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Our Origins

Scholars is a Canadian company based in Toronto.

We opened our first location in 1999 and since then we’ve helped thousands of families achieve results through our proprietary programs and superb teachers. Our programs are built around world-class curriculum standards, so you can rest assured that what your child is working on at Scholars will transfer to the classroom.

Our Approach

We believe that world-class curriculum and programming coupled with qualified, caring teachers lead to success, both inside and outside the classroom.

The world is evolving more quickly than ever before. From technological advances to innovations in every industry, students need more than a few “kill and drill” worksheets and someone knowledgeable in a subject in order to succeed in today’s fast-paced world. It takes thoughtful, attentive teachers who are able to deliver stimulating lessons through comprehensive, well-designed curriculum that bolsters your child’s weaknesses while maximizing their strengths—and that’s what Scholars provides.

Our Proprietary Curriculum

Our proprietary curriculum is the cornerstone of Scholars’ programs—and why they work so well!

It has been developed, maintained, and improved over the years by certified teachers and educational experts to ensure that it follows the provincial curricula and a methodology that ensures success for every student. What makes Scholars’ curriculum unique is our approach to learning—we know that students want to experience success and continue to progress and learn new concepts, but we also know that they need repetition to reinforce and help retain concepts they’ve learned.


Specialized Learning Resources

Teaching customized to your child’s style of learning.


Our Corporate Team

Matt Baxter

Chief Executive Officer

Matt has been involved in the education industry since 2009. Under Matt's leadership, Scholars has grown extensively in both size and reputation as a leader in the after-school tutoring industry. Matt obtained a B.A. in Economics from Western University in London where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

Ted Kalnins

President

Immediately prior to joining Scholars as President, Ted was a partner with a cross-border law firm on Bay Street in Toronto. Ted has extensive experience providing advice to franchisors and franchisees on a wide variety of business and legal matters. He is heavily involved in strategic planning, special projects and problem solving.

Tristin Hill, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Tristin is responsible for overseeing all financial, accounting and human resource activities for Scholars. Tristin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA) and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Lesley Squibb

Director of Operations

Having worked in the supplemental education industry for more than 10 years, both as a teacher and as an Education Director, Lesley has seen first-hand the rewards of teaching and interacting with a diverse group of students, ranging from preschool to adult learners in a variety of subject areas and languages.

Ben Whiteside

Vice President, Development

Ben is responsible for vetting and executing all new partnerships for Scholars across North America. His passion for people and building meaningful connections is fundamental in helping Scholars grow into new communities.

Reiza Rayman, MD, PhD

Director of STEM

Reiza Rayman is a pioneer in medical biotechnology. He was part of the historic team of two doctors who performed the world’s first robotic beating heart cardiac bypass surgery. Dr. Rayman holds an M.Sc in Fluid Dynamics, is an M.D. and has a Ph.D. in Telesurgery. Being one of the world’s leaders in advanced robotics, Dr. Rayman is shifting his focus on the next generation, advising Scholars in the development of their LEGO® Education STEM program, which provides students with the opportunity to experiment with technology in a guided plan.

Tricha Morgan, CGA

Accounting Department

Tricha brings over 20 years of professional accounting experience to Scholars, and is a key member of the finance and administration team.

Cat Graff

Creative Design Manager

Cat has over 20 years of experience as a Creative Professional in various industries. She discovered early on that design, marketing and communications work best when developed cohesively. She is focused on blending these together to provide the most effective creative possible for Scholars.

Scholars Advisory Board

Danielle Glista, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Daniel Baxter MD, CM, FRCPC

Advisory Board Member

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