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The NJC Fund

Purpose of the Neuchâtel Junior College Fund

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  • About

    The Neuchâtel Junior College Fund is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to responsible fundraising and asset stewardship in support of Neuchâtel Junior College. The NJC Fund, incorporated in 1977, works in the service of long-term preservation and enhancement of the school and its legacy of exceptional immersive education.
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  • Purpose

    Directors of the Neuchâtel Junior College Fund are responsible for ensuring that the NJC Fund operates in conformity with its legal purpose outlined in the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation.
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  • Values

    The Neuchâtel Junior College Fund is committed to the highest standards of financial management and fundraising ethics, and pledge that our donors’ investment in NJC will be treated with the utmost respect.
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Members of the Neuchâtel Junior College Fund

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  • Max Thompson '88, Chair

    Based in Toronto, I have been with RBC in several product and strategy roles over the past 20 years. I am Past Chair of the NJC Canadian Advisory Committee ('08-'12).  In my spare time my family likes to ski in Collingwood and tries to spend as many summer weekends in Bala. NJC has given me a tremendous amount both as a student and as a Director. I can’t wait for my daughter to attend ('24). 
  • Patricia Saputo, Treasurer

    Patricia Saputo, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, TEP,  DTax, FPl. After leaving Deloitte’s tax department in 1998, Patricia Saputo has set up and currently manages her immediate family’s “Family Office” in her role as the Chief Financial Officer of Placements Italcan Inc., a diversified investment holding company.  Her specialization is in the domain of investment holding companies, personal and corporate tax, and Estate/Succession planning which includes investment planning, will planning and life insurance planning. She has developed expertise in the area of managing wealth as it is distributed to future generations so they become responsible stewards of their own wealth. She has developed a “Family Wealth Program” at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business (JMSB) that was launched in November 2015. 
    Ms. Saputo currently sits on the Board of Governors of Concordia University Foundation (since 2005) and Concordia University Pension Plan (since 2008) as well as the McGill University Health Center Foundation (MUHC) board.
    Ms. Saputo also Chairs the advisory committee to Westcourt Capital Corporation, an investment advisory firm that adopts an alternative approach to asset allocation and investment manager selection with the goal of providing best-in-class advice and recommendations resulting in enhanced risk-adjusted returns. She is also a member of the advisory committee for Imperial Capital Fund VI (a private equity firm) and Area One Farms (a private equity agriculture business). She has also been sitting on the Concordia University Foundation’s Joint Sustainable investment advisory committee for the past 4 years. 
  • Leslie Brophy '81

    Currently based in Toronto, I am a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder with 20+ years in the Wealth Management industry working for RBC in Canada, Europe and Latin America.
    I attended NJC in 1980/1981 when the curriculum was designed around a 3 term school year. There were 21 of us who attended the school that year where, together with another student, I edited the school’s yearbook. After NJC, I attended the University of Western Ontario and earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French. I continue to speak French fluently after returning to Switzerland and living in Geneva for 8 years (2001 - 2009). I am also fluent in Spanish as I was born and raised in Latin America.
    My experience at NJC instilled in me a desire to think globally and to continually expand my horizons through the pursuit of education and experiences focused on the world’s history, cultures and current affairs. I am proud to be a member of The NJC Fund Board of Directors and am excited to work with the Board to exercise sound corporate governance and assure the long term preservation of the assets committed to The NJC Fund.
  • Heather Duncanson '06

    I graduated from NJC in 2006, the last of my three siblings to attend the school. Since then, I completed a Bachelor of Arts at McGill and an MBA at Rotman School of Management. Post Rotman, I went on to work as a Management Consultant for KPMG before joining RBC Ventures in October 2017 as a Product Lead. Beyond my career, I love to travel (I definitely caught the travel bug from my time in Neuchâtel) and am always planning my next adventure. I’m thrilled to join the NJC Fund and help it grow!
  • Samantha Kobayashi '12

    I am an NJC grad from the class of 2012. Prior to living in Neuchâtel, I did ballet with the Royal Conservatory for 14 years. I attended the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University where I majored in accounting, which led me to my current position as an auditor at Deloitte. I am currently in the process of getting my 30 months of practical experience. It is expected that I will obtain my CPA designation by June 2019. 
  • Katie Reese '08

    Katie graduated from NJC in 2008, followed by her brother Thomas in 2014. After graduating from Queen’s University in 2012 with a B.Comm and a B.Sc in Life Sciences, Katie worked at CIBC Capital Markets in investment banking. In 2016, she moved to Birch Hill Equity Partners, a mid-market private equity firm, where she currently works. When Katie’s not working she still regularly travels with her friends from Neuchâtel!
  • Sandy Rhind '74

    I am an NJC grad from 1974 and my daughter, Jackie Rhind, graduated from NJC in 2008. My sister, Susan (Rhind) Main also attended NJC and graduated in 1969, so in my family there is no shortage of good vibes around Neuchâtel Junior College! After NJC, I graduated from Queen’s Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and went on to practice engineering in the solar and renewable energy field for eight years. Following completion of an MBA at University of Connecticut, I switched careers into Corporate Finance in 1986 at investment dealer Burns Fry (and later became BMO Capital Markets) where I stayed for 17 years. In 2005, I started Alexander Capital, a boutique investment dealer offering Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisition services.
    I joined the NJC Fund Board because I think we can do a better job asking successful NJC grads to give back to the NJC community, which gave them so much. Endowing the school with funding to allow less fortunate individuals to experience NJC should be something all graduates can understand and support. I am excited about growing the Fund and strengthening the foundations of NJC.

Our Pledge to the NJC Community

We are committed to the highest standard of fundraising ethics and pledge that our donors’ investment in NJC will be treated with the utmost respect. Donations to NJC are used wisely for the purpose for which they were intended.

Our community is always treated with professional courtesy and the privacy of our constituents is respected to the fullest extent of the law. Neither Neuchâtel Junior College nor The NJC Fund will ever share or sell your personal information to any other organization.

The NJC Fund upholds an internationally recognized Donor Bill of Rights, created by a consortium of respected fundraising bodies including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Max Thompson ’88, President, NJC Fund

Principally, The NJC Fund is responsible to the loyal alumni and parents who invest in, and help to protect the future of NJC.  There is nothing more important to the permanence of our school, than the confidence of our supporters. As such, donations are handled with the highest level of accuracy and careful consideration.
In order to be as transparent as possible, Audited Financial Statements are all published on our website.
I invite you to review them and share in our stewardship of NJC by contacting us, should you have concerns or comments.
The NJC Fund values professionalism, scrupulousness, accountability and integrity. Our commitment to these values are at the core of our accountability to our Alma Mater as Directors of the NJC Fund.
If you have any questions, or would like to to make a donation, please contact Ms. Sarah Morison '91, Director of Advancement at 416.368.8169 ext. 223, toll-free 1.800.263.2923 ext. 223 or at
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