Ed Barrett, ICD.D, F.ICD
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 Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C., C.C.
Former Prime Minister of Canada
The Right Honourable Joe Clark served as Canada’s youngest Prime Minister and as Secretary of State for External Affairs from 1984 to 1991, then becoming Minister of Constitutional Affairs. At home and abroad, he earned and maintains a reputation for integrity and principle. Mr. Clark played a key role in some of the defining accomplishments of our recent history. He connects Canada’s past to our future, and speaks passionately of the potential of modern Canada to make a real difference in today’s complex and challenging world. Today, he applies that experience in promoting democracy and encouraging innovation and practical reforms in the developing world. He is President and founder of Joe Clark and Associates, an international consulting firm based in Canada.
Mr. Clark was recently appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as his special envoy for Canada's bid for a UN Security Council seat.
Thierry Dorval, LL.D
Director, Scale.AI, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Allo Prof
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Thierry Dorval is a partner of the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and is national chair of its governance and directors’ liability team. He leads governance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law mandates. Mr. Dorval is a founding member of the ICD’s Quebec Chapter. He sits on the board of directors of Scale.AI, Montreal’s artificial intelligence supercluster, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Allo Prof. He is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.
He authored Governance of Publicly Listed Corporations, published by LexisNexis. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Université Laval. He also holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, and was the first Canadian to obtain this degree with distinction. In 2007, he received a doctorate in law from the University of Ottawa for his thesis in the field of governance.
Gala Keynote Speaker - David Frum
Social & Political Commentator
Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Whether it is the latest foreign policy debate or the inner workings of the White House, David Frum offers refreshing and clear insights of complicated issues of the day. He is currently a senior editor at The Atlantic, and the author of New York Times Bestseller Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic among numerous other titles. He appears often on MSNBC, BBC, CBC, and CNN.
As a speaker, David has the rare ability to engage audiences at a deeper level: that of their belief systems. Even if you do not agree with his views, David’s encyclopedic knowledge of hot topic issues is unmatched. Audiences appreciate his thought-provoking style and ability to boil complex subjects into digestible bites. David’s deeply researched and thoughtful talks are also laugh-out-loud funny. In his quest for the truth, David has been a long-time advocate for shaking up the polarized U.S. political system. He provides fascinating insight into what political outcomes mean for specific audiences around the world.
David served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush, as a senior foreign policy adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign in 2007-2008, as a director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and as chairman of the board of the United Kingdom’s leading center-right think tank, Policy Exchange.
In a 2016 essay for The Atlantic, Frum explained that he would vote for Hillary Clinton to stop Donald Trump. In a 2017 profile, GQ magazine described Frum “first among equals” among “Never Trump” Republicans. He is now at work on his tenth book, about how to renew American world leadership after Trump.
Senior Expert in Presence, Mobius Executive Leadership
Anne Gottlieb is an actor, collaborative artist, writer, teacher and coach. She has appeared as an actor in over 60 productions, co-produces and co-creates original work for the stage, and has developed a bold approach to translating what she has learned from theatre about transformation and presence to fortune 500 companies, global leaders and innovators. Anne’s background has equipped her with a rare combination of tools for helping clients overcome their obstacles and achieve remarkable results.
Anne is a senior teacher for Seven Stones Leadership Group and the Director of Presence and Presentation for Mobius Executive Leadership, where she has led courses as part of the expressive arts faculty for over a decade. Her programs combine a wide range of disciplines that draw on theatre techniques learned in her over 20 years working professionally as an actor, director, teacher and collaborative artist. Her diverse background in the arts has shaped her unique approach to presence and creativity work with global leaders and business innovators.
Miranda Hubbs, CFA
Director, Nutrien, PSP Investments, Imperial Oil
and the Canadian Red Cross
Miranda Hubbs is currently an independent director of Nutrien, Imperial Oil and PSP Investments, and has previously served on the Board of Directors of Spectra Energy and Agrium. She serves on the Board of the Canadian Red Cross and is a founding member and national co-chair of the Canadian Red Cross Tiffany Circle – Women Leading Through Philanthropy, and is also a member of the advisory board of the Toronto Biennial of Art.
Prior to her retirement in 2011, Ms. Hubbs was executive vice president and managing director of McLean Budden, one of Canada's largest institutional asset managers. Previous to McLean Budden, she was an energy research analyst and investment banker with Gordon Capital, a large Canadian brokerage firm.
Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA
Principal, ESG Global Advisors
With a decade of diverse experience as a thought leader, consultant and auditor, Sarah Keyes is a recognized voice on the financial impacts of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues for the Canadian business community. She is a speaker, author and facilitator on the impacts of climate change risks and opportunities on governance, strategy, risk management and performance. Ms. Keyes is a Principal at ESG Global Advisors, a consulting firm created to help bridge the gap between companies and investors on ESG issues.
Prior to this role, Ms. Keyes was a Principal at Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) where she produced research, thought leadership and practical guidance for companies to integrate climate change considerations into business strategy, risk management, governance and reporting.
Annick Routhier Labadie, M.Sc., PPCC
Director, Fondation de l’Athlète d’Excellence du Québec (FAEQ)
Founder and President, Humans & Company
Annick Routhier Labadie is the founder of a boutique consulting firm, Humans & Company, which operates at the nexus of diversity, equity and inclusion, and leadership development. Over the past five years, Humans & Company has accompanied more than 3,500 business leaders and board members, in an effort to promote greater equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. Her clients are based in Montreal, Toronto, the U.S. and the U.K.
Ms. Routhier Labadie has worked at McKinsey & Company, earned two masters of science in engineering from the University of Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, competed in the Big East Conference (NCAA) as a point guard (basketball) with the Seton Hall Pirates. Ms. Routhier Labadie supports Pour 3 Points, a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering coaching practices in sports as a gateway to youth development. She is also a member of Resource Movement, an organization bringing together young people with wealth and class privilege to become leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.
Joanna Mackie, M.A.
Leadership Coach; Partner, Humans & Company
Joanna Mackie is a partner in the boutique consulting firm, Humans & Company, helping leaders build awareness, understanding and capabilities to navigate the complexities of strengthening equity and inclusion for meaningful impact across a wide range of stakeholders. With more than 30 years of global experience, Ms. Mackie uses high-engagement approaches to support individual, team and organizational change. She has focused on learning and related certifications in emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, literal and figurative voice coaching and ontological approaches to change.
Ms. Mackie has worked with clients in 32 countries, including board members and other leaders in professional and financial services, healthcare, not-for-profit and the arts.
Conference Keynote Speaker - Rita Gunther McGrath
Professor, Columbia Business School
Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and is one of the most regularly published authors in the Harvard Business Review. She is consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50. Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019).
Hon. 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.
Poonam Puri, ICD.D
Director, CAPREIT, Tethyan Resource Corp,
and Canada Infrastructure Bank
Professor of Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School
Poonam Puri is a seasoned corporate director, tenured professor of business law, practising corporate lawyer and one of Canada’s most respected experts on corporate governance. Ms. Puri has board experience in real estate, infrastructure, transportation, engineering and mining, and is recognized for her expertise in strategy, financial oversight, capital allocation, risk and governance. She currently serves as a director of CAPREIT, Canada Infrastructure Bank and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Ms. Puri is a former director of Arizona Mining, Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Women’s College Hospital. She is also a former commissioner and board member of the Ontario Securities Commission. A former Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School and an Affiliated Scholar with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Ms. Puri has been twice recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada's 25 Most Influential Lawyers. She is also a past recipient of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women Award and Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award.
Former Director-General of the European Commission
and Advisor to the President, European Commission
Michel Servoz is a senior advisor in the law firm Gide, Loyrette, Nouel in Paris, France and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. in Washington D.C. Until recently, Mr. Servoz was advisor to the President of the European Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the digital transformation of the economy and Director General in charge of Employment and Social Affairs in the European Commission.
Earlier, he held the post of Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission where he was responsible for coordinating European economic policies and budget. Beforehand, he worked as a trade negotiator, in particular in WTO and bilateral trade negotiations on services. Prior to joining the European Commission, Mr. Servoz had experience working as a law professor, a judge, including in the Court of Cassation in Paris. He has degrees in law, political science and economy.
Chair, Air Canada, FLSmidth & Co. A/S
Director, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Vagn Sørensen has been an independent director of Air Canada since November 2006 and chair since May 2017. He is chair of FLSmidth & Co. A/S, and serves as a director of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He also represents the private equity fund EQT in some of their portfolio companies.
Mr. Sørensen was president and chief executive officer of Austrian Airlines Group from 2001 to 2006, and held various senior commercial positions with SAS Scandinavian Airlines System, including deputy chief executive officer. Mr. Sørensen is the former chair of British Midland Ltd. and a former director of Lufthansa Cargo AG. He has also served as chair of the Association of European Airlines and a member of the IATA Board of Governors.
Mr. Sørensen holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Barbara G. Stymiest, FCPA, FCA
Director, Sun Life Financial Inc., and George Weston Ltd.
Ms. Barbara Stymiest, a corporate director, is a former member of the Group Executive for the Royal Bank of Canada, a former CEO of TMX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President and CFO at BMO Capital Markets and Partner of Ernst & Young LLP. She currently serves on the boards of Blackberry Limited, George Weston Limited, President’s Choice Bank and Sun Life Financial Inc. She is the chair of the audit committees of George Weston Limited and Blackberry Limited and is the chair of the risk and conduct review committee of Sun Life.
Ms. Stymiest also contributes to non-profit organizations as Vice-Chair of the Board of trustees of University Health Network and Vice-Chair of AGE-WELL, an organization dedicated to providing technology to ageing Canadians. She also serves as a director of CIFAR, an organization which convenes world leading scientists to address the most important questions facing science and humanity and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Ivey Institute for Leadership.
David B. Tennant
Chair, Major Drilling Group International Inc.
David Tennant is Chairman of Major Drilling Group International Inc. based in Moncton, N.B., and is an experienced M&A legal counsel, having been a partner of McCarthy Tetrault in its Toronto office for 30 years and now at Castle Law Professional Corporation. He has been the lead counsel on some of Canada’s largest transactions, both for private and publicly traded corporations. Mr. Tennant is ranked by all of the independent lawyer ranking services, such as Chambers and Lexpert, as a leading lawyer in Canada for corporate law, particularly in the area of selling and buying businesses and advising on corporate governance matters.
Mr. Tennant is a former lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School and has and serves on the boards of several corporations. Mr. Tennant received his B. Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and his MBA and law degrees from the University of Western Ontario.
Annette Verschuren, O.C.
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).
Phyllis Yaffe, C.M., F.ICD
Former Canadian Consul General in New York
Phyllis Yaffe was Canada's Consul General in New York from July 2016 to December 2019. She has had a distinguished career in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Yaffe has served as chair of the board of Cineplex Entertainment, lead director of Torstar Corporation, and as a member of the boards of Lionsgate Entertainment and Blue Ant Media.
A former board member of Astral Media, she served as a senior officer for many years, and ultimately as chief executive officer, of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. At Alliance Atlantis, Ms. Yaffe oversaw worldwide operations, including Canadian specialty-television channels, international television distribution business and the popular CSI television franchise. Ms. Yaffe is a recipient of the Order of Canada, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television. She was also inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. Ms. Yaffe has served as chair of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University, chair of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis and chair of the Ontario Science Centre. She has also served on the board of the World Wildlife Fund.
Ms. Yaffe holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Library Science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. She also holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba, an Honorary Doctor of Literature from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Ryerson University.
Lead – North America, Hermes EOS
Tim Youmans is a director at Hermes EOS and leads its North America efforts. Previously he was research director for the Strategic Investor Initiative at Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP). Mr. Youmans has been a research scholar at Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School’s Family Office Program. He continues to work closely with Oxford Said Business School professor Robert G. Eccles on The Statement of Purpose effort.
Mr. Youmans has a Masters in Public Administration, and is a Lucius N Littauer Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School and a research fellow of the British Academy’s Future Corporation Initiative. He spent 25 years running his own consulting firms, as executive vice president of a venture-funded start-up and running a large family office. Mr. Youmans received an MBA from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy.
He was retired from the Coast Guard after serving both afloat and ashore in Alaska, Washington D.C. and Maine, and is a service-disabled military veteran.