Board of Trustees

Wycliffe was incorporated in 1879 for the purpose of “providing for the training of theological students in accordance with the principles of the Reformation as embodied in the Articles of the Church of England.” The governing body of the College is the Board of Trustees, which elects its own members. The Wycliffe College Act (1916) gives the College degree-granting powers and gives the trustees of the College the authority to enact by-laws. The Principal is the chief executive officer and the chief academic officer of the College. 

 

Carol Boettcher (Chair)—Carol joined the Board in 2014, and since 2019 she has served as Board Chair. She has a background in Human Resources, Labour Relations, and Organizational Development in both the healthcare and the education sectors. In addition, she has provided advice to various other not-for-profits. She serves on several Board Committees of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO). She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Carol and her husband live in Toronto and attend Little Trinity Anglican Church. 

Janice Ivory Smith (Vice-Chair)—After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Janice entered the workforce as a Graphic Designer, and eventually, Creative Director. Over the years, she began to focus her attention on the not-for-profit sector, helping organizations that help others connect with their audience through websites, print and online materials and branding. In 2013, Janice opened Ivory Smith Communications where she continues to offer compelling communications materials and strong visual identities to her clients.

Over the years Janice has served on various boards, currently a member of the board of management for Leaside Memorial Community Gardens. A long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity Toronto, she has participated in builds locally and abroad. Janice was received into fellowship by Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in 1997, where she serves as a Deacon and as Chair of the Communications Committee.

Janice also sat as a member of the recent Wycliffe Strategic Planning team.

Janice, and her husband Arthur, have lived in North Leaside for 30 years and have one grown son.

Bill Benson (Vice-Chair)—As a cradle Anglican and an active lay leader, Bill has seen firsthand the importance of excellent ordained leadership. He considers it a privilege to be part of the Wycliffe community and to participate in the long tradition of forming future Church leaders for the world.

David Edwards—(The Most Rev.) David Edwards was born and educated in Shropshire, England, and initially worked as a high school teacher. Following the completion of a Master of Arts in Applied Theology, University of Kent at Canterbury, he was ordained in 1995 in the Diocese of Chelmsford. David moved to New Brunswick in 1998 to be Principal of Taylor College of Evangelism, followed by appointments to parishes in Saint John and then as Parish Development Officer for the Diocese of Fredericton. He was installed as the tenth Bishop of Fredericton on September 20, 2014, and subsequently, became the 25th Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada (Dioceses of Montreal and Quebec and those in the Atlantic Provinces) on August 1, 2020. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Wycliffe College in May 2015.

Angela Emerson—Angela grew up in England and obtained her law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1980. Until she retired seven years ago, she was a partner in a Toronto litigation firm. During this time, she studied part-time at Wycliffe College and describes her time here as some of the happiest years of her life. Angela received her Master of Divinity in 2009 and is currently a parishioner at St. James Cathedral in Toronto.

Brad Faught—Brad is Professor and Chair of History and Global Studies at Tyndale University and a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. He specializes in the field of Modern Britain, especially its political, imperial, military, and religious history, and has written several books in these areas. He attends St. Clement's Anglican Church in Toronto, where he is a former warden.  

Dave Toycen—Dave is an active member of Trinity Anglican Church Streetsville In Mississauga, Ontario. He served as President and CEO for World Vision Canada for 19 years, retiring in June 2015.  He also served in two other countries with World Vision for a total of 42 years. Dave has a Master of Divinity and is a passionate supporter of theological education and the important responsibility to prepare people for ordained as well as lay Christian ministry. He is keen to see churches thrive in holistic ministry that addresses the call to share the Gospel, make disciples, and address the spiritual needs and the call for justice and advocacy in our broken world. As a long-time social activist, Dave lives by the motto that “your burden for ministry can never be greater than your joy in the Lord.” 

Beng Wee—Beng received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management and Chemical Sciences from Manchester, UK; attained professional accounting qualifications and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He also holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. He has spent over 30 years in finance and administration leadership positions in different parts of the world and currently manages a financial portfolio. 

Robert (Bob) BoecknerPrior to my retirement, I was a senior consultant and National Principal in the Toronto office of Mercer Human Resource Consulting Limited.  Before joining Mercer in 1990, I was the CEO of a joint venture company specializing in underwriting and administering group insurance and pensions which was a member of the Laurentian Group. I also spent over 20 years at Crown Life Insurance Company in various actuarial and senior management positions including being head of Crown’s US operations which represented over one half of Crown’s worldwide operations.

I have received various awards for my volunteer service including the Gold Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, and the Anglican Award of Merit from the Council of General Synod in January of 2020.

I have been a member of the Anglican parish of St. Clement Eglinton for over thirty years and have been involved in the life of the parish in many different ways. I have served on the Planning and Welcome Committees, as well as the Advisory Board, as a Synod Representative and as the Rector’s Warden. HI am currently a Greeter, Reader, Communion Minister and Sidesteam Captain.

Robert M Motz CPA, CABob has a 20+ year history as a public company CFO working with small public companies (both TSX and NASDAQ) that were either looking for growth capital or to adjust their internal controls and financial processes to the rapid growth that these companies are facing. Bob retired from full-time employment in 2022 and now provides consulting services to similar organizations.

Bob has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and a CA (now CPA) with Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers).

Bob and his wife Sue have been members of Trinity Anglican Church, Streetsville for almost 30 years and Bob has served both as Treasurer and Chair of the Parish Board on several occasions.

Tim Andison — Tim Andison is a partner in Toronto in the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he has practised corporate and securities law since 2010.  Before then, Tim practised law in London, Singapore and Tokyo.  Tim recently served as the rector’s warden of St. Clement’s, Eglinton, for two years before moving to St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, where his wife, the Rt. Rev. Jenny Andison (Wycliffe 1997), now serves as rector.  Tim is a graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.   He and his wife have three daughters.