Chair, Canadian Pacific Railways;
Chair, HR Committee, SNC-Lavalin;
Director, Veolia Environment, IGOPP
Isabelle Courville, an engineer and lawyer, is Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Pacific Railway, the first-ever female to hold this position, and the first woman to become Board Chair of a Class 1 railway in North America.
Ms. Courville was active for 30 years in the Canadian telecommunications and energy sectors. She served as President of Bell Canada’s Enterprise Group and President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Nordiq Group. Following that, Ms. Courville was President of Hydro‐Québec Distribution and President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie.
She is currently a Board Director of Veolia Environment, SNC-Lavalin, the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations and ICD-Quebec.
Ms. Courville received McGill University’s Desautels Management Achievement Award for her contribution to the business world and community involvement. In 2012, she was selected as one Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. In 2010, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec awarded her the Prix Hommage for her exceptional contribution to the engineering profession. In 2017, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal.
Dr. James (Jim) D. Fleck
C.C., BA, DBA, LLD, DSL, F.ICD
Past Chair and Director of numerous public, private, non-profit and government boards
Dr. Fleck’s contribution to the knowledge and practice of good governance has been both as a practitioner and professor/teacher.
He has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Fleck Manufacturing Limited, ATI Technologies, Alias Research, Business for the Arts, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Tennis Canada and University of Toronto Schools.
He has also served as a Board Director of Rogers Multimedia Inc, Certicom, Promis Systems, Travelers Insurance, Zurich Insurance and the Banff Centre.
In addition, Dr. Fleck has taught at Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Rotman School of Management, Ivey Business School and Schulich School of Business.
Dr. Fleck made a significant contribution to public governance under former Premier Bill Davis as the Executive Director of the Ontario Committee on Government Productivity which created the current Cabinet committee structure and processes. For this, he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Service, Ontario’s highest honour for public service.
He later served as Secretary of Cabinet in Ontario.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Fleck served as International President of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Harold (Hal) Kvisle
P.Eng, MBA, FCAE, F.ICD
Chair, Finning International, ARC Resources;
Director, Cenovus Energy
Hal Kvisle is a native of Alberta and has worked for Canadian and international energy companies for more than 40 years, in the oil and gas, and utilities and power generation industries.
Mr. Kvisle is Chair of the Board of Directors of ARC Resources and Finning International, and a Board Director of Cenovus Energy. He previously served as a Director of the Bank of Montreal, TransCanada Corporation, Talisman Energy, Methanex Corporation, Fletcher Challenge Energy, Norske Skog Canada and PrimeWest Energy.
Mr. Kvisle was CEO of Talisman Energy from 2012 to 2015 and CEO of TransCanada Corporation from 2001 to 2010, where he was recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year® in 2008.
He holds a B.Sc.Eng. from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the Haskayne School, University of Calgary, and honorary degrees from Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. Mr. Kvisle served for many years as a Board Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and currently serves as founding Board Chair of the Business Council of Alberta.
Honourable John Manley
P.C., O.C., F.ICD
Chair, CIBC Bank USA and CAE;
Chair, Governance Committee, Telus
Mr. Manley joined Bennett Jones LLP as Senior Business Adviser in September 2019. He is best known as a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He served in the Canadian Parliament from 1988 to 2004 as M.P. for Ottawa South. From 1993 to 2003, he was a Minister in former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s government, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Manley was named Chair of a Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism, serving as the counterpart to Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. In recognition of the role he played following 9/11, TIME Canada named him "2001 Newsmaker of the Year.
After a 16-year career in politics, Mr. Manley returned to the private sector in 2004 where he has continued to be active in public policy as a media commentator, speaker and adviser to governments of differing political stripes. He is Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, a founding member of the Wilson Center Global Advisory Council, a member of the Brookings International Advisory Council and Chair of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) Advisory Council.
In the private sector, Mr. Manley has practiced law, and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada (from 2010 to 2018). He has been a very active corporate director, and currently serves as Chair of the Boards of Directors of CIBC Bank USA, and CAE, and is a Board Director of TELUS. He is the immediate past chair of CIBC.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Manley graduated from Carleton University in mathematics and political science, and in law from the University of Ottawa where he was the gold medalist and subsequently served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada, Bora Laskin. He is the recipient of many awards and honours, including honorary doctorates from six Canadian Universities. He is also an honorary Chief of the Blood Nation of Alberta.