President/CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada
Denise was appointed President/CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada in June of 2013. She was previously the president and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation including three national museums: Agriculture and Food, Aviation and Space and Science and Technology.
Owner/President Spectrum Business Development Inc.
Arjan Arenja is a professional engineer, entrepreneur, investor, and volunteer. Currently, Arjan is a real estate investor in Grey and Bruce counties, developing high-quality rental accommodations.
Chair of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail Canada, Strategic Advisor to the Leadership Institute
After a 40-year career as a business executive, Francoise Bertrand now dedicates her time to acting as a corporate director. 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 Quebec and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of France.
Former president, Centennial College
Ann Buller, President Emeritus, Centennial College, assumed the presidency of Centennial College in 2004. A visionary leader who embedded the principles of equity and social justice into Centennial’s programs and operations, she spearheaded a wide range of innovative mentoring and outreach initiatives.
Chief Executive Officer & General Partner Quark Venture LP
A highly-recognized Canadian life sciences leader and board director with broad global experience, Karimah Es Sabar has had a successful career spanning multinational pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, start-up companies, not-for-profit organizations and venture investment firms. Karimah is currently CEO & General Partner at Quark Venture LP, a venture investment firm focused on disruptive bioscience investments, and she is a Director of the Global Health Sciences [GHS] Fund.
Associate Deputy Minister of Finance
Louis Lévesque enjoyed a long and storied career as an economist career, first with the Quebec Government, first with the Crop Insurance Board and later with the Department of Finance, where is was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in 2004. He left the public service in July 2015 and later was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Finance Montreal, the cluster of financial institutions in Quebec.
President and CEO of Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters (QME) and Senior Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs for Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Veronique Proulx is President and CEO of Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters (QME) and Senior Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs, for its parent organization, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. She is the first woman to hold this CEO position, and has extensive expertise in the exporting business and in Quebec’s manufacturing sector
Former co-leader of the Competition, Anti-trust and Foreign Investment Group practice at Bennett Jones LLP and Canada’s Commissioner of Competition from 2004 to 2009
Sheridan Scott was the co-leader of the competition, Anti-trust and Foreign Investment Group practice at Bennett Jones LLP prior to her retirement in 2015. She assisted clients in matters related to anti-trust law and communications policy and also advised clients on telecommunications and broadcasting law matters.
Chair of The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative; Review Panel and former President and CEO of the Arthritis Society (Canada)
Janet Yale, ICD.D, is an accomplished leader and senior executive with long years of management experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She served as the President and CEO of the Arthritis Society (Canada) from June 2012 to January 2020 after a long career in the telecommunications and broadcast sectors.
Chair of the Governance Committee
Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Affiliated Faculty Member, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Drew Fagan is a professor at the Munk School. Drew is also a senior advisor at McMillan Vantage Policy Group, a public affairs firm affiliated with the national business law firm McMillan. As a public policy advisor, his clients have included departments and agencies with all three orders of government, as well as Indigenous organizations and public interest startups.
Chair of the HR Committee
Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister & Associate Secretary to the Cabinet
Marie-Lucie Morin was Executive Director at the World Bank from 2010 to 2013. Previous to this she pursued a 30-year career in the Federal Public Service where she was appointed National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet in 2008, Deputy Minister for International Trade, and Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science – University of Toronto
Professor Melanie Woodin is Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University Toronto. As Canada’s largest and most comprehensive Faculty, Arts & Science is a global hub for research, teaching, and innovation. She joined U of T in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology and was promoted to full Professor in 2017 in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology. Professor Woodin’s research seeks to understand how the brain functions by studying neuronal circuits and the mechanisms underlying learning and memory. She began her first term as Dean of Arts & Science on July 1, 2019, and was reappointed for a second term from July 1, 2024 to December 30, 2029.
Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee
President, Baywall Consulting Inc.
President, Institute of Internal Auditors (Toronto Chapter)
Margaret is a recognized leader in Audit, Governance, Risk, Compliance and Project Management with over 20 years of experience. Margaret is a CPA,CA and PMP and has focused her last 15 years in Financial Institutions; Banking, Insurance (Life, P&C and Reinsurance) and Wealth Management. Margaret has worked in Canada, U.S.A. and South Africa providing her with exposure to different regulatory environments and practices.
CEO, Palette Skills
Former President & COO, AVIT Manufacturing
Rhonda Barnet is the former President & Chief Operating Officer of AVIT Manufacturing (formerly Steelworks Design), an engineering and custom automation firm in Peterborough, Ontario, and the current CEO of Palette Skills. An ardent supporter of Canadian Manufacturing and Exporting, Rhonda was appointed the first female Chair in history of the National Board of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (2016-2018). Further appointments include the Federal Advanced Manufacturing Strategy Table and Board Member of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen Canada), one of the 5 Canadian Super Clusters to deliver $950M of federal innovation funds.
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