Chair, VIA Rail and ProAction International
Vice-Chair, Concordia University
Director, Osisko Gold Royalties
After a 40-year career as a business executive, Françoise Bertrand now dedicates her time to acting as a corporate director.
Since spring 2017, Ms. Bertrand serves as the Chair of VIA Rail Canada’s Board of Directors and Proaction International Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Osisko Gold Royalties. She is a Vice-Chair of the Concordia University Board of Governors and serves on the boards of the United Nations Association in Canada and the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
She has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for several organizations, including the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Télé-Québec broadcasting corporation. She was a senior manager at Université du Québec à Montréal, where she served as Dean, and also spent a few years working for consulting firms, notably as a partner with Groupe Secor.
Françoise Bertrand holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Université de Montréal and a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University. She capped off her academic career at the Institute of Corporate Directors.Throughout her career, Ms. Bertrand has been recognized with several significant honours, most notably, Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the National Order of Québec and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of France. She also received an honorary doctorate from Concordia University.
Vice-Chair, ATB Financial
Chair, ATB Wealth
Director, Finning International, Irving Oil Ltd., Brand Industrial Services Inc., Ellis Don Construction Services Inc.
Mr. Carter is a Corporate Director. Mr. Carter retired from Syncrude Canada Ltd. in 2007 after 28 years, including 10 years as President and 18 years as Operations Chief. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Finning International, Irving Oil Limited, Brand Energy and Industrial Services, Alberta Treasury Branch Financial, Alberta Treasury Branch Investor Services and EllisDon Construction Services Inc. Mr. Carter serves as board chair of Careers: The Next Generation, a not-for-profit organization. He is a former Chair of the Mining Association of Canada and Board member of The Alberta Chamber of Resources.
In June 2014 Mr. Carter was awarded the Order of Canada. Mr. Carter is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Alberta and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie Engineering) and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Carter has also been awarded honourary doctorates by three Canadian universities.
John M. Cassaday
Chair, Manulife Financial Corporation
Director, Sysco Corporation, Sleep Country Canada, Irving Oil. Ltd.
John Cassaday was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc. until his retirement in April 2015. Prior to Corus, John was President of CTV Television Network and Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K.
John is currently the Chair of Manulife Financial/John Hancock. He also sits on the Board of Sysco Corporation, Sleep Country Canada, and Irving Oil Ltd. John also served on the Board of Directors of Spin Master, Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc., Masonite International Corporation, J. M. Schneider Corporation, Canadian Airlines and Loblaw Companies Limited. He has also served on the Advisory Boards of Nestle Canada and IBM Canada. John recently served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, was the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Rotman School of anagement, and was the Chair of the 1995 United Way Campaign for Metro Toronto and Chair of the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital.
John holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and, in 1998, was recognized with their Distinguished Alumni Award. In June 2017, John was presented with a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of Toronto.
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Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Director, Royal Bank of Canada
Dr. Munroe-Blum served for over a decade as Principal and Vice Chancellor (President), McGill University, the first woman to serve in the role; and, formerly, as Vice-President (Research and International Relations), the University of Toronto. She is currently Chairperson, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), and, Director, the Royal Bank of Canada (former Chair of Corporate Governance). She is Chairperson of the Gairdner Foundation, Member, the Advisory Board of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), McGill’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI), McGill’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management and, the Trilateral Commission. She is co-founder of the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation.
Recipient of numerous domestic and international honorary degrees and awards of distinction, she is Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec, and, Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Building on a distinguished career of clinical, academic and scientific achievements, Munroe-Blum’s qualifications include more than 25 years of executive leadership concentrated in higher education, public policy, and research and development. She has served extensively in corporate as well as not-for-profit governance roles including human resources, risk, governance and audit, stakeholder relations, and, corporate culture with new startup companies and corporations in the publishing, food and beverage, mining, hotels, and, technology sectors.