Board of Governors
Board Chair James R. Christie is Senior Counsel at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP, where he is a former Chairman and National Managing Partner. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law and acted as senior counsel to CIBC on many of their largest transactions. Mr. Christie is the former Chair of the Branksome Hall Canada Board of Governors, as well as a past parent. He currently co-chairs the Branksome Becomes Campaign and is a member of The Branksome Hall Foundation Board. Additionally, Mr. Christie is a member of fundraising campaigns for Sunnybrook Hospital and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Mr. Christie resides in Toronto, Canada.
The father of two Branksome students, Wayne Barwise is Executive Vice President, Development, of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. He has been a member of the Branksome Hall Canada Board of Governors since 2009 and currently chairs the Property Committee. Mr. Barwise holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard’s Real Estate Academic Initiative, which contributes to the quality of urban development in the U.S. and internationally through research and education in real estate and urban development. Mr. Barwise resides in Toronto, Canada.
Past parent and former Chair of the Branksome Hall Board of Governors in Canada, Wendy Cecil is currently the President of Brookmoor Enterprises, as well as the Chancellor of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Chair of the Governors’ Council of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Associate Senior Fellow of Massey College. In 2005, to honour her retirement as Chair of the Branksome Hall Canada Board, the Wendy M. Cecil Endowed Fund for Athletics was established to provide ongoing funding to enhance athletic programs and facilities at Branksome Hall Canada. Ms Cecil also holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LDD) from the University of Toronto. She resides in Toronto, Canada.
Monica Chang is the parent of a current Branksome Hall Canada student and member of the Branksome Hall Canada Parents’ Association. She is also the CEO of Tara Good Gifts, which creates corporate gifts that are environmentally and socially conscious. Ms Chang has also given much time to charity, having worked as a committee member for the KINSA Spring for Kids Gala, the Eat to the Beat Auction, and the Access Community Capital Fund. Ms Chang holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy from Western University and studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) and Ryerson University. Ms Chang resides in Toronto, Canada.
Sonia CHAN Lee ’87
Branksome alumna Sonia CHAN Lee ’87 has practised finance and corporate law in New York City, San Francisco and Tokyo. She is the Chair of the Board of Generations Christian Education, which operates two kindergartens and two primary schools in Hong Kong. She also sits on the board of The Child Development Centre at Hong Kong’s Matilda Hospital, which provides intervention services to children with individual educational needs. While still practising law part-time, Ms Lee is also is the Co-Chair of the Branksome Hall Alumnae Hong Kong Chapter. Ms Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms Lee resides in Hong Kong.
Jongkwan (Josh) Peck
An attorney and partner at the Corporate Group of Lee & Ko in Seoul, South Korea, Josh Peck specializes in the areas of general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and international arbitration. Fluent in English and Korean, Mr. Peck holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Boston College and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Georgetown University Law Center. He was admitted to the bar in New York State in 1990, and has practised in Korea throughout his career. He has also contributed his expertise to a number of published international legal guides. Mr. Peck is also the parent of a Branksome Hall Canada student. He resides in Seoul, South Korea.
Terry Leung is a Managing Partner at Gracious Partners Capital Inc., which provides advisory services to clients regarding debt and capital fundraising in Hong Kong and China. Mr. Leung has 33 years of experience working in finance, and has previously worked as a vice-president and director of multiple banking institutions in China. A parent of a Branksome Hall Canada graduate, Mr. Leung holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic (SAIT), a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University, and a Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He resides in Hong Kong.
Soonhie Kang is the dean of the Department of Vocational at Kyonggi University in Suwon, Korea. She takes charge of lectures for employment and labor. She graduated in economics at Sungkyunkwan University and obtained master’s and doctoral degree of Labor Economics in the same university. She also worked as a senior research fellow at Korea Labor Institute and presented many research papers related with labor and employment issues. She is profoundly concerned with problems of employment and labor as a director of Work Information Center of Korea, Secretary to the President for Labor and Employment Policy. She served as visiting professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995, Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 1998. Soonhie Kang resides in Seoul, South Korea. Jeju is her hometown.
Bonghun Lee is a chairman of Social Agreement Committee of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province which is a systematic approach to help prevent social conflict and better develop the area around Jeju. Also he has been serving the community by being a chairman of the board of the Smile Microcredit Bank which is a financial institute that provides loans to less fortunate households. He graduated from Korea University with business degree and counseling psychology MA from the same school. After school he worked as a teacher in Ohyun High School in Jeju for 5 years as well as 35 years of business major professor in international college which is a total of 40 years as an educational leader. Mr. Lee is originally from Jeju and now resides in Jeju as well.
Kunhyung Kang is a professor of political science and diplomacy major in Jeju University and a dean of college of both social science and economy and business management. Previously he worked as a foreign security researcher of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, consultant at peaceful democratic unification policy committee, chairman of peaceful unification forum and vice president of Korean politic study association. He is currently a consultant for the unification education under the Ministry of Unification. He was a guest professor at the University of Michigan in 1999 and a research professor for Keio University in Japan and now resides in Jeju.
WonKyun Boo is a secretary general of JDC’s medical business department in Jeju. He participated in national projects of trail road and nuclear energy and received presidential citation for his success in high technology science complex in JDC in 2005. Furthermore he is the one and only science park expert in Korea authorized by IASP. He currently resides in Jeju and is actively involved in a variety of activities to complete the master plan of making Jeju a more international and medically focused healthcare town.
Sungho Lee is an education city head of JDC in charge of design, development and management. He graduated from Seoul National University with a landscaping major and later worked for park design team in Samsung Everland and P-Project manager for Daewoo Motors. He received construction and traffic minister’s citation in 2007. He previously worked as a judge for Seoul National Park redesign plan, tech judge for Yeosu Expo Big-O international contest, committed member of Seoul city regarding Seoul National Children’s Park. He currently resides in Jeju and is from Youngam in Jeon-Nam province.