The Institute of Corporate Directors is pleased to announce the Co-Chairs for the 2020 National Conference & Fellowship Awards Gala, on May 27-28, 2020 in Halifax.

We are privileged to have these distinguished leaders from Canada’s Director community lend their insights to the program. Their perspectives are particularly pertinent at a time when Canada’s economic position and standard of living are being challenged by changing geopolitical and economic forces both within and beyond our borders. 

Ed Barrett
Chair, NB Power; Director, NAV Canada, Xplornet Communications,
Wajax Industries, Medavie Blue Cross, Apex Industries and
Atlantic Industries; co-CEO, Barrett Corporation

Mr. Barrett is co-CEO of Barrett Corporation, a North American investment and management company. He is CEO of Barrett Diversified Inc., which operates wholesale distribution companies in Canada and the U.S., and is co-founder, significant shareholder, and serves on the Board of Xplornet Communications, a leading broadband and communications company in Canada. In addition to NB Power, Mr. Barrett serves on the boards of: Wajax Industries, a public company traded on the TSX which is a leading mobile equipment and industrial supplies company in Canada; two private companies based out of New Brunswick; Atlantic Industries; and Apex Industries. Mr. Barrett also serves on the board of directors for Nav Canada, a private sector, non-share capital corporation which owns and operates Canada's civil air navigation service (ANS), and Medavie Blue Cross, a not-for-profit health services partner for individuals, employers and governments across Canada.

In 2009, Mr. Barrett was a recipient of the knowledge industry award (KIRA) as Industry Person of the Year. He was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame in 2010 and was honoured with a F.ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2016. Mr. Barrett holds a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University and a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie.

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan
P.C., O.C., A.O.E., F.ICD
Director, Cameco; Chair, Pearson College UWC, the TELUS Edmonton Community Board and the Institute for Research on Public Policy
Chancellor, Dalhousie University
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP.

Ms. McLellan served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre. During her tenure, Ms. McLellan was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Minister of Natural Resources. She joined Bennett Jones LLP in its Edmonton office in July 2006 as senior advisor. In May 2015, Ms. McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh chancellor. Recently, Ms. McLellan chaired the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.

Ms. McLellan serves on the board of Cameco.  Among her many community commitments, she is chair of the boards of Pearson College UWC, TELUS Edmonton Community Board and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. She also serves on the boards of the Canadian Institute for Research and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Annette Verschuren
Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc.; Chair, MaRS Discovery District and Sustainable Development Technology Canada;
Director, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group of Boston, Air Canada, Saputo,
Canadian Natural Resources Limited, CAMH Foundation, Chancellor, Cape Breton University

Annette Verschuren, O.C., is Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., and the former President of The Home Depot Canada and Asia.

​Ms. Verschuren began her career with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, and then worked with Canada Development Investment Corporation before joining Imasco Ltd. Immediately prior to joining The Home Depot, Ms. Verschuren was President and Co-Owner of Michaels of Canada.

Ms. Verschuren is Chair of the MaRS Discovery District and Sustainable Development Technology Canada. She is also a director on the boards of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group of Boston, Air Canada, Saputo, Canadian Natural Resources Limited and the CAMH Foundation. 

In 2011, Ms. Verschuren was honoured as an Officer of The Order of Canada and in 2010, she was appointed co-Chair of the 2012 Governor General’s Leadership Conference. She serves as Chancellor of Cape Breton University and has chaired fundraising efforts for the University’s new Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (VCSEE).