Margaret Bawden
Principal at The Osborne Group; Director at Medbuy Corp 

Margaret Bawden is a Principle with The Osborne Group.  Her practice focuses on Interim Management, Strategic Planning and Supply Chain Transformation.  Margaret is an experienced board member and has advised many boards on diverse topics ranging from governance to operational performance metrics. She currently chairs the Global Standard Board of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management and sits as an Independent Member of the Mohawk Medbuy Corporation board. 

Margaret began her career at Procter & Gamble where she rose progressively through positions in Manufacturing, Purchasing and Public Affairs followed by many years in international supply chain strategy consulting at leading firms Accenture and A. T. Kearney. While at Hewlett Packard, Ms. Bawden was a Director in HP’s Worldwide Financial Services practice where she focused on delivering end to end business optimization and strategic growth solutions.  Prior to joining the Osborne Group, Margaret led the Ontario government’s OntarioBuys program responsible for supply chain transformation in the broader public sector. 

Ms. Bawden holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, the ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. 

Carmel Bellamy
Corporate Secretary and Senior Director, Governance, Member & Co-operative Relations,
The Co-operators

Carmel provides strategic and operational governance leadership to The Co-operators Group Ltd. Board of Directors and the Committees of the Board. In this role, she is accountable for the planning and execution of duties of the Office of the Corporate Secretary and leads the development and delivery of corporate policies, programs and processes to enhance Board/Director performance and effectiveness. She also oversees effective communication, engagement and relations with The Co-operators member organizations and co-operative affiliates. Carmel is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) Board of Directors where she serves as Chairperson of the Membership Committee and on the Finance Committee.  Prior to joining the GPC board, Carmel served two terms as a Trustee on The Co-operators Retirement Plan; a defined contribution plan consistently ranked within the top 10 DC plans in Canada with over $1 billion in assets.  The Co-operators Group Ltd. is a Canadian co-operative with more than $44 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products and is well known for its community involvement and commitment to sustainability.

Brent Bergeron
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Goldcorp Inc.

Mr. Bergeron joined Goldcorp in November 2010 and was appointed Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in January 2015. Prior to joining Goldcorp, he served as a senior executive with international experience in the fields of construction and infrastructure development, broadcast and media. Over the course of his career he has worked throughout Africa, North, South and Central America. Mr. Bergeron leads the development and implementation of Goldcorp’s corporate affairs and sustainability programs, including environmental stewardship, community relations, social responsibility, government relations, communications and country risk. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Council of the Americas, the Mining Association of Canada, the Quebec Mining Association and the Boreal Leadership Council. He also serves as a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the Responsible Gold Standard Initiative at the World Gold Council. Mr. Bergeron holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and a Masters of Arts (Economics) from Carleton University and speaks five languages.

Maryann S. Besharat
Director, Legal & Compliance, Intact Financial Corporation

Maryann is Director, Legal & Compliance at Intact Financial Corporation.  She is responsible for providing legal services and solutions-oriented advice relating to a broad range of legal issues including: insurance, corporate governance, compliance, privacy, ombudsman, risk management, contracts, procurement, IT/IP, and employment matters.   Maryann, provides pragmatic advice regarding strategic initiatives and she oversees interactions with several regulatory bodies.  In addition, she is responsible for managing all aspects of Intact’s privacy and whisteblower programs.  Maryann has developed and delivered several successful national ethics training campaigns for Intact.  

Previous to her role at Intact, Maryann was in private practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where she practised Corporate Commercial Law and focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, Marketing and Advertising Law, Consumer Protection and Privacy Law. 

Maryann serves on several committees and is the co-chair of the Intact United Way Leadership Campaign.  She is also the chairperson of the Womentum program at Intact and is the former chairperson of the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Privacy Working Group.

Maryann obtained her B.A. from York University in 2001 and her LL.B from the University of Windsor in 2005.  She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006.

Tom Bursey, FCMA, FCPA, C.Dir., ICD.D
Senior Fellow, University of Ottawa, Centre on Governance

Experienced Chair of Boards and Committees in the not‐for‐profit and private sectors (regulated & non-regulated). Served on: Governance Committees; Audit, Finance & Risk Committees; Human Resources and Compensation Committees; and Leadership Transition (CEO Search) Committees.

A Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and holds the designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA). A Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada and holds the designation of Fellow Certified Management Accountant (FCMA). Tom Bursey received the designation of Chartered Director (C. Dir.) from the Directors College at McMaster University and two specialized governance certifications: Audit Committee Certified (ACC) and Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (HRCCC). A member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an Institute-Certified Director (ICD.D).

For the past ten years, Tom Bursey has been the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the Council of Canadian Academies (, which provides independent, expert scientific advice and guidance to inform public policy on key issues facing the country.   

Charles Travis Canfield (Chuck)
Principal Corporate Governance Officer, International Finance Corporation

Chuck has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Elmhurst College, Chicago, Illinois, USA, and a Juris Doctor with a concentration in International Law from Northwestern University. Chuck is a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (London), and has over twenty years professional experience in accounting, consulting and law, with eleven years of that spent in the emerging markets worldwide.  He has assisted companies in these jurisdictions, implemented international best practices of corporate governance, and advised on draft legislation/regulations in ten separate countries.  Likewise, he has extensive experience advising enterprises on accounting issues, internal control systems and internal audit functions and other issues related to corporate governance. Chuck is the main architect of the IFC’s Advanced Corporate Governance Methodology and the IFC Fund Governance Methodology.

As of February 2017, Chuck’s current endeavors include serving on the governing body that oversees the development of International Standards on Auditing, being a member of the group developing an ISO standard on corporate governance, co-leading a group to develop an IFC methodology for evaluating ESG, and developing an ESG disclosure toolkit. In addition, he has extensive experience as an auditor and tax advisor with international accounting firms as well as legal experience as a corporate and securities attorney.

Maria Capozzi, MPA, CGAP, ICD.D
Principal, Strategic Initiatives & Board Governance, Office of the Auditor General (Manitoba)

Maria has been with Manitoba’s Office of the Auditor General (OAG) since 1997.  Maria has extensive experience in conducting corporate governance reviews, assessments and audits of Boards of Directors in the public sector.  She has authored numerous OAG Reports to the Manitoba Legislature, including a Study of Board Governance in Crown Organizations (2009), which provides an informative overview of leading practices and common challenges in providing effective governance in the public sector.  Maria has also authored several published articles, and been invited to speak at numerous national conferences, as well as local Crown and not-for-profit organizations, about the challenges facing directors in ensuring effective board governance. 

Maria has completed her ICD.D director’s certification through the Rotman School of Management, and is currently a member of the Manitoba Chapter Executive for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).  Maria also recently received her designation as a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP).  Maria holds a Masters in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and Political Science.  Prior to joining the OAG, Maria worked with a number of private and public sector organizations, including Manitoba Public Insurance, Kleysen Transport Ltd., Manitoba Department  of Labour, and Investors Group Inc.  

Brigitte K. Catellier
VP, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Sun Life Financial

In December 2015, Brigitte Catellier joined Sun Life Financial in Toronto as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior thereto, she was Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance of HSBC Bank Canada in Vancouver. From 2004 to 2013, she was Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Secretary of Astral Media in Montreal. Before joining Astral, she was Corporate Secretary of Alimentation Couche-Tard. Prior thereto, she was Senior General Counsel and Associate Secretary of Canadian National Railway Company for six years. She started her career in private practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she specialized in corporate securities for close to ten years, progressing to partner level. During that time, she was Corporate Secretary of Culinar for three years.

Brigitte obtained her BCL/LLB degrees from McGill University (National Program) in 1988 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1989. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Governance Professionals of Canada. She obtained the designation of Certified In-House Counsel –Canada (CIC.C).

Christopher Chen
Senior Client Partner and Canada Practice Leader, Executive Pay and Governance, Korn Ferry Hay Group Ltd.

Christopher is a Senior Client Partner for Korn Ferry Hay Group, based in the firm’s Toronto office.  Christopher advises clients on supporting stakeholder value through effectively aligning organizational strategy to executive pay.

Christopher has worked extensively with private and public sector clients across Canada in all aspects of executive pay and governance including compensation strategy, competitive benchmarking and incentive design. As a former lawyer and in-house advisor, he brings deep technical and industry expertise to his clients. Christopher previously chaired the Governance Committee of the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, organizer of the annual Dragon Ball fundraising gala.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-depth Tax Course. Christopher obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture between The Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University), and is a faculty member of The Directors College. 

Milla Craig
Founder and President, Millani

Milla is Founder and President of Millani. After 15 years in institutional equity sales with RBC Dominion Securities and Scotia Capital, Milla moved into the field of ESG integration and corporate sustainability, and was actively involved in the development of corporate sustainability strategy and management for a variety of Canadian organizations in her role as Deloitte’s Leader – Sustainability for the Quebec Region. 

Milla and her team now help asset owners, investment managers, and companies apply ESG to reduce risks and create value, through capital market experience and independent advice.

Milla is Co-Founder and Executive Committee member of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI), and was part of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Financial Sector review. She also leads the Water Committee and sits on the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Forum’s Montreal Chapter. 

Milla was recently honoured as the top performer in the consulting category by receiving Canada’s Clean16 Award for 2017, and last October delivered a compelling TEDx Montreal Women talk on ESG Integration.

Geoffrey D. Creighton
Immediate Past President and Chair, In-House Counsel Worldwide, and Member, BlackRock IRC

Geoffrey D. Creighton is Past-President and Chair of In-House Counsel Worldwide (ICW), the international network of in-house bar associations. A Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and Certified In-House Counsel (CIC.C), he is a member of the Independent Review Committee of BlackRock Canada, and a ‘public member’ of the Board of TFAAC (“Advocis”) the national body which represents financial advisors. Geoff was formerly SVP, General Counsel of IGM Financial Inc, a public financial institution in the Power Corporation group of companies. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions of Investors Group and Mackenzie Investments. Prior to joining IGM in 2008, Geoff was a partner with Torys LLP, focused on M&A, complex corporate finance and corporate governance. Currently the Chair of the judging panel for the GPC’s Excellence in Governance Awards, he is a frequent speaker on governance and legal matters. Geoff is a Past-Chair of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, has chaired and served on several committees of the CBA, and its Council, and is the recipient of both the Douglas Miller Award and the Robert V.A. Jones Award, for his contributions to the CBA and CCCA respectively.

Catherine Cummings
Executive Director, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA)

Cathy is the Executive Director of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), a division of the Canadian Bar Association. She was seconded for 2 years directly to the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) to manage a governance and operational review called CBA Re-Think, which resulted in major changes.  Cathy has an eclectic mix of work experiences in the national not-for-profit sector including the CAW (now Unifor) and the Canadian Payroll Association. Cathy has volunteered extensively with United Way, the CSAE and many charities including Ceridian Cares, ALS Ontario & ALS Canada. She holds an MBA from Athabasca University and is a Certified Association Executive, CAE. On a personal note, Cathy is married to her wonderful husband Marty, has three awesome children and has a mission nicknamed the “bouquet project” that is trying to reverse the statistic that people are ten times more likely to complain than praise.

Gordon Currie
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, George Weston Limited (Toronto)

Gordon has been the Chief Legal Officer of George Weston Limited since joining the Company in September of 2005. He is responsible for legal matters across the Weston group of companies, including Weston Foods, Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart, PC Financial and Choice Properties REIT. In addition, Gordon is responsible for Corporate Affairs and Communications at Loblaw. Prior to joining the company Gordon was General Counsel of a leading North American energy and services provider, and prior to that he was a corporate law partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.

Gigi Dawe, LL.M
Director, Corporate Oversight and Governance, CPA Canada

Gigi Dawe is Principal, Research Guidance & Support, and Leader Corporate Oversight & Governance at Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Gigi oversees activities focusing on enhancing the performance of boards and directors in organizations. To that end, her primary responsibility is to communicate pragmatic, authoritative information on corporate governance and risk oversight in the form of public forums, presentations and guidance publications for boards of directors. Publications include a director’s series and a series for financial leaders. Her history includes consulting in organizational development and human resource development in a variety of industries.

Gigi is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the International Corporate Governance Network. She is also on the International Corporate Governance Network’s Committee for Risk Oversight and the International Federation of Accountant’s, Governance and Ethics Task Force. She currently sits on the board of Women Get on Board. She is a past board member of Active Healthy Kids Canada and Family Daycare Services Toronto and sat on the advisory board of the Centre for Governance and Risk Management at Simon Fraser University.

Gigi obtained a Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Rob DeRooy, Pro.Dir., C.Dir.
Vice President Governance and Strategy, Governance Solutions Inc.

Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients. His expertise in corporate governance, strategic planning, member and stakeholder engagement and oversight is deep at both the board and executive levels. 
Having served both as a Chief Executive Officer, and as a Board member on several boards, Rob is able to see governance and strategic issues from both sides of the boardroom table. Having been on both sides of the table has afforded Rob the opportunity to see where the “bright red line” between the Board and Management should be and how to best keep it in place.

As an educator Rob is best known for his use of customized case studies that aid adult learning and help bring life to the complex issues of Corporate Governance. With an in-depth knowledge of governance best practices Rob’s development sessions are among the top-rated sessions provided by Governance Solutions.

Rob earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree at McMaster University, and obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) 2012.

Peter J. Dey
Chairman, Paradigm Capital

Peter Dey is currently the Chairman of Paradigm Capital Inc, an independent investment dealer. He was most recently a Partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP specializing in corporate board issues and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to this role, he was Chairman of Morgan Stanley Canada Limited and involved in developing the Canadian investment banking business and the overall strategic direction of Morgan Stanley in Canada.

Peter has been a director of a number of public companies including Goldcorp, Granite REIT, Addax Petroleum, Caracal Energy and CP Ships‎. He is currently a director of Gran Tierra Energy.

Mr. Dey attended Queen's University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in 1963 and Dalhousie University where he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1966. He received his Master of Laws degree from Harvard University in 1967.

Bindu Dhaliwal
Associate General Counsel & Director, Environmental, Social and Governance, BMO Financial Group

Bindu Dhaliwal is Associate General Counsel & Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) for BMO. Bindu is responsible for: BMO’s sustainability performance disclosure; identifying and evaluating emerging ESG issues; and, engagement activities with the investor and NGO community on sustainability matters.   

Bindu is a frequent speaker on sustainability trends in the financial services sector, social finance and diversity in the legal profession. Prior to her current role Bindu supported the Wealth Management lines of business. Prior to joining BMO, Bindu worked a major Canadian law firm and clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has a B.Comm from the University of Toronto and obtained her law degree at Queens University. She is licenced to practice the Province of Ontario, Canada.

John Dinner
President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

John Dinner is President of John T. Dinner Board Governance Services, a leading Canadian consulting firm focused on corporate governance and board effectiveness.

For more than 20 years, John Dinner has been helping boards across sectors and across Canada improve their performance and contribute in tangible ways to the success of the organizations they oversee.  Board members and organizational leaders value John’s depth of experience, relevant insights, practical approach and his ability to facilitate needed governance change. 

John’s hands-on, board work focuses on helping clients develop and benefit from leading-edge governance practices, including board, committee and director effectiveness evaluations, director recruitment, board education, meeting effectiveness and best practices, information management and decision-making.   He knows and understands the needs of directors and other organizational leaders first-hand. 

John Dinner is:  

  • a founding member of The Directors College faculty (McMaster University);
  • a regular conference presenter and workshop leader; 
  • a recipient of the National Award in Governance;
  • a contributor to the Joint Committee on Corporate Governance; and,
  •  a widely published author and media spokesperson on board topics.

Lara Donaldson
Director, Regulatory and Industry Affairs, Computershare Canada

As Director, Regulatory and Industry Affairs, Lara advocates on behalf of Computershare to influence key industry, legislative and regulatory developments that have the potential to impact Computershare clients and business strategy.

Lara is the President of the Securities Transfer Association of Canada (STAC) and is past Chair of the STAC Legal and Regulatory Working Group, and is also on the board of the Securities Transfer Association (STA) in the United States. She is often called upon to speak at industry events on topics including Notice and Access, Transfer Agent Proxy Processes and Proxy Reform.

Lara is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC), the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), and the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She is also an affiliate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and successfully completed the ICSA Canada Directors’ Education and Accreditation Program (DEAP) in June, 2017. She began her career in the transfer agency industry more than 22 years ago, and has progressed through various roles, most recently holding the title of General Manager of Client Services, Central Region for Computershare Canada.

Frédéric Duguay
Partner, Hansell LLP

Frédéric Duguay* is a Partner at Hansell llp. He advises companies, boards, committees and shareholders on corporate governance, securities law and regulatory matters. Over the last several years, Frédéric has conducted a number of external board effectiveness and governance benchmarking reviews for several major organizations, including public companies, financial institutions, government-owned corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the firm, Frédéric held progressively more senior positions at the Ontario Securities Commission, where he led a wide range of regulatory and policy initiatives focused on improving the board's accountability to shareholders and the disclosure of corporate governance practices.

Frédéric is a contributor to the LexisNexis Canada Practice Advisor module on securities law and corporate governance, and has been recognized as a "corporate lawyer to watch" in the 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Corporate Lawyers in Canada. He served as Chair of the Board of the Coopérative Radiophonique de Toronto (CRT) from 2013 to November 2015, where he led the CRT through management changes and its board renewal process, and worked with management to secure several important government grants to navigate funding challenges.

*denotes Professional Corporation

Laura Edgar
Vice President, Board & Organizational Governance, Institute On Governance

Laura is a governance professional with twenty years of experience in designing, conducting and evaluating governance projects and programs. She has a strong professional and academic background in the governance of public purpose organizations, business management, adult education, and international programming.  Her work in board and organizational governance includes conducting governance assessments, supporting implementation of governance renewal efforts, and providing training and advice on a range of governance issues. She works with a wide range of public purpose organizations, including state owned enterprises, government departments & agencies and not-for-profit organizations and associations. She has also conducted commissioned research on a number of current and emerging topics, including partnership building, collaborative governance arrangements, conflict of interest, improving member engagement, and the role of the board in shareholder/stakeholder relations.

Laura currently serves on the Board of Parkinson Canada, where is also the Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee. Laura has completed an M.A. in Economics at the University of Guelph, and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Robert J Falconi
Managing Director, RayleeValleyGroup

RJ Falconi is currently Managing Director of RayleeValleyGroup that provides clients and boards guidance and advice in various areas including public policy, government and stakeholder relations, corporate secretarial / board administration, corporate governance / compliance.

Mr. Falconi retired at the end of January 2017 as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & Government Affairs Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at CSA Group (Canadian Standards Association). He was also responsible for corporate governance, policy and administration of its Board of Directors, provided oversight for CSA’s government relations activities on international trade, lobbying and compliance matters, and interacted with governmental regulatory authorities and domestic and international law enforcement agencies. Previously, Mr. Falconi was Vice‐President, General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary for Parsons Corporation, a global multi‐disciplinary engineering firm, and was Legal Counsel for the Consumer Banking Division of Citibank Canada.

Mr. Falconi has a Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws (Juris Doctor) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985. In October 2012, he was certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors as an Institute‐Certified Director (ICD.D). Mr. Falconi is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian, American and International Bar Associations, and the US‐based National Association of Corporate Directors.

Maryantonett Flumian
President, Institute On Governance

As the President of the Institute On Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.

She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. In addition, Maryantonett spent three years at the University of Ottawa initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.

Maryantonett received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in history and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in the same subject at the University of Ottawa. She has previously sat on the advisory board of The Agency for Co-Operative Housing, the Harvard Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government; the advisory group of nGenera’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Amy Freedman
Chief Executive Officer, Kingsdale Advisors

Amy is a seasoned capital markets professional, with over 12 years of experience in investment banking.  Amy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Kingsdale Advisors with a focus on providing superior service and outstanding strategic advice to public company boards and management as they strive to enhance value for shareholders.  Amy is also responsible for leading the growth of the firm and the thought leadership of the Kingsdale team.

She began her career at Morgan Stanley in New York as an Associate, Investment Banking where she spent approximately four years executing lead managed equity transactions and client coverage. After being promoted to Vice President, she moved back to Toronto with National Bank Financial.  Her most recent position was Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets for Stifel where she spent eight years with the organization and its predecessors Thomas Weisel Partners as Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer for the Global Investment Bank and Westwind Partners as a Director in Corporate Finance. In addition to her current role at Kingsdale, Amy is a director of Mandalay Resources Corporation.

Amy has extensive experience leading transaction management, positioning companies for success in the marketplace across a broad spectrum of industries and a deep understanding of capital markets.

Amy has a JD MBA from the University of Toronto.

Matt Fullbrook
Manager, Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE), Rotman School of Management

Matt Fullbrook is the Manager of the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness (CCBE) at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Under his direction, the CCBE has evolved into the central hub of governance research in Canada. Matt has overseen the development and execution of all of the CCBE’s projects since 2004, including Board Games, various Pay/Performance studies, SME governance ratings, and an ongoing study of the governance of family firms.  As an independent consultant, Matt has advised dozens of boards of directors, helping them to maximize their effectiveness through the development and implementation of effective processes, policies and structures.

Sara Gelgor
Head of Regulatory Compliance, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Canada

Sara Gelgor is an experienced legal, compliance and governance professional.

She is Head of Regulatory Compliance, Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Canada. Sara is a member of the University of Toronto Governing Council Business Board and is the former Vice President, Enterprise Programs Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer at Scotiabank. Sara has served on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards and is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is a past speaker at GPC’s Annual Corporate Governance Conference and will be speaking at the 2017 Conference.

Sara holds a BA from the University of Toronto, an LL.B. from Queen’s University, an LL.M. from Cambridge University, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Sara also holds the ICD.D designation and has completed the Osgoode Certificate in Regulatory Compliance and Legal Risk Management.

Catherine Gordon
President and Founder, SimpleLogic Inc.

Catherine is President and founder of SimpleLogic Inc., a Toronto-based firm that has been bringing clarity to business communication and disclosure since 1997.

One of North America’s first plain language consultants, Catherine is a frequent speaker on the simplification of complex information, and a consultant to public companies in Canada and the United States.

Catherine has an honours degree in English literature and has completed the ICSA Directors’ Education and Accreditation Program (Acc.Dir). She is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC), the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) and the Responsible Investor Association (RIA). SimpleLogic is a PRI signatory.

Sylvia Groves, FCIS, Acc.Dir.
President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
Adding Value to Every Seat at the Boardroom TableTM

Sylvia, a self-proclaimed “governance nerd”, believes in the power of transparency, diversity, engagement and continuous improvement to add value. She created Governance Studio from her award-winning work with one of Canada’s foremost governance leaders. Directors and Corporate Secretaries from all sectors appreciate working with Sylvia to enhance organizational governance and benefit key stakeholders. Sylvia listens to each client’s unique needs and applies her decades of expertise to build the right program for each organization. “There is no one size fits all – to be effective, governance has to fit the company and its culture,” notes Sylvia.

Sylvia’s work includes consulting, professional speaking and board facilitation sessions. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book: AAA+ Minutes™  – The Three Must-Do Fundamentals And 100s Of Practice Tips For Writing Minutes That Protect Your Organization And Its Directors. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and received the 2014 Excellence in Governance Distinguished Contribution Award from the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries. Visit to learn more.

Jane Halford
Co-Founder, BOLT Transition Inc.        

In addition to 20 years practicing as a Chartered Accountant and regulator, Jane has significant experience as a board and audit committee chair in public, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations.  Currently she chairs the boards of the United Way Alberta Capital Region and Institute of Corporate Directors Edmonton Chapter and she is the audit committee chair of Farm Credit Canada, Hyduke Energy Services, and the Citadel Theatre. She is a former member of the Board of Governors and former Alumni Council President of the University of Alberta.

Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the Audit Committee Certification from the Directors College.

In 2013, Jane stepped out her role as CEO and Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta to turn her passion into co-founding an innovative business, BOLT Transition Inc.  BOLT is transforming how Canadian organizations approach leadership transition in the boardroom and the executive suite.

Susan Wolburgh Jenah
Corporate Director and Senior Advisor, Aird & Berlis, LLP

Susan Wolburgh Jenah has over 3 decades of experience as a regulator, executive and lawyer.  She is a recognized leader in securities and capital markets regulation and policy development.  Susan is an experienced Board member who currently serves as a Governor of the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and as a member of the Board of Directors of Laurentian Bank of Canada, Aecon Group Inc. and Humber River Hospital.  She is a member of the Independent Review Committee for Vanguard Investments Canada and is a member of the C.D. Howe National Advisory Council.  Formerly, Susan was the President and CEO of IIROC from 2007-2014, having led the merger of the IDA and Market Regulation Services Inc. to form IIROC in 2008.  Prior to this, Susan worked in progressively senior roles at the Ontario Securities Commission from 1983-2007 including as Vice Chair, Acting Chair and General Counsel.  She also served as the OSC's Head of International Affairs representing the Commission at international forums and on various standard-setting Committees of IOSCO.  She has a B.A. from the University of Toronto, J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and ICD.D Designation from the Rotman School of Management.  Susan was a McMurtry Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2015 and recipient of the Osgoode Hall Alumni Gold Key Award for Achievement in 2011.

Helle Bank Jørgensen, CEO, B.Accountability
President, Global Compact Network Canada

Mrs. Bank Jorgensen is one of the world’s most experienced and renowned sustainability, climate change and ESG advisers. She serves at His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Expert Panel and is a Global Board Facilitator for the world’s largest network of responsible businesses, UN Global Compact​.
Helle brings over 25 years of experience advising global companies and investors within sustainability and climate change. 11 of those years as a partner with PwC in Europe and in the U.S. leading the sustainability and climate change practices. She was the creator of the world's first Green Account and later the world's first Integrated Report and first holistic supply chain program.

She is a regular key-note speaker and the author of many thought-leading articles and books about sustainability, climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the roles and responsibilities of Board members. This includes the featured article “Stability through Sustainability” published by West Point - The United States Military Academy.

Helle is a business lawyer and a state authorized public accountant and was the first in North America to receive Certificate of Achievement for passing the GRI G4 Exam. She is also the President of the Global Compact Network Canada; chair of eRevalue, the Release Council for the Future-Fit Business Benchmark; and Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council.

Krystyna Kott
Chief Internal Auditor, Ontario Securities Commission

Krystyna Kott is the Chief Internal Auditor of the Ontario Securities Commission where she established an internal audit function and helped the Commission to enhance its governance and risk management practices. 

In previous public sector roles she was an internal audit director for the Province of Ontario.  She also played leadership roles in modernizing management practices across the province including introducing a provincial general ledger to replace multiple ministry general ledgers, moving the province from cash-based to accrual-based accounting, and establishing risk management and performance management processes. 

In the private sector she was controller for an airline start up in the US and Controller/Chief Financial Officer for a transportation group of companies in the Caribbean.  She has served as board member, board secretary and audit committee chair of several non-profit organizations. 

Heather Laxton
Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.

Heather has over 20 years of corporate secretarial, corporate governance, and securities regulation experience with a focus on the mining sector in Canada, Europe, Russia and West Africa. She has served in several senior management and executive roles for companies listed on the TSX and Venture Exchanges, London - AIM and NYSE AMEX. She is currently Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary with Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd., and prior to that, she was Corporate Secretary with Kirkland Lake Gold Inc., Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary with Northern Gold Mining Inc., and Governance Manager and Corporate Secretary with European Goldfields Ltd. and High River Gold Mines Ltd. During her career, she has worked extensively with boards and senior management teams on both simple and complex governance matters, and has led the evaluation, design, implementation and monitoring of governance programs for several junior mining companies. She began working as a professional law clerk in multi-national law firms including Torys LLP and Smith Lyons LLP, obtained an honours diploma from the Law Clerk Program at Seneca College, and completed the Canadian Securities Course in 2000. Ms. Laxton is currently a member of the Education Committee of Governance Professionals of Canada. 

Richard Leblanc, CMC, BSc, MBA, LLB, JD, LLM, PhD
Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, York University
Governance advisor, lawyer, author, public speaker, researcher

Dr. Richard Leblanc is one of Canada’s leading experts on corporate governance and accountability. He is an award-winning teacher, researcher, lawyer, public speaker, consultant and specialist on boards of directors. He received a teaching award as one of the top five university teachers in Ontario; was named to Canadian Who’s Who, and is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™award. Dr. Leblanc is the editor of the recently released, “The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private, and Not-for-Profit Board Members”, which has sold almost 5,000 copies.

Dr. Leblanc’s insight has guided leaders of organizations through his teaching, research and direct consultation to government regulators and national and multi-national corporations. He has provided extensive service as an external advisor to boards of directors that have won national awards and peer endorsement for their governance practices. His applied research has been used by, and he has advised, financial and securities regulators, investors, hedge funds, and board and committee chairs. He has been retained to advise on defective boards to implement governance and shareholder accountability reform. He has evaluated boards, board committees, committee chairs and CEOs, and has advised on CEO performance and both director and CEO succession planning and removal.

Jennifer Longhurst
Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Jennifer advises acquirers, targets, investors and boards on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, private equity matters, and shareholder activism and engagement. A trusted adviser to public and private companies in Canada and internationally, Jennifer regularly counsels on securities law and public reporting. She guides management, boards and committees on corporate governance issues and best practices, as well as transaction-specific issues and general corporate and commercial matters.

Clients choose Jennifer’s business-minded approach for complex transactions, especially those that involve assets and operations in multiple jurisdictions. Jennifer works across a wide range of industries – including mining and energy, retail, financial services, pharmaceutical, private equity, real estate, manufacturing and other heavy industries.

Jennifer teaches the corporate transactions course at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development LLM program.

Catherine McCall
Director of Policy Development, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance

Catherine McCall is a lawyer by training and is currently Director of Policy Development at the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, an organization comprised of representatives of Canada’s leading institutional investors. As Director of Policy Development, Catherine is responsible for identifying governance issues and coordinating research related to governance as well as developing and drafting CCGG member policies, submissions, member communications and other documents for consideration by CCGG member committees and the CCGG Board of Directors. She also participates in the CCGG board engagement program.  Prior to joining CCGG, she was a principal at Hugessen Consulting, an independent executive compensation firm working with compensation committees and boards, and head of its corporate governance practice. Catherine also has worked as a Vice-President and director of ISS Canada Corp. and as a partner with Fairvest Corporation, ISS’ predecessor firm. Catherine has written and spoken widely on issues of corporate governance and executive compensation. She is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee and Country Co-Correspondent for the International Corporate Governance Network. Catherine received the ICD.D designation in March 2017.

Karen M. McCarthy, BPR, M.Ed
Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Fortis Inc.

Karen McCarthy is Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the ICD. She is Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs for Fortis Inc.  She leads the company’s employee and external communications strategy, media relations, community investment activity, as well as programs and initiatives to support and enhance corporate profile and stakeholder relations and engagement throughout North America.  Previous to this she was Director of Customer and Corporate Relations for Newfoundland Power where she held responsibility for customer relations, corporate, stakeholder and government relations strategies. She accepted this role after spending time as a Director on the Newfoundland Power Board of Directors where she participated on the Governance and Human Resources Committee.
Karen was previously President of an Atlantic Canadian public affairs consulting firm for 7 years, and spent 15 years in the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial public service with senior roles in communications, cabinet operations, energy, labour relations and intergovernmental affairs. Karen holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Education (Leadership) from Memorial University. She is active within the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), formerly on the Customer Council and currently Chairing the Government Relations Strategy Group.  She is an avid arts and business volunteer.

Shona McGlashan
Chief Governance Officer, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

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 providing effective support to MEC's board of directors and leadership team based on robust governance practices
  • runs MEC’s annual elections, AGM and corporate reporting
  • oversees MEC’s co-operative engagement, issues management, and privacy 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, hits the gym and practices yoga, and runs round Vancouver hunting Pokémon with her two kids.

Ross McKee
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Ross McKee is a Partner in the Securities Group in the Toronto office of Blakes.  Ross has over 30 years experience in all aspects of securities regulation, including corporate governance, disclosure, regulatory compliance, capital markets, mergers and financing, ranging from venture capital to international structured finance. Ross assisted in drafting the original National Policy 41 Shareholder Communication in 1987 while on secondment to the Ontario Securities Commission, and advised the CSA in 1998 on the initial drafts of NI 54-101 Communication with Beneficial Owners of Securities of a Reporting Issuer. Ross has served on the OSC’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee and was retained to develop the TSX’s Filing Guide for listed companies. He assisted in CIRI’s Standards & Guidance for Disclosure for public companies. Ross taught the securities regulation course for five years at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, and has spoken at numerous seminars on topics in the area of securities regulation and corporate governance.

Louise Pauzé
President, Happico Consulting

Louise Pauzé is a consultant in organizational culture. Her areas of specialisation include strategic planning, organizational transformation and branding. She helps organizations clarify their vision, nurture a culture that supports it and define the brand positioning that guides the way they talk about it.

Louise started her career in advertising. She managed several teams when working at Cossette and then became General Manager of TAXI in Montreal. Clients she worked with include: Bell Canada, GM, McDonald’s, Molson, Pfizer, Reitmans and Telus.

15 years managing groups fostered her interest in teams and leadership. She pursued her career as an executive recruiter, became a coach and obtained a Master’s degree in organizational development. Merging these areas of expertise has led to the work she does today helping people create a context that supports their vision and transforms their organisations. Her work is characterised by the use of creative tools, designs tailored to each particular client context and highly collaborative processes. Stakeholder engagement is the corner stone of her success.

Some of the organizations Happico has recently worked with:

  • Canadian Bar Association, organizational transformation
  • Capital Régional et Coopératif Desjardins, strategic planning
  • Station Mont Tremblant, organizational culture

Barry V. Perry
President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Inc.

Mr. Perry’s career with the Fortis Group spans nearly 20 years. He was previously Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation. Mr. Perry joined the Fortis Group in 2000 as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Newfoundland Power. He was also Vice President and Treasurer with a global forest products company and Corporate Controller with a large crude oil refinery.

Mr. Perry earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a member of the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador.

He serves on the Boards of FortisBC, UNS Energy and ITC Holdings Corp., all Fortis utilities.

Tim Plumptre
President, Tim Plumptre & Associates Inc.

Tim is an author and is President of the consulting firm Tim Plumptre & Associates Inc.
He has served as CEO of two nonprofit organizations and is the founder of the non-profit Institute On Governance where, over 17 years, he led the development of research, training programs and policy initiatives regarding sound governance in Canada and in over 30 countries abroad.

An experienced public speaker and facilitator, he is the author of a best-selling book on public management, “Beyond the Bottom Line: Management in Government.” He is at present completing a book on strategy and governance in the nonprofit sector.

His consulting work focuses on public purpose organizations including Crown corporations, nonprofits and charities in the following areas:

  • Making the transition to a strategy-led organization
  • Assisting leaders with difficult issues in the areas of strategy, direction or human resource management
  • Coaching support to CEOs/EDs, Board chairs, or Boards of Directors, to enhance organizational performance and strengthen board-staff collaboration
  • Governance evaluations
  • Development of financial plans to improve organizational revenues
  • Clarifying board and staff roles; development of sound governance policies.

Prior to founding the Institute On Governance, he was a journalist with the Globe and Mail, a Foreign Service officer, an assistant to a federal cabinet minister and a partner with an international consulting firm.

Douglas Porter, CFA
Chief Economist and Managing Director, BMO Financial Group

Douglas Porter has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Mr. Porter manages the team that has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics in 2016, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy.

As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television.

Mr. Porter has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Canada Pension Plan and Western’s Endowment Fund. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.

Mr. Porter, CFA, earned a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Jeffry Powell
CEO, GGS (Global Governance Software)

As CEO of Global Governance Software (GGS), Jeffry is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operations of the company. With over 25 years-experience in senior level roles in the technology industry, Jeffry has a deep understanding of software products and services, particularly in the governance space, and a proven ability to build and grow businesses. Prior to joining GGS, Jeff was the Executive Vice President and Director of Sales at Diligent Corporation, a provider of corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. During that time, Jeff advised thousands of companies across industries such as banking, energy, manufacturing, financial services, and consumer goods on effectiveness and governance.

Jeffry is considered a thought leader in the governance field and regularly appears at both governance-related and vertical market events for SaaS adoption and implementation best practices. He is a member of both the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC). Jeff was named to the 2015 NACD Directorship 100, the annual list of the most influential directors and governance or governance-related professionals, and is considered an industry expert on cybersecurity. Jeff is based out of GGS’s New York office.

Neil Puddicombe
Associate General Counsel and Director of Subsidiary Governance, BMO Financial Group

Neil Puddicombe is the Associate General Counsel and Director of Subsidiary Governance at the BMO Financial Group. Mr. Puddicombe designed the subsidiary governance framework for the Bank's Canadian, European and Asian subsidiaries. He also provides transactional support for the Bank's corporate reorganizations and proprietary M&A transactions. He has served as the Assistant Corporate Secretary for the Bank’s Audit and Conduct Review, Risk Review and Human Resources Committees. He previously supported the Bank’s Capital Markets' legal team, advising the Investment and Corporate Banking Group, the Structured Products Group and the trading floor.

Mr. Puddicombe joined the Bank after having spent five years in the Cross-Border M&A Group in the Paris and New York offices of French law firm Gide LLP. He joined Gide after having spent four years in the Business Law Group of the Toronto office of a major Canadian Law firm

Mr. Puddicombe serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a member of the Stakeholder Consultation and Practice Group of the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group.

Mr. Puddicombe holds an LLM (Securities) from Osgoode Hall Law School, an LLB from Windsor Law School and a BA (Hons) from Western University.

Poonam Puri
Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School; York University

One of Canada’s leading experts in corporate governance, corporate law, and securities law, Poonam has twenty years of experience as a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She also practices corporate law at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Poonam is a seasoned corporate director with board experience in mining, engineering, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare. Poonam is recognized for her expertise in strategic planning, capital-raising and restructuring, financial oversight, risk management, executive compensation and complex governance challenges facing public and private companies. She currently serves as a director of Arizona Mining (AZ:TSX), the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Cole Engineering (CEL). A past director of Women’s College Hospital, she now sits on the Board of Governors of St. Clements School and on the Board of Trustees of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.

In 2015, Poonam was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and featured in Leading the Way: Canadian Women in Law documenting the contributions of 50 selected women lawyers in Canadian history.  She was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2011 and she is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40™ award.

Poonam has an LL.B from the University of Toronto, an LL.M from Harvard Law School and is an ICD.D.

Lawrence Ritchie
Partner, Osler, Harcourt &Harcourt LLP

Lawrence Ritchie is a litigator and former securities regulator.  He chairs Osler’s cross-disciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response practice group, and co-chairs its national Capital Markets Regulatory Enforcement and Broker-Dealer Disputes team.  Among other things, he advises public corporations, their directors, officers, and in-house counsel on avoiding, preparing for, managing and responding to extraordinary “crisis” situations, including regulatory investigations and actions that flow from them.  He has extensive experience in identifying and addressing regulatory and other enforcement issues encountered by participants in the Canadian capital markets, as well as on corruption matters, providing proactive corporate governance and other risk management advisory services.

In 2007, Larry was appointed Vice-Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission, and in late 2009 he served as Executive Vice-President and Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Securities Transition Office. In 2015, Larry was appointed to a 3 person expert panel which recommended establishment of a new financial regulatory agency and framework in Ontario.

Larry is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaches at the Institute of Corporate Director’s Education Program and has lectured and written on various legal governance, enforcement and regulatory topics. He received his BA in Economics and Politics from the University of Western Ontario, his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and his LLM from the London School of Economics.

Janis A. Riven
Adjunct Professor, John Molson School of Business

Ms. Riven, based in Montreal, has an established consulting practice on governance and compliance matters with clients encompassing publicly listed and closely held companies, as well as various types of not-for-profits, and is currently Adjunct Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, where she teaches Corporate Governance.  She is a well known speaker both in Canada and abroad at conferences on corporate governance, and has acted as a facilitator for boards and board committees of a number of different organizations seeking to improve their governance effectiveness.

Ms. Riven was formerly Vice President, Compliance and Secretary for the Canadian and global operations of RBC Insurance.  Ms. Riven is Past President of Chartered Secretaries Canada(ICSA), an international teaching organization focussed on governance. She is a member of the Quebec Bar, a Fellow of the ICSA, and currently serves on the boards of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI), the Facility Association, Worldwide Magnesium Inc. and the McGill University Health Centre where she is also Chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee.

Jane Shapiro
SVP, National Practice Leader Crisis + Corporate Communications, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Jane has 30+ years of experience in corporate, consulting and government environments. She is the firm’s national practice leader for corporate and crisis communications and is responsible for ensuring a consistent, best in class, team approach to all assignments. Jane is especially skilled at leading integrated teams on complex and sensitive client assignments in order to gain community and stakeholder acceptance, raise corporate visibility and enhance, preserve or minimize damage to corporate reputation.

Jane has helped manage crisis situations for clients in almost every sector: energy, engineering, financial services, education, health care, food and agribusiness, including investigations, legal actions, corporate restructuring, environmental incidents and product recalls.

She has developed crisis plans for a diverse range of clients and led simulation exercises to test the performance of crisis teams. She is a frequent speaker on issues and crisis management and an experienced media and presentation trainer.

Michelle Tan
Principal, Hugessen Consulting

Michelle is a Principal with Hugessen Consulting, a trust board advisor on executive compensation, governance and related matters. She has expertise across a wide range of corporate governance and compensation topics and deep understanding of the shareholder perspective on pay and governance issues. Her clients include large TSX60 issuers in the financial, energy, and mining sectors as well as not-for-profit, cooperative, and service organizations. Michelle speaks and writes regularly on governance, compensation, and pay-for-performance alignment topics. She teaches at the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Director Education Program.

Before joining Hugessen, Michelle spent 15 years at Institutional Shareholder Services where she was a key player in the analysis of large and small public issuers, development of ISS policy guidelines, as well as shareholder and issuer engagement initiatives for the Canadian market. 

Pierre Tellis
Senior Legal Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, TSX Trust Company

Pierre is Senior Counsel in TMX Group Limited’s General Counsel’s Office and serves TSX Trust Company as its Chief Compliance Officer.

As Senior Counsel, Pierre practices general corporate and commercial law as well as securities and trust law and provides legal advice to TSX Trust’s various business units including Corporate Trust, Client Management, Sales and Operations.

As Chief Compliance Officer, Pierre is responsible for all compliance matters including privacy, anti-money laundering and regulatory issues applicable to TSX Trust as a federally regulated trust company.
Pierre has more than 20 years of experience working for various trust companies and the transfer agency business in particular. Pierre received his bachelor’s degree from McGill University and his law degree from the University of British Columbia.

Christine Thomas
AVP, Legal Services & Governance, MD Financial Management Inc.

Christine Thomas is a lawyer who has worked in various corporate commercial legal departments, both in-house and in private practice, over the past 16 years. She has a passion for all things governance-related and appreciates the value an effective and engaged board of directors can bring to an organization.  She currently serves as the AVP, Legal Services & Governance, Senior Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the MD Financial Group of Companies. Working in the capacity as Corporate Secretary, Christine has gained experience navigating boards, management, regulators and other stakeholders in a complex environment. She is a graduate of McMaster University (B.Sc.) and University of Ottawa (LL.B.) and is a member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Association of Contract Management and Governance Professionals of Canada. In her spare time, Christine is an avid downhill skier, serves her community on various not-for-profit boards and taxis her three children around Ottawa!

John Valley
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

John Valley is a partner in Osler’s Toronto office and practices corporate and securities law, with a particular focus on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. John’s corporate governance practice includes advising companies and boards of directors on matters relating to director duties, indemnification, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and other governance matters. He is also a member of a cross-disciplinary risk management and crisis response practice, which is focused on advising companies and boards of directors on taking proactive steps to avoid, prepare for and, where necessary, on responding to, extraordinary crisis situations. John’s graduate research at the University of Cambridge, England focused on corporate governance in enterprises with significant government shareholders and he writes on emerging topics in corporate governance, including as the co-author of Osler’s annual report on diversity disclosure practices.

Edward J. Waitzer
Partner, Stikeman Elliott

Mr. Waitzer was Chair of Stikeman Elliott LLP from 1999 to 2006 and remains a senior partner whose practice focuses on complex business transactions.  He also advises on a range of public policy and governance matters.  He is a Professor and the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance and is Director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University.  He served (1993-1996) as Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission (and of the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions) and (until 1981) as Vice-President of The Toronto Stock Exchange.  He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of legal and public policy issues and serves or has served as director of a number of corporations, foundations, community organizations, editorial boards and advisory groups.  He recently retired as Chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and as Vice-Chair of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM).  He earned his LL.B. (1976) and LL.M. (1981) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.  Called to the Ontario (1978) and the New York (1985) Bars.

Richard Wilson
Partner, Cybersecurity & Privacy Consulting, PWC

Richard is a leader in PwC's Cybersecurity & Privacy Consulting practice. He helps boards and management teams understand and strategically defend against the rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats today. His unique board cybersecurity framework equips directors and management teams to have the right dialogue about cyber strategies, resources, processes, systems, and services.

Richard oversees the delivery of cyber governance, target operating models, threat modeling, breach indicator and vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, identity & access management, SEIM/SOCs, business continuity plans, ERM programs, privacy compliance, and cyber breach planning & response. He has 23 years of professional services experience, including 15 years in a CEO or COO role for publically traded and private companies.  He has more than a decade of experience advising boards and C-Suites on governance, strategy, organizational planning, risk, and risk response.

Richard has been published in Compliance Week, Canadian Business, and the Globe & Mail and is a keynote speaker on the cybersecurity & risk in Canada, the US, and Mexico. He is Chair of PwC’s Risk Forum, and is an active board member of CPA Canada's Corporate Oversight & Governance Board.

Jo Mark Zurel
President Owner, President and Corporate Director, Stonebridge Capital Inc.

Jo Mark Zurel is President of Stonebridge Capital Inc., a private (family) investment company, and a Corporate Director. From 1998 to 2006, Jo Mark was Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of CHC Helicopter Corporation, helping to build it into the world's largest helicopter operating company. He is on several corporate boards, including Fortis Inc., Major Drilling (Audit Committee Chair), the CPP Investment Board (Audit Committee Chair), Highland Copper (Audit Committee Chair), he recently retired from Newfoundland Power (Board Chair), and until its sale, Fronteer Gold (Audit Committee Chair).

Jo Mark is active in his community. His current and recent not-for-profit activities include Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Chair of JA of Newfoundland and Labrador, Chair of a Canadian Red Cross capital campaign, the board of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Governance and HR Committee Chair), and the board of Propel ICT.

Jo Mark was named to Canada’s Top 40 under 40, has been granted the ICD.D from the ICD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador and, together with his wife, was named Newfoundland’s 2015 Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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