May 2017

New Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors, our remarkable staff and volunteers, and our entire community, it gives me great pleasure to announce that James Brian will join RSCT as Executive Director beginning on Monday, May 15.

James brings RSCT remarkable knowledge, passion and skills that will help move RSCT forward in its important work of fostering cultural renewal across Canada out of the transformative resources of anthroposophy. James has extensive experience as a Waldorf school teacher, administrator and coach. For those of you who do not know James, I have included a short biography below.

Please join me in wishing James great success in his new role!

Robert McKay
Chair, Board of Directors


Executive Director
Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto

James Brian has worked in the educational field for over 30 years, with both children and adults. He spent 12 years in Germany studying philosophy and educational methods and has diplomas in Rudolf Steiner Special Education and Waldorf Teaching.  He taught at the Kräherwald Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany, for 5 years. Returning to Canada in 1988, he was a co-founder of the bilingual École Parsifal School in Ottawa, where he taught with a strong accent on using the artistic training acquired in Europe. He is experienced in teaching painting, drama, sculpture, music and drawing and believes that the artistic approach enlivens, deepens and personalizes the learning experience.
With a diploma in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development from Sunbridge College in New York, he has also been active as an educational consultant in advising school faculties and boards of directors on governance issues and organizational development. An experienced public speaker, he has held numerous public lectures and study groups on anthroposophy, educational philosophy and personal development.
From 2003 on, he worked as a consultant in organizational development, retreat facilitation and strategic planning. He is a certified professional coach (New Ventures West, San Francisco) and has worked with clients both in numerous federal government departments and in the private sector. Drawing from his experience as an educator, he is able to quickly grasp the essence of what one says and see the potential of an individual. He has the necessary analytical skills to see what is important to work on and a methodical approach to design programs allowing a client to acquire new skills, capacities and competencies.
Since 2003 he has been active as a mentor and trainer at the French public Waldorf school Trille des Bois in Ottawa. For the last 3 years he has trained Indigenous teachers and educators in Waldorf methods and is presently President of the Douglas Cardinal Foundation for Indigenous Waldorf Education.
James Brian’s aim is to use his educational background and artistic training to help individuals and groups envision their goals and develop the necessary tools and skills in order to achieve their objectives. He is a life-long learner and has worked with hundreds of individuals, helping them unleash and develop their potential.

Waldorf Schools, Consulting