The Honourable Anita Anand,
Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Honourable Anita Anand was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Oakville in 2019.

Minister Anand is a scholar, lawyer, researcher, and mother of four children. Born and raised in rural Nova Scotia, she moved to Ontario in 1985.

Minister Anand is a devoted leader with a proven record of service. In her Oakville community, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Lighthouse Foundation for Grieving Children, the Oakville Hospital Foundation, and Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.

For the past two decades, Minister Anand has been a legal academic, employed most recently as a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto where she held the J.R. Kimber Chair in Investor Protection and Corporate Governance. She served as Associate Dean and was a member of the Governing Board of Massey College and the Director of Policy and Research at the Capital Markets Research Institute, Rotman School of Management. She has also taught law at Yale Law School, Queen’s University, and Western University.

Minister Anand has completed extensive research on the regulation of financial markets, corporate governance, and shareholder rights, and has appeared regularly in the media to discuss these topics. In 2015, she was appointed to the Government of Ontario’s Expert Committee to Consider Financial Advisory and Financial Planning Policy Alternatives. She has conducted research for Ontario's Five-Year Review Committee, the federal Wise Person's Committee, and the Task Force to Modernize Securities Legislation in Canada. In 2019, the Royal Society of Canada awarded her the Yvan Allaire medal for outstanding contributions in governance relating to private and public organizations.

Minister Anand holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies from Queen's University, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1994.

Minister Anand and her husband, John, raised their four children in Oakville.

Judith Athaide
Corporate Director

Judith Athaide is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D). She brings 30 years of executive and corporate governance experience to board discussions.

A proponent of life-long learning and continuous improvement, she has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours), a Masters of Business Administration in Finance, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been awarded the designation of ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has earned the Nuclear Governance Certificate from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and is currently earning a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from the MIT Sloan School of Business. She has been an adjunct professor at a number of Canadian universities and is an instructor for the ICD DEP program and an examiner for the ICD’s mock boardroom examinations.

Judith is currently serving on the Boards of Computer Modelling Group, HSBC Bank Canada, New Brunswick Power where she is the Board Lead on Enterprise Risk Management, PHX Energy Services where she chairs the Governance and Nomination Committee, TriSummit Utilities where she chairs the Healthy, Safety & Environment Committee and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Judith was born in Pakistan and has lived in Bangladesh, India, the US and Canada. This international experience has helped her better understand, and value, diversity of thought and experience. She is a sought-after speaker on topics of diversity and inclusion and governance. She is very excited to be part of the discussion on The Future of Governance is Now.

Richard Arthurs
Partner, MNP

Richard Arthurs, CPA, CMA, CIA, CRMA, CFE, QIAL, is a Partner and MNP’s National Data and Information Dynamics Leader, based in the Calgary office. Richard has more than 25 years of experience assisting complex global organizations with their governance, risk management, internal audit, IT audit, data analytics, ethics and compliance needs. He has deep industry experience in the utilities / energy, consumer goods, technology, telecommunications, not-for-profit and public sectors.

Leveraging his experience leading audit and risk projects in more than 40 countries, Richard has a global perspective on the issues businesses face. He has worked with renowned organizations and has a proven track record of achieving cost-effective value-added solutions to manage priority risks and improve business processes and controls.

Prior to joining MNP, Richard served as a global internal audit and risk management leader for one of the largest consumer packaged goods companies in the world. In this role, he helped develop a global data analytics strategy for the Internal Audit function. Most recently, he was chief audit executive and vice president of risk management for a Canadian subsidiary of one of the largest utilities and renewable energy operators in the U.S. In this role, Richard utilized data analytics to drive material cost savings with complex construction projects.

Richard is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2003, and holds the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designations. He was the first Canadian to receive the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) designation from the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova South Eastern University.

Ravipal Bains
Associate, McMillan LLP

Ravipal S. Bains is a trusted advisor in the field of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and corporate finance in Canada. Ravi has represented clients in a number of complex transactions, including the first-ever contested takeover bid following the introduction of the new regulatory regime in 2016. He acts for issuers and private equity funds in a variety of sectors, including mining, forestry, and technology. He has advised parties on both sides of negotiations, including shareholders, boards of directors, and special committees. In 2019, The M&A Advisor recognized Ravi as one of the “Emerging Leaders” (formerly, the 40 under 40).

A frequent author, Ravi’s commentary has been featured in national and international publications, including the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, The Globe and Mail, Lexpert, Private Equity International, Business in Vancouver, and The Vancouver Sun. He is interested in the current trends in sustainability and transformative technologies and has presented his research at the University of California Davis, European Banking Institute, and National University of Juridical Sciences.

Called to the British Columbia bar in 2016, Ravi is involved with a number of business organizations, including the Business Council of British Columbia, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and the Association for Corporate Growth. He is also a member of the Canada Climate Law Initiative’s inaugural group of governance experts.

He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Ottawa Law Review. Ravi also holds an undergraduate degree from Panjab University, India. Prior to McMillan, he was a legal advisor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Born and raised in rural Punjab, he also clerked at the High Court of Punjab and Haryana and worked at one of India’s premier business law firms.

Brian Brown, CIA, CPA, CMA, C.Dir, CFE
Principal, Best Job in the Company Consulting Services

Brian Brown possesses a unique combination of senior-level private, public, and non-profit sector experience in governance, internal audit, risk management, fraud, and internal controls.

Brian is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession with over 30 years of experience collaborating with and supporting Boards of Directors and Audit Committees. Now retired and providing independent consulting and education services, he previously he led internal audit activities with The Canadian Grain Commission, The Great-West Life Assurance Company, Agricore United and its predecessor, UGG, and with Sears Canada Inc.

He has served on numerous not-for-profit and association Boards, currently serving on three.

Brian has been providing education services for many years and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. He is a founding faculty member of The Directors College and a Distinguished Faculty Member for the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also serves as faculty for the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Caribbean Governance Training Institute, and the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association. 

Brian is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant (CPA,CMA), Chartered Director (C.Dir.), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations.

Brigitte Catellier
Vice President, Corporate Governance, Meridian Credit Union
Corporate Secretary, Motus Bank

In January 2018, Brigitte joined Meridian Credit Union as Vice-President, Corporate Governance. With Meridian’s launch of a federal digital bank in April 2019, Brigitte was appointed Corporate Secretary of Motus Bank. In January 2019, Brigitte joined York University as Adjunct Professor of Osgoode Hall Law School where she is Co-Director of the Investor Protection Clinic. Brigitte is also a Subject Matter Expert for the Boardroom Dynamics and Risk Management modules of the Chartered Governance Institute’s certification program.

Prior to Meridian, Brigitte held positions at Sun Life Financial as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary as well as Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance of HSBC Bank Canada. Prior thereto, Brigitte spent close to a decade as Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Secretary of Astral Media Inc. and prior thereto, she was Associate General Counsel and Associate Secretary of Canadian National Railway Company.

Brigitte obtained her BCL/LLB degrees from McGill University (National Program) in 1988 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1989. She began her legal career at Norton Rose Fulbright where she was named Partner in Business Law. She also obtained the designation of Certified InHouse Counsel –Canada (CIC.C). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute.

Louise Champoux-Paillé, C.M., C.Q. F.Adm.A. ASC, MBA, Economist
Executive in Residence, John Molson School of Business

An economist by training, Louise Champoux-Paillé holds an MBA, a master's degree in museology and a certificate in governance from Laval University. She has successfully completed the governing for not profit excellence program of the Harvard Business School. Breaking new ground in a number of senior management positions, she has served as founding president of the Bureau des services financiers du Québec and executive vice-president of the Ordre des administrateurs agrées. Her research and volunteer work have helped promote good governance, ethics and women's access to strategic roles. In her career, she has served on numerous boards, including the Quebec state corporation SAAQ and the Ste-Justine Hospital. In 2012, the Québec government named Ms. Champoux-Paillé a member of the Ordre national du Québec. In 2014, she won the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, granted to women who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life for women in Canada. In 2016, she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions as an administrator and for her commitment to promoting women in governance. Recently, she received an award of excellence from Laval University and was named one of the Top 20 personalities for diversity.

Dr. Nita Chhinzer
Associate Professor of Human Resources and Business Consulting, Department of Management, University of Guelph

Dr. Nita Chhinzer is Associate Professor of Human Resources and Business Consulting at the Department of Management, University of Guelph. Her research is concentrated on Strategic Human Resources Management, with a strong focus on downsizing practices, procedures, employment law and ethics. She is the co-author of Canada’s best-selling post-secondary Human Resource Management textbook.

Dr. Chhinzer serves on the Advisory Board for the Canadian HR Reporter. She is a member of the Board of Directors at both the Toronto Centre for Learning and Development and Hospice Toronto. Dr. Chhinzer was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Paper Emerald Literati Award (Education +Training) and the University of Guelph Fellowship in Leadership, HRM and Work (2012-2017). In 2016, she was recognized as one of the top 25 HR Professionals in Canada.

Caroline Codsi, ICD.D
President & Founder, Women in Governance

Caroline Codsi is the President & Founder of Women in Governance, a non-profit created in 2010 with mission to help women access decision-making bodies and male dominated fields.  Women in Governance’s programs have a deep and concrete impact for gender parity in Canada through advocacy, major events, mentoring programs, governance training as well as its Parity Certification developed with the support of McKinsey&Company and available across Canada and the US.

A Citizen of the world having lived on three continents, Caroline was born in Beirut and grew up through the civil war.  A highly sought-after speaker, Caroline has addressed audiences across the globe. She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and was recognized as a Top 20 Diversity Leading Figure in Quebec, Top 75 Canadian Immigrant and Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She is also the recipient of a Gender Equality Award by the United Nations Women’s Committee and by New Delhi’s Women’s Economic Forum.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated Caroline on Canada’s National Gender Equality Committee and Mayor Valérie Plante on the City of Montreal’s Busines Committee.

Milla Craig,
CEO, Milani Group

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 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues to reduce risks and create value, through capital market experience and independent advice.

Milla is a board member of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) and Co--‐President of the Steering Committee of the Finance and Sustainability Initiative of Finance Montreal. Milla was also part of the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board’d (SASB) Financial Sector review and past Chair of the Water 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.

Michelle de Cordova,
Principal, ESG Global Advisors Inc.

Michelle has played a prominent role in Canadian responsible investment for over ten years and has more than twenty years’ experience in sustainability. As a Principal at ESG Global Advisors, she works to bridge the gap between companies and investors on environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors: assisting companies and boards of directors to develop ESG strategies that generate long-term value and respond to emerging capital markets expectations, and assisting investors to integrate ESG to their investment processes. Prior to joining ESG Global in 2019, for eight years she was Director of Corporate Engagement at NEI Investments, leading the firm’s well-regarded program of dialogue with portfolio companies, engaged proxy voting, and public policy work on corporate regulations and standards. Before moving to Canada, she worked for ten years as a staff member and consultant for environment and social development non-profits in Europe, Asia, and Africa, including Oxfam and WWF, and earlier she served for six years in the U.K. Diplomatic Service. She holds a Master of Science degree in the management of integrated conservation and social development. Michelle is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Environmental and Social Committee and the BC Securities Commission Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum. She has played a leading role in numerous ESG collaborations at the Canadian Responsible Investment Association, the U.S. Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, and globally through the Principles for Responsible Investment and the Investor Alliance for Human Rights. She is a 2020 Clean50 Honouree for leadership in clean finance.

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 25 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.

Reanna Dorscher,
Principal, Hugessen Consulting

Reanna joined Hugessen in 2015. She has extensive experience in strategic compensation design including for special situations (e.g. initial public offering, change in control, senior executive succession) and equity plan design and implementation. Reanna has also supported many clients with compensation related governance issues including disclosure and proxy advisor/shareholder engagement, and leads the internal shareholder engagement efforts. In 2020, she joined Hugessen’s Board Effectiveness team working collaboratively with Dr. Peter Stephenson.

She has significant experience working alongside senior management and the board to solve complex compensation issues in both privately-held and publicly-traded environments. Prior to joining Hugessen, Reanna was the Total Rewards Lead for a mid-sized oil and gas company where she led the management of all compensation and rewards programs. In addition to her background in compensation, Reanna has experience in an HR generalist capacity.

Reanna graduated from the Haskayne School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional and has completed the Certified Compensation Professional designation

Paul Dubal,
Founder, Perfect Balance Consulting

Paul has almost 25 years of corporate secretarial, corporate governance and regulatory experience both in house and as a professional services consultant in the United Kingdom, Canada, Caribbean and the Middle East. He has worked for KPMG LLP and PwC in leadership roles and served in senior in-house roles for several listed financial services companies. He has also provided governance services to Mid-Cap and Large-Cap companies in Europe, North and South America and the Caribbean region. Paul has worked extensively with a diverse range of boards and senior management teams on governance matters.

Paul has recently completed a two-year assignment as Head of Corporate Governance at the First Abu Dhabi Bank, the largest bank in the Gulf region, where he developed the Bank’s corporate governance framework, advising the Board and executive management on the practical implications of the new UAE Corporate Governance Regulations. He also refined the Bank’s management committee structure and its international governance structure across twenty jurisdictions globally. 

Paul has recently founded Perfect Balance Consulting (www.perfectbalanceconsulting.ca), providing governance solutions to small/mid-Cap organizations, group training across a variety of business solutions, and one to one executive coaching to mid-senior level professionals with a focus on leadership and emotional intelligence. Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada (CGIC) and holds an LLB from Middlesex University (UK) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Leicester De Montfort University (UK).

Aaron  Friedenthal,
Assistant General Counsel, ATB Financial

Aaron has been with Legal Services for 13 years where he leads a team of business-focused lawyers and legal assistants who partner with leaders in all areas of ATB’s business and support them in providing financial services to ATB’s customers. He provides governance support to the ATB Board of Directors and i s Corporate Secretary for ATB’s Subsidiaries.

In 2018-19 Aaron took on the role of VP Internal Assurance as an Experiential Burst (secondment) opportunity. In this role, he l ed a team of professional internal auditors that looked for opportunities to enhance business processes and governance at ATB Financial. Internal Assurance also has a team of investigators that not only investigate internal fraud, but look for opportunities to prevent it.

Aaron has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. He also leads the Edmonton chapter of the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) and sits on the board of the Cantilon Choral Music Society.

Joe German,
Director, Strategic Partnerships, Clearview Strategic Partners Inc.

With a career spanning over a decade as an award-winning public servant and as VP of Business Development at Canada’s largest independent mutual fund company, Joe German understands the wide variety of challenges that both public and private organizations face. As Director, Strategic Partnerships his goal is to educate organizations and industry groups about ClearView’s ethics reporting platform and to partner with them to create better, safer workplaces. Joe holds a BA and a Master of Public Administration from Western University.

Janet Giesselman,
Director, AGI

Janet is a corporate director at Omnova Solutions Inc. (a public Ohio based specialty chemicals and engineered surfaces company), where she serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee. She is also a director at Twin Disc, Incorporated (a public Wisconsin based marine and heavy duty, off highway power transmission equipment company), where she is Chair of the Compensation and Executive Development Committee and is also a member of both the Audit and Nominating and Governance committees. She is also a director of McCain Foods Limited (a private New Brunswick based frozen food, produce and transportation company) and serves as Chair of its Safety and Sustainability Committee and as a member of its Audit and Compensation & Management committees. Janet has over 30 years of U.S. and international agriculture, energy and specialty and commodity chemicals industry experience, having led businesses in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. From 2001 to 2010, Janet held numerous senior leadership positions with The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") including President and General Manager of Dow Oil & Gas, Vice President, Dow AgroSciences, and Vice President, Dow Latex (Switzerland). Before joining Dow, Ms. Giesselman held various leadership positions in marketing and strategic planning with the Rohm & Haas Company, a specialty and performance materials company. Janet holds a B.Sc., Biology from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida.

Paul Gryglewicz,
Senior Partner and Head of Canada, Global Governance Advisors

Paul is recognized as one of the leading board advisors in the country on corporate governance, executive and director compensation and human capital management plan design. 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. Paul advises many TSX, NYSE and NASDAQ listed organizations as well as works with privately held organizations and family offices. In addition to his work with for profit organizations, he also supports and advises government and quasi government organizations on compensation and corporate governance matters. Lastly, Paul is also an accredited expert witness to compensation and governance matters.

Previously he was an executive compensation 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 a Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board, a published author and an active speaker for professional associations presenting on a wide array of executive compensation and governance related topics and appears on major tv and newspaper media outlets.

Victoria Hurth, 
Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Dr Victoria Hurth is a Visiting Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School and Senior Associate of its Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Her research focuses on the concept of 'purpose-driven organisations’ and the role of marketing, governance, leadership and culture in delivering them. She convenes the first global ISO standard in Governance of Organizations (ISO37000). She is Convenor of an ISO ad-hoc group scoping standards of indicators for governance (TC309/AHG5), a member of WBCSD’s working group on Governance and an UNCTAD review panel member for ISAR Honors. She was recently a member of the UNCTAD/UNEP Task Force developing a methodology for SDG indicator 12.6.1. Victoria has been a management consultant with Accenture and an Associate Professor of Sustainable Business at the University of Plymouth. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Soil Association Certification Ltd and FTB Lawsons Ltd.

Mark Johnson
Director, HR Operations and Talent Acquisition, EPCOR

Mark Johnson is currently the Director of HR Operations and Talent Management for EPCOR Utilities. Mark has had a 30 year career as a Human Resource professional and leader in the health care and utility industries in Alberta. He has worked in all areas of Human Resources with significant focus in labour relations and talent management. Since 2018 Mark has been the Chair of EPCOR’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, leading the implementation of a comprehensive strategy aimed at building an inclusive workplace where all employees can bring their full selves to work. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta.

Kathleen Keller-Hobson, ICD.D
Corporate Director at CCL Industries Inc., Premium Brands Holdings Corporation and Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Kathleen Keller-Hobson is an experienced corporate director and serves on the boards of CCL Industries Inc. (a world leader in specialty label, security and packaging solutions), Premium Brands Holdings Corporation (a leading North American specialty food manufacturer and distributor), and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (which manages and operates Canada’s largest airport). She is Lead Director of CCL Industries, and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She is a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and Compensation and HR Committee, of Premium Brands. She is Chair of the Governance and Stakeholder Relations Committee, and a member of the Planning & Commercial Development Committee, of the GTAA.

Prior to 2015, Kathleen was a business lawyer with 35 years of experience in M&A and corporate finance. 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, including acting as Managing Partner of the Torys’ London, England office from 1986 to 1995.

Kathleen attended the University of Ottawa (LL.B. 1979) and is an inductee to the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society. She is a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (ICD.D).

Annalisa King
Chair of the Board, Vancouver Airport Authority and Corporate Director

Annalisa King is the Chair of the Board for the Vancouver Airport Authority and also sits on three TSX public company boards; Saputo Inc., First Capital Real Estate Investment Trust., 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 on all her boards, is the Chair of the Audit Committee for The North West Company, and is the Chair of The Governance Committee for First Capital REIT.

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 received the award for Significant Board Contribution by the Association of Women in Finance in 2019, and 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.

Mary Larson
CEO, MNP

Mary Larson, ICD.d, is a Partner with MNP’s Consulting Services group in Montreal. Mary helps clients clarify and build alignment around their strategies, build leadership capacity and embed cultures that foster outstanding execution.

Mary is particularly focused on working with C-suite executives and CEOs. Drawing on her extensive business experience and skill in asking the right questions, Mary helps clients become more effective in aligning their teams around their work, and successfully addressing the issues that drive both behavior and culture.

Mary has worked with clients across North and South America, Europe and Asia, including the Business Development Bank of Canada, Bosch / Siemens, Cirque du Soleil, Duke Power, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s and Western Union. She has held senior executive positions with McDonald’s Corporation in the U.S. and Alcan in Canada.

Mary, who works in both English and French, received her Bachelor of Arts (BA, Honors) from Princeton and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mary is a designated graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.d) at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is board chair of McGill’s School for Continuing Studies, a board member of Prostate Cancer Canada and vice-president of the University Club of Montreal. She co-founded the International Women’s Forum in Canada.  

Christopher Main,
Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, TELUS

Chris leads the Corporate Governance team within TELUS Legal Services. In this role he supports Board meetings and decision-making, subsidiary governance, capital markets activity and continuous disclosure under securities laws. Prior to joining TELUS, he was a partner in the Corporate group of a leading law firm in Canada where his practice focused on public mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Called to the bar in Quebec and British Columbia, he is a member of the board of directors of the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation and a member of the BC Securities Commission’s Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum.

Susan McGeachie,
Global Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Hatch

Susan brings 20 years of experience helping finance, industry and public sector clients identify and manage climate change and other business and sustainability-related risks. She has supported clients in the development of investment strategies and economic solutions for environmental and social challenges through program reviews and evaluations, cost-benefit assessments, stakeholder consultations, internal audit and risk management, and sustainability reporting strategy and guidance.

Susan incorporates various climate change transition and physical impact scenarios into recent projects, which include the development of a climate-aligned integrated energy investment frameworks for financial institutions, evaluation frameworks and costing models for site-level climate change mitigation solutions under various carbon pricing scenarios, and projected future emissions over 10, 20 and 30 year timeframes to assess the cost effectiveness of abatement projects.

From 2012 - 2018 Susan was the Central Canada leader of a Big 4’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice, where she led multiple climate change risk audits. From 2002 – 2008 Susan was a Director at an ESG ratings and analytics firm where she led analysis of climate change risks to the future financial performance of companies in the extractives industries.

Susan holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance and Sustainability and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto where she teaches a graduate course in climate finance, and is a member of Canada’s Climate Governance Experts Panel. In 2014, she was named to the Clean 50 and Clean 16 list of professionals, which recognizes individuals for their contributions to clean capitalism.

Shona McGlashan
Vice President, Governance and Corporate Secretary, Vancity Credit Union

Shona McGlashan is Vancity credit union’s Vice-President of Governance. Originally from Scotland, Shona began her career in the UK’s House of Commons, providing professional and procedural support to parliamentary committees and the Speaker. Since then she has held senior governance and policy roles on both sides of the Atlantic, including working as Chief Governance Officer at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), and Executive Director of the Vancouver Police Board. Over the course of her career she has led governance, corporate affairs/ issues management, privacy, and diversity and inclusion functions.

An inspiring and passionate leader and mentor, Shona sits on the boards of Bard on the Beach and the Vancity Community Foundation. She is always delighted to talk about governance, Shakespeare, supporting mental health, and feminism.  A voracious reader, she would love to know your favourite novel(s). Shona lives in Vancouver with her husband and two awesome kids.

Indira Naidoo-Harris,
AVP of Diversity and Human Rights, University of Guelph, Former Ontario Minister of Education, Child Care, Women

Indira Naidoo-Harris is a trusted public leader, policy-maker, journalist and advocate. Currently serving as the AVP of Diversity & Human Rights at the University of Guelph, Naidoo-Harris is working to foster a culture of inclusion by leading discussion and education efforts about equity, diversity, and inclusion.

She is a former Ontario cabinet minister, well-known journalist and human rights advocate. Elected in 2014 as Halton’s MPP, she held several cabinet posts, including Ontario’s first ever Minister of the Status of Women, and Minister of Education.

Naidoo-Harris has developed and worked on policies, strategies and frameworks that have changed lives including Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Childcare Policy Framework, the Strategy to Deliver Free Preschool Childcare for Children in Ontario, Ontario’s first Comprehensive Dementia Strategy, and the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

As the first official voice for women in the province, Naidoo-Harris headed the Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy and the Strategy for Gender-Based Violence. She also worked on anti-human trafficking legislation, led consultations across the province with women’s and Indigenous groups, victims of violence and social reformers, and worked with business and government officials on pay equity and other issues.

She also served as Associate Minister of Finance, and Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care.

Before entering politics, Naidoo-Harris was an award-winning journalist in Canada and internationally with outlets including NBC, PBS, CBC, OMNI, TVO and CTV.

Stuart McKellar,Q.C., ICD.D
General Counsel, SVP Corporate Operations & Corporate Secretary, ATB Financial

For the past 23 years, Stuart has held a number of senior-level and executive positions at ATB Financial. In his current role, he serves as General Counsel and leads Corporate Operations which includes; Legal Services, People Places & Spaces, Accounts Payable, Payroll, and Procurement. As Corporate Secretary, he provides governance support to ATB’s Board of
Directors. Stuart also serves as a director of ATB's subsidiaries. ATB has won several awards for excellence in governance from the Governance Professionals of Canada, and in 2019, Stuart was recognized as Governance Professional of the year, an award he humbly shares with his team.

Stuart is known for being a creative yet pragmatic leader whose teams are recognized for the results they deliver. He is curious, and highly focused on bringing a mindset of disruptive innovation to his teams. Stuart is passionate about enabling the success of others.

Stuart holds a BA., from the University of Calgary, and a LL.B., from the University of Alberta. He received the ICD.D. designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2010 and was awarded the Queen’s Counsel designation in 2014.

Brian  Minns,
Vice-President, Sustainable Investing, Addenda Capital

Brian is responsible for the continuous improvement of Addenda Capital’s incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes throughout the firm including in support of impact investing. He also engages with companies, regulators and policymakers on ESG matters in order to promote sustainable development.

Dave Mowat,
Director, TELUS and past CEO ATB Financial

Dave Mowat was President and CEO of ATB Financial from 2007 to 2018, which, through more than 5000 team members and a branch network in 247 communities, provides a full range of digital, mobile, personal, business, corporate, and investment services to more than 725,000 customers. Under Dave’s leadership, ATB more than doubled its assets to $50 billion and is the largest, provincially based financial institution in Alberta, Canada.

Combining technology with community involvement and support for numerous community causes is a unique hallmark of ATB. As a leader, Mowat brought a strong commitment that growing team member engagement and customer advocacy were the most sustainable and successful ways to a strong bottom line.

Mowat uses his banking, technology and customer expertise to enrich the service he provides to numerous boards, including Telus, STARS, Alberta Blue Cross, Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, and Calgary’s National Music Centre. He’s also involved with Dogs With Wings, and in 2016 was accompanied everywhere by Vaughn, a black lab service puppy who was part of the agency’s program to train service dogs to make life better for blind and autistic children.

Rebecca Loyo Mayo,
VP, Sustainability, Aritzia

Rebecca has worked in retail and apparel sustainability for nearly 15 years in both London UK and Vancouver Canada, developing corporate strategies and programs across product development and manufacturing as well as store and DC operations.  Through her tenure at her 2 public company employers, she has seen the impact of ESG reporting increase and the discipline evolve as investors’ expectations have grow.

Sarah Neville
Director of Policy Development, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance

Sarah Neville joined CCGG as the Director of Policy Development in February 2019.  She is responsible for supporting the Executive Director in identifying governance issues, undertaking research relating to governance and staying abreast of emerging governance developments. 

She practiced corporate and commercial law at a national law firm before moving into the public sector where she gained experience as both a senior policy advisor and legal counsel.  Immediately prior to joining CCGG she was the Legal Director and Corporate Secretary of an Ontario Crown agency.  Sarah holds an Honours BA from McMaster University, an LLB from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, an LLM in Banking and Financial Services from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Certificate in Social Impact from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.  She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Governance Professionals of Canada.

Stephen  Pike,
Partner, Gowlings

A senior legal advisor to global and Canadian businesses on a wide range of issues including corporate law and corporate governance, sustainability, ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) such as modern slavery, forced labour, human trafficking and child labour in supply chains, as well as on risk management, transactional and commercial matters such as M&A and product-related issues (including distribution, licensing, advertising, manufacturing, regulatory and product liability).

Stephen is the Vice-Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, and speaks and writes frequently on how boards of directors and businesses can manage the risks and address the realities of modern slavery, forced labour and child labour in their operations and supply chains.

Richard C. Powers,
Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, National Academic Director, Directors Education Program and Governance Essentials Program.

An internationally recognized expert in both corporate and not-for-profit governance, Richard is the National Academic Director of The Directors Education Program (DEP) and the Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program (GEP) (in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD). Richard also serves as the Academic Director of the CUES Governance Programs in Canada. He also teaches in Rotman’s Executive MBA, OMNIUM, MBA and Executive Education Programs. Richard has led and taught in the DEP and GEP for over 14 years, and has assisted in designing and implementing the programs at 13 universities across Canada. The DEP is recognized as one of the most robust governance programs in the world. In addition to his responsibilities with the DEP, Richard has worked with numerous boards, associations and organizations in identifying, creating and developing best governance practices. He is a director and committee member of several not-for-profit organizations. He is a director and committee member of several not-for-profit organizations and frequently comments on legal and governance issues in various media across Canada.

Neil Puddicombe,
Associate General Counsel, Bank Board Governance, Legal & Regulatory Compliance Group, BMO Financial Group

Neil Puddicombe is the Associate General Counsel, Bank Board Governance at the BMO Financial Group. He provides governance support to the Bank’s Board of Directors, and manages the Bank’s Annual General Meeting, Management Proxy Circular and shareholder support services. He also acts as the Assistant Corporate Secretary to the Bank’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Puddicombe previously spent 7 years as BMOFG’s Director of Subsidiary Governance (Canada and International), where he designed the subsidiary governance framework for the Bank’s Canadian, European and Asian subsidiaries. He provided transactional support for the Bank’s corporate reorganizations and proprietary mergers and acquisitions transactions. Bank of Montreal was awarded the Governance Professionals of Canada’s Excellence in Governance Award for Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and Best Use of Technology in 2016. In 2018 Mr. Puddicombe was named Governance Professional of the Year by the Governance Professionals of Canada.

Previously, Mr. Puddicombe was Senior Counsel in the Bank’s Capital Markets legal team supporting 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 Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Groups in the Paris and New York offices of French law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP.  Mr. Puddicombe joined Gide after having spent four years in the Business Law Group in the Toronto office of a major Canadian Law firm.

Mr. Puddicombe serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business Associations at Osgoode Hall Law School, is a faculty member of the Governance Professionals of Canada’s Education Program and is a member of the Stakeholder Consultation and Practice Group of the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group. He was named In-House Counsel of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association in 2013 and served as the Board Chair of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario from 2008 to 2014.

Mr. Puddicombe holds a Master of Laws (Securities) from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from Windsor Law School.  Mr. Puddicombe was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.

Janis A. Riven, BCL,LLB,MBA,FCIS,Acc.Dir.
Principal, Governance & Compliance Solutions

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. As well, she is an experienced board member, having participated on dozens of boards.

Ms. Riven was formerly Vice President, Compliance and Secretary for the Canadian and global operations of RBC Insurance. She is a member of the Quebec Bar, a Fellow of the ICSA, and currently serves on the boards the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada (CGIC) Quebec, and ELIXIR Inc. a private fintech company.

Dan Rollins,
Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, Torex Gold Resources Inc

Dan Rollins has approximately 20 years of mining and metals related experience, including 12 years in sell-side investment research, primarily covering the precious metal sector. Dan joined Torex Gold in 2019, where he holds the role of Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations.

Sean J. Rowe,
Partner, National Value Creation Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sean Rowe is National Value Creation Leader at PwC Canada. He has over 20 years of experience providing valuation and strategic advice to public and private companies in Canada and the US, as well as to international clients.

Sean’s focus is helping provide businesses with an integrated approach to value creation. He’s trusted by clients to bring transformative, data-driven and actionable insights to their growth strategy or deal, while helping resolve key challenges. Sean brings his extensive Deals experience in leading our Value Creation practice, a dedicated team of Deals and Private Equity professionals who help clients maximize value throughout the entire deal lifecycle.

Sean also provides valuations in contexts that include: corporate reorganizations; mergers and acquisitions; tax planning; shareholder transactions; strategic business decisions and financial reporting. He has considerable experience in developing reports that are subject to public and regulatory scrutiny.

Previously, Sean led PwC's Business Modelling Services practice which develops, analyzes and advises on operational and financial cash flow models for clients, to help them make informed business decisions. He has led business modelling engagements in contexts including: developing or assessing financial projections to support financial programs and business transformations, as well as for mergers and acquisition transactions.

Sean earned a BCom (Honours) from Queen's University and is also a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. Prior to joining the Deals practice, he worked in our Audit and Assurance Group.

Dottie Schindlinger
Executive Director of the Diligent Institute, Diligent

Dottie Schindlinger is Executive Director of the Diligent Institute, the think tank and global governance research arm of Diligent Corporation, leading provider of secure corporate board communication and collaboration software used by over 650,000 directors and executives globally. In her role, Dottie provides thought leadership on governance, cybersecurity, and technology topics through presentations to boards and executives dozens of times each year at events around the globe. Her work has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and multiple governance and technology publications. She is co-author of the book, Governance in the Digital Age: A Guide for the Modern Corporate Board Director, ©2019, John Wiley & Sons, and she co-hosts the fortnightly show, The Corporate Director Podcast.

Dottie brings over twenty years’ experience in governance-related roles, including serving as a director, officer, committee chair, senior executive, governance consultant and trainer for private, public, and nonprofit boards. She was a founding team member of the tech start-up BoardEffect – a board management software provider focused on healthcare and nonprofit boards, acquired by Diligent in late 2016. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Diligent Institute and is the Vice Chair of the Board of the Alice Paul Institute, and she is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Corporate Governance. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jarrod Simpson,
Director of Policy Development, Computershare

Jarrod has worked in the Company Secretarial (CoSec) and Governance industry for over 25 years. He started his career at EY where he developed Global Advisory Services and outsourcing services for multinationals and was appointed as Partner in  2001. In 2006 he joined  TMF Group as  a Group Board Director  where he built out, through acquisitions and organically, a global service offering of CoSec advisory and Global Managed  Services across 86 countries. In 2011 Jarrod re-joined EY as Global Partner for CoSec Services and rebuilt EY’s CoSec global practice.  Jarrod joined Computershare as CEO for Governance services in January 2020 . Over the 25 years in the industry Jarrod has worked on many multinationals in an advisory capacity and lead multinational outsources as well as building global teams to deliver these services.

Christie Stephenson,
Executive Director, Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder

Since 2016, Christie Stephenson has been the Executive Director of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She previously spent more than 15 years at socially responsible investing firms Sustainalytics (then Jantzi Research Associates), NEI Investments (Ethical Funds) and Purpose Capital (now Rally Assets).

Christie has more than two decades of diverse board experience, having served as a director of a charity, several cooperatives, numerous non-profits, two university senates, and several private companies ranging from startup phase to $100 million in annual revenue.

She currently serves on the boards of Vancity and the UBC Staff Pension Plan.

Peter Stephenson,
Partner, Hugessen Consulting Inc, & Owner, Meridien Consulting Services Inc.

Peter is an organizational psychologist and a leading consultant in helping Boards increase their effectiveness. Prior to joining Hugessen, Peter managed his own firm Meridien Consulting Services providing advice and support to Boards, CEOs and executive teams. Before founding Meridien in 1997, Peter spent 14 years at RHR International – a leading firm of management psychologists. Peter is a faculty member in the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Directors Education Program, serves on the ICD GTA Chapter Executive and has his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Peter has worked with a wide variety of Boards on a broad range of issues to support them in enhancing the value they bring to organizations. From Board evaluation and individual director feedback to Board culture, composition and dynamics to CEO performance management, Peter partners with clients to foster insights that will lead to strengthened performance.

Peter holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto and is a registered Psychologist. With his dual background in management and the behavioural sciences, Peter combines his strategic perspective on business with a firm grounding in organizational behaviour.

Coro  Strandberg,
President, Strandberg Consulting

Coro Strandberg is a leading expert in corporate social purpose, sustainability and social responsibility, with over thirty years’ experience in the field. She specializes in Purpose Governance, Sustainable Boards, Sustainability Strategy, Sustainable Risk Management, Sustainable Supply Chains and Sustainable Industry Associations. She is a Corporate Director of BC Lotteries Corporation, and a member of their Governance and Social Purpose Committee, and has over 20 years of corporate director experience in the financial sector, including three as Chair of the Board. She is a faculty member of the Conference Board of Canada's Director's College and of Governance Professionals of Canada where she trains Directors and Corporate Secretaries respectively on the board's role providing oversight of sustainability performance. She is an Associate with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and a member of the Canadian Office of the Auditor General’s Senior Advisory Panel. In 2015 she was named the top CSR Consultant in Canada for her impacts. As a thought leader, she publishes research and opinions on next generation sustainability practices on her website at www.corostrandberg.com.

Rita Trichur
Staff, Senior Business Writer and Columnist,  The Globe and Mail Inc. 

Rita Trichur is an award-winning journalist. She is a Senior Business Writer and Columnist in the Report on Business. Her previous roles at The Globe and Mail include Senior Editor, Financial Services Editor, and Canadian business columnist for the Report on Business Magazine. Rita returned to Globe in July 2016 after spending about 2 ½ years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s Canada bureau. She primarily covered domestic banks and insurance companies from Toronto, but also wrote a variety of other stories about Canada for the U.S. newspaper. Prior to WSJ, Rita spent more than three years at the Globe, initially working as a general assignment reporter in the Report on Business before covering the telecom beat. Rita has also covered financial services and economics for the Toronto Star, and has held various roles at the Canadian Press and the Ottawa Sun. She got her first byline at age 6 when the Toronto Star published her short story about a fish-stealing cat and paid her $10. Rita, who also speaks French, was born in Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science and a M.A. in Canadian Studies – both from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Toby Tamayo, GPC.D
Lead Board Relations, Legal Services, CFO Portfolio, ATB Financial

Toby Tamayo grew up in a small town called Lethbridge and was born, raised and bred as an Albertan. After attending the Grant MacEwan University Paralegal Program, she worked in a couple different law firms before joining ATB Financial in January of 2015 as a Legal Assistant. Quickly, she realized ATB was THE place to bank and work. In her current role as Lead Board Relations, she focuses on providing excellence in corporate governance, and the true ATB experience to all of the Board of Directors.

In her spare time, she likes to read, watch Netflix, take hikes with her growing family, and play badminton. During the Edmonton winters, she likes to snowboard in the mountains, and take every opportunity there is to travel. Toby graduated from the Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”) Education Program, earning her a GPC.D designation. She is also a member of the GPC Edmonton Committee that facilitates programming for governance professionals in Edmonton.

Marc Tassé, MBA, CPA, CA, CFF
FCPA (USA), CFS (USA), CICA (USA), CACM (USA)

Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Mr. Tassé is an investigative and forensic accountant, who has experience as an independent special advisor to various board chairs and CEOs of corporations and organizations, on "high profile and sensitive cases” related to alleged corruption, fraud, financial misconduct, and breach of fiduciary duty.

An award-winning lecturer at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and in the Executive MBA program at the Telfer School of Management, he delivers presentations at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement.  A sought-after media commentator, Mr. Tassé has been published extensively and quoted in various prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Tassé is a Chartered Professional Accountant - Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) (Canada), a Forensic Certified Public Accountant (FCPA) (USA), a Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS) (USA), a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) (USA), and a Certified Anti-Corruption Manager (CACM) (USA). He carries the designation of Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) (Canada / USA), and holds both an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Richard Taylor,
CEO, Lumi Global

Richard joined Lumi as CEO in 2011, having spent 4 years as CEO of IML, a leading global event technology business. In 2013, Lumi acquired IML and merged it with Lumi, to create the leading AGM technology provider that Lumi is today. Richard and his team completed a successful MBO in 2017, backed by Vespa Capital.

Richard is also Chairman and Co-Founder of Halo Post Production, and has advised and supported a number of early-stage technology and media businesses. Richard has an MBA from INSEAD.

Elizabeth Watson, QC
CEO and Founder, WATSON Advisors Inc.

Elizabeth Watson, QC (Liz), is the founder and leader of WATSON, whose goal is to enhance the leadership and governance capability of private and public organizations that make a positive contribution to society at a local or global level. Liz has practiced law for more than 35 years and has spent over half her career advising boards, chairs, directors, committees and CEOs. Since founding WATSON, Liz has worked with a wide range of clients delivering governance and leadership advisory, and board recruitment services.

Liz works closely with the corporate governance community in Canada and is a sought-after advisor, speaker and contributor on governance, CEO and board recruitment issues. She teaches at the ICD’s Directors Education Program on Governance Effectiveness and authored CPA Canada’s publication on Building and Sustaining an Effective Board.

Liz currently serves on the selection committee for the Canadian Excellence in Governance Awards and previously served for four years on the ICD Fellowship Awards Selection Committee. As a director, Liz serves on the board of Peterson and SHAD Canada. She previously served on the boards of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Choice School for Gifted Children, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Women in the Lead Inc., the BC Cancer Foundation and as an Advisory Board member for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

Liz holds an LLB from the University of British Columbia and completed executive education in the areas of governance and finance at Harvard University and Ivey Business School respectively. Liz has been named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and as one of the inaugural Top 100 Influential Women of British Columbia. She was named Queen’s Counsel in 2012.

Christa C. Wessel
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, ClearView Strategic Partners Inc.

Christa Wessel is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at ClearView Strategic Partners Inc. providing services and expertise in ethics reporting and whistleblowing systems.  Christa is responsible for operations including technology, advisory services, finance and HR.

Ms. Wessel leverages her experience as a C-suite executive for global giants McCain Foods and Siemens Canada, where she held chief accountability for the governance and compliance, legal, human resources and stakeholder engagement portfolios. 

Christa served as McCain’s Chief Human Resources & Legal Officer and as Siemens’ General Counsel and Compliance Officer.  Christa’s extensive hands-on experience spans both developed and developing markets including the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Ms. Wessel is also a Corporate Director, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Lallemand Inc., Hamilton Enterprises Holding Corporation, and Canadian Commercial Corporation and a member of the CSR Advisory Council, Export Development Corporation.  She is called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario, holds an LL.B., University of Ottawa, B.A. Econ.,York University and C. Dir., Directors College at McMaster University.

Peter ter Weeme,
Chief Social Purpose Officer, VP Player Experience, BCLC

As the Chief Officer of Social Purpose & Vice President, Player Experience, Peter is responsible for BCLC’s social purpose, stakeholder relations, communications, Player Health, and the Customer Support Centre.

Peter is a 25-year veteran of the sustainability, social purpose and social justice movements and will be instrumental to define BCLC’s core social purpose ambition, as well as secure partnerships that will position our organization as a leader among Crown corporations and in the gambling and entertainment industries.

Prior to joining BCLC in February 2020, Peter was the EVP, Purpose and Brand Citizenship for Elevator Strategy, a Vancouver-based marketing and communications firm that works at the intersection of data, emerging technologies and social purpose. With an MBA specializing in environmental management, he has founded and grown two successful consultancies and previously led the marketing and communications at Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada's national retail leader in social and environmental responsibility.

Peter’s professional experience spans the world of corporate, government and non-profit clients in North America, Europe and Asia. He has lived and worked in Canada, the Netherlands and India where he has advised companies and organizations on a range of values-based issues. He has also developed various campaigns and initiatives focused around issues such as climate action, conservation, public health, and diversity and inclusion.

A recipient of Business in Vancouver’s “40 under 40″ award, Peter is an active member of various progressive business and community initiatives. In addition to having served on the Board of the Vancity Community Foundation (including serving as co-Chair), he is the previous Chair of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. He now serves as Vice Chair of Vancouver’s renowned PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and a Director of the Cape Cod Center for Sustainability while also acting as an advisor to a variety of mission-based enterprises. 

Peter Wright
President, The Planning Group

Peter Wright is a career strategist and President of The Planning Group. As a respected executive and in his current consulting practice, Peter has successfully developed and executed strategy with remarkable results. His practical approach to strategic and operational business planning ensures that plans are not only embraced by management and Boards, but also effectively implemented and measured for the tangible benefit. As the Director of Strategic Planning at Clarica, Peter led the company's overall operational and strategic planning process. In an environment of complex change, his skillful facilitation of planning sessions with the senior management team was instrumental in the determination of key strategic decisions. In his time at Sun Life Financial, Peter became Vice President of Corporate Accounts, before leaving to begin his consulting and training career. In his consulting practice, Peter advises boards and executives on all matters of strategy and planning across a broad spectrum of sectors and organizations. An accomplished facilitator and trainer, he works with boards and senior leadership teams to develop strategy, resolve operational issues, and overcome barriers to performance. By providing planning expertise, process advice and facilitation, Peter helps organizations overcome the planning gap. Linking strategy and action, he works with management to foster true stretch mentality focused on growth and value. In 18 years of developing business plans with organizations in more than 20 countries, Peter has created many successful tools, models, and practices that can be taught to clients and other consultants. Peter used his planning and training experience to develop The Business Planning Boot Camp and The Association Hub Strategy and Planning Toolkit.

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