Grammar.
  • Secretary - Suzanne Rix

    Suzanne Rix is a partner at Cox & Palmer, an Atlantic Canadian law firm. Suzanne has been practicing Canadian immigration law for 22 years. She acts for regional, national, and international companies in a number of industries in the relocation and retention of foreign workers. She also assists clients in applying for Canadian permanent resident status, retaining their permanent resident status, and applying for Canadian citizenship.
     
    Suzanne is the Honorary Consull for Germany for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

    Suzanne is an executive member of the National Citizenship & Immigration Law Executive of the Canadian Bar Association, as well as a member of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce's Accessing a Skilled Workforce Task Force. She was selected as one of the best lawyers in Canada for immigration law from 2013-2021 and as a Lexpert Rising Star – Leading Lawyer in Canada Under 40 in 2010.
     
    Suzanne holds a Law degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours) in French and German from Dalhousie University.
     
    Suzanne and her husband have four children: Grace '20, Jack '23, Thomas '26, and Kate '29.
  • Advancement Committee Rep - Maureen Reid

    Maureen Reid is the President and Founder of BoardWorks Consulting Inc., a consulting practice that specializes in applied governance, strategic planning, and facilitation. Prior to BoardWorks, Maureen was a partner in the labour and employment law group of a major Halifax law firm. She has also held senior leadership positions in a learning technology start-up and more recently with The Shaw Group Limited, a land development and manufacturing company.

    She is a certified professional director and has extensive experience with both corporate and volunteer boards. Maureen also currently serves as a director on the Halifax Partnership board.

    Maureen and her husband Doug have a beautiful daughter, Lily '21, who attends Grammar.

Current Members

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Jillian Adler

    Jillian is the associate director of plasma operations at Canadian Blood Services. As part of the national leadership team, she is currently acting as the project manager for a program focused on optimizing plasma collections within the existing infrastructure, as well as opening test-and-learn donation centres in three provinces. Over the 13 years she has been with the organization, she has held several senior positions in the organ donation and stem cell programs. In this capacity, Jillian served as the critical link between Canadian Blood Services and provincial donation and transplant programs and successfully developed the first national public awareness and education working group dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors. Jillian has also built critical partnerships with underrepresented communities to help drive recruitment, resulting in agreements from a number of organizations including the Assembly of First Nations. Jillian is a former journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she was a reporter, researcher, producer, and director for numerous radio and television programs including Information Morning, CBC Newsworld, and the Emmy Award-winning youth program, Street Cents. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in international development and political science from the University of King's College as well as a post-baccalaureate Bachelor of Arts in journalism, also from the University of King’s College.

    Jillian’s previous volunteer positions include working for a non-governmental organization focused on literacy in Malawi, Central Africa, as well as serving as a board member for the Coastal Communities Economic Development Corporation in her community of Lower Prospect. Most recently she was part of the organizing committee and communications lead for the Canadian Optimist National Championship, held at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

    Jillian and her husband, David, have two children at Grammar: Noah ’23 and Levi ’27.
  • Jeff Christian, CPA, CA 

    Jeff is a wealth advisor with Scotia Wealth. He advises high net worth individuals and corporations on the management of their portfolios and provides innovative financial, insurance, tax, and estate planning strategies. Prior to joining Scotia Wealth, Jeff was a senior manager of tax at Grant Thornton LLP where he provided personal and corporate tax services to a wide variety of clients with an emphasis on owner-managed businesses.

    Jeff graduated with first-class honours and the University Medal in Commerce from Dalhousie University in 1999. In qualifying for his chartered accountant designation in 2001, Jeff placed on the David Hope Honour Role for his performance on the final exam and also received the H.R. Doane Bronze Medal.

    Jeff is passionate about work and a variety of other activities including coaching hockey, tax education, and fly-fishing.  Jeff currently serves on the board of the Bedford District Minor Hockey Association, Halifax Grammar School Investment Committee, and the St. Ignatius Finance Committee.

    Jeff resides in Bedford with his wife, Charlene, and their two children, Xander '26 and Gates '28.
  • Leanna Christie

    Leanna Christie is an active member of the Parents Activities Committee (PAC) and Grammar community.

    Prior to moving to Halifax in 2011, Leanna lived in the United States and Russia. She worked for Sempra Energy in Texas and Connecticut, advancing within the company’s business units from information technology to commodities trading and asset management.  Leanna served as a treasurer and community outreach leader for the Russian School Austin and was involved in the Sempra Energy trading campus recruiting program.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Houston and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  

    Leanna and her husband Mark have a son, Sasha '29, who attends Grammar.
  • Jonathan Meretsky

    Jonathan Meretsky is a regional banker, international lawyer, and policy analyst.  He serves as managing director at Merit House in Halifax heading its lending, advisory, and investment activities.

    Jonathan has worked on complex finance transactions since beginning his professional career at the Wall Street law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in 1997.  He graduated from Harvard Law School in international tax, Boston University School of Law with a master of laws in banking and securities law, and Colgate University in political science.  He studied at Trinity College at Cambridge University in European legal studies, Doshisha University in Japanese legal studies, and the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law in Asian securities transactions.  He served as senior editor of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law teaching commercial lending and structured finance.

    Spanning over 20 years, Jonathan has provided counsel on various marquee and innovative finance transactions.  Presently, he focuses on corporate restructuring advisory and provides supportive financing for Nova Scotians.

    He serves on the board of directors of the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies and as the national co-chair of fundraising to the Federal Liberal Agency of Canada representing Nova Scotia.  He has been an active participant at the Halifax International Security Forum.  He independently and privately champions financial literacy and human rights themes on committees, investments, and media, shaping public policy and regulation.

    Mr. Meretsky attended Halifax Grammar School from 1976 to 1986.  He is proud to have served as editor-in-chief of The Grammarian and to have had the privilege of his first study abroad program with the school in Grade 6 to France.  

    He and his wife, Natalie, have two daughters, Ida '30 and Reeve '31, who attend Grammar.
     
  • Eduardo Mesquita

    Eduardo is an experienced technical leader and information technology architect. His career spans over 18 years of information technology, consulting services, and technical architecture evolving progressively through senior roles at IT Professional Services global companies. He has operated in a number of industries leading projects and teams by providing a successful delivery of complex end-to-end solutions for clients worldwide.
     
    Eduardo has worked within the public sector for most of his career but also has experience within the energy, financial services, and retail industries. He has led several successful initiatives involving Oracle E-Business Suite implementations and upgrades. Eduardo’s leadership and IT architecture skills combined with his broad technical knowledge and deep Oracle technology expertise are his greatest assets.
     
    Eduardo has a Master of Science in computer science from the University of São Paulo in Brazil and his ITIL Foundation Certification.
     
    Eduardo and his wife, Maida, have a son, Lucas ’30, who attends Grammar.
  • Jon Stanfield

    Jon is the chairman, president, and CEO of Stanfield’s Limited based in Truro, NS. Stanfield’s is a multi-generational family business tracing its roots back to 1856. He has extensive board, fundraising, stakeholder relations, communications, and marketing strategy experience. He holds several leadership and executive roles with for-profit as well as not-for-profit institutions such as SRM Hockey Inc.
     
    Jon and his wife, Sue, have two children who attend Grammar: Gabrielle ’28 and Jaxon ’30.
  • Jarret Stuart

    Jarret is the president of Caldera Distilling. Caldera has quickly become a representation of Canada in which its products are supplied to Canadian Embassies around the world to showcase the best of what Canada has to offer.  He has a background in project management, governance, and finance.
     
    Jarret and his wife, Tracy, have two children who attend Grammar: Olivia ’31 and Brooklyn ’32.
  • Ian Thompson '67

    Ian is currently an executive-in-residence at Cox & Palmer. He has extensive communication, stakeholder relations, advancement, and board governance experience. Ian is an independent nominee to the board and has accreditation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

    Ian was among the first students at Halifax Grammar in 1958 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Halifax Grammar School.
  • Samantha Watson-Crooks

    Samantha is an accomplished executive manager with almost 20 years of solid, cross-functional experience in fund administration and operational accounting. She is a passionate and goal-oriented professional who is also a loyal and committed person with strong leadership abilities.

    Her experience in the financial industry includes client relations and development as vice president of a financial institution; financial, fund, and forensic accounting as the chief financial officer; and compliance in her role as money laundering report officer.
     
    Samantha holds a Master of Business Administration with a specialty in finance and accounting from the University of Liverpool, a Master in Finance from Saint Mary’s University, an Advanced Certificate and a Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Certificate from the University of Manchester, as well as a Bachelor of Science from Saint Mary’s University.
     
    Samantha and her husband, Dermott, have three children at Grammar: Kasi ’22, Kennedy ’23, and Kamdyn '26.