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Leadership Team 

Canadian Academy’s leadership team is led by the Headmaster and comprised of Principals, Directors, and Coordinators to implement the strategic goals and lead the daily operations of the school. 


Jon Schatzky - Headmaster

Jon is the 17th head in the history of Canadian Academy. Prior to becoming Headmaster at Canadian Academy, Jon served as Elementary and Middle School Principal. Previously he worked in various capacities at Colegio Roosevelt in Lima, Peru, the International School of Latvia and the American International School/Dhaka in Bangladesh.  Jon is from Ottawa, Canada.

Clover Hicks - Director of Learning

Clover enjoys getting to work with students, teachers and parents as the whole-school Director of Learning. She joins us from the Overseas School of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she served as the Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator. Previously she worked in her hometown of New York City, at the Salk School of Science, as both a Dean of Students and Science Teacher. She is passionate about learning, through an exploration of our world and selves, and endeavors to inspire the same in others.

Jonathan Calvert - Director of Finance

Prior to joining Canadian Academy in August 2020 as the Director of Finance & Operations, Jonathan held the same role at a major international school in Italy. He has also worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Canada and the UK.  Jonathan grew up and attended an international school in Paris, before graduating in Japanese and Linguistics from SOAS (University of London).  He is a Certified Practicing Accountant. 

Rob Smailes - Director of Admissions & Advancement

In addition to his role as Director of Admissions and Advancement, Rob has taught first and fourth grades, middle school Humanities and English, as well as serving as our Director of EAL at Canadian Academy. Previously he taught first grade in his hometown of Wooster, Ohio.

Mark Frankel - Secondary School Principal

Prior to coming to Canadian Academy, Mark served as a Principal at the International School of Prague, the International School of Hamburg, and the Ross School, in New York. Mark is a citizen of the United States, and he and his wife have two daughters.

Sarah Tudge - Secondary School Learning Leader

Sarah believes in curiosity, collaboration and creating a school where every child belongs. She has lived and taught in South Africa, the UK, Tanzania and Germany. Sarah is from a little fishing village in Port Alfred, South Africa.

Greg River - Secondary School Learning Leader

Greg originally hails from Sydney, Australia. Prior to becoming the Grade 11 and 12 Learning Leader and Diploma Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Greg held various academic and pastoral leadership positions. Previously, he worked at Utahloy International School in Guangzhou, China, The HIlls Sports High School in Sydney, Australia and Western Sydney University in Sydney, Australia. 

Jen Clark - Education Technology Coordinator

Jen is our K-12 Educational Technology Coordinator, Secondary School Librarian, and MYP Personal Project Coordinator at Canadian Academy. She grew up in the United States and Singapore and taught in India, Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia before coming to Japan. 

Heikki Soini - Elementary School Principal 

Heikki started his career as an educator in his home country of Finland 29 years ago. For the past 18 years, he has served in international school leadership roles at Copenhagen International School in Denmark, Emirates National School in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Kongsberg International School in Norway, and the International Baccalaureate Organization in the United Kingdom.

Riana Jobe - Elementary School Learning Leader

Riana has been an Elementary Learning Leader at Canadian Academy for two years and prior to that was Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher for two years. Originally from Tauranga, New Zealand, she has taught in four other countries; Vietnam, Germany, U.A.E and England. In addition to her leadership role, she currently teaches EAL in Grade 5.

Trevor Rehel - Elementary School  Learning Leader 

Trevor has been an Elementary Learning Leader at Canadian Academy for the last seven years. He is originally from Quebec, Canada and has taught at five other schools in Canada, Hong Kong, Osaka and Akita. In addition to his leadership role, he currently teaches EAL and PE in the early years and kindergarten.

Kim Davis - Student Services Coordinator 

Kim is passionate about creating inclusive learning communities that celebrate diversity and enrich the learning opportunities for all students. Kim has been working in International schools for over 25 years before coming to Canadian Academy. She has worked in a variety of roles in Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Botswana, Fiji,UK and Australia. Kim is originally from Brisbane, Australia.

Murray Smith - Director of Technology Systems & Support

Murray is the Director of Information Technology at Canadian Academy.  His hometown is Wellington, New Zealand, but Murray is now a resident of Japan, having also lived in Romania and Turkey. Prior to working at Canadian Academy Murray was the Director of IT in the American International School in Bucharest, and network manager for the US Consulate in New Zealand.

Sim Cook - Activities Director 

As our Activities Director, Sim oversees our athletics and after school programs. Prior to Canadian Academy, Sim was the Activities Director at Jakarta Intercultural School, as well as a PE teacher in Indonesia and Australia. Sim hails from Victoria, Australia.

Governance at CA 

Our Board of Trustees consists of a vibrant mix of current and former parents, alumni, and friends. Members of Canadian Academy’s Board of Trustees govern to ensure the long-term stability of the school and the best interests of the community.

Name: Yoko Furuyama                                  
Role: Chair                                                  
Member Since: 2013-2014                                
Affiliation to CA: Former Parent

Name: JL Bonnier                                                 
Member Since: 2019-2020                      
Affiliation to CA: Parent

Name: Ketan Chaudhari                          
Member Since: 2019-2020                      
Affiliation to CA: Parent and Alumni

Name: Eric Brueggemann                             
Role: Vice-Chair, Treasurer                      
Member Since: 2018-2019                      
Affiliation to CA: Parent and Alumni

Name: Ae Kyung Kim                                            
Member Since: 2010-2011                        
Affiliation to CA: Parent and Alumni

Name: William Moore                                          
Member Since: 1998-1999                      
Affiliation to CA: Former Parent

Name: Mika Ishida                                        
Role: Secretary                                          
Member Since: 2017-2018                      
Affiliation to CA: Former Parent

Name: Jon Schatzky                                              
Member Since: 2015-2016                      
Affiliation to CA: Headmaster