Board of Governors

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Eric Steedman

Governor and Chairman of the Board

Eric Steedman, Governor and Chair of the Board

B.A. Hon., Carleton University; M. Phil., University of Glasgow; M.B.A., McGill University

Based in Montreal, Mr. Steedman is a social economy consultant and a start-up coach at Concordia University’s District 3 Innovation Centre. He holds graduate degrees in political theory and business administration, and has twenty years of professional experience establishing, managing and growing organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has extensive expertise in the analysis and improvement of organizational governance, and has been recognized as a leader within the local and international ESG (environmental, social and governance), SRI (socially responsible investment) and business communities.


Gaëtan Fleuriau Chateau


Gaëtan Fleuriau Chateau, Governor

B.A., P.G.C.E., University of Leicester; M.A., Carleton University

In the course of a career of academic service as a teacher, administrator and board member, Professor Fleuriau Chateau has been a pioneer in the development of post-secondary French studies in Ontario. He founded the French department of Algonquin College and served as Coordinator of French programming, as he did subsequently at La Cité collégiale. He directed programming for the yearly Learned Societies Congress for the Canadian Association of University and College Professors, of which he was named a life-long member and Professor Emeritus, and he served as President of the Board of Ottawa’s Lycée Claudel. In recognition of his service, Professor Fleuriau Chateau was made a knight of France’s Order of Academic Palms.

Jean-Claude Redonnet


Jean-Claude Redonnet, Governor

Ph.D. and D. Litt., University of Toulouse II

Professor (Emeritus) and research director at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. A Cultural historian (British Empire, from colonization to decolonization, Commonwealth), Professor Redonnet served in Australia, Canada and Japan as Conseiller culturel of the French Embassy. His university career also led him to the post of Vice-dean of the Faculty of Letters of the University of the Antilles et de la Guyane, Director of the French School of Middlebury College and Rector of the University LS Senghor (African Development) in Alexandria, Egypt. Professor Redonnet is a Commander of the Order of Academic Palms (France) and a Commander of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japan).

Robin Brooke-Smith


Robin Brooke-Smith, Governor

B.A. Hons, Durham University, MSc, Bristol University, PhD University of Birmingham, PGCE Bristol University

Dr Brooke-Smith has worked in Higher and Secondary Education on four continents. He is currently Taylor Librarian and Archivist at Shrewsbury School (UK) where he runs a 400-year-old library of world renown that houses many rare books and medieval manuscripts. His work in education has been in the teaching of History and the psychodynamics of educational learning communities. He holds graduate degrees in Political Science and Educational Leadership and Development. He has held the senior posts of Principal of the University of Toronto Schools, Principal of Edwardes College, University of Peshawar, and Director of Consultancy at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth at the University of Warwick. As an international education consultant, he led expert teams at the European Commission and worldwide. He was Holgate Fellow at Durham University. His publications include: The Scramble for Africa (Macmillan, 1987), Leading Learners, Leading Schools (Routledge, 2002), and Storm Warning (I.B Tauris 2012).