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Peter Armstrong
Senior Business Correspondent,
CBC/Radio Canada



Peter Armstrong is CBC's Senior Business Correspondent. Peter has a strong interest in business and economics and has excelled in his role as economics reporter and host of CBC News Network's daily business show, On The Money.

An award winning journalist, Peter was the host of World Report. He also covered the Middle East for four years as CBC's foreign correspondent in the area and before that, Peter was a Parliamentary reporter in Ottawa.

Peter’s extensive coverage of news in Canada and the US includes the SARS outbreak, three federal elections, and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.




Hugh J. Arnold
Ph.D
Adjunct Professor,
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Hugh Arnold is Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He was previously Magna International Professor of Business Strategy and Dean of the Rotman School.

Dr. Arnold has published extensively in and served on the editorial boards of leading scholarly journals and has written several books in the McGraw-Hill Series in Management. He teaches and consults on strategy, corporate governance, leadership development and human resource management.

Dr. Arnold is Academic Director of the new joint Rotman / ICD program entitled Boardroom Effectiveness for Executives which focuses on enhancing the capabilities of senior managers to work effectively with their boards. He was an undergraduate at the University of Alberta, and holds graduate degrees from Oxford and Yale.




John M. Cassaday
C.M., LL.D
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 Ltd. 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.


Chris Clark
FCA, FCAP
Director, Loblaw Companies Ltd., Air Canada and
Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust


Mr. Clark was the former Chief Executive Officer and senior partner of PwC in Canada from July, 2005 to July, 2011.

Since 2011, Mr. Clark has served as a Corporate Director on numerous public companies. He is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee of Loblaw Companies Limited, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk committee of Air Canada, and a member of the Board of Directors of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust.

In addition to his public company board memberships, Mr. Clark has served on many not-for -profit boards. He is now on the boards of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Own The Podium, and The Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Smith School of Business at Queen's University.

Mr. Clark is currently the Director in Residence and lead instructor for the Institute of Corporate Directors' short course, Audit Committee Effectiveness.




Deepak Chopra
FCPA, FCGA
Director, Celestica Inc., The Northwest Company



Deepak Chopra most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post Corporation from February 2011 to March 2018. Prior to that he worked for Pitney Bowes Inc., serving as President of Pitney Bowes Canada and Latin America from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Chopra was President of its Asia Pacific and Middle East regions from 2001 to 2006 and Chief Financial Officer for Europe, Africa & Middle East region from 1998-2001.

Mr. Chopra has previously served on the boards of Canada Post Corporation, Purolator Inc., SCI Group, the Canada Post Community Foundation and the Toronto Region Board of Trade. He currently sits on the boards of Celestica Inc., and The Northwest Company.

Mr. Chopra is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.




Bruce Drysdale
Principal,
Longview Communications & Public Affairs



Bruce Drysdale is a Principal of Longview Communications and Public Affairs based in Toronto.

Mr. Drysdale was a founding Principal of DFH Public Affairs, which merged with Longview in 2018. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Inco Ltd.

Mr. Drysdale advises global and Canadian companies on a variety of strategic, public policy, stakeholder and corporate positioning issues across multiple sectors. This has included advising Glencore on its acquisition of Viterra and Manitoba Telecom on its sale to Bell.

Mr. Drysdale has been involved in a number of community service groups and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.




Laurence D. Fink
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
BlackRock, Inc.



Laurence D. Fink is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock, Inc. He and seven partners founded BlackRock in 1988, and under his leadership, the firm has grown into a global leader in investment and technology solutions to help investors build better financial futures. Today, BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm in the world. Mr. Fink has been named one of the "World's Greatest Leaders" by Fortune, and Barron’s has named him one of the "World's Best CEOs" for 12 consecutive years.

He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University (NYU) and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. He serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Nature Conservancy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City.




Maryscott "Scotty" Greenwood
CEO, Canadian American Business Council
Director, Tilray



Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood is Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian American Business Council and a member of the Board of Directors of Tilray where she serves on the Audit Committee, as well as the Nomination, Governance and Compensation Committees. Ms. Greenwood also serves on the Board of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies where she serves on the Executive Committee as chair of the Communications Committee, and previously as Secretary of the Board. In addition, she serves as Advisory Director for a tech start up (HYR) and a non-profit (Hostage US). Previous boards consist of the Board of the World Affairs Council of Washington, the Girls20 Initiative and the Association of Canadian Studies in the US.

Ms. Greenwood has a distinguished career in government and government relations, addressing public policy challenges in the US and Canada. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, she served in the U.S. State Department as chief of staff at the United States Embassy in Ottawa from 1997-2001. Prior to that, she served as chief federal/state liaison for the Mayor of Atlanta.

Ms. Greenwood is an honors graduate of the University of Vermont, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University.




Nancy H.O. Lockhart
O.Ont, ICD.D
Chair, Gluskin Sheff + Associates
Director, Loblaw Companies Ltd.,
Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation

Nancy Lockhart is a corporate Director who currently sits on the boards of Loblaw Companies Limited, Atrium Mortgage Investment Corp and is Chair of the Board at Gluskin Sheff + Associates. Previously, Ms. Lockhart was a board member of Barrick Gold Corporation, Retirement Residence REIT and the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation.

In addition to Ms. Lockhart’s public board memberships, she is a Director of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Chair of Emeritus of Crow’s Theatre. Ms. Lockhart is the former Chair of The Ontario Science Centre, former Chair of the Canadian Film Centre and a past President of the Canadian Club of Toronto. She is also a former Director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Loran Scholars Foundation.




The Honourable Kevin Lynch
P.C., O.C., Ph.D, LL.D
Chair, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
Vice-Chair, BMO Financial Group
Director, CN

The Honourable Kevin Lynch has been Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group since 2010. Prior to that, he served as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Industry and Executive Director for Canada at the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. Lynch Chairs the Board of Directors of SNC Lavalin and is a Director of CN Railway and CNOOC (China National Overseas Oil Company). Dr. Lynch is a Director of Communitech, the Governor General’s Rideau Hall Foundation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada as well as a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Digitization and Innovation at the OECD and a member of the WEF Committee on Balancing Financial Stability, Innovation and Economic Growth.

Previously, Dr. Lynch served as Chair of the Board of the Ditchley Foundation of Canada and a Director of, the Accounting Standards Oversight Council, the Ontario Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, the Gairdner Foundation, the Perimeter Institute, the Bank of Canada, Empire (Sobeys), Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Business Development Bank of Canada, BMO China and the Cape Breton Development Corporation.




Mark Machin
President & Chief Executive Officer,
CPP Investment Board (CPPIB)



Mark Machin was appointed President & CEO of CPPIB in June 2016.

Mr. Machin joined CPPIB in 2012 as the first President for Asia. In November 2013, he became Head of International where he was responsible for the organization’s international investment activities and managing global advisory relationships. Prior to the CPPIB, Mr. Machin had a 20-year career at Goldman Sachs, where most recently, he was Vice Chairman of Asia ex-Japan. He also managed the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Asia ex-Japan for six years and was a member of Goldman Sachs’s Asia Management and the Firmwide Capital Committees.

Mr. Machin was named one of Canada’s Top 10 CEOs in 2018 by Glassdoor in its Employee Choice Awards.




Estelle Métayer
President, Competia, Independent Board Member,
BRP, (Bombardier Recreational Products) Inc., Audemars-Piguet,
Advisory Board Member, Ricardo Media and Groupe Sélection


Estelle Métayer is President of Competia, a leading strategic intelligence training organization for executives. She is an entrepreneur, reputed public speaker and strategic governance workshop facilitator.

Ms. Métayer is adjunct professor at McGill University, a guest lecturer at IMD Business School in Switzerland, and academic faculty at the Institute of Corporate Directors. Previously, she worked at McKinsey & Company, CAE Inc., ING Bank and Bouygues Group.

Ms. Métayer serves as an independent board member, audit committee of BRP Inc. and the strategic committee, Audemars Piquet. She is an advisory board member, Ricardo Media and Groupe Sélection.

She serves as a member of the board, the executive committee and chair of the business development committee for the Metropolitan Montreal Board of Trade; she is also chair of the technology committee, ICD Quebec.

Ms. Métayer is a former board member and chair of the compensation committee, Ubisoft, and former board member of Zag Bank and Blockstream. She is a certified corporate director, Institut des Administrateurs Francais (France).




Kathleen O’Neill
FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Director, Finning International, ARC Resources Ltd. and
Ontario Teachers Pension Plan


Kathleen O’Neill is a director of Finning International Inc., ARC Resources Limited and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). She is Chair of the Audit Committee of ARC and OTPP, and Past Chair of both St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto.

Previously, Ms. O’Neill was Executive Vice President, Personal & Commercial Development & Head of Small Business Banking at BMO Bank of Montreal. Prior to joining BMO, she was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

From 2014 to 2016, Ms. O’Neill was selected as a Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women by WXN and in 2017 she was inducted into the WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame.

Ms. O’Neill is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors directors education program and is an Institute-certified director.




J. Robert S. Prichard
O.C., O.ONT, FRSC, F.ICD
Chairman, Torys LLP and BMO Financial Group



Peter Armstrong is CBC's Senior Business Correspondent. Peter has a strong interest in

J. Robert S. Prichard is the Chairman of Torys LLP and the BMO Financial Group. He serves as a director of Onex Corporation and George Weston Ltd. He is also President Emeritus of the University of Toronto.

Mr. Prichard is an officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has also received honorary degrees from 11 colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.




Kalpana Raina
Director, Yellow Media Group,
Information Services Group



Kalpana Raina is the managing partner of 252 Solutions, LLC, an advisory and investment firm with a focus on social enterprises.  She is a senior executive with extensive financial experience in the US and internationally, with a proven track record in global and cross-cultural management.

Formerly, Ms. Raina was an Executive Vice President with The Bank of New York. During her 18-year career with the bank she had responsibility for clients in the media and telecommunications industry, healthcare, retailing, hotels and leisure and financial services industries in Europe, Asia and the US.

Ms. Raina currently serves on the boards of Information Services Group, Yellow Media Group, Words Without Borders, The League of Change and Impact Investment Exchange. Previously, she was on the board of John Wiley and Sons, RealNetworks, Inc., The World Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications.

Ms. Raina has a Master’s degree from McMaster University and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Panjab University, India.




Luiza Ch. Savage
Editorial Director,
Cross-Platform Content, POLITICO



Luiza Ch. Savage is the editorial director of cross-platform content for POLITICO. She develops ambitious editorial projects that include digital journalism, video, data research, polling, live events, and thought-leadership series that are supported by outside underwriting.

As executive director for Canada, she is responsible for the creation of POLITICO Pro Canada, a cross-border policy intelligence service, and POLITICO’s expansion in Canada.

Prior to joining POLITICO, Ms. Savage was the Washington bureau chief for Maclean’s. In that role, she covered several presidential elections, wrote and produced two television documentaries, and was a regular commentator on television and radio news programs. She previously worked as a reporter for three newspapers.




John Stackhouse
Senior Vice President,
Office of the CEO at RBC



As Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO, John advises the executive leadership on emerging trends in Canada’s economy, providing insights grounded in his travels across the country and around the world. His work focuses on technological change and innovation, examining how to successfully navigate the new economy so more people can thrive in the age of disruption. Prior to joining RBC, John spent nearly 25 years at the Globe and Mail, where he served as editor-in-chief, editor of Report on Business, and a foreign correspondent in New Delhi, India. He is the author of three books and has a fourth underway.




Kathleen Taylor
C.M., F.ICD
Chair, Royal Bank of Canada, SickKids Foundation
Vice Chair, Adecco Group
Director, Air Canada, CPPIB

Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is Chair of the Board of RBC and Chair of the SickKids Foundation Board. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children and Co-Chair of the SickKids Capital Campaign.

In addition, Ms. Taylor serves as a Director of Air Canada, Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group and a Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Ms. Taylor is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24-year career with the iconic global company, she held a number of senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building the firm’s global brand and its international portfolio of luxury properties.

Ms. Taylor has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) after being honoured by WXN in 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Ms. Taylor was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Report on Business magazine named Ms. Taylor among the 50 most powerful people in Canadian Business in 2017. In 2020, she will chair the Governor General’s Leadership Conference (GGLC).




Hon. Brian V. Tobin
P.C., O.C., ICD.D
Chairman, New Flyer Group Inc.,
Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group


The Hon. Brian Tobin was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 for his contribution to Canadian public policy as a federal and provincial politician and for supporting economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Mr. Tobin served as the Federal Minister of Industry from October 2000 to January 2002, prior to that he served as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1996 and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the federal cabinet from 1993 to 1996.

Mr. Tobin is currently Vice Chair with BMO Financial Group in Toronto and Chairman of New Flyer Industries Inc.

 




Brooke Unger
Americas Editor,
The Economist



Brooke Unger joined The Economist in 1990 as banking correspondent. In 1992 he went to Berlin to cover business and finance in Germany and central Europe. He returned to London in 1996 as Europe correspondent and in 1998 moved to Delhi as South Asia bureau chief, writing about politics, economics, business, finance and culture on the Indian sub-continent.

Mr. Unger assumed the role of bureau chief in São Paulo, Brazil, covering Brazil, Argentina and other South American countries. He returned to Berlin as bureau chief in 2007. In 2012 he moved to London to become the marketing and consumer goods correspondent. He has been Americas editor, with responsibility for Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean, since November 2014.




Michael Wilson
Corporate Director




Michael Wilson is Chairman of SUNCOR, Canada’s largest integrated oil and gas company. He is also a director of Air Canada and Celestica.

Until his retirement in December 2013, Michael Wilson was the President, CEO, and director of Agrium Inc. Prior to joining Agrium Inc., Mr. Wilson served as President of Methanex Corporation and held various senior positions in North America and Asia during his 18 years with The Dow Chemical Company.