Speakers

We are grateful to the business leaders that share their expertise and insights on topics that will help inspire and educate women to become more effective Corporate Directors. In appreciation for our speakers time and expertise we believe in the spirit of giving back and we make an annual donation to Women Get On Board’s charities of choice.

 

Laurel Murray

Disruptive Planning in the Boardroom – September 26, 2017

Ms. Laurel Murray has been a chartered accountant since 1989 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University. Ms. Murray is a member of the Board of Directors for the Pine River Institute Foundation and the recent Chair of the Audit Committee of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. She was a Corporate Director at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), the Chair of the LCBO Audit Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. 

Ms. Murray is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and in 2014, was selected for Women on Board®, a Catalyst initiative that promotes the appointment of women to corporate boards.

Ms. Murray is also President of Murray Management Consulting Inc. a management consulting firm specializing in helping strengthen public sector management and accountability. As President of Murray Management Consulting, Ms. Murray works with many federal departments and agencies to develop and implement practical and cost-effective governance and accountability models, frameworks, strategies and tools. She was also the lead in developing the recently revised Guidelines for Audit Committees of Crown Corporations and Other Public Enterprises for the federal government.

Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Murray was an executive manager with the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and previous to that she was a manager with KPMG, one world’s largest public accounting firms.

 

Byron Holland

Disruptive Planning in the Boardroom – September 26, 2017

Byron Holland has been involved with the Internet for more than 20 years as an end-user for technology-based businesses, as the leader of the organization that manages .CA, one of the world’s fastest growing country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, and as an active leader in international Internet governance.  

Byron is currently the president and CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which manages .CA  on behalf of all Canadians.

Byron is active in the global Internet governance ecosystem; ensuring Canadian values are taken into account in decisions made about the development of the Internet. He has served in a variety of leadership positions within public, private and community- based organizations and is a respected leader in the Internet community.

Byron is active within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is a not-for-profit organization with participants from around the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.  Byron previously served as chair of ICANN’s Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), of which he is currently vice-chair, as well as the Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms. Byron is the current chair of ICANN’s Customer Standing Committee (CSC) and is an active participant in the United Nations coordinated Internet Governance Forum. Byron is also currently on the advisory group for the second Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference, which will be held in Ottawa in 2018.

Byron is a recognized leader in the Canadian Internet community and is a frequent commenter on domestic Internet policy and technical issues in the Canadian media and via the CIRA blog (cira.ca/blog). He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. He also holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

 

Mary Larson

Disruptive Planning in the Boardroom – June 14, 2017 and September 26, 2017

Mary focuses primarily on issues facing CEOs and C-suite executives. With over 30 years of business experience in strategy and organizational development, Mary helps clients become more effective in aligning their teams and – equally importantly – helps them tackle complex interactions with boards, customers and other stakeholders.

She has deep experience in advising senior executives, and in consulting across crown corporations, financial institutions, retailers and companies in the transportation, energy, consumer durables and several other sectors.

Mary has worked with clients across the globe and has been a senior partner with A.T. Kearney, Monitor Group and Oliver Wyman. She has founded several consulting firms and has held senior executive positions with McDonald’s Corporation in the U.S., and with Alcan and Culinar in Canada.

She received her AB with honours from Princeton in 1975 and her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1979. She began her career with the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Co.

Mary is a designated ICD.d graduate from the Rotman School and is the chair of the Advisory Board of McGill’s School for Continuing Studies; she has served on the Boards of L’Opéra de Montréal and Action Against Hunger, and was co-founder of the international Women’s Forum in Canada. She is also a founding member, and served on the Executive Committee, of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative. She co-founded the International Women’s Forum in Canada in 1994.

American by birth, Mary works in both English and French, and has lived in Montreal since 1980.

 

Chris Cooper

Disruptive Planning in the Boardroom – June 14, 2017

Chris Cooper brings over three decades of experience in providing strategic advice for organizational and individual change leadership. He has helped leaders and teams move forward through the development and implementation of new strategies, with particular emphasis on “getting from here to there.” His experience ranges from strategic planning to change program leadership, from organizational restructuring to team building and from performance coaching to career planning.

He has extensive experience with the government, healthcare, community development, and association management sectors across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He has in-depth strategic planning experience with not-for-profit organizations in the Jewish community and others, focusing on the planning process itself, but also plan implementation and working with boards and staff to ensure alignment with the organization’s strategic goals.

Chris has spoken and published extensively on topics such as strategic planning and disruption, sustainable organizational change, internal management consulting, and the history of organizational behavior. He has written several strategy-focused tool-kits and teaches “Leading Change” and “The Fundamentals of Change Management” at McGill University.

Chris graduated from Cambridge University (BA, MA) in Anthropology and Archaeology.  He is a Certified Management Consultant, Adm.a(Chartered Secretaries), Certified Human Resource Professional, and a professional Member of the National Employment Counseling Association (U.S.). He has also served as municipal mayor and préfetin Quebec.English by birth, he works in both English and French, and lives in Montreal and Brome, Quebec.

 

 

Deborah Rosati

Disruptive Planning in the Boardroom – June 14, 2017

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer, retail, private equity and venture capital. An experienced Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance and CEO and board succession planning.

Currently, Deborah’s corporate engagements are as a leading and serving Corporate Director for Sears Canada (TSX: SCC) and Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee for NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ) and Chair of the Audit Committee; and for MedReleaf (TSX: LEAF) and Chair of the Audit Committee. She is also a Co-Founder  & CEO of Women Get On Board, a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah’s community engagements include serving as a member of the Adrenalys Advisory Council and also a member of her alma mater’s Goodman’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and she launched the school’s Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award.

Deborah is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, board diversity and entrepreneurship.  Selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate, she was also recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category. She was Chair of the Nomination Committee and the Chair of the Board for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Canada’s National Ballet School. In addition, Deborah was also the Co-chair for the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a former member of CPA Canada Risk Oversight Governance Board.

 

Julie Kothlow

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – June 8, 2017

Julie is a Director in KPMG’s Strategy & Operations Practice with a focus on People and Change.  With over 20 years of experience working in industry, through independent consulting and public practice with the Big 4 firms, Julie has developed a deep understanding of business and how to bring the best thinking, methods and tools to affect positive change.

Julie’s career started out in the technology industry where quick thinking and agility were key.  She has applied that same sense of urgency to her clients in evolving new strategies, designing new business models or disrupting old ones.

Based in Vancouver, Julie has worked in both public and private sector in a wide variety of industries including technology, real estate development, tourism & resort management, higher education, finance, utilities and health industries.  She has led large scale transformation efforts and has both delivered on Board recommendations and been a Board member.   Julie serves on several not-profit Boards and in her practice, advises and conducts reviews of Board effectiveness.

Bob Elton

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – June 8, 2017

Bob Elton has had a varied career including being a partner at PWC; executive roles including CEO of BC Hydro, and various roles with Vancity; Director of enterprises including Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, Simon Fraser University, Corix, BCIMC, Lunapads and the Minerva Foundation for BC Women; and Adjunct Professor at Sauder School of Business at UBC. Bob is a CPA, FCA. 

He has had a consistent focus on the development of women in leadership, based on a strong belief that we are better together. This development has led to positive results in that ensuring there are more women at the table has been associated with strong business results.

 

Bev Park

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – June 8, 2017

Bev is a Corporate Director and is currently a Board member of TransAlta Corporation, Teekay LNG Partners, Silver Standard Resources and InTransit BC.  TransAlta is listed on the TSX/NYSE and is one of Canada’s largest publicly traded wholesale power generators and marketers with assets in Canada, the US and Australia.   Teekay is listed on the NYSE and is one the world’s largest independent owners of LNG and LPG carriers.

Silver Standard Resources Inc., a TSX/NASDAQ listed mining company is focused on the operation, development, exploration and acquisition of precious metals projects in North and South America.  InTransit BC is the concessionaire for the automated rapid transit line linking downtown Vancouver to Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. Until 2010, Bev was a Board member of the BC Transmission Corporation.

Prior to taking on these board roles, Bev spent the majority of her career with TimberWest Forest Corp. where she was most recently COO.  At TimberWest she also held the roles of Interim CEO, President of the real estate division (Couverdon Real Estate) and EVP/CFO.  Prior to that Bev was with BC Hydro and KPMG.

Over the past 30 years, Bev has served on eight community and association Boards, chairing two of those Boards and chairing a range of committees.  Bev currently serves on the UBC Board of Governors.

Elaine Wong

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – June 6, 2017

Elaine is a Partner with KPMG’s Risk Consulting Advisory practice where she is KPMG’s leader of our Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance service line in Alberta and is also Canada’s Internal Audit and Risk Management leader for the energy sector.  Elaine specializes in assisting various organizations with governance and risk management requirements and assists clients in the areas of Enterprise Risk Management, Board Advisory, Internal Audit, Governance, Regulatory Compliance, and Assurance. 

Elaine has over 20 years of risk management, internal and external audit, finance, and project experience.  She is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Accountant, and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance along with an Institute Corporate Director designation.

 Elaine is keenly involved in supporting the Calgary community and firmly believes that as citizens of our community, one of our roles is to support and provide back to community. Elaine is currently a Board member and the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee at the YWCA in Calgary, and she is also a community member on the University of Calgary’s Audit Committee.

 

Lori Ell

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – June 6, 2017

Ms.  Ell holds over 25 years of broad-based executive experience working with multi-billion dollar, start-up, and mid-market companies in diverse industries including oil & gas, technology, and food manufacturing. Her most recent position was as President of Agristar Inc, and prior to that, CFO for Quortech Solutions Ltd.  Currently, Ms. Ell consults with business leaders to help construct processes for strategic execution. She is also a Chair with TEC-Canada, where she leads a select group of CEOs through confidential peer advisory forums and provides one-to one executive coaching.

She sits on several private, public and not-for profit boards.  She holds a Bachelor of Management, is a Certified Public Accountant and has also received her ICD.D in Board Governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

 

Mark Livingston

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – June 6, 2017

Mark Livingston is the Global Managing Partner of our Natural Resources Sector (Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Metals & Mining, Agriculture, and Bio-based Materials). Mark focuses on CEO, C-Suite and Board recruitment across Energy, Chemicals and the EPC and Industrial Service companies serving these sectors. He has placed over 70 Directors onto public and private boards since joining the firm. 

Mark’s clients have included Atlantic Power, BHP Billiton, Chemours, Chesapeake Energy, Compass Minerals, Contanda, DuPont, GE Oil & Gas, Halliburton, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, Horsehead, Jacobs Engineering, MRC Global, Noble Midstream, Penn Virginia, SNC-Lavalin, Teekay Corporation, Teekay Offshore, Univar, Weatherford International, and Wood Group.

Mark’s work with financial sponsors has included firms such as Advent International, Apollo, Carlyle, Cerberus Capital Management, Denham Capital, EIG, GFI Energy Ventures (Oaktree), Highstar (Oaktree Infrastructure), Goldman Sachs, KKR, Lux Capital, and TPG Capital.

Prior to joining Heidrick and Struggles, Mark spent almost 14 years working in a variety of finance and purchasing roles. Most recently, he was the Regional Finance Manager, Americas Manufacturing responsible for the financial functions of nine U.S. and Latin American refineries for Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Mark began his career working for PPG Industries, a leading chemical and coatings manufacturer.

Mark holds a Masters of International Business Studies in Finance from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He also holds Bachelors of Arts Degrees in History and International Relations from the University of Maine. He is fluent in German and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Marks serves on the South Central Board of Trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He lives in Bellaire, TX with his wife and their two sons.

 

Mark Smith

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – June 6, 2017

Mark Smith has been involved in the energy industry for over 25 years. He was a partner with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP from 1997 through to June of 2009 and previously a partner with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP where he articled in 1986. He was lead counsel in numerous corporate and asset acquisitions and divestitures, primarily in the energy industry. He is the CEO and director of Surmont Energy Ltd., a junior oil sands company and was CEO and director of Hyrcanian Resources Ltd., an English based exploration and development company doing business in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

He was also the Managing Director and CEO of Scimitar Hydrocarbons Inc. (which later merged with Rally Energy), an oil and gas company focused on development and exploration in the Middle East and Africa. He later co-founded and was Executive Chairman of a domestic exploration and production company, Infiniti Resources. Mark has served on a number of boards (and subcommittees) of both public and private companies in Canada, US and the UK. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce (1983) and Bachelor of Laws (1986) from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Lorne Segal

Lorne W. Segal

Assess the downside before signing on: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – May 25, 2017

Lorne Segal is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, banking and finance, corporate commercial, private equity and capital markets. Representing private and public companies of all sizes — from owner-operated businesses to multinational corporates — Lorne combines strong technical skills with a practical approach and sound business judgment to help his clients succeed.

In the M&A, corporate commercial and private equity areas, Lorne holds expertise in various sectors, including telecommunications, retail, heavy and light manufacturing, mining, distribution, pharmaceuticals, recycling, software, textiles, telemarketing and financial services.

In the banking and finance sector, Lorne represents domestic and foreign banks, insurance companies, merchant banks, private equity investors and venture capitalists in mid-market and larger transactions. In the area of restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, Lorne represents creditors, debtors and trustees/receivers. His expertise also includes distressed M&A.

Recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by clients and peers, Lorne has been listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a top-ranked insolvency and financial restructuring professional for the past several years.

Lorne recently completed a four-year term as firm managing partner, internal and as a member of the Executive Committee. He also previously served on the firm’s Board of Trustees.

An active member of the Ottawa community, Lorne is a past board member of Ronald McDonald House and the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

Lorraine Mastersmith

Assess the downside before signing on: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – May 25, 2017

Lorraine Mastersmith is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Corporate Commercial Group, based in the firm’s Ottawa office. Her practice focuses largely on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on assisting emerging and established companies across a variety of sectors — from information and communications technology to live video production and social impact companies.

Leveraging her past experience as in­house counsel to two significant multinational technology companies in Ottawa, Lorraine provides practical advice to her clients throughout the life cycle of their businesses, helping them to organize and incorporate, protect their brands, negotiate commercial agreements, expand into international markets, and complete complex mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Over the course of her career, Lorraine has assisted clients in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from banks, angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms from across North America and abroad, as well as through some novel crowdfunding initiatives. With extensive experience in the listing of Capital Pool Companies and the completion of Qualifying Transactions on the TSX Venture Exchange, she has acted as lead counsel on a number of listings and subsequent financings on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange and Social Venture Exchange.

Lorraine also has the business acumen to assist in the development of corporate strategic plans, governance policies and procedures, and currently serves as an independent director and corporate secretary for Ross Video Limited. She has years of experience drafting technology and OEM licensing and distribution agreements, employment contracts and equity incentive compensation plans. 

Outside of her law practice, Lorraine is active in the Ottawa community, serving on the Leadership Committee and as a table captain for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Breakfast of Champions for several years and on the gift committee for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. In addition, she is actively involved as a Regional Ambassador Council member for the Ottawa Region of Women Get On Board.

Dianne Morrison

Assess the downside before signing on: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – May 25, 2017

Dianne Morrison is a Senior Vice President within Marsh’s Financial and Professional Services (FINPRO) Practice providing advisory, placement expertise, and product leadership for Directors and Officers liability.

Marsh’s FINPRO Practice is a global team of professionals specializing in directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, pension liability, crime coverage, kidnap and ransom and other miscellaneous specialty coverages. In addition to the negotiation and placement of these coverages, the Practice also offers guidance to clients regarding corporate governance, director education, loss prevention, claims, and the business and legal landscape surrounding executive liability.

Cathy Logue

How to Prepare for Board Interviews – April 12, 2017

Cathy Logue has over 25 years of financial and executive search experience, and is a Managing Director with the Toronto office of Stanton Chase, a global executive search firm with more than 70 offices in 45 countries.  The primary focus of Cathy’s search practice is senior leadership roles within the Technology, Media and Mining & Energy sectors, working with clients ranging from entrepreneurial mid-market and private equity backed companies to publicly-traded multinationals.  Cathy derives tremendous satisfaction in her role as a trusted advisor to many long-standing clients and candidates.

A proud Ottawa native and avid McGregor Lake cottager, Cathy completed her CA with Ernst & Young prior to taking on financial leadership roles with Loblaws and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2007, she and her partner Joanne Elek co-founded Ambit Search, a Toronto-based boutique executive search firm.

Cathy enjoys volunteering her time as a Board member with local non-profit organizations, and is currently a Board Trustee for Africa Reads, an Ottawa-based charity focused on improving literacy in South Africa. Cathy also sits as an Americas Council member with the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), a global organization that acts as the voice of excellence for executive search and leadership consultants worldwide.

Cathy is passionate about corporate and board diversity, and has been a driving force in engaging other Canadian executive search firms to support the 30% Club, a UK-based initiative that advocates for increasing the representation of women on corporate boards.

Carol Darling

How to Prepare for Board Interviews – April 12, 2017

Carol Darling is an accomplished senior executive, director and Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) with over 30 years of experience in both operational and board settings. She has participated in over thirteen domestic and international forums, Government advisory bodies, membership based and Not-for-Profit Boards and Committees.

Ms Darling was most recently Vice President Engineering and Broadcast Systems at Shaw Media (and formerly Canwest) where she spearheaded strategic technology investments in the rapidly evolving Media environment and led 250 staff in technical and operations services for Global TV conventional television stations across Canada and eighteen specialty cable television channels.

Ms. Darling commenced her career designing manholes and telecommunications systems for Bell Canada. Through consulting engagements at both Nordicity Group and as an independent consultant, she has advised Government bodies and over twenty private corporations on strategic initiatives, business opportunities and technology systems investments. At the Women’s Television Network Ms. Darling was instrumental in growing one of Canada’s national specialty television networks from start-up to sale for $205M.  Prior to joining Canwest and Shaw Media, she was the Executive Director of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) a non-profit union of the most influential broadcasting networks in Canada, the United States and Mexico, and Secretariat for the World Broadcasting Unions, the coordinating forum for broadcast unions globally.

Previous appointments include: Director, Canada’s National Ballet School; Advisory Board, Women Get on Board; Observer, United Nations ITU Council; Director, Industry Canada Communications Research Centre (CRC) Advisory Council; Chair of the Board, Advanced Broadcasting Systems of Canada (ABSOC); Executive Committee member, U.S. Advanced Television Service (ATSC); and, Canadian Industry representative, US FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service (ACATS).

A graduate of Queens’ University in Civil Engineering (1978), Ms Darling is the recipient of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) Board Contribution Commendation (2008) and the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Trailblazer of the Year award (1997), for her vision and accomplishments in breaking new ground.

Raja Khanna

How to Prepare for Board Interviews – April 12, 2017

Raja Khanna, CEO, Television & Digital, oversees the strategic development and operation of Blue Ant Media’s global channels, SVOD, AVOD, production and distribution businesses.  Raja leads the company’s worldwide expansion and its strategy of growing its global content rights library.

Through both M&A and organic growth, Khanna has overseen the company’s growth to owning and operating 11 TV networks worldwide, a YouTube MCN with over 2 billion views a month and the global Love Nature joint venture with Smithsonian Networks which produces and distributes the world’s largest output of 4K natural history content.

Formerly, Khanna was CEO of GlassBOX Television where he managed and financed the acquisition of T+E from CTV and helped orchestrate the merger of GlassBOX and Blue Ant Media.

Khanna is the Co-founder of QuickPlay Media Inc., a global leader in mobile content delivery platforms where he played a key role in introducing the first mobile video services to the North American market. QuickPlay was sold to AT&T.

Khanna is the founder and was CEO of Snap Media Corp., a leading interactive digital media producer and global award-winning developer of early social networking technologies, community web platforms and interactive content. The company was sold in 2003.

Khanna serves on the Board of Governors of OCAD University and sits on the Boards of Sears Canada, Blue Ant Media, IIC Canada and the Program Advisory Committee for Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media.

Khanna holds his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and his B.Sc. (Honours) Genetics and Philosophy from University of Toronto.

Paul Gryglewicz

The Public Board Appointment Process – February 8, 2017

As a key member of his firm’s senior leadership team, Paul’s work incorporates leading edge governance practices, mitigates risk and educates key stakeholders on sophisticated compensation systems. He engages with boards and senior management advising them in the areas of executive compensation, human resource strategy and corporate governance. His work incorporates leading edge governance practices, mitigates risk and educates key stakeholders on sophisticated compensation systems, specialized in strategic compensation review and design, risk assessment, incentive performance calibration, board compensation and governance.

Previously he was an associate consultant with one of Canada’s largest independent compensation advisory firms, focused on strategic compensation review and design for a variety of organizations across Canada.

As an instructor at York University, Paul co-designed and teaches the graduate level course “Governance of Executive Compensation and Shareholder Accountability”. He is also an active speaker for professional associations presenting on a wide array of executive compensation and governance related topics.

 

Elke Rubach

The Public Board Appointment Process – February 8, 2017

Elke Rubach is the Founder of Rubach Wealth – a uniquely focused insurance and wealth management advisory in Toronto.  She provides clients with the clarity to protect and grow their assets and wealth.  Her advice is relationship-driven and resource-rich.

As a business woman, a mother and a member of our community, Elke understands the challenge shared by many – not to become defined by a single role.

A lawyer by training, Elke is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee on the Toronto Parking Authority, the Vice-Chair at the Canadian Breast Cancer Society, a Director at the Lycee Francais de Toronto and the Founder and Co-Chair of Fashion Heals in support of SickKids. Elke is also a member of the Advisory Board at Access Employment Entrepreneurs Connections, and sits on the Advisory Board of Daughters for Life.

In business and other contexts, Elke is about empowering individuals by arming them with the information that is most relevant to their individual situations. It’s an approach that’s created value in the many roles she plays.

 

Audrey Wubbenhorst

The Public Board Appointment Process – February 8, 2017

Audrey Wubbenhorst is currently a Professor at both Humber College and Ryerson University in Toronto, where she teaches Banking, Marketing and Communications. She also writes and consults on a number of topics including governance and today’s workplaces.

In addition to Build Toronto, Audrey currently also serves on the board of the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Audrey previously sat on the board of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, where she chaired a number of committees, as well as on the board of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter for five years including two as Chair. She has completed board education with the Institute of Corporate Directors as well as the Get on Board governance education program.

Audrey holds an MBA in Financial Services from Dalhousie University and an MA in Communications from Ryerson and York. She earned her BA (Hons) from McGill University and has also completed a number of professional programs including a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from St. Mike’s College, a corporate leadership program from the Aspen Institute and a program in adult learning from Humber College.

 

Nancy Chase, CPA, CA, CIA, CRMA

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – January 25, 2017

Nancy is a Partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting Practice in Ottawa with more than 20 years of experience in enterprise risk management, internal and IT audit, performance measurement, evaluation, developing and facilitating Board training, and internal control advisory services.   She is the Advisory Services Leader for the NPO and TMT sectors in Ottawa as well as the leader of KPMG’s Performance and Evaluation practice in the National Capital Region. Nancy has extensive experience leading the development and implementation of ERM and performance measurement frameworks for numerous organizations to help clients understand and manage their risks, as well as measure and monitor their impacts and results.

Nancy is a board member of the Institute on Governance and chairs their Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. She is also a Board member and the Treasurer of Canadian Women in Technology and Communications.

 

Kim Butler

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – January 25, 2017

With more than 25 years of executive financial and operational experience with Canadian and multinational organizations, Kim has demonstrated extensive accomplishments in areas of financial management, corporate financing, strategic planning, acquisitions, operations, and investor relations. Prior to CENX, Kim held Chief Financial Officer positions at Benbria, an enterprise software company, and Bridgewater Systems, a global leader in mobile policy solutions. At Bridgewater, Kim led the company’s initial public offering in 2007, and delivered shareholder value with the successful sale of Bridgewater to Amdocs in 2011.

Prior to Bridgewater, Kim held senior finance roles at Asea Brown Boveri, and Mitel Corporation. Kim is a member of the Board of Directors for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, and the Industry Advisory Committee for Entrepreneurship at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

 

Brian Peters

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – January 25, 2017

Brian Peters provides the vision and leadership that MD Financial Management needs to deliver on its mandate of assisting Canadian Medical Association members throughout their lifetime to achieve financial well-being, and build rewarding practices that deliver quality health care.

In 2006, Mr. Peters was chosen by the CMAH Board as the President and CEO of MD, based on his strong vision for the organization. He is steadfast in his belief that MD’s ownership by the Canadian Medical Association uniquely positions MD to act in the best interests of clients, and to focus exclusively on helping physicians and their families. This conviction drives him to build stronger partnerships with the Canadian Medical Association and the provincial and territorial medical associations—all with the goal of delivering more significant value to members.

Mr. Peters started his career as a financial advisor at RBC Dominion Securities, moving steadily up the ranks to become President and CEO of RBC Dain Rauscher. There, he applied his strategic and business leadership to acquisition-based growth strategies.

Mr. Peters is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a degree in Business Administration, holds a CFP designation and has served on many profit and non-profit boards during his career.

 

Cathy Logue

How to Build Your Board Resume – November 23, 2016

Cathy Logue has over 25 years of financial and executive search experience, and is a Managing Director with the Toronto office of Stanton Chase, a global executive search firm with more than 70 offices in 45 countries.  The primary focus of Cathy’s search practice is senior leadership roles within the Technology, Media and Mining & Energy sectors, working with clients ranging from entrepreneurial mid-market and private equity backed companies to publicly-traded multinationals.  Cathy derives tremendous satisfaction in her role as a trusted advisor to many long-standing clients and candidates.

A proud Ottawa native and avid McGregor Lake cottager, Cathy completed her CA with Ernst & Young prior to taking on financial leadership roles with Loblaws and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2007, she and her partner Joanne Elek co-founded Ambit Search, a Toronto-based boutique executive search firm.

Cathy enjoys volunteering her time as a Board member with local non-profit organizations, and is currently a Board Trustee for Africa Reads, an Ottawa-based charity focused on improving literacy in South Africa. Cathy also sits as an Americas Council member with the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), a global organization that acts as the voice of excellence for executive search and leadership consultants worldwide.

Cathy is passionate about corporate and board diversity, and has been a driving force in engaging other Canadian executive search firms to support the 30% Club, a UK-based initiative that advocates for increasing the representation of women on corporate boards.

Charity of Choice:
Charlie and Claudette Logue Dermatology Centre of Excellence

 

Claude Haw

How to Build Your Board Resume – November 23, 2016

Claude Haw, P.Eng, ICD.D is President of Venture Coaches, a private management consulting and investment company which he founded in 2000. He is also Executive Lead for the Strategy & Governance practise at Business Sherpa Group. Claude serves as a Director of two public companies, a large provincial not-for-profit and two early-stage technology companies. Claude is an Advisor and Mentor at L-SPARK, an Ottawa-based Accelerator in the enterprise software (SaaS) space. Claude is an active member of the Capital Angel Network (CAN).

With more than 35 years of experience in a variety of technical, general management and venture investing roles in the technology and not-for-profit sectors, Claude has contributed to the success of several Canadian companies. Claude has completed the ICD Director Education Program and attained the ICD.D designation in 2012. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 for contribution to innovation in Canada and the City of Ottawa Mayor’s medal as an Agent of Change in 2010.

Charity of Choice:
Canadian Cancer Society

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Deborah Rosati

How to Build Your Board Resume – November 23, 2016

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer and retail, and private equity and venture capital. An experienced Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance and CEO and board succession planning.

Currently, Deborah’s corporate engagements are as a leading and serving Corporate Director for Sears Canada (TSX: SCC) and Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee for NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ) and Chair of the Audit Committee; and for MedReleaf (TSX: LEAF) and Chair of the Audit Committee. She is also a Co-Founder of Women Get On Board, a member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah’s community engagements include serving as a member of the Adrenalys Ontario Advisory Council, as a member of her alma mater’s Goodman’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and she launched the school’s Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award.

Deborah is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, board diversity and leadership. Selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate, she was also recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category. She was Chair of the Nomination Committee and the Chair of the Board for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Canada’s National Ballet School. In addition, Deborah was also the Co-chair for the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a former member of CPA Canada Risk Oversight Governance Board.

 

Dr. Michael Hartmann

How to be an Effective Director – November 9, 2016

Dr. Michael Hartmann is a Professor of Human Resource Management at the DeGroote School of Business and Principal of The Directors College. Prior to joining DeGroote, Dr. Hartmann was Deputy Director, Manchester Business School and Assistant Dean, Rotman School of Management.

Dr. Hartmann has over 20 years of academic and professional experience teaching executive leadership and innovation programs to organizations in Asia, Europe, the UAE, and the Americas. He has taught graduate degree programs and corporate workshops in the areas of governance, leadership, strategy, innovation and design thinking and change management. His recent teaching and consulting assignments include work for Novartis, Ziraat Bank, Thales Group, JCB, Omantel, Al-Futtaim Group, Manchester Airports Group, British Sky Broadcasting, Sky Betting & Gaming, Dentsu Aegis Network, and NBC Universal.

Charity of Choice:
Doctors Without Borders

 

Lynn Beauregard

How to be an Effective Director – November 9, 2016

Lynn Beauregard is President of Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC), a Canadian association representing governance professionals across industries in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada.

GPC is managed by Ms. Beauregard’s organization T.O Corporate Services Inc., an association and event management company which provides a complete range of solutions for small or medium sized trade and professional associations. It offers strategic and administrative and event management services to its clients, including conference and event planning, back office operations, governance support, membership maintenance and growth, IT and financial support, administrative assistance, publications, marketing, educational, and other membership services unique to their industry interests and issues.

Other clients of the firm include: the Canadian Association of Financial Institutions in Insurance (CAFII); the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC); itSMF Canada; the Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan (CAMVAP); and the Mortgage Backed Securities Issuers Association (MBSIA).

Previously, Ms. Beauregard was with the Institute for International Research (IIR) as Head of the Training and Business Solutions division for Canada, previously as Head of the Conference Divisions in the Toronto and Montreal offices, as as Division Manager in the Paris office. Prior to joining IIR, Ms. Beauregard was the Editorial Administrator at Maclean’s Magazine, which she joined in 1989, where she supervised the editorial budget and managed its day to day operating expenses, oversaw the implementation of the new editorial publishing system, streamlined the production process, organized national consultations and coordinated Maclean’s key special editorial events and projects.

Ms. Beauregard is Past Chair of the Board for CODE, an NGO focused on delivering programs aimed at sustainable literacy in the developing world, and past Chair of its Governance Committee. She is still a member of their fundraising committee. She is also a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and of the US Society of Corporate Governance.

Ms. Beauregard holds a university degree in Business Administration and Psychology from Bishop’s University in Quebec. She was brought up in West Africa (Senegal), Montreal and New York. She is fluent in French and in Spanish.

Charity of Choice:
CODE

 

Anna Paluzzi

How to be an Effective Director – November 9, 2016

Anna is a graduate of The Director’s College (2015) and works as a Program Manager in Information Technology at the Canadian Tire Corporation.  Anna’s career spans industries including telecommunications, healthcare and interactive white board technologies. In 2007, she joined the Board of Directors for the Central West Community Care Access Centre where she held chair positions for the Patient Safety and Quality, and Governance committee.

Anna continues to serve on this board where she is currently Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees.  Anna participated as a panel member at the ‘Innovation Governance: The Role of the Board in Value Creation’ event hosted by the Director’s College and Conference Board of Canada in October 2015 and recently published an article in the Conference Board of Canada’s Risk Watch publication.

Charity of Choice:
Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Kevin West

Kevin West

How to Chair a Board or Committee – September 14, 2016

Kevin is a senior corporate and securities lawyer with more than 16 years of experience practicing in Toronto, New York and Australia. Kevin has led numerous corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, initial public offerings and joint ventures. He also has significant experience advising companies on corporate governance, disclosure and compliance issues.  

Kevin was a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP for over 5 years where he had a broad corporate practice and represented a number of foreign companies making acquisitions in Canada. Prior to joining Davies, he practiced with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York and Sydney, Australia and clerked for Justice Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada. Kevin founded SkyLaw in 2010.

Kevin is proud that SkyLaw was named by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of Canada’s Top 10 Corporate Law Boutiques . SkyLaw works with a variety of public and private companies and provides top tier legal services to its clients around the globe.  SkyLaw is also a proud corporate partner of Women Get On Board.

Kevin is actively involved in the community. He works with many not-for-profit corporations, charities and social enterprises and leads several pro bono initiatives at SkyLaw. Kevin has volunteered his time with a number of organizations, including as a partner with Social Venture Partners, as a director of Skills for Change and on the corporate governance committee of Project Canoe.

Charity of Choice:
Project Canoe

Sharon Ranson

Sharon Ranson

How to Chair a Board or Committee – September 14, 2016

Sharon Ranson is President of The Ranson Group Inc., a company offering Executive Coaching and Consulting services. Sharon has experience as a director on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards. She is a currently a director of Sprott Inc. (TSX—SII), Echelon Insurance (TSX-EFH), Continental Bank of Canada, Borrowell Inc., the Expert Investment Advisory Committee for the Government of Ontario and the Advisory Board for the School of Business at Queen’s University. Previously, she was on the Board of Governors for CI Investments, a director of Central Gold Trust (GTU-NYSE, GTU.UN, GTU.U-TSX), Bank West, Western Life, Western Financial Insurance and MEGA Brands (TSX – MB).

Prior to founding her current business in 2002, Sharon spent over 20 years in the Financial Services industry in executive positions where she worked at both large and small firms. She was a top ranked Financial Services Analyst and Director with RBC Dominion Securities and was a senior Portfolio Manager with TAL (CIBC). Sharon was also an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Finance program at Queen’s University for three years.

Sharon is a Chartered Accountant and holds the ICD.D designation. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and holds a Masters of Business Administration from York University.

Charity of Choice:
The Children’s Book Bank

Michael Rhodes Skutezky

Michael Rhodes Skutezky

How to Chair a Board or Committee – September 14, 2016

Mr. Skutezky began his 25 year career in the financial sector in Canada as Assistant General Counsel of Royal Bank focused on International and Canadian Project financing based in Montreal and Toronto. Subsequent to his career in banking he was appointed Senior Vice President Personal Trust, National Trust Company. Subsequently he acted in the privatization of the Hungarian electricity authority as counsel to Stikeman Elliott LLP and for an international wireless telecommunications start-up in Eastern Europe as Senior vice-president and General Counsel.

He has served in a similar capacity with Sage Gold Inc. and other junior resource companies. Mr. Skutezky has served as an officer, counsel and director of several private and public companies in the resource and software business. He has served as Chairman of ‘not for profit’ Foundation and as a director on the Board of several not for profit organizations and Foundations. More recently he served as Senior vice-president of Century Iron Mines Corporation (‘Century’), a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange which acquired development iron ore properties in the Labrador Trough region of eastern Quebec and western Labrador. Century was approximately 25% owned by 2 Chinese State owned Enterprises (‘SOEs’). Currently he is Chairman of Western Uranium Corporation (CSE -‘WUC’) and OTCQX (WSTRF’), a near-term producer of uranium and vanadium in Colorado.

Mr. Skutezky practices law through his Professional Corporation. He is Chairman of Rhodes Capital Corporation, a small Toronto based merchant bank through which capital is raised for various clients. He is a member of the Canadian and International Bar Associations and the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Association.

Charity of Choice:
Toronto Botanical Garden

Glenn Keeling

How to Search for Board Opportunities – June 8, 2016

Glenn is a Senior Partner at Global Governance Advisors where he works closely with public and private company boards to navigate thoughtful, well grounded, customized governance solutions related to executive and director compensation. His experience, trusted reputation, and proactive approach to winning countless proxy battles has made Glenn sought-after to ensure that decision-makers, senior executives, and in-house counsel have access to real-world best practices in all industries.

Glenn brings the insight of key voting behaviours of the institutional and retail shareholder communities and helps to map the expectations of today’s shareholders with compensation, pay for performance, transparent disclosure and goal setting.

Glenn is the recipient of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) Joyce Borden-Reed Distinguished Contribution Award and has earned his Fellowship Canadian Investor Relations Institute (F.CIRI) designation from the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Glenn is a member of the Advisory Board of Women Get On Board Inc., a board member of both the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) and the Capital Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario. Glenn is also a guest lecturer at several Canadian universities.

Charity of Choice:
Childhood Cancer Canada

Kathleen Keller-Hobson

How to Search for Board Opportunities – June 8, 2016

Kathleen is an experienced corporate director and currently serves on the board of directors of CCL Industries Inc. and Premium Brands Holdings Corporation, both TSX-listed companies with international operations.

Prior to 2015, Kathleen was a senior business lawyer with 35 years of experience in public and private M&A, corporate finance and corporate governance. She was a senior partner at three of Canada’s leading law firms: Torys (1979-2006), Bennett Jones (2006-2011) and Gowlings (2011-2014). Kathleen has broad international experience, having worked extensively on cross-border transactions and represented clients based in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. She was Managing Partner of the Torys’ London, England office from 1986 to 1995.

Kathleen attended the University of Ottawa (LL.B. 1979). She is a member of the national Campaign Cabinet for the University of Ottawa’s ongoing “Defy the Conventional” campaign. Kathleen is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (ICD.D).

Charity of Choice:
Hope Air 

Kathy Weston

How to Search for Board Opportunities – June 8, 2016

Kathy Weston is an executive leader with a proven track record for delivering impactful growth and transformation strategies in retail and other industries. Kathy was most recently the Senior Vice President of Strategy & New Business at Holt Renfrew and has held senior executive positions leading Business Channels, Strategy, Buying & Merchandising, Finance, Operations and Human Resources functions.

She works as a Corporate Director and as an independent business advisor. Kathy serves on the University of Toronto Press Board of Directors and their Executive and Audit Committees and is as an advisor to Pinpoint GPS Solutions Inc. Past board positions include Party Packagers and Danier Leather Inc.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Charity of Choice:
Girls Not Brides

Kelly McDougald

Kelly McDougald

How to Build your Board Resume – April 6, 2016

Kelly McDougald is an experienced corporate leader and board director.

Kelly’s cross function leadership experience includes more than 25 years in senior executive positions in the telecom sector at Nortel Networks and Bell Canada where she led diverse functional groups including Corporate Strategy, Sales and Marketing, R&D and Business Development. She also served as the President of a Canadian Nortel subsidiary, TTS Meridian Systems.

Following her career in the telecom sector Kelly assumed the position of CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). OLG is a $6.5B provincial corporation employing 20,000 people across Ontario. Kelly then moved to lead the national careers practice of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, a Canadian Professional Services organization.

Currently Kelly acts as a business consultant and coach across multiple organizations leveraging her diverse functional and sector leadership experience.

In the area of corporate governance, Kelly has served as a Director and Committee Member of numerous organizations including Allstate Canada, The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, Career Star Group and the Toronto Board of Trade. She currently serves as a Director on the public company, BSM Wireless. Additionally she is the Board Chair of two not-for-profit organizations, Career Edge and The Clifton Foundation.

Kelly is a graduate of the Director’s Education Program at the University of Toronto (The Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D) and has attended the Stanford University Directors program.

Charity of Choice:
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto

Lisa Melchior

How to Build your Board Resume – April 6, 2016

Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries. Since joining OMERS Private Equity (OPE) in 1999, she has been responsible for several investments, primarily in the technology and media sectors. Currently Lisa leads OPE’s North American TMT investments with a particular focus on software. Active portfolio company responsibilities include Husky, Matrixcare and Civica and previously included Logibec and Constellation Software.

Prior to joining OPE Lisa spent six years at CIBC World Markets; including as a Director at CIBC Capital Partners, the merchant banking arm of CIBC, and at Wood Gundy in the investment banking area. Lisa has board experience with a wide variety of private and public companies.

EDUCATION – BA (Economics), University of Western Ontario, MBA, Schulich School of Business (York University)

Charity of Choice:
St. Michael’s Hospital

Tom Muir

Tom Muir

How to Build your Board Resume – April 6, 2016

Mr. Muir has significant Board experience from three different perspectives – as a Director, senior executive officer and professional advisor. He has served as Lead Director, Chair of the Board and Chair of Audit, Governance and HR/Compensation Committees. He has deep functional expertise in mergers, acquisitions & divestitures, corporate finance, business valuation, accounting/auditing and business strategy.

Mr. Muir is currently a Director of CI Financial Corp. (TSX), the Lead Director of Solium Capital Inc. (TSX), and a Director of Brewers Retail Inc. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of Ceres Global Ag Corp. (TSX), MEGA Brands Inc. (TSX), Pet Valu, Inc. (TSX), Canada Bread Company, Limited (TSX), Bracknell Corporation (TSX & NASDAQ) & Versus Technologies Inc. (TSX).

He is a Director and Past-Chair of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, a Trustee of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and a Director of Aptus Treatment Centre for Complex Disabilities. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, the OSC’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee, and on the Board of Governors of St. Clement’s School.

Mr. Muir was Chief Financial Officer of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX-MFI) from 1995 to 2005. Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, he was Vice President, Director and a member of the Executive Committee of RBC Dominion Securities Inc., and Co-Head of the firm’s Investment Banking Group. Previously, he was Co-Head of the firm’s M&A Group.

Mr. Muir holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant, Fellow Chartered Accountant and Fellow Chartered Business Valuator.

Charity of Choice:
Aptus Treatment Centre

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Susan Varty

How to Promote Yourself Online – February 18, 2016

Susan Varty works with the next generation of women corporate directors to promote themselves online and showcase their accomplishments. Her experience in corporate digital strategy and copywriting helps her to hone in quickly as to what makes people different so they can stay top-of-mind and communicate their value proposition.

As an entrepreneur, Susan has built strategic digital products and services for many corporations including Deloitte, RBC, and Global Payments. Process-driven, she drives membership programs and corporate and affiliate partnerships for Women Get On Board.

Susan is a guest writer for The Globe and Mail and Workopolis and has spoken at the Women in Payments Symposium, Seneca College, and the Digital Strategy Summit in New York. Susan is also a singer with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Josee Morin

Josée Morin

How to Promote Yourself Online – February 18, 2016

Josée Morin is an entrepreneur and bilingual Corporate Director with more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector. Specializing in Strategic planning, Enterprise Risk Management and IT Governance, Josée is sought-after for identifying growth opportunities and for guidance though complex company issues.

After successfully selling two technology companies to US corporations, Josée has proven her ability to think strategically and deliver bottom-line company growth. Active in risk oversight, she uses a systematic approach to identify risks, ask the right questions of management, and focus on effective mitigation plans. Josée is a consensus builder and contributes to boards through her expertise in risk management and IT governance. She currently sits on the Board of three investment funds and two Healthcare-related technology businesses.

In 2001, Josée Co-founded Eon Media Inc., and was Vice-President of Operations when Cardinal Health (CAH) acquired it in 2001. In 1996, Ms. Morin participated in the start-up of Viasite, an internet Human Resource ASP that became Taleo and listed on NASDAQ and later acquired by Oracle.

Ms. Morin is a Certified Board Director (ASC/C.Dir) and Professional Engineer, (P. Eng). She also holds an MBA and a B.A.in Electrical Engineering from Laval University.

Charity of Choice:
Association québécoise de prévention du suicide

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Deborah Rosati

How to Promote Yourself Online – February 18, 2016

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer and retail, and private equity and venture capital. An experienced Audit Committee and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance and CEO and board succession planning.

Currently, Deborah’s corporate engagements are as a leading and serving Corporate Director for Sears Canada (TSX: SCC) and Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee for NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ) and Chair of the Audit Committee; and for MedReleaf (TSX: LEAF) and Chair of the Audit Committee. She is also a Co-Founder of Women Get On Board, a member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah’s community engagements include serving as a member of the Adrenalys Ontario Advisory Council, as a member of her alma mater’s Goodman’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and she launched the school’s Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award.

Deborah is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, board diversity and leadership. Selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate, she was also recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category. She was Chair of the Nomination Committee and the Chair of the Board for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Canada’s National Ballet School. In addition, Deborah was also the Co-chair for the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a former member of CPA Canada Risk Oversight Governance Board.

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Lori O’Neill

Getting Involved in Your Community – November 10, 2015

Lori O’Neill is a corporate director and independent financial and governance consultant. She retired from a global professional services firm in 2012 after over 24 years of service, 16 years as partner with various National and Industry leadership roles, serving growth companies from startup to multinationals, supporting complex transactions, private and public equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S.. Ms. O’Neill currently provides consulting services to a wide range of growth companies.

She serves as board member and chair of the Audit Committee for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, DragonWave Inc., and Defence Construction Canada. She is member of the board of directors and finance committee of Hydro Ottawa, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Startup Canada, and Ashbury College.  Currently a member of the ICD, Lori served as co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors from 2011 to 2014. Lori also serves on the finance committee of the Stem Cell Network, an advisory board for the Dean of the Sprott School of Business, and is a faculty member of Lead to Win.

Ms. O’Neill graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Highest Honours in 1988, achieved her CA designation in 1990, her CPA designation in 2003, and completed the ICD Director Education Program attaining the ICD.D designation in 2012.  She was recognized as “Top Forty under Forty” in 1999 by the Ottawa Business Journal.

Charity of Choice:
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Rebecca Mooney

Rebecca Mooney

Getting Involved in Your Community – November 10, 2015

Rebecca Mooney is Vice President and Head of Brand and Marketing with RBC Wealth Management where she leads the global brand and digital strategy for the wealth and asset management businesses.

Prior to joining RBC in 2011, Rebecca held various positions with CIBC Asset Management, including General Manager, Officer and Executive Director, Marketing and Communications.

Rebecca spent several years as a management consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young where she specialized in strategy development, process optimization, organizational design and customer relationship management solutions, across multiple industries.

Her experience also includes sales and marketing roles at Canadian Pacific Railway.

Rebecca holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Ltd., Canada’s National Ballet School and The Siminovitch Prize in theatre.

Charity of Choice:
Canada’s National Ballet School 

Elaine Roper

Elaine Roper

Getting Involved in Your Community – November 10, 2015

Elaine Roper, ICD.D has 40 years of business experience in the technology, financial services, not for profit and public/private sectors, with particular expertise in governance, human capital strategy planning and implementation, change management, organizational development and corporate operations.

Elaine is President of Think Company Inc., a boutique management consulting firm. In her previous position as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Volunteers for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, she established and led the planning and implementation of all human capital strategies and initiatives for the Toronto 2015 organization, from initial start-up through key strategic and operational planning and Games time phases. As the Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Operations at Promis Systems Corporation (now a division of JD Edwards) with global operations based in North America, Europe and Asia, she played a key role in the organization’s turnaround efforts resulting in a return to profitable operations, and built human resources and operations systems internationally.

Currently on the board of trustees at the Royal Ontario Museum, where she serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee, and as Vice Chair, Human Resources Committee, Elaine has lent her leadership and governance experience on numerous boards over the last 15 years. She is a former chair of the board at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, and has served on numerous committees there as well as at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada, and Bishop’s University. Her experience includes board restructuring, implementation of board evaluation, CEO evaluation and recruitment, pension restructuring, fundraising, investment reviews, and financial oversight on the finance and audit committees.

Elaine has a passion for mentoring and developing the young talent of tomorrow, and has founded and championed a unique mentoring programme for Bishop’s university graduates. The programme is in its seventh year of operation and is expanding nationally in 5 key centres.

She holds a Bachelor degree in German and Business Administration from Bishop’s University. Elaine has completed the Rotman Directors Education programme and is accredited through the Institute for Corporate Directors.

Charity of Choice:
Bishop’s JUMP Mentorship Program

Tamara Paton

Tamara Paton

Network, Network, Network – June 10, 2015

Tamara Paton is a Corporate Director and strategy consultant. She serves on the board of directors of Carson-Dellosa Publishing, an educational publisher backed by Birch Hill Equity Partners. Tamara is also a director on the boards of Meridian Credit Union and Mountain Equipment Co-op, and chairs a regional club within Canadian Automobile Association. Because she loves all things digital, Tamara feels fortunate to support digital consultancy ServoAnnex as an advisory board member.

Outside of her work as a Corporate Director, Tamara facilitates strategy off-sites for senior teams and boards, continuing her past work as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Tamara lives in Niagara, where she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and two young children.

Charity of Choice:
White Ribbon

Jennifer Bouyoukos

Jennifer Bouyoukos

Network, Network, Network – June 10, 2015

As Vice President of Talent for ARGUS Software, Jennifer has global responsibility for building talent solutions that support the growth, performance and culture of the organization.

Jennifer has a wealth of experience spending 20 years working for global technology companies such as Janna Software, Siebel, Workbrain, SAP, and Kobo where she was responsible for talent strategies targeting high growth and change. In her most recent position, Jennifer was Head of Global Talent Sourcing and Strategy for the RBC – Canada’s largest bank. With 13,000 hires a year, Jennifer was responsible for integrating new and existing sourcing and recruitment practices into RBC’s talent management strategy. She is recognized as an global expert in this field by companies such as LinkedIn, Work4Labs.com and Socialmedia.org.

Passionate about students and education, Jennifer is a past President of CACEE (Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers) and a Director of Future Aces.

Married with two young children, Jennifer and her husband live in Aurora and juggle weekly travel and play-date schedules.

Charity of Choice:
Belinda’s Place Foundation

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Josée Morin

Network, Network, Network – June 10, 2015

Josée Morin is an entrepreneur and bilingual Corporate Director with more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector. Specializing in Strategic planning, Enterprise Risk Management and IT Governance, Josée is sought-after for identifying growth opportunities and for guidance though complex company issues.

After successfully selling two technology companies to US corporations, Josée has proven her ability to think strategically and deliver bottom-line company growth. Active in risk oversight, she uses a systematic approach to identify risks, ask the right questions of management, and focus on effective mitigation plans. Josée is a consensus builder and contributes to boards through her expertise in risk management and IT governance. She currently sits on the Board of three investment funds and two Healthcare-related technology businesses.

In 2001, Josée Co-founded Eon Media Inc., and was Vice-President of Operations when Cardinal Health (CAH) acquired it in 2001. In 1996, Ms. Morin participated in the start-up of Viasite, an internet Human Resource ASP that became Taleo and listed on NASDAQ and later acquired by Oracle.

Ms. Morin is a Certified Board Director (ASC/C.Dir) and Professional Engineer, (P. Eng). She also holds an MBA and a B.A.in Electrical Engineering from Laval University.

Charity of Choice:
Association québécoise de prévention du suicide

Gigi Dawe

Gigi Dawe

Seek Out Mentors and Sponsors – April 8, 2015

Gigi Dawe is the Principal of Corporate Oversight and Governance at CPA Canada. She is a corporate governance thought-leader and educator for companies, and individuals responsible for the oversight of organizations. Gigi has extensive knowledge in corporate governance structure and is an authority on board performance, strategy and risk oversight.

Corporate boards across Canada turn to Gigi for governance procedures, insights and materials to improve the performance of their directors. Gigi has created and produced public forums, presentations and guidance publications through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

A leader in corporate governance with a pragmatic and strategic approach, Gigi has been a member of boards throughout her career. Currently, she is on the advisory board for Women Get on Board and board committees for the International Federations of Accountants and the International Corporate Governance Network. Gigi also has a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Charity of Choice:
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention 

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Fariba Anderson

Seek Out Mentors and Sponsors – April 8, 2015

Fariba Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer at AcuteNet providing software solutions for the Healthcare industry. She has held senior positions with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Allstream, Bell, Compuware, Rogers and Imperial Oil. Fariba is recognized by Privacy Commissioner of Ontario as Privacy Ambassador due to her leadership to embed Privacy by Design within the technology construct.

Fariba is a Director at Seneca College Board of Governors, St Joseph Health Center, and Rotman Vision Fund Board.  Fariba also is a member of University of Toronto College of Electoral and YMCA of Greater Toronto Audit Committee, Seneca College Academic Planning and Student Affairs Committee, St Joseph Hospital Quality Committee and St Joseph Hospital Pension Committee.

Fariba has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and recipient of University of Toronto Arbor Award. In 2011, she was shortlisted as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants. In 2013, she was nominated for CATA Alliance Wilfrid Laurier University Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology. In 2014, Fariba was nominated for ITAC CIO of the Year Award.

Fariba holds a MBA from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and a Computer Science Degree from York University. She is also a Certified Management Consultant with CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT) designation.

Charity of Choice:
Vanauley Street YMCA

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Laurel Murray

Seek Out Mentors and Sponsors – April 8, 2015

Laurel Murray is a member of the Board of Directors of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and Chair of the Audit Committee.  She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Laurel is also the Audit Committee Chair for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and a recent past member of the Audit Committee for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada and the Senior Advisory Council for Shared Services Canada.

In 2000, Laurel established and became President of Murray Management Consulting Inc. Her firm specializes in the areas of governance, audit, CFO and financial management services, strategic planning and risk management; providing clients in the private and public sectors with expert leadership, advice and support in these areas. Working for the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, she developed the federal government’s Guidebook for Departmental Audit Committees as well as the recently released federal Guidelines for Audit Committees of Crown Corporations. From 1991 to 1998, Laurel was with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and prior to that, she was a manager with KPMG.

Laurel is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and in 2014, she was selected for Women on Board®, a Catalyst initiative that promotes the appointment of women to corporate boards.

Charity of Choice:
Pine River Foundation

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Beverly Topping

Be Visible, Speak Up and Stand Out – February 10, 2015

Beverly Topping is an entrepreneur who likes to build things, including the Today’s Parent Group, the multi-media company that pioneered the concept of convergence in Canada in the early 80s and 90s. She also founded Today’s Parent Magazine, which remains one of Roger’s most consistently successful brands.

Beverly then moved into the position of President & CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors where she helped develop formal Director Education and Accreditation programs in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and other business schools. She has also been a Director of numerous public, private and not-for-profit boards.

Today, she continues her work as an entrepreneur, educator, and global connector, who creates value and growth.

Charity of Choice:
Friendship in Action