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 charity partner, Dress for Success.

Moderators and Panelists

Norma Beauchamp

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Toronto: February 6th, 2019

Norma Beauchamp was appointed as a director of Aurora Cannabis Inc. on July 25, 2018, and is serving as Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. She is also a director of Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Chair of its Corporate Governance and Nominating committee and a member of its Audit committee.

Formerly, Ms. Beauchamp was a director, Chair of the Corporate Governance and Compensation committees and a member of the Audit Committee of MedReleaf, and Chief Executive Officer of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

Ms. Beauchamp brings over three decades of pharmaceutical experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors to her role having held senior leadership positions in Canada and Germany, including executive positions at Bayer and Sanofi. Ms. Beauchamp has served on the Boards of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, Providence Healthcare Foundation and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Throughout her career, she has been a patient advocate, working with patient and healthcare organizations to enhance access to care and treatments. Ms. Beauchamp has completed the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program (ICD.D), and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Bishop’s University.

Steve Latinovich

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Toronto: February 6th, 2019

Steve joined BMO’s Corporate Finance Division (“CFD”) in 2015 and currently provides senior relationship management for a portfolio of clients across a wide spectrum of industries, leveraging his diverse industry and banking background. Steve has 13+ years of Commercial Banking and Corporate/Investment Banking experience developed from his time in TD’s Commercial National Accounts (“CNA”) group, TD Securities and BMO CFD where he has provided financing advisory and execution services for companies ranging from mid/large-sized private companies, as well as large Canadian domestic and multinational public companies.

Steve has extensive experience structuring and executing single bank, underwritten, as well as syndicated loan transactions spanning a variety of needs, including: margined/unmargined revolving credit facilities, amortizing/non-amortizing term loans, bridge loans and acquisition financing structures. He has a strong understanding of derivative product solutions (ie: Interest Rate, FX and Commodity Hedging) and capital markets financing alternatives (ie: accessing public/private debt and equity markets).

Steve has a MBA with a Finance Specialization from the Goodman School of Business at Brock University and currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario with his wife Christina and two kids (Andrew and Brianne). Steve enjoys travelling with his family, charitable volunteering, golf, tennis, scotch/wine tasting and attending professional sporting events.

Kathleen Ritchie

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Toronto: February 6th, 2019

Kathleen Ritchie is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office. She serves as co-head of Toronto’s Business Law Department and is the past leader of the firm’s Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group (2010-2013). She practises securities and corporate law, and has over 20 years of experience advising on public and private M&A and corporate finance transactions, as well as securities regulatory and corporate governance matters.

Kathleen’s M&A practice involves providing advice on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including takeover and issuer bids, plans of arrangement and asset sales, for both public and private companies. Kathleen has been involved in several MI 61-101/related-party transactions, including as counsel to special committees. She is ranked in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of M&A.

Kathleen’s corporate governance experience includes advising boards of directors and management, including for not-for-profit organizations, on corporate governance structures, policies, best practices, as well as external rankings, executive and board compensation, stakeholder activism, shareholder rights plans, and officer and director liability.

Laurel Murray

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Ottawa: February 26th, 2019

Ms. Laurel Murray has been a CPA, CA since 1989 and is the President of Murray Management Consulting, a Canadian management consulting firm specializing in helping strengthen public sector management and accountability. As President of Murray Management Consulting, Ms. Murray has extensive experience working with federal government departments, agencies and crown corporations to develop and implement practical and cost-effective governance and accountability models, frameworks, strategies and tools. She was also the lead in developing the federal Guidelines for Audit Committees of Crown Corporations. She is also a Professor of Accounting for the EMBA program at the University of Ottawa.

Ms. Murray is a member of the Board of Directors for Pine River Foundation and the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association. She is the past 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) and the Chair of the LCBO Audit Committee, the LCBO being one of the largest Crown Corporations in Canada with annual revenue of more than $5 Billion.

Sheldon Gunn

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Ottawa: February 26th, 2019

Sheldon Gunn is a Partner in the audit practice of KPMG. Based in Ottawa, Sheldon has more than 25 years’ experience in public accounting and provides financial statement audit and accounting advisory services to a wide range of public entities, Crown Corporations, national not-for-profit organizations and private companies. He has worked with clients in a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, energy, retail, manufacturing, and insurance.

Sheldon has experience in leading large-scale, multi-location audits, including those that involve our IT, valuation, and actuarial specialists. He is one of KPMG Ottawa’s technical partners responsible for many of our current IFRS audit engagements, and has extensive experience in dealing with the introduction and implementation of complex and emerging accounting standards. Sheldon has completed a two year assignment with our Department of Professional Practice in Toronto and continues as part of the firms Technical Topic Team on employee future benefits.

Sheldon is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Carefor Health and Community Services and is the Chair of the Finance, Human Resource and Risk Management Committee as well as the Pension and Benefits Committee.

Juliet Woodfield

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Ottawa: February 26th, 2019

Ms. Woodfield joined DCC’s Executive Management Team in September 2016. She brings more than 20 years of public and private sector experience, and was most recently the Vice-President, Corporate Services and CFO at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

She has worked with a variety of government organizations and has also served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program in Brussels, Belgium. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. She has two daughters at university. She volunteers at the Immigrant Womens Services Ottawa and Amnesty International (Canada) as a Board member (Treasurer).

 

Andrew Hung

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Vancouver: March 5th, 2019

Andrew Hung is the SVP & Head of Corporate Finance in BC for the Canadian Commercial Bank and brings over 20 years of banking experience spanning from Retail to Commercial to Corporate Finance. He has oversight for all lines of businesses and direct responsibility for Diversified Industries for Corporate Finance in BC. In 2003, he joined BMO and progressed through various roles, entering into leadership in 2011 as Vice-President Commercial Banking, and most recently was appointed Regional Vice-President Personal Banking for the North Shore & Vancouver Downtown Market in BC Division.

Andrew sits on the board of Canada Scores, is the Vice Chair of the Banking Committee for BC Children’s Hospital, and also on the committee for the Canucks Autism Network. When not at work, Andrew loves spending time in the community and with his wife, Kira and his son, Ethan. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Commerce from UNBC and an MBA from Dalhousie University.

Karla McCarthy

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Vancouver: March 5th, 2019

Karla currently holds the position of Head Commercial Credit, where she has oversight of Credit & Risk for the Western provinces. Karla has over 20 years of experience in commercial banking providing banking solutions to mid-market and corporate clients both public and private, including debt structuring, syndications, hedging, and full service treasury and payments management.

Karla’s previous role was Managing Director & Team Lead within the Corporate Finance team, where her responsibilities included providing oversight and structuring expertise. She has worked in various areas including special accounts and restructuring and real estate financing. When not at work Karla is actively involved with Partners Worldwide, a global charity connecting business people to help alleviate poverty. She is also a busy Mom of two teenage daughters. Karla earned a Bachelor of Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Shane Klein

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Vancouver: March 5th, 2019

Shane is a Managing Director covering Western Canada for BMO’s Private Equity and Financial Coverage Group. Shane has over 15 years of diversified corporate banking, turnaround/restructuring and leveraged finance experience across most industry sectors operating in Western Canada. In his current role he is responsible for maintaining relationships with Western Canadian-based private equity firms and U.S.-based private firms investing in Western Canada. Shane joined the BMO Corporate Finance Division in 2013.

Prior to joining BMO Shane spent over 11 years with a major international financial institution splitting time between Calgary and Vancouver. He is also currently the President of the Association for Corporate Growth’s BC Chapter.

Allison Hakomaki

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Calgary: March 6th, 2019

As Head of the Prairies Region, Allison is accountable for the management of all Corporate Finance Division lines of business, products and services for the region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). Allison joined BMO in 1997 as a Commercial Account Manager trainee in Toronto and progressed through various roles in Commercial Banking, Headquarters and Corporate Finance.

Her first executive appointment was in May 2012 as District Vice President, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and then became Regional Vice President, Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada in August 2013. Allison holds an MBA from Queen’s University is a Chartered Professional Accountant and earned an undergraduate degree in business from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Sarine Mustapha

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Calgary: March 6th, 2019

Sarine Mustapha is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager with BMO Nesbitt Burns. She assists high net worth entrepreneurs and families with complex affairs to preserve, grow, and transition their wealth to future generations. As a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), Sarine is committed to providing trusted advice in the areas of discretionary investment management, strategic asset allocation, and tax and estate planning. Her clients also include institutions, family trusts, and foundations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) from the University of Calgary and has managed financial assets for her clients for over 18 years.

Born and raised in Calgary, Sarine strongly believes in giving back to her community. Over the years, she has served on a number of charitable boards and committees and is currently on the board of directors of Hull Services. Given her belief in higher education, she is a supporter of the University of Calgary as demonstrated by her membership in the Haskayne Founders Circle as well as her seat on the Management Advisory Council at the Haskayne School of Business.

Sarine is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and obtained her ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management in 2015 and is currently serving on one corporate board.

Leah Weatherill

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Calgary: March 6th, 2019

Leah Weatherill is a Managing Director and Team Lead in Canadian Commercial Banking, Prairies Region, with Bank of Montreal. She leads a team of people that assist BMO’s corporate customers with their lending and banking needs in a diverse range of industries across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Leah started her career in commercial banking over 15 years ago managing a portfolio of small to medium sized businesses. Over the years, she grew her experience by managing client portfolios with larger and more complex borrowing needs, with time spent in Vancouver and the UK. Leah returned to her home town of Calgary and joined BMO in 2013. Prior to her current role, she was the Divisional Manger of Credit, Prairies leading a team of credit officers adjudicating mid market commercial loans. She prides herself on providing exceptional service to clients while also managing risk for the bank, and she strives to create a collaborative and supportive work environment for her team.

Leah holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours degree with a major in Mathematics from Queen’s University. In her spare time she can be found with her family exploring the outdoor beauty that the Prairies and Rocky Mountains have to offer.

Dianne Morrison

Hot Topics in Directors & Officers (D&O) Risk and Insurance: Climate Change, Respectful Workplace (#MeToo), Cannabis and Blockchain & Cryptocurrency – Toronto: April 10th, 2019

Dianne Morrison is a broker 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, fiduciary, 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.

Experience

Dianne began her insurance career in 1993 with a global insurance broker and has been in her current role as a FINPRO Specialist with Marsh since 1998.

Dianne has broad experience working with an array of companies, including FP100 companies as well as various other public, private and non-profit corporations across all industries, including technology, healthcare, real estate, and manufacturing. She has transacted business for clients through complex issues, including initial public offerings, merger and acquisition activity, insolvency proceedings and claims activity.

Dianne has designed programs and provided analytics to address her client’s risk profiles, thus enhancing confidence in the quality of coverage. Furthermore, she has worked to represent her clients within the global insurance marketplace to promote their risk profile and achieve complex wordings.
Active in the support of knowledge sharing, Dianne facilitates and conducts technical training, and mentors colleagues.

At the end of 2013, Dianne completed two years of service as an active member of the Marsh FINPRO Global Advisory Board, which was developed to raise the standard of excellence continually in the D&O and executive risk field.

Education

• BBA, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
AFFILIATIONS
• Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation
• Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation

Karen Lockridge

Hot Topics in Directors & Officers (D&O) Risk and Insurance: Climate Change, Respectful Workplace (#MeToo), Cannabis and Blockchain & Cryptocurrency – Toronto: April 10th, 2019

Karen Lockridge is a Principal in Mercer’s Responsible Investment team, based in Toronto. The team assists investors to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors within their beliefs, policies, processes and portfolios. Karen was a member of the core team that developed Mercer’s Investing in a Time of Climate Change (2015) research report, and co-authored Building a Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure (2016) and Crossing the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Investing (2017). Karen was a member of the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results (2017/18).

During her 25 year career at Mercer, Karen has held a variety of leadership roles in defined benefit risk management, strategy execution, knowledge management, and operations. In addition to her time at Mercer, Karen spent 18 months in 2010/11 as Director, Pension and Benefits at BMO Financial Group.

Karen graduated from the University of Alberta with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics in 1990. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Karen was named one of Canada’s 2019 Clean 50 leaders in the field of sustainable capitalism.

Ilana Hechter

Hot Topics in Directors & Officers (D&O) Risk and Insurance: Climate Change, Respectful Workplace (#MeToo), Cannabis and Blockchain & Cryptocurrencyk – Toronto: April 10th, 2019

Ilana Hechter is a Partner in Mercer’s Career practice, and the leader of the Transformation team in Canada. A driven and passionate leader with over 17 years global management consulting and Human Resources experience, Ilana brings extensive client experience from across Canada, the US, Central Europe, and the UK. Ilana’s expertise spans all areas of Talent strategy and transformation, having led and delivered engagements in strategic change, business transformation, leader/employee engagement, organizational culture, and talent management.

Ilana is particularly skilled at translating strategy to action by successfully partnering with clients to design and implement people initiatives in support of transformational objectives. These skill sets have been proven globally and cross-industry including consumer business, retail, financial services, insurance, professional services, health care, and the public sector.

In addition to Ilana’s client work, Ilana has spoken at business, HR, and change management conferences, coached and mentored HR and consulting practitioners, and has an active interest in volunteering for non-for-profit organizations.

Ilana holds a BA (Hons.) and a Masters of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Jennifer Hustwitt

Hot Topics in Directors & Officers (D&O) Risk and Insurance: Climate Change, Respectful Workplace (#MeToo), Cannabis and Blockchain & Cryptocurrencyk – Toronto: April 10th, 2019

Jennifer is a Financial Institutions and Emerging Technology industry expert for Marsh. She works with a wide range of clients on advanced risk transfer strategies and complex insurance placements. She leads Marsh & McLennan’s global cross-operating company strategy for crypto-asset, digital asset and blockchain exposures. Jennifer also coordinates global educational forums to improve the insurance industry’s understanding of the risks associated with digital asset and distributed ledger technology. She also produced the Marsh & McLennan report for 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos titled “Crypto-Assets and Blockchain Technology: On the Brink of Legitimacy?”

Jennifer has a product background in Directors & Officers Liability, Professional Liability, Cyber Liability, Employment Practices Liability, Transactional Risks including Reps & Warranties and Tax Liability, and Structured Solutions which incorporates reinsurance and alternative credit with traditional insurance capital. Jennifer started her career at C.V. Starr & Co. in New York managed a $43M Alternative Asset Management portfolio.

Elaine Roper

Moving the Talent Plan Into the Boardroom – Halifax: April 23rd, 2019

Elaine Roper, Partner, Board | CHRO and Public Sector Practices, has over 35 years of international business experience in the technology, financial services, non-profit sectors, and in public/private partnership organizations, having worked throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her particular expertise lies in corporate and board governance, human capital strategy planning and implementation, and executive talent management.

Elaine has sat on numerous significant non-profit boards over the last 20 years, and she currently serves with the Canada Games Council (national) and Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society. Prior board leadership roles include: Vice Chair at the Royal Ontario Museum, and Board Chair at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She has chaired the Governance and Human Resources Committees at Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada, and Bishop’s University while serving on their boards.

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

Mike Roberts

Moving the Talent Plan Into the Boardroom – Halifax: April 23rd, 2019

Mike Roberts was appointed Chief Human Resource Officer at Emera in 2014.

Prior to joining Emera, Mike was the President of the integrated talent development firm Optimum Talent Atlantic. Mike also served as Vice President, Corporate Development for Irving Shipbuilding where he was responsible for communications, human resources, labour relations, health, safety and security. Mike had led the organization’s cultural shift to ready itself to successfully become one of Canada’s Shipbuilding Centers of Excellence and was a founding partner in the ShipsStartHere partnership.

Earlier in his career, Mike held senior positions with telecommunications leader Bell Aliant, including Vice President, Human Resources and Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs.

He is a graduate of Mount Allison University and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991.

Mike is active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Waterfront Development Corporation and Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise. He has previously served on the Marine Environmental Ocean Prediction and Response Network, the board of the Nova Scotia Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Sherry Porter

Moving the Talent Plan Into the Boardroom – Halifax: April 23rd, 2019

Sherry has extensive board experience with not-for-profits, crown corporations and independent boards. She currently Chairs the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, is an independent director of Pharmasave Atlantic, Board member of the Halifax International Airport Authority, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University and board member of the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation.

Sherry has had leadership roles at the Board level for many not-for-profit organizations: including being Chair of the Boards of the Pier 21 Society and the QEII Foundation and board roles at Symphony Nova Scotia, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the United Way, Runneymeade Hospital and the Working Miracles campaign.

Sherry’s work experience involved senior corporate roles with Sobeys Inc, Nova Scotia Power, Shoppers Drug Mart and The Caldwell Partners. She also has CEO experience with trade associations in the grocery and retail drug area.

Monica Murray

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Vancouver: May 23rd, 2019

The first two decades of Monica’s professional career has navigated her through the waters of finance, accounting, HR, executive leadership, board work, and entrepreneurship. As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) she has worked with big four public practice, internationally publicly-traded companies, a consultant to several start up, small and mid-size companies as well as immersing herself in the entrepreneurial world as the President of her own Executive Search firm for 7 years.

Recently, Monica was Principal, Diversity & Inclusion for CPA Canada giving her the opportunity to combine her extensive knowledge of the CPA profession and her passion for supporting diversity and women in business & leadership.

Having been a Board Member of the FWE for 9 years, Monica is thrilled to be on the inside of the organization as the COO of the FWE.

Maureen Howe

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Vancouver: May 23rd, 2019

Maureen is a corporate director with extensive experience in the capital markets and energy sectors. Her career has spanned corporate finance, portfolio management, equity research, and investment banking. She sits on a number of Boards including TimberWest Forest Corp. where she Chairs the Audit Committee, Methanex Corporation, and Pembina Pipeline Corp. Maureen is the Chairperson of the Phillips, Hager & North Centre for Financial Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Sauder School of Business.

Other organizations where Dr. Howe has served as a Board Member include the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia where she Chaired the Investment Committee, Veresen Inc. where she Chaired the Governance Committee, the UBC Board of Governors where she Chaired the Finance Committee, the Canadian Securities Institute Foundation, the YWCA, the HealthCare Benefits Trust, the Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia, the BC Credit Deposit Insurance Corporation, the UBC Sauder School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and the UBC Investment Management Trust. In the vast majority of the Board positions she has held, Maureen has sat on the Audit Committee. Maureen completed a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.

 

Bev Park

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Vancouver: May 23rd, 2019

Bev Park serves on the boards of Teekay LNG Partners, TransAlta Corporation and SSR Mining Inc where she chairs all three Audit Committees.  Bev spent the majority of her career with TimberWest Forest Corp where she served as CFO and in various other executive roles, retiring as COO in 2013.  Bev is an FCPA, FCA and an alum of KPMG

 

Stephan May

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Ottawa: May 29th, 2019

Stephan May, MBA, is the Managing Director of WelchGroup Consulting where he helps entrepreneurs build and capture value by providing advisory services for mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, valuations, business strategy, and contract CFO services.

Prior to WelchGroup, Stephan held Senior Corporate Development roles.

Stephan is a regular guest speaker at Telfer School of Business and the University of Carleton. He Chairs a worldwide corporate finance leadership group, and he is currently participating on a corporate finance working group with CPA Canada to further develop the profession. In 2015, Stephan was a recipient of the Top 40 under 40 award.

Kim Butler

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Ottawa: May 29th, 2019

With more than 25 years of executive financial and operational experience with Canadian and a multinational organization, Kim has demonstrated extensive accomplishments in areas of financial management, corporate financing, strategic planning, acquisitions, operations, and investor relations. In addition to her current position as Deputy Head Ericsson Service Assurance (through acquisition of CENX), she has served as CFO and interim CEO at both CENX and Benbria, an enterprise software company.

In her role as SVP Finance and CFO at Bridgewater Systems, a global leader in mobile policy solutions, 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 and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Canada Health Infoway, member of Board and Audit Committee for Ottawa Hydro, a member of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board. She has previously served as Board member and Chair of Finance Committee for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, and past member of the Industry Advisory Committee for Entrepreneurship at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Jacqueline Gauthier

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Ottawa: May 29th, 2019

Jacqueline is an accomplished C-level executive who can provide a unique combination of extensive finance expertise as well as business transformation, corporate governance and risk management experience. With more than 30 years of experience in industry, Jacqueline has provided executive leadership resulting in revenue growth, organizational transformation, risk management and M&A.

Working with a publicly-traded board for over 17 years, Jacqueline has been instrumental in the development of the Corporation’s strategic plans, governance structure, executive compensation and enterprise risk management frameworks. Jacqueline has earned her ICD.D designation in 2016 to prepare for board assignments. Jacqueline has held various non-for-profit board positions and she is currently the Chair of Dress for Success, Ottawa Chapter and on the Board of Skate Canada.

Lorraine Mastersmith

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Ottawa: May 29th, 2019

Lorraine Mastersmith is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Corporate Commercial and Capital Markets Groups, based in Ottawa. Her practice focuses largely on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on assisting emerging and established companies across a variety of sectors with commercial agreements, mergers & acquisitions and capital raising.

Lorraine is the Ottawa lead for the firm’s Blockchain and Smart Contracts group and team lead for the Corporate Practice Group in the Ottawa office. Over the course of her career both as in house counsel and in private practice, Lorraine has assisted clients in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from banks, angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms. 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. Lorraine applies her business acumen to assist clients in the development of strategic plans and governance policies. She currently serves as an independent director, member of the HR & Compensation Committee, and corporate secretary of Ross Video Limited and as a director of The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. Lorraine is actively involved as an Ottawa Regional Ambassador Council member for Women Get on Board, an organization devoted to the advancement of qualified women to corporate boards.

Deborah Rosati

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Calgary: June 11th, 2019

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, cannabis, 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.

Deborah currently leads and serves as a Corporate Director for Lift & Co.(TSX-V: LIFT) as Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee. Deborah recently served on the board of MedReleaf (TSX:LEAF) as the Chair of the Audit Committee (- acquired by AuroraCannabis (TSX: ACB) – July 2018, as well as she chaired the Audit Committee, for NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ) and was on the board of Sears Canada (TSX: SCC).

She is the Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board, a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah has been selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate and was recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category.

Deborah’s thought leadership on corporate governance, board diversity and entrepreneurship are profiled on her website:  www.deborahrosati.ca

Anna M. Alderson

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Calgary: June 11th, 2019

Anna Alderson is a senior audit partner in our Energy and Financial Services practices in Calgary. She has been with KPMG for over 30 years in Calgary, Toronto and Hong Kong. In the Energy Practice, she serves as engagement partner to numerous publicly listed and private energy companies, including royalty companies, junior upstream companies and power and utilities. In the Financial Services practice, Anna serves asset managers and investment funds, alternative lenders and credit unions. As engagement partner, Anna oversees all aspects of our service delivery.

Anna prides herself on her personal client service approach. She communicates with management and the audit committee on an ongoing basis, listens to clients’ needs to provide relevant feedback and support to achieve objectives and uses a team approach drawn from our resources, to work in a collaborative way with your management team. Most importantly, Anna commits to providing topnotch professional services in a timely manner. Anna also serves as a securities reviewing partner and concurring partner for several listed energy companies and investment funds in the Calgary marketplace.

Lori Ell

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Calgary: June 11th, 2019

Lori Ell has held a number of senior executive roles, is an independent consultant and corporate director who has served on a variety of boards. Ms. Ell, provides one to one coaching to a number of CEO’s and facilitates peer advisory boards with TEC Canada, Ms. Ell consults with business leaders to execute their vision, develop cultural alignment for high-performing teams, and achieve optimal decision making.

Ms. Ell currently is the Board Chair for AgJunction (TSX:AJX), Vice Chair for Calgary Co-op, Chair of Strategy for Sawridge Group and director with Wild Rose Brewery. She is a director on two Canadian Federal Departmental Audit Committees, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and Indigenous Services Canada. Ms. Ell has served as Audit Committee Chair and HR Committee Chair on a number of boards. Ms. Ell was the President of Agristar Inc, an agri-food manufacturing company. Prior thereto, Ms. Ell was CFO for Quortech Solutions Ltd. a technology company. Ms. Ell is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Management degree, and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is married to husband Jerome with twin boys, Blake and Carson, and can be found most evenings enjoying a leisurely walk with the family dog, Scout.

Cybele Negris

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Vancouver: October 15th, 2019

Cybele Negris is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned board member, speaker, mentor, and columnist. Cybele is CEO & Co-Founder of Webnames.ca, Canada’s original .CA Registrar and provider of hundreds of domain extensions, corporate domain portfolio management, webhosting, email, security products, and other online solutions. Webnames’ clients include some of the country’s largest corporations, government, law-firms, and global Fortune 500 brands.

Cybele serves on the board, audit, and HR committees of the Royal Canadian Mint, the board, audit and risk committees of BCAA, the board of Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and Science World. She is Vice-Chair of the Small Business Roundtable of BC, and was appointed by the Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology to the three-member Small Business Task Force of BC. She also serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the Riverview Lands Redevelopment in Coquitlam, the advisory council of Science World, SFU Innovates, and is a Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board. She formerly served on the Board of Governors of Capilano University, as Vice-chair of Small Business BC, and on the boards of the BC Premier’s Technology Council, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Vancouver Economic Commission and Wired Women.

A Hall of Fame Inductee and four-time winner of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and nine-time winner of PROFIT W100, some of Cybele’s other recognitions include BC Business Most Influential Women in Business 2018, 2017, 2015, and Business In Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business 2010 and Top 40 Under 40 2003.

She is a columnist for Business in Vancouver and speaks at dozens of events each year including TEDx.

Vivian Lee

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Vancouver: October 15th, 2019

Vivian Lee is a Managing Director & Team Lead for Diversified Industries with BMO Corporate Finance Division with over 22 years of banking experience in senior roles, most recently with RBC, National Client Group as Vice President.

Vivian started her banking career in Singapore and moved to Vancouver in 2001, where she joined HSBC and moved into progressively more senior roles as a Relationship Manager and Risk Management.

In 2008, she moved back to Singapore to join Citibank where she led a Corporate Banking team until 2012, when she returned to Canada.

She is active in the Vancouver downtown market place as part of the RMA Vancouver Chapter Board member, the RMA Women’s Committee and the Association for Woman in Finance Board member and held the PEAK chair position in 2018-2019.

 

Natascha Kiernan

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Vancouver: October 15th, 2019

Natascha Kiernan is an experienced finance and M&A attorney who has held senior positions at several prominent international law firms, including as a Counsel in the London office of Skadden, Arps. She was ranked as one of the 2014 “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Legal Stars in Europe” by the Financial News.

Ms. Kiernan has represented Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and international governments in complex finance and M&A transactions totalling more than $100 billion in value and spanning six continents. Ms. Kiernan currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Zenabis Global, a TSX listed public company, as well as on the board of a private mining technology incubator and several educational and non-profit organizations. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of law and is qualified to practice law in New York and England & Wales.

Diane Pettie

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Calgary: October 16th, 2019

Diane is a corporate director and lawyer. She retired in 2015 as Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Canexus Corporation (a TSX-listed chemical manufacturer), a position she held since 2006. Prior to joining Canexus, she worked in progressively more senior legal executive and in-house positions in the energy marketing sector (with Sempra Energy Trading, Mirant Corporation, Pan-Alberta Gas and TransCanada), and practiced at the law firm which is now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Diane also currently serves on the Boards of ATB Financial (Chair, Governance and Conduct Committee), the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (public member). Diane earned a J.D. from the University of Alberta and holds the ICD.D designation from the Haskayne School of Business. Diane was appointed Queen’s Counsel for Alberta in December 2013.

Patty McLeod

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Calgary: October 16th, 2019

Patricia McLeod is an experienced corporate board director, senior legal executive, and privacy and compliance officer. Patricia was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2018 in the Accenture Corporate Director category. Patricia has held vice president and general counsel legal leadership and management roles in energy utilities and deregulated retail electricity, property development, mortgage brokerage, insurance and financial services companies.

In addition to business and law degrees from the University of Alberta, Patricia also has an MBA from Queen’s University, and became a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional in 2011 and a certified corporate director in the Institute of Corporate Directors program in 2012. She was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in Alberta in January 2014.

She is currently the Chair of the board of directors of Calgary Co-op and is also a board member of Alberta Innovates, First Air, Air Inuit and the Beverage Container Management Board. She is also passionate about serving in the community and is currently the Chair of the Board of the Calgary Film Centre and past Chair of the Boards of the YWCA of Calgary and cSPACE Projects and past Vice Chair of the Board of Calgary Economic Development.

Greg Peterson

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Calgary: October 16th, 2019

Greg Peterson is a senior partner in the Corporate Finance Group of Gowling WLG’s Calgary office and serves as the leader of the office’s Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group. Greg was recently recognized as a leading lawyer in the Corporate Commercial (Alberta) category in the 2018 edition of Chambers Canada.

Greg’s practice focuses primarily on public and private company matters with an emphasis on transactions involving:

  • Corporate mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations
  • Plans of arrangement
  • Going private transactions
  • Take-over bids
  • Asset and share purchase and sale agreements

Greg represents private and public companies at all stages of their development, from initial public offerings to large corporate clients with multi-billion dollar market capitalizations. Greg has extensive experience in private equity transactions and public financings, including equity, debt and venture capital financings. Greg also has represented companies based in the United States and China doing business in Canada.

Greg is currently – and has been in the past – a director and/or officer of many of his clients, providing extensive experience on matters relating to corporate governance, stock exchange listings, regulatory compliance and conflict of interest situations. He has been counsel to many special committees of various boards of directors, in situations such as corporate reorganizations, whether the transaction involved an amalgamation, plan of arrangement or take-over bid.

Greg has 29 years of experience and involvement in the energy sector and, as a result of his experience, he has gained an extensive network of decision makers and senior executives in the energy industry in Canada.

Allison Hakomaki

The Role of the Board in M&A Transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk – Calgary: October 16th, 2019

As Head of the Prairies Region, Allison is accountable for the management of all Corporate Finance Division lines of business, products and services for the region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba).  Allison joined BMO in 1997 as a Commercial Account Manager trainee in Toronto and progressed through various roles in Commercial Banking, Headquarters and Corporate Finance.

Her first executive appointment was in May 2012 as District Vice President, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island and then became Regional Vice President, Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada in August 2013. Allison holds an MBA from Queen’s University is a Chartered Professional Accountant and earned an undergraduate degree in business from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Steven Jensen

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Toronto: September 23rd, 2019

Steven was recently appointed to a newly created role, Head, Sales Enablement for BMO’s Canadian Commercial Bank. Working with all commercial lines of business within Canadian Commercial Banking, Steven is focused on assessing, improving, and executing on strategies that accelerate growth.

Steven’s experience started in non-profit economic development spanning into mid-market corporate finance, managing a team related to higher risk debt restructuring and leading a sales force in the Business Bank to achieving top tier market share.

The common thread in Steven’s experience is his passion for connecting with people in a meaningful way. Known for demonstrating equal care for the employee experience as the client experience, Steven focuses on attracting best in class people to be team members and clients.

Steven centres his free time with his wife, Pam, 5 year old daughter, Isla and dog, Bandit wherever they may want to explore.

 

Hesham Abourahma

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Toronto: September 23rd, 2019

Hesham has been fortunate to gain significant and diverse exposure at BMO since starting his career in Halifax under the High School Possibilities Youth Internship Program in 1997. After 13 years in both Retail and Business Banking, he joined Canadian Commercial Banking in 2009, relocated to Toronto, and progressed through a number of roles with a focus on Sponsor Finance & Private Equity. Hesham also spent time as Director, Business Banking & Wealth Strategic Initiatives, where he focused on helping BMO become the bank of choice for entrepreneurs.

In his current role, Hesham leads the Ontario Real Estate Finance Team, a group of finance professionals who specialize in origination & acquisition of new clients related to real estate construction and commercial mortgage lending.

Hesham has a strong track record of driving business growth, is a strategic thinker, and is passionate about the client experience. He spends his free time with his wife, Deanne, golfing and exploring various parts of the globe.

 

Julia Davidson

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom – Toronto: September 23rd, 2019

Julia has over 13 years of financial and accounting, turnaround/restructuring and leveraged finance experience across multiple industry sectors. In her current role, she is responsible for maintaining relationships with Ontario based private equity firms. Julia joined the BMO Corporate Finance Division in 2013.

Prior to joining BMO, Julia spent time leading the financial team at Aver Media, a boutique lender in the film and television space and at PwC as Manager in their Corporate Advisory and Restructuring group. She is also currently the Chair of the Advancing Together committee at BMO, which promotes the advancement of Women inside and outside the organization and a committee member of the Association for Capital Growth in Toronto.

Jack Graham, QC

Ethical Intelligence in the Boardroom – Halifax: October 10th, 2019

Jack is a Partner in our Halifax office and the Chair for the firm’s Board of Directors. He practices labour and employment law throughout Atlantic Canada, with a focus on employment litigation, labour arbitration, collective bargaining, labour relations, human rights, workers compensation and occupational health and safety. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers TM in Canada, Lexpert and Chambers Global as a Leading Labour and Employment Law Practitioner since 2006. He was named Best Lawyers® 2020 Labour and Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax.

Jack is a member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, which is the leading management side labour and employment lawyers organization in Canada. He served as national President of CACE in 2015-2016.

Jack has been extensively involved in sport for many years. He is currently a Director Emeritus and a Past Chair of the Board of Tennis Canada. He also serves on the Board of the International Tennis Federation as the first Canadian ever elected to this world-wide tennis governing body. Jack is also a member of the Board of Governors for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.

Elspeth Hagan

Ethical Intelligence in the Boardroom – Halifax: October 10th, 2019

Elspeth is General Counsel, Global Compliance at McCain Foods Limited. During her time with McCain she has had primary accountability for legal and regulatory risk management in the high-growth and diverse region encompassing Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Elspeth has also managed legal partnership with innovation and technology stakeholders at McCain and more recently assumed global responsibility for compliance, including in respect of code of conduct, anti-corruption, competition, trade sanctions, supplier risk, information governance, cyber security and privacy.

Prior to joining McCain, Elspeth handled a variety of complex commercial and compliance matters in the energy, industrial and health-care sectors of Siemens, a global engineering firm. She has also practiced with McCarthy Tétrault in Toronto and McInnes Cooper in Saint John.  She has a JD from Osgoode Hall and completed graduate work at the University of Toronto.  Elspeth is the national President of Women General Counsel Canada and an Atlantic Region Ambassador for Women Get on Board; she participates in many committees and boards feeding her passion for strong communities, museums and diversity.  Elspeth enjoys living in the beautiful Saint John River Valley with her husband and sons.

Jinny Chan

Ethical Intelligence in the Boardroom – Halifax: October 10th, 2019

Jinny is the VP of Internal Audit for Sobeys.  Jinny is an accomplished senior audit and risk professional with over 20 years of experience in large, dynamic public companies across diverse industries.  In her current role, she is responsible for the Internal Audit mandate in both Sobeys and related company Crombie REIT.

 

Silvia Montefiore

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Toronto: November 5th, 2019

Silvia is the Canadian Managing Partner, Business Enablement and Operations for KPMG Canada and is a key member of the Firm’s Management Committee responsible for the organization’s shared services including Human Resources, Finance, Procurement & Real Estate, Information Technology and Office of the Partner. Silvia is also a past Chair and past Member of the Board of Directors for KPMG in Canada. Silvia’s past roles at KPMG include Business Leader of the TMT Audit Practice in the GTA and GTA HR Partner.

With over 25 years of experience, Silvia has been the Lead Engagement Partner or Engagement Quality Control Reviewing Partner for some of KPMG’s largest clients in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector. She also has extensive experience advising large clients on initial and secondary public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, complex accounting and compliance issues relating to public company requirements in Canada and the U.S.

Silvia’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of William Osler Health Systems, which operates hospitals in Etobicoke, Peel and Brampton, Ontario and is past-chair of the Audit and Resources Committee of the Board. She is also a Member of United Way’s Women United, an organization of professional women committed to helping women in poverty gain economic self sufficiency, and has co-chaired KPMG’s United Way Employee Campaign for the GTA for four years. In addition, she is a past presenter at Rotman School of Management Financial Literacy for Directors and Executives Program, and was nominated by KPMG’s CEO to attend The Judy Project: An Enlightened Leadership Forum for Executive Women presented by Rotman School of Management. In 2018, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario recognized Silvia as a Fellow, given her commitment and service to the CPA profession and her community.

In 2018, Silvia was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by Women’s Executive Network.

Trish Volker

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Toronto: November 5th, 2019

Patricia (Trish) Volker is a CPA, CA, CMA , ICD.D who enjoys participating in activities to support both her profession and her community. During her 30+ year career Trish had multi-faceted professional opportunities working in advisory, public accounting, banking and regulatory environments.

Trish holds the Directors certificate from the Institute of Corporate Directors and currently serves on three publicly listed boards – Denison Mines Corp., Empire Life Insurance Company and Chairs the audit committee of Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation. Trish is also involved with various community boards. Since 2012 Trish. has served as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Ornge, the Province of Ontario’s air ambulance operator, where she has gained a hands on appreciation of the public sector environment and is on the Condominium Authority of Ontario board and the Board of Burlington Hydro.

Trish is an aviation enthusiast, a pilot and plane owner and is proud to have had complete responsibility for successful air shows as the President of the Canadian International Air Show.

Aida Cipolla

Audit Committee Effectiveness – Toronto: November 5th, 2019

Aida Cipolla is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at Toronto Hydro Corporation. As a member of the executive management team, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership and guidance for strategy and business planning, accounting and financial reporting, treasury, taxation, internal audit, and compliance functions for Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries. Prior to this appointment, she was Controller at Toronto Hydro and has held various senior leadership roles within the organization. Aida has been with Toronto Hydro since 2008.

Throughout her career Aida has acquired more than 15 years of financial and senior leadership experience within the energy, manufacturing, retail and financial services industries. Prior to joining Toronto Hydro, Aida worked for KPMG LLP in Toronto and Dublin, Ireland, leading audit and advisory engagements.

Aida was recently named chair of the Canadian Electricity Association’s (CEA) CFO Committee, and previously served as chair of the CEA’s Accounting and Finance Committee.

Aida is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. She has completed the Executive CFO Program: Visionary Leader and Performance Transformation, from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Aida obtained an Honours Bachelor Commerce Diploma with minor in Economics from McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business.

Craig O'Neill

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – Toronto: November 14th, 2018

Craig O’Neill was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer at VersaPay Corporation in 2013. He has also been a Director on the company’s board since 2013. He has more than 22 years of experience delivering enterprise software. Prior to joining VersaPay, Craig was the co-founder and CEO of Xeye, where he directed the company’s growth of more than 40% per year and sale to Odyssey Financial Technologies, and ultimately to the Temenos Group, where he became SVP Strategy and Development.

His background includes management of large development groups, designing and building foundational components of corporate system architectures and applications, overseeing enterprise CRM implementations and driving strategic business initiatives. Craig holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Catherine Evans

Cyber for the C-Suite: What is Cyber Risk Worth? – Toronto: April 25, 2018, Ottawa: October 3, 2018, Calgary: November 27, 2018, Vancouver: November 28, 2018

As a specialist within FINPRO’s Cyber Practice, Catherine is responsible for implementing client specific product solutions, working with insurer partners to improve contract language, and assisting Marsh colleagues.

In addition, she continues to utilize her Technology E&O expertise in support of client’s with hybrid exposures.

For six years, Catherine was a client executive within Marsh’s Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) practice working with national and multi-national clients to address their risk management needs. This included leading the client team, developing marketplace strategies, and crafting tailored solutions appropriate to risk and insurance profiles.

Catherine began her insurance career in 2001 and has built an extensive knowledge of property, casualty and specialty lines insurance. She has considerable experience with technology E&O, Cyber/Privacy, as well as extensive knowledge and experience with property and casualty lines of coverage.

Since joining Marsh in 2007, she has supported clients through managing their day-to-day needs. Catherine has substantive knowledge of Media and Technology clients’ operations and requirements, as well as a significant understanding of the insurance marketplace

Catherine is part of the Cyber Liability practice in Toronto and has extensive knowledge and experience in the evaluation and placement of Cyber Liability coverage.

Education

• Bachelor of Arts – Queen’s University, 2003
• Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP)
• Canadian Risk Management designation (CRM)
• Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

Lori O'Neill

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – Ottawa: January 24, 2018, Toronto: November 14, 2018

Lori is a corporate director and independent financial and governance consultant. She currently serves as a board member and chair of audit committee on several boards, including publicly traded and privately owned technology companies and Crown Corporations. Lori also currently assists several growth companies with strategic transactions, M&A, public offerings, due diligence.

She previously served over 24 years in leadership of one of the world’s leading professional services firms, including various National partnership roles, with a focus on advising growth companies from start-up to multinationals, supporting complex transactions, private and public equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions in Canada and the U.S.

Lori has a Bachelor of Commerce with Highest Honours from Carleton University, and is accredited as a FCPA, FCA (Honor Roll) in Ontario, a CPA in the US, and has the ICD.D designation.

Lesley Luk

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – November 14, 2018

Lesley is an audit partner in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (“TMT”) practice. She has over 15 years of experience and is well versed in IFRS, US GAAP and ASPE. She has serviced a number of large public companies, private companies, government business enterprises and high-growth companies, and has experience working with private equity firms. Lesley also leads the deployment of Lean in Audit ™ in Toronto. She trains, coaches and helps her clients apply Lean concepts in assessing their day-to-day activities and in performing process walkthroughs.

Lesley provides financial accounting and audit services to a number of public and private companies. She brings diverse experience with a broad spectrum of companies in leading their global audit engagements, supporting the accounting treatment of complex financing and revenue transactions and providing critical advice on the potential accounting impact of management’s growth, financing and operational strategies.

Certain representative industry experience includes:

  • Lesley has diverse experience in the TMT practice leading audit and securities engagements in the technology, media and gaming industries.
  • She has significant experience in providing audit and accounting advisory services, working with clients through complex technical matters, including but not limited to: mergers, acquisitions and purchase accounting, consolidation, debt refinancing, impairment, hedging and foreign exchange, revenue analysis, software revenue recognition, share based compensation, financial instruments, and research and development costs.
  • Lesley has been involved with several Sarbanes-Oxley (Sox) engagements for SEC clients, which includes the assisting the client with the design and implementation of processes and internal controls, assisting the client in the identification of key risks and controls as well as related process mapping and documentation.
  • She has led a number of global audits, coordinating engagements reporting under IFRS, US GAAP and ASPE. For a number of public enterprises, she has led the engagements converting client’s financial reporting from Canadian GAAP to IFRS, and advised clients on selection of accounting policies and disclosures related to IFRS.
  • She seconded for three years to KPMG in London, England where she identified differences between IFRS and UK GAAP and between IFRS and US GAAP on several engagements.
  • Lesley also leads in KPMG-led IFRS share forums focused on the technology, media and gaming sectors where she works extensively on emerging IFRS matters.
  • Lesley is also a leader in KPMG Canada’s National Gaming Practice

Mary Garden

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 18, 2018

With over 30 years of executive leadership and management experience in business, Mary’s career has included engagements with private entrepreneurial groups, multi-national corporations, advisory consulting firms and crown corporations in Canada and the USA.

Today Mary leads a boutique advisory firm, Mary Garden & Associates, working with select global clients and C-Suite leaders in Executive Coaching, Workplace Well Being and Strategic Facilitation. She is also Co-Host of the on-line mentoring program, Inside Public Sector Leadership: Practical Wisdom.

Mary currently serves as a board director for Habitat for Humanity Canada, Horizon North Logistics Inc. (TSX:HNL) and the University of Victoria Foundation. As a passionate advocate for development and placement of women board directors, Mary is a regional ambassador with, Women Get On Board (WGOB) and was the fall 2017 Corporate Director in Residence for the ‘How to Get Yourself On A Board Workshop” hosted by WGOB in Toronto, Ontario.

Shona McGlashan

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 18, 2018

The Chief Governance Officer at Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, MEC, Shona McGlashan has over twenty years’ experience in senior governance and policy roles on both sides of the Atlantic. A member of MEC’s executive team, she is responsible for MEC’s governance, corporate reporting, privacy, and diversity & inclusion portfolios.

Shona was previously the Executive Director for the Vancouver Police Board and, before emigrating to Canada, served as a clerk in the UK Parliament, providing professional and procedural support for investigative committees of MPs, the Speaker, and the House of Commons Commission.

Shona is a director of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon division. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Governance Professionals of Canada, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from Manchester University.  Outside work, Shona reads constantly; geeks out over Shakespeare, Homer, and gender politics; practices yoga; and tries to keep up with her two elementary school-aged kids.

Dr. Carol Liao

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 18, 2018

Dr. Carol Liao is an Assistant Professor at the UBC Allard School of Law and the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder School of Business. She is an award-winning teacher and widely published scholar, including as a contributing author to the 2018 Cambridge University Press book, Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change.

Dr. Liao is a past Bertram Scholar of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a former senior associate in the New York Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP, a global law firm. She is a steering committee member of the Themis International Network of Female Business Scholars, and is currently co-editing a collection on sustainable business models with Dr. Beate Sjåfjell of the University of Oslo. Her work has been cited in multiple media sources including The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Director Journal, and Business in Vancouver.

Colleen Pound

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 16, 2018

Colleen Pound is the CEO and Head Strategist, of POUND Consulting. Colleen has spent more than 15 years as an Executive Advisor on Strategy, Leadership, and Change; advising CEOs and Boards. Her clients include some of Canada’s best-known businesses, including TransCanada PipeLines, ATCO, Bell Canada, Fortis, Plains Midstream, Devon Canada and Talisman.. She is called upon during the most strategic scenarios a business can face and advises her clients with bold thinking, strong governance and risk management in mind.

Ms. Pound has extensive experience in the energy sector, professional services, technology and utilities, and has been an active advocate for gender equality for over 25 years.

A curious and avid learner, Colleen has an International MBA spanning Canada, Denmark and France, and completed her Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) through Rotman in 2015. She also studied International Human Rights Law at New College at the University of Oxford, England. She currently serves on the Alberta Order of Excellence Council, the University of Calgary Senate, the Management Advisory Council for the Haskayne School of Business, and is on the Advisory Board of a Denver-based start-up.

Morgan Campbell

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 16, 2018

Morgan Campbell is an Associate Partner with Boyden Calgary. Prior to joining Boyden, Morgan was an Associate Partner with Hamilton Hall Soles / Odgers Berndtson. He brings fifteen years of national and international executive search to the firm.

Morgan has managed executive level search assignments across a broad spectrum of industries including oil and gas, energy and utilities, financial and professional services, technology, government/public sector/education, and not-for-profit.  He has significant experience managing board-level assignments for private and public sector organizations, having worked on over 100 board appointments.

 

Morgan has a Co-operative Education Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary. He is active in the community as Vice Chair for Ronald McDonald House Southern and Central Alberta, as well as a Director for the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, including co-chairing the 2015 and 2016 Induction Dinners.   He was recognized as one of Oilweek’s 2016 Rising Stars.

 

Diane Pettie

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 16, 2018

Diane Pettie, Q.C. (Calgary) is a corporate director and lawyer. She retired in 2015 as Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Canexus Corporation (a TSX-listed chemical manufacturer purchased by Chemtrade Logistics), a position she held from 2006.

Prior to joining Canexus, Diane held progressively more senior legal executive and in-house positions in the energy marketing sector and practiced at the law firm now known as Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Diane currently serves on the boards of ATB Financial (where she is Chair of the Governance and Conduct Committee), the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission and is a public member on the board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. Diane earned a J.D. from the University of Alberta and the ICD.D designation from the Haskayne School of Business.

Jennifer Gillivan

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 9, 2018

Jennifer Gillivan is President and CEO of the IWK Foundation. The Foundation is the primary fundraising and outreach partner of the IWK Health Centre, which provides critical and specialized care to women, children, youth and families throughout the Maritimes. Jennifer is very passionate about the rights of women and Children in our society. Jennifer has an extensive background in philanthropy, partnerships, public speaking, strategy, marketing and leadership.

Born and educated in Dublin, Ireland Jennifer immigrated to Canada in 1982. Prior to joining the IWK Foundation, Jennifer worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 14 years most recently as Director of Partnerships, Communications, Marketing and Brand for the CBC across Canada. Jennifer is an active community volunteer; Jennifer was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to serve as a member of The Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments in Nova Scotia. Jennifer is Vice Chair Canada Children’s Hospital Foundations Board, CO-Vice Chair for Children’s Miracle Network North American Advisory Board and Advisory Board Sobey School of Business, St. Mary’s University. Jennifer is the Atlantic Ambassador for Women Get On Board.

Jennifer was awarded the RBC Top25 Canadian Immigrant award for 2017 and awarded for the Top 25 Maritime Immigrant award for 2017. The Halifax Chamber of Commerce awarded Jennifer with: The Halifax Business Person of the Year 2017. Jennifer also was awarded Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Award for 2014, 2015 & 2017 & 2018. Jennifer was awarded nationally by RBC Women of Influence Entrepreneur Award 2014. Jennifer was featured in “Canada 150 Women” published in November 2017. Jennifer received National Professional of the Year award by Women of Distinction in 2016. Jennifer was awarded by Bank of Montreal Community & Charitable Giving Award and has received two CBC English Television Awards, The Halifax Ambassador Award and a Progress Halifax Women of Excellence Award. Jennifer is passionate about her community and her country. Jennifer and her husband Joe call Halifax home along with their two Daughters Claire and Katie.

Elaine Roper

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 9, 2018

Elaine Roper, has over 35 years of business experience in the technology, financial services, non-profit sectors, and in public/private partnership organizations. Elaine has worked with numerous organizations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her particular expertise lies in corporate and board governance, human capital strategy planning and implementation, and executive talent management.

Elaine has served on numerous non-profit boards over the last 20 years. Currently she sits on the board of directors of the Canada Games Council (national and Niagara 2021 Summer Games Host Society). She is also a former Director of the Royal Ontario Museum where she was Vice Chair of the Board, and chaired the Governance and Human Resources Committees. She is also a former Director & Board Chair at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, and had served on, and chaired numerous committees at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada, and Bishop’s University. 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.

Cheryl Hodder

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 9, 2018

Cheryl practices extensively in the areas of Corporate Governance, and Business. She frequently advises CEOs, Board Chairs and Committees on a variety of governance issues including Risk Management, Crisis Management and HR and Compensation. For the past 15 years, Cheryl has also served as an advisor to several large family owned businesses in Atlantic Canada.

Cheryl has been named in The Best LawyersTM in Canada since 2011 in the area of Corporate Governance. Cheryl also has been recognized as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax for 2018 and 2016 in the area of Corporate Governance, and has been listed as a notable practitioner for her Business law and Corporate Governance practice by Chambers Canada 2018.

Cheryl has provided strategic analysis and legal advice on a wide range of governance issues in both the public and private sectors. She was previously Vice-President, Legal Services and Risk Management for a large Atlantic Canadian company where she also acted as General Counsel to a group of private companies.

Cheryl is a sought after speaker on Corporate Governance issues. She lectures in the Rotman Directors Education Program and teaches a course on Crown Corporation Governance through the Institute of Corporate Directors, (ICD). She has just completed a 2 year term as National Academic Director of the ICD’s Crown Corporation Program. In 2010, Cheryl was appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC), a designation used to recognize Canadian lawyers for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. Also in 2010, she was named Atlantic Canada’s first Women of Influence. In 2013, she received a Progress Woman of Excellence Award.

Cheryl is an avid community volunteer who received the Canadian Bar Association’s Community Service Award for her contributions to many community organizations and Boards. Cheryl is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Canada. She serves on the Nominating Committee of the Nova Scotia Community College. Cheryl is a Director of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (“NSBI”), where she chairs the HR and Governance Committee. Cheryl is a member of the Mount Allison University Board of Regents and the McInnes Cooper Board of Directors.

Cheryl was a Director of Scotsburn Ice Cream Company until its purchase by Agropur Dairy Cooperative in February of 2017. Cheryl is a past Chair of both the Atlantic Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia. She is also the past Chair of the Education Committee of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, where she also served as Director. Cheryl is also a past Director and Treasurer of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms.

Cheryl received the Allison J. Youngman Award for her volunteer leadership as Chair of the National Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cheryl is Honorary Consul of Sweden for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

Education

• ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors (2012)
• LL.B., University of New Brunswick (1991)
• Honours Certificate, Political Science and History, Mount Allison University (1982)
• B.A., Mount Allison University (1981)

Tanya van Biesen

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – October 9, 2018

Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst’s operations in Canada. She is responsible for leading Catalyst’s growth in Canada and shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion with Supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders, and stakeholders.

A recognized leader and influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya brings more than two decades of corporate leadership and diversity experience to Catalyst. Most recently, she co-led the Financial Services Practice at Spencer Stuart and was a key member of the Canadian Boards Practice, focusing on executive search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels. She also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice, specializing in the placement of chief diversity officers and diverse slates of candidates across all search assignments.

Tanya began her career at Procter & Gamble, working in both Toronto and Calgary in regional and national sales leadership roles. A sought-after speaker on the topic of diversity in the boardroom, Tanya has contributed to several research studies and articles analyzing leadership trends and attributes. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and speaks English, French, and Dutch.

Jennifer Nicholson (Ross)

Building Your Board Profile – May 31, 2018

Jen is a dynamic financial professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in public practice, academia and industry.  She is a founding partner with Executive Finance helping technical professionals become executives and move from the cubicle to the corner office through professional development, strategic consulting and thought leadership.

She has worked as a CFO and executive leader responsible for accounting and finance, investor relations, strategy, human resources and operations. Jen is the co-host of CPA Canada’s podcast series “CPA Success Podcast.” Jen’s career epitomizes the diverse experiences and roles that CPAs play in industry – from financial to operational leadership.

Deborah Rosati

Building Your Board Profile – May 31, 2018

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. 

As 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.

Deborah currently serves as a leading and serving Corporate Director for Sears Canada (TSX: SCC); for NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ) and Chair of the Audit Committee; and for MedReleaf (TSX: LEAF) and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Deborah is the Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board, a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. She was selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate, and also recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category.

Deborah’s thought leadership on corporate governance, board diversity and entrepreneurship are profiled on her website.

Kim West

Building Your Board Profile – May 31, 2018

Kim is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the firm. She has a twenty-five year track-record of executive management, entrepreneurship and communications leadership, advising Canadian and international clients on business strategy and transformation, governance and reputation management. She advises Boards, CEOs and leadership teams in private companies and public organizations on recruitment, talent management and organizational development and has an extensive network across Canada.

Prior to joining Royer Thompson, Kim was partner and chief client officer, NATIONAL Public Relations, based in Toronto, overseeing the transformation of the firm’s largest Canadian office with responsibility for the growth, innovation and profitability of the health, marketing, investor relations, corporate and public affairs practices. Prior to becoming a partner in NATIONAL in 2012, she spent over 20 years in Atlantic Canada as a co-owner of a pre-eminent communications advisory firm with offices in Halifax, Saint John and St. John’s. As a leader within MT&L and NATIONAL and as an advisor to clients, Kim has focused on developing the whole person, by creating a shared sense of purpose, recruiting and cultivating leadership, and fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2005, Kim was a founding director of the Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2013, she completed the ICD Director Education Program, earning her ICD.D designation. She has been a member of the faculty of The Directors College and the University Collective Bargaining Academy. She serves on the Board of Directors of Medavie Inc., Medavie Health Foundation (Chair) and the Institute on Research on Public Policy. She previously served on the Board of Directors of NATIONAL Public Relations, CAA Maritimes, IWK Health Centre and is past chair of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Canadian Public Relations Society-NS Chapter and is past vice chair of St.F.X. University Board of Governors. She holds an Honours political Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University, has done graduate studies at Dalhousie University in Canadian Foreign Policy and studied alternate dispute resolution strategy at Harvard University.

Lorraine Mastersmith

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – May 30, 2018

Lorraine Mastersmith is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Corporate Commercial and Capital Markets Groups, based in Ottawa. Her practice focuses largely on corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on assisting emerging and established companies across a variety of sectors with commercial agreements, mergers & acquisitions and capital raising.

Lorraine is the Ottawa lead for the firm’s Blockchain and Smart Contracts group. Over the course of her career both as in house counsel and in private practice, Lorraine has assisted clients in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from banks, angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms. 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.

Lorraine applies her business acumen to assist clients in the development of strategic plans, governance policies, and currently serves as an independent director and corporate secretary of Ross Video Limited. Lorraine is actively involved as an Ottawa Regional Ambassador Council member for Women Get on Board, an organization devoted to the advancement of qualified women to corporate boards.

Elaine Roper

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – Toronto: February 16, 2018, Ottawa: May 30, 2018

Elaine Roper, has over 35 years of business experience in the technology, financial services, non-profit sectors, and in public/private partnership organizations. Elaine has worked with numerous organizations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her particular expertise lies in corporate and board governance, human capital strategy planning and implementation, and executive talent management.

Elaine has served on numerous non-profit boards over the last 20 years. Currently she sits on the board of directors of the Canada Games Council (national and Niagara 2021 Summer Games Host Society). She is also a former Director of the Royal Ontario Museum where she was Vice Chair of the Board, and chaired the Governance and Human Resources Committees. She is also a former Director & Board Chair at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, and had served on, and chaired numerous committees at the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada, and Bishop’s University.

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.

Michael Tremblay

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – May 30, 2018

Michael Tremblay joined Invest Ottawa as President and Chief Executive Officer in March of 2017. Prior to joining Invest Ottawa, he was the Vice President of Public Sector for Microsoft Canada since April 2007. Michael led all of Microsoft Canada’s public sector activities including sales to Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, as well as to the Healthcare and Education sectors.

Mike has 33 years of sales, marketing, operations and general management experience, with significant experience serving public sector clients. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mike worked for SAP Canada as Senior Vice President, Public Services, managing the Canadian Public Sector market. Mike has also held senior executive positions with Fujitsu Consulting, JDS Uniphase, EDS Systemhouse and Digital Equipment Corporation – principally across Canadian, American and Latin American markets. Mike has an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal and is a graduate of Computer Technology from Algonquin College and is a graduate of the Director’s Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors. From 2004-2017, Michael served as a member of Algonquin College’s Board of Governors and served as Chair of the College’s Foundation Board. Michael is an active member of the Audit and Corporate Services Committee and has previously served on the Advocacy Committee with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Sheila Leggett

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – April 18, 2018

Sheila is currently the Chair of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Committee that oversees the 14000 environmental management standards and sits on the board of the Alberta Electric System Operator. She is also the Vice Chair of TELUS Spark, Calgary’s Science Center and an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.  Sheila has served on a combination of private, not-for-profit and government agency boards throughout her career.  

An underlying theme in Sheila’s activities has been seeking to balance environmental, social and economic aspects of energy projects in Canada. After working as an environmental advisor for a multi-national oil and gas company, she was a partner and eventually President and CEO of an environmental consulting company.

Sheila was appointed first to the Natural Resources Conservation Board (2001) and then to the National Energy Board (NEB) (2006). She was appointed Vice Chair of the NEB in 2008 and completed her term in 2013. While at the NEB, she presided over many hearings, including chairing the Joint Review Panel for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.

Narmin Vasanji

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – April 18, 2018

Narmin is a Partner in KPMG’s Management Consulting practice. She is an experienced project manager with over ten years of professional services experience to clients in various industries including oil and gas and power and utilities. Narmin focuses on improving finance functions through process, organization and technology changes.

 

Doug Haughey

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – April 18, 2018

Doug Haughey chairs the board of Fortis Inc. and is independent leader director for Keyera Corp. Mr. Haughey was Chief Executive Officer of The Churchill Corporation, a commercial construction and industrial services company focused on the western Canadian market, from 2012 through 2013.

From 2010 through its successful sale to Pembina Pipeline in April 2012, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Provident Energy Ltd., an owner/operator of natural gas liquids midstream facilities. From 1999 through 2008, Mr. Haughey held several executive roles with Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies. He had overall responsibility for its western Canadian natural gas midstream business, was President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectra Energy Income Fund and also led Spectra’s strategic development and mergers and acquisitions teams based in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Haughey graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Administration and from the University of Calgary with an MBA. He holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Margie Parikh

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – April 16, 2018

Margie helps organizations get results. On Governance tackles specific issues and assesses governance processes and performance: Are you adding value? How can your board function at a higher level? How can we turnaround this board dynamics challenge?

A Chartered Director, Margie’s qualifications also include an MBA from Columbia University, the Certified Financial Planner designation, and Not-For-Profit and Crown governance certifications from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She brings to the table 25 years’ global experience in international marketing and strategic and financial management and over 20 years’ experience in board governance.

Boards, finance, volunteering, an active family, the great outdoors, and dark chocolate keep her days filled on the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island.

 

Annalisa King

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – April 16, 2018

Annalisa King is the Chair of the Governance Committee for the Vancouver Airport Authority and also sits on three TSX public company boards, Saputo Inc., First Capital Realty Inc., and The North West Company Inc., as well as a private board, the Templeton Designer Outlet Centre Partnership. She contributes as a member of the audit committees and two HR committees on her public boards.

Annalisa was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Best Buy Canada Ltd. From 2008 to 2016, Where she led the company’s finance and accounting departments and also carried responsibility for overseeing the Information Technology, Ecommerce Technology, Data security, Legal and Real Estate functions. An integral part of the development of Best Buy Canada’s strategic plans, she provided guidance around the achievement of the company’s vision and goals.

Recognized in 2012 as the British Columbia CFO of the Year by Business in Vancouver, Annalisa King is one of Canada’s most respected senior business executives. She was inducted into the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame™ in 2010. Her dedication to leadership has earned her a reputation as a dynamic business thought-leader in the areas of corporate finance and business transformation.

Prior to joining Best Buy Canada Ltd., Annalisa was the Senior Vice President of Business Transformation for Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto, and prior to that Vice President of finance for Maple Leaf Foods Poultry Division.

Alan Peretz

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – April 16, 2018

Alan Peretz is a partner at KPMG where he leads the Advisory Practice in British Columbia and is the National Leader responsible for the firm’s Strategic Growth Initiatives portfolio. He is also the Canadian representative on the Firm’s Global Innovation Council. Prior to this he was a partner at Deloitte LLP for 17 years and was a member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte LLP from 2010 to 2014.

Alan has worked with Boards on governance and risk management for much of his career. His current role in the area of Innovation and Strategic Investments brings a current perspective to his work with Boards of Directors.

 

Geri Prior

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – April 16, 2018

Geri Prior is an experienced senior financial executive and corporate director. She was CFO at the Insurance Corporation of BC, one of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers, and interim President and CEO. She initiated and championed a successful $400 million IT program, repositioned the company under varying business and government mandates, and led the company through the transition to a newly regulated environment.

Geri is on the board and Audit Chair of WesternOne, a publicly traded company. She is Chair of the YWCA, Metro Vancouver, member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee, past member of the Governance and Nominating and the Audit, Finance and Investment Committees, and member of the Vancouver Foundation Finance and Audit Committee. She was also Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair of the Capilano University, and Chair of their Foundation.

David McFadden

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – February 16, 2018

David McFadden is Counsel in Gowling WLG having served previously on the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. He has acted for corporations, municipalities and utilities involved in the generation, distribution, transmission, marketing and financing of energy.

David is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Hydro Corp., 407 International Inc. and PCI Geomatics Inc. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Cricket Energy Holdings Inc. and is a member of the Advisory Board of Forum Vostro Energy Services Inc.

David is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and continues to serve on the OEA’s Board. He serves on the Advisory Board of the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre, the Smart Grid Forum of the Independent Electricity System Operator and the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy.

David is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Mackenzie Institute and is on the Board of Governors of York University where he chairs the Board’s Governance and Human Resources Committee. He previously served as Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade and continues to serve as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee.

David was the Chair of Board of the Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. 2004-2010 and in that position led the creation of the Centre of Excellence for Energy which has supported energy innovation across Ontario.

David has also served as Chair of the Stakeholder’s Alliance for Electricity Competition and Customer Choice, was a member of the Canada-US Electric System Working Group which investigated the massive blackout in August 2003, co-led an investigation team into the 2006 nationwide blackout in Jamaica, was a Member of the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force (2003-2004) and served on the Ontario Distribution Sector Review Panel (2012).

David was named the Leader of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association in 2013.

Daryl Yeo

Agents of Change: Boards That Are Leading on Gender Diversity – February 16, 2018

Daryl is an accomplished corporate director and retired senior executive with a proven track record of over four decades in the financial services industry. Daryl’s extensive career with CIBC and RBC covered the spectrums of consumer, business and major corporate client markets, as well as varied lending and cash management businesses, including international and investment banking.

Since his retirement in 2006, Daryl has directed his efforts to independent board member positions, serving on the boards of ResMor Trust, Wealth One Bank of Canada, Community Trust and Epilepsy Toronto, with particular focus on risk management and corporate governance.

He was instrumental in the creation of the Risk Management Committee of ResMor Trust, including the development of associated polices through his role as Committee Chair, and was actively involved in the evolution of corporate business strategy that resulted in growth in assets from $500MM to $4BN over the four years prior to its sale in 2013.

From 2015 to 2017, Daryl played an instrumental role in the start up of Wealth One Bank of Canada, which commenced business in September 2016 as a Schedule 1 Bank, and included oversight of governance matters, such as Committee & Board review of all operational policies, establishment & implementation of Enterprise Risk Management framework, and financial controls.

As Chair of the Risk Review Committee of Community Trust over the past four years, Daryl has sponsored the development and implementation of Enterprise Risk Management policies and been instrumental in providing oversight of all risk management activities, as well as implementation of OSFI’s Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Daryl holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta, and has achieved the professional ICD.D director designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Nancy Chase

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – January 24, 2018

Nancy is a Partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting Practice in Ottawa and the Advisory Geographic Leader for Regions East. She has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise risk management (ERM), internal and IT audit, performance measurement, evaluation, Board training, and internal control advisory services.

Nancy has extensive experience leading the development and implementation of ERM and control frameworks, and in advising and assisting clients undergoing significant change and transformation by strengthening their governance and oversight of risks and controls to support the monitoring of results and the successful achievement of transformation objectives.

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 Audit Committee Chair of Canadian Women in Technology and Communications.

Richard Monkman

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk – January 24, 2018

Richard Monkman joined Kinaxis® as chief financial officer and vice president, corporate services in October 2005. Richard brings to the Kinaxis management team more than 30 years of finance experience, the vast majority of which within the high tech industry.

With a broad technical and financial skill set, and rich experience in financing, business development, and corporate growth and restructuring, Richard and his team deliver value beyond the P&L line, by ensuring the finance agenda aligns, influences and delivers on Kinaxis’ overall corporate strategy. Also a significant priority for Richard and the executive group is our ongoing financial accountability and general corporate governance.

Prior to joining Kinaxis, Richard held chief financial officer and other senior finance positions with leading software, services and other public and private high technology companies; most notably, he has held senior finance roles with Nokia, SHL Systemhouse and ISM Corp.

In addition to his Chartered Accountant designation, Richard holds both a Master of Applied Science degree and a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

Heather Cheeseman

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – December 4, 2017

Heather is a Partner in KPMG’s mining practice and has specialized in the industry for over 10 years. She has significant experience providing assurance and other services to companies at all stages in the mining life cycle.

Professional and Industry Experience

Heather has an in depth understanding of the risks and challenges faced by the mining industry. Heather has hands on experience at the mine site level, having visited over fifteen mine sites on six continents.

Heather has led a variety of engagements in the mining industry, including:

Internal audits and internal controls assistance, including identification of risks and process improvements, testing of internal controls and compliance with SarbanesOxley and NI 52-109

  • External audit of several US and Canadian public mining companies, from exploration stage through to senior producers
  • IFRS conversion assistance, including project management, preparation of IFRS accounting policy manual and technical papers and development and delivery of IFRS training programs
  • Regulatory readiness assessment and assurance on Conflict-Free Gold Standard of World Gold Council and Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act
  • Transaction assistance, including initial public offerings, financings, and business acquisitions.

Heather has gained significant international experience leading engagement teams from around the world, including Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.

Heather also completed a three month work assignment with KPMG South Africa’s Energy and Natural Resources group and is a participant in the joint PDAC CPATaskforce on Financial Reporting issues relating to the Mining Industry.

Technical Skills

Integrated audit, internal audit, financial statement audit, internal controls over financial reporting, IFRS, US GAAP, Sarbanes-Oxley, 52-109, initial public offerings, securities offerings

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Author, KPMG Mining Financial Reporting Survey 2014 and 2012
  • Schulich School of Business Mining MBA on Finance Fundamentals

Other Activities

  • Board Member, Women in Mining Canada
  • Board Treasurer, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy

Brent Houlden

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – December 4, 2017

Brent is the founder of CR Advisors – an interim management boutique focusing on high impact and practical business solutions. He primarily works for private equity on their recent acquisitions, especially ones that have been in a formal restructuring process.

During November 2014, Brent retired from Deloitte after 36 years of client service. As a senior partner, he held various leadership positions building Deloitte’s Consulting and Financial Advisory practices. Until June 2014, he was a director on Deloitte’s Canadian Board of Directors.

Throughout his career, he has served numerous retailers, consumer product companies and real estate developers. He possesses in-depth knowledge of strategy, finance and operations. As a consultant and financial advisor, he focuses on urgent and business critical assignments.

He is a director of Dealnet Capital, Thane Direct and Mount Pleasant Group and also serves on the advisory board of Women Get on Board.

Wendy Kei

Asking the Right Questions: Risk Management from a Director’s Perspective – December 4, 2017

Ms. Wendy Kei currently serves on the boards of Guyana Goldfields, Inc. (Guy Gold) and Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG). Ms. Kei is the Chairman of the Audit Committee, a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee for Guy Gold and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and Generation Oversight Committee for OPG.

Ms. Kei is an accomplished Finance Executive with over 25 years of business experience in a variety of industries. For the past 13 years, she has been working within the mining industry and brings a strong focus on corporate governance, financial, risk management and strong expertise in executing complex mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Kei is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CA) and previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Dominion Diamond Corporation (formerly Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and Aber Diamond Corporation). Ms. Kei has also previously served as Chief Financial Officer – Mining Segment, Vice President and Corporate Controller for Dominion and held various senior management roles with Counsel Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Sunoco Inc.

Ms. Kei is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. Ms. Kei was selected as a Diversity 50 2016 Candidate by the Canadian Board Diversity Council.

 

Mike Adlem

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – October 5, 2017

Mike Adlem is past head of Gowling WLG’s Insurance and Professional Liability Group in Canada and a litigation partner in the firm’s Vancouver office. His practice focuses on corporate commercial and insurance litigation.

He represents insurers, their insureds and self-insured organizations in a wide variety of litigation including class actions, product liability, directors and officers, construction, financial services, competition, technology, professional errors and omissions, defamation, medical and life & disability claims.

Mike’s elected positions have included chairmanship of the National Insurance Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and chairmanship of the Insurance Law Section of the British Columbia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He has also served as the Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic in British Columbia.

Mike represents parties in two of the largest current law suits in British Columbia. He is defending two tobacco companies in the Province of British Columbia’s health care cost recovery action and he is national counsel to a bank in the Canadian credit card class actions that allege a price fixing conspiracy.

Andrea Orviss

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – October 5, 2017

Andrea is the Western Canadian Practice Leader of Marsh Canada’s Financial and Professional Services Practice (FINPRO). Andrea specializes in directors’ & officers’ liability insurance. As practice leader, Andrea specializes in complex placements and provides guidance to her team in negotiation and placement and to clients on issues affecting directors and officers.

The FINPRO practice is a global team of professionals specializing in directors and officers liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary, pension liability, errors and omissions, crime, employee fidelity, kidnap & ransom and other miscellaneous specialty coverages.

Experience

With 23 years of insurance brokerage industry experience and a law degree, Andrea brings a wealth of expertise to the team. Andrea has worked for Marsh Canada in both Calgary and Vancouver and has advised many of the largest companies in Western Canada on complex directors’ and officers’ liability issues including governance, mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers, and insurance design and placement.

Andrea is an active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and a regular speaker and instructor on the issues surrounding directors’ and officers’ liabilities.

Education
LLB from the University of Toronto

Affiliations
Past Member, Marsh FINPRO Global Advisory Board
Non-practicing member of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and British Colombia

Sue Paish

Sue Paish

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – October 5, 2017

As President & CEO of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services, Sue Paish leads the strategy and growth of Canada’s largest provider of community laboratory testing services. Since 2012, Sue led the doubling of LifeLabs’ market presence through two of the largest acquisitions in the Canadian diagnostics sector; with the successful integration of these acquisitions anticipated for mid- 2017. Sue has also led the development of material growth opportunities in new markets including genetics and digital health.

Prior to joining LifeLabs, Sue was the CEO of Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd. where she was responsible for the strategic leadership of Pharmasave’s over 460 community retail pharmacies across Canada. From 2000 – 2007, Sue was the Managing Partner at Fasken, one of Canada’s largest law firms, where she grew the firm from one office to an international platform with nine offices on three continents, while inspiring a customer and community-centered culture.

Sue is a recognized community and business leader and currently serves on the Boards of several leading community organizations including: Governor, Vancouver Board of Trade; Director, Sauder School of Business Advisory Board; Director, CORIX Group of Companies; Member, Advisory Board of Guelph Family Health; and Director and Executive Committee member, The Business Council of British Columbia.

Sue received her Queen’s Counsel in 2000 and became a member of the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2012. Sue has also been recognized as one of British Columbia’s Most Influential Women, a Distinguished Alumnae from the UBC Law School, and was recently recognized with the 2016 YWCA Vancouver Woman of Distinction award.

Sue earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of British Columbia.

Rod Senft

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – October 5, 2017

As a Managing Director at Tricor Pacific Founders Capital Inc., Rod contributes to portfolio company strategy, is a sounding board for human capital development at portfolio companies, leads firm investment decision-making, and is a principal investor.

Tricor Pacific Founders Capital Inc. is a family firm that combines 25 years’ private equity experience in over 75 companies with deep operating knowledge. The firm invests its partners’ own capital and focuses on applying operating know-how in medium-sized food and other consumer packaged goods businesses, with a view to building thriving organizations over the long term.

In 1996, Rod co-founded Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc., a private equity firm investing institutional funds in mid-market companies across North America. He led the firm as Managing Partner for Funds I, II, III and IV, with total committed capital of $1.2 billion. He remains active, continues to be a major shareholder and continues to chair the Investment Committee in Fund IV and the successor Fund V.

Rod is also a founding partner and a principal shareholder in Pender West Capital Partners Inc. Pender West maintains investments in a broad-based private equity portfolio and looks to invest its own capital in operating companies at the lower end of the mid-market.

Rod obtained Bachelor of Commerce degree and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of Manitoba.

Tina Woodside

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – October 3, 2017

Tina Woodside is one of Canada’s leading corporate and securities lawyers. A Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner with more than 25 years’ experience, she can provide strategic advice on corporate finance, M&A and corporate governance matters, with a particular focus on the natural resources and mining sectors.

Passionate about helping clients succeed in achieving their goals, Tina is known for her strong business acumen and commitment to delivering excellent service. She is a recognized expert in the areas of capital markets, M&A and corporate governance, and uses that expertise to deliver creative, effective, practical solutions to her clients. She also has a deep understanding of the mining industry, having served clients in that sector for over 25 years, and having served as a director of several mining companies for more than 15 years.

In her role as one of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP’s two firm managing partners, Tina is primarily responsible for internal matters relating to the firm’s operations, including professional complement, service delivery, performance and firm culture.

Prior to becoming firm managing partner, Tina was co-leader of the firm’s Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group, and, before that, was head of the Toronto Corporate Finance Department, a member of the Toronto office Management Committee, chair of the firm’s National Professional Development and Associates Committee, and chair of the firm’s National Governance Committee.

Tina believes in giving back to her community, and has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies and not-for-profits. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Business Directors’ Education Program, and is a certified director (ICD.D).

Erin Runnalls

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – October 3, 2017

Erin Runnalls is an associate in Gowling WLG’s Calgary office, practising in the areas of general litigation with an emphasis on public and commercial litigation, and insurance-funded defence and subrogation.

Erin has advocacy and dispute resolution experience before the Alberta Courts. Previous to becoming an associate, Erin articled with Gowling WLG and at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and was a summer student at a litigation boutique in Calgary.

Erin volunteers her time with Calgary Legal Guidance where she provides legal advice in the areas of criminal law, family law, landlord/tenant law and immigration law to those individuals in the community who cannot otherwise afford legal services.

Erin was very involved with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program, and had the opportunity to undertake international information technology legal work in Tunisia and children’s rights and access to justice legal work in South Africa.

 

Tanya Sinclair

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – October 3, 2017

Tanya Sinclair, CIP is a Principal with Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers in Edmonton. Tanya began her career in personal insurance with a large international insurance broker. In 2002 she joined Lloyd Sadd as an Account Assistant, and her hard work and client dedication landed her a promotion to Account Manager a year and a half later. In 2009, Tanya moved into the Account Executive role specializing in manufacturing and distribution. 

Not one to be caught without a project, she has completed the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation and the Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designation. Tanya is actively involved in her clients’ businesses, teaching them how to apply insurance coverage and risk management to many aspects of their business exposures.

Tanya tries to balance her life as a mom with physical activities such as golf and soccer. She enjoys travel, being outdoors and escaping the city life whenever she can.

 

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.

 

Belinda Bain

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – September 12, 2017

Belinda Bain is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office, practising in the area of advocacy. Her practice primarily includes insurance, municipal liability, professional liability, product liability and employment law matters, including class actions.

Belinda is the leader of Gowling WLG’s Toronto Insurance Group. She has appeared as counsel at all levels of the Ontario Superior Court and at the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Belinda has been successful in achieving outstanding results for her clients through litigation, negotiation, mediation and arbitration. She works closely with her clients to provide clear and strategic advice, and achieve practical, efficient outcomes. Belinda has worked with Canadian, American and British insurers on defence and coverage matters, including commercial general liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions (including brokers, engineers, accountants, and physicians), employment practice liability, as well as property and motor vehicle matters. Belinda has provided advice, and has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to cyber insurance and management of cyber risks.

Belinda has acted as defence counsel in numerous class actions, including class actions brought against financial advisers and physicians. Belinda was involved in the first summary judgment motion brought under the amended Rule 20, clarifying the scope of the new Rule, as well as issues relating to recovery of damages for emotional distress absent physical injury, as well as principles relating to awards of aggregate damages.

Belinda has served as a faculty member of the University of Toronto Law School Trial Advocacy Course, and an instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course, Civil Litigation Section. Belinda has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on issues relating to advocacy and insurance law, including at the Advocates’ Society “Tricks of the Trade” seminar, at the Insurance Institute of Ontario, the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyer’s Association, the Canadian Institute, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Ontario Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, and the Rotman School of Business. She has published papers and articles in numerous professional publications, including Canadian Underwriter, Class Action Quarterly, Municipal World and the Professional Liability and Discipline Litigation journal.

 

 

Alexandra Kindbom

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – September 12, 2017

Alexandra is a leading advisor on risk and insurance to companies and senior executives across Canada and is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of director and officer liability, risk and insurance. She advises many publicly traded companies in Canada and the United States and their directors and officers, as well as, private companies, Crown Corporations, and not-for-profit organizations. 

She is a past member to Marsh’s Global Directors & Officers (D&O) Advisory Board and Global Errors & Omissions (E&O) Advisory Board, which were developed to raise the bar for excellence in the D&O and E&O fields. Alexandra is co-chair of Marsh’s Financial and Professional Services (FINPRO) Claims Advocacy Practice for Canada. In this role, Alexandra advises and advocates on behalf of Marsh clients in the resolution and management of complex claims including multinational actions, with an emphasis on D&O liability.

Experience

Alexandra has been in the insurance industry since 1997. Prior to joining Marsh in 2003, Alexandra was a practicing insurance defense litigation lawyer. With her legal background and many years of experience in the insurance industry, Alexandra provides a wealth of expertise. Since 2008, she has instructed at the Directors Education Program sponsored by the Institute of Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and other leading business schools in Canada.
Alexandra is a leader of diversity and inclusion at Marsh. She leads the Women’s Talent Initiative at Marsh assigned with a mandate to accelerate the promotion and development of women into senior roles at Marsh and co-chairs the Women’s Exchange Colleague Resource Group, which focuses on championing women, fostering growth for our business and showcases Marsh as a partner of choice in our communities and industry.

Education

  • Canadian Legal Accreditation, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law
  • Juris Doctor, Tulane Law School, Louisiana
  • BA, Cum Laude, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Women’s Law Association, Women’s General Counsel Chapter
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

 

Lorraine Mastersmith

Assess the Downside Before Signing On: Directors’ Liabilities, Insurance and Indemnities – September 12, 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.

 

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.

Lori O'Neill

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

Josee Morin

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

 

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