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Our Team

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Jonathan-Harms

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

Chief Financial Officer / chief operating officer

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Career Opportunities

CAMPUS LEADERSHIP TEAM – OUR PRINCIPALS

Jennifer-Quong

Jennifer Quong

Regional Principal for Blyth Academy

Jennifer 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 technology-enabled education. He firmly believes that e-learning can facilitate high quality learning experiences that are on par with or beyond those that take place in the traditional physical classroom. His goal is to provide education options for students that maximize quality and flexibility without sacrificing either. Nathan 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 dducation. Nathan is currently completing the Master of Educational Technology program at UBC.

nathan.bishop@blytheducation.com

Ian-Hughes

Ian Hughes

Principal of Blyth Academy Burlington

Ian Hughes is in his sixth year as 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

Susan-Kelly

Susan Kelly,

Principal of Blyth Academy @ CIHA

Susan Kelly has been the principal of Blyth Academy@CIHA since 2015. She has over 20 years of experience in strategic educational planning, advising, communications, and teaching and was principal of two new private schools prior to joining the Blyth Academy family. Susan received her Bachelor of Education Honours degree in England at De Montfort University. She began her educational career as a teacher, but her strong leadership skills led her to administrative roles.

susan.kelly@blytheducation.com

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., B.Ed. and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Toronto.

adam.hurley@blytheducation.com

Laurie-Foley

Laurie Foley

Principal of Blyth Academy Etobicoke

Laurie Foley was previously principal of Blyth Academy’s Thornhill campus. 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 earned her B.A. from Glendon College and her B. Ed. from Nipissing University. Most recently, Laurie has recently been trained as an Educational Coach and is working to create a sustainable coaching culture at Blyth Academy.

laurie.foley@blytheducation.com

Kristy-Larose

Kristy Larose

Principal of Blyth Academy The glebe (Ottawa)

Kristy previously 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 B.A. 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

Michael-Booth

Michael Booth

Principal of Blyth Academy LAWRENCE PARK & Blyth Academy Orbit

Michael is now in his tenth year with Blyth Academy. He was the founding principal of our Mississauga campus, and has also led the Yorkville campus for three years. 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

Nicholas Catania

VICE Principal, Academics of Blyth Academy London

Nicholas has 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

Alex-Zourntos

Alexandra Zourntos

Principal of Blyth Academy Mississauga 

Alexandra 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 

Alexandra Daminato,

Principal of Blyth Academy Waterloo

Alex 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

Michelle Pucknell

Principal of Blyth Academy Whitby

Michelle joined Blyth Academy in September 2010 at the Blyth Academy Lawrence Park Campus. Michelle spent 11 years at Blyth Lawrence Park taking on many different roles as a Mathematics teacher, Guidance Counsellor, and Vice-Principal before joining the Blyth Academy Whitby team as Principal. Michelle has spent the majority of her educational career supporting and counselling students with their academics, post-secondary planning, and social and emotional well-being. Michelle holds a B.Sc. (Mathematics & History) from the University of Toronto, a Postgraduate Certificate (Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting) from Seneca College, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

michelle@blytheducation.com