Désirée McGraw BA, MPHIL/PHD (ABD)

President and Head of College

Appointed in August 2015, Désirée McGraw is the first woman to serve as President and Head of Pearson College UWC. From 2008-2015, Désirée served as Executive Director and President of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and its flagship Sauvé Scholars Program. From 2003-2006, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and the Director of Policy for the Minister of International Cooperation. Désirée’s studied International Relations as a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has completed executive training at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale University’s Jackson School of International Affairs, and McGill University’s Desautels School of Management. In 2010, Désirée was named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. In 2014 the Financial Post recognized her as a “Trailblazer and Trendsetter” among Canada’s 100 most influential women, and she was profiled in Première en Affaires as one of eight top women executives in Québec.

Heather Gross BA, MA

Deputy Head and Vice-President, Education and Programming

Heather Gross (YR 20/1995, Canada-AB) was appointed Pearson College UWC’s Vice-President, Education and Programming in June 2017. In this role, Heather is Chief Academic Officer of the College and responsible for instilling a culture of excellence, innovation, collaboration, inquiry and growth among faculty, students and administrative staff. Prior to joining the executive, Heather was Director of Admissions and Experiential Education and Universities Counselor.  She serves on the international Committee for the Governance of the National Committee System (CGNCS) and often facilitates working groups and workshops. Before her work in the UWC system, she worked in recruitment and admissions at the University of Alberta and in informal education at the Royal Alberta Museum and William A. Switzer Provincial Park.

Ty Pile CMM, MSc, CD

Vice-President, Operations and Administration

Tyrone (Ty) Pile was appointed Pearson College UWC Vice-President, Operations and Administration in June 2016. As Vice-President, Operations and Administration, Ty leads all internal non-academic operations including administration, strategic and organizational planning, finance, human resources, legal, infrastructure, information technology and strategic and operational planning. Over a 35-year career with the Royal Canadian Navy, he led at every level from Captain at sea to Flag Officer and Member of Armed Forces Council to the most senior executive body at Canada’s National Defense. He served as Commander, Canadian Fleet Atlantic (2003-5) and as Commander Pacific Naval Forces (2007-10).