German International School Toronto Board of Trustees

The German International School Toronto is a not-for-profit corporation under Ontario law. The Board of Trustees is the main governing body of the German International School Toronto, as mandated by the guidelines for German Schools Abroad and set out in the corporation’s By-laws. While the day-to-day operations of the school are entrusted to the Principal and the School Management Team, the business affairs of the school are managed by the Board of Trustees. In particular, the Board is responsible for fiscal oversight, management of the school’s assets and resources, provision of the means to operate the school and support of fundraising activities.

The Board also provides the strategic direction for the school and ensures that it continually strives to accomplish its vision.
 
The current Board members are parents and friends of the school who generously devote their time and effort to the school’s success. They are elected Directors for a term of two years by the corporation’s members at the Annual General Meeting. A maximum of 9 Directors are provided for by the By-laws. The current Directors and officeholders are:

Current Directors & Officeholders

  • Dr. Marco Schmidt

    PRESIDENT & CHAIRMAN

    Marco joined the GIST Board in 2015. He is the Executive Vice President at Dr. Oetker Canada Ltd. Marco has three sons at the GIST in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 4.

  • Claus-Ulrich Kroll

    TREASURER

    Claus-Ulrich joined the Board in 2020. He is the President & CEO at Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada. Claus-Ulrich has one child at the GIST in Grade 6.

  • Dr. Luigi Castagna

    GIST BOARD MEMBER

    Luigi joined the GIST Board in 2002. He works at the Scarborough Hospital in the field of Pediatric Neurology. One of his two children attended GIST from Kindergarten to Grade 8.

  • Noella de Souza

    GIST BOARD MEMBER

    Noella joined the GIST Board in 2017. She worked as Marketing Director for American Express and is currently a full-time mom to her two daughters. Both of them attend the GIST in Grade 2 and Grade 4.

  • Wenzel R. B. Hoberg

    GIST BOARD MEMBER

    Wenzel joined the GIST Board in 2019. He is an experienced board member and real estate investment professional and one child currently attending the GIST in Grade 6.

  • Mark Freake

    GIST BOARD MEMBER

    Mark joined the GIST Board in June 2022. He works as a Senior Associate / Lawyer at Dentons Canada LLP. Mark has one child at GIST in Kindergarten.