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 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, 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 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 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.