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Board of Directors

Biographies

J. Robert S. Prichard, Chair

J. Robert S. Prichard is Chairman of Torys, a leading international business law firm. He previously served as President and CEO of Metrolinx. Mr. Prichard is also past President and Chief Executive Officer of Torstar Corporation and President Emeritus of the University of Toronto where he served as president from 1990-2000 and previously as dean of law and as a professor specializing in law and economics. Mr. Prichard is Chairman of Bank of Montreal, and Director of Onex Corporation, George Weston Ltd (lead director) and Barrick Gold. He also serves as a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children.

Mr. Prichard studied honours economics at Swarthmore College, received his MBA from the University of Chicago and earned law degrees at the University of Toronto and Yale University. He 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.

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Upkar Arora

Upkar Arora is CEO of Illumina Partners, an independent boutique advisory firm specializing in providing operational, financial and strategic expertise to facilitate corporate turnarounds. He is a seasoned organizational leader with an ability to effectively navigate complex, multi-stakeholder environments and a proven track record of delivering results at the board or C-Suite level. He has almost 30 years of experience working domestically and internationally (Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe) with public and private companies, on operations, capital markets transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, turnarounds and financings, as a senior executive, advisor or principal in a wide variety of industries.

Upkar’s community service and not for profit experience includes the Canadian Arts Summit Steering Committee, Board of Institute for Canadian Citizenship and the Advisory Council of the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection for seven years, the past five as Chair of the Board as well as a director on the McMichael Foundation Board.

Mr. Arora is a CA, CPA (1986) and obtained his Independent Corporate Director (ICD.D) designation in 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of Waterloo in 1985.

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Katherine Bardswick

Following a career that spanned nearly four decades with The Co-operators Group Ltd., Katherine stepped down from her role as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2016.

Very active in the cooperative and mutual insurance movement over the years, as well as in her local community, Katherine has held professional board and voluntary roles with a wide range of organizations including: the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the United Nations Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System, the University of Guelph, the Conference Board of Canada, Addenda Capital, and The Co-operators Group Ltd. She is immediate past Chair of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation, Sovereign General Insurance Company, and the CUMIS Group Limited boards. She currently holds director roles with the International Cooperative Alliance, the University of Waterloo, and Canatics.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science (Math) from the University of Manitoba and a MBA (Marketing) from McMaster University. She was appointed Honorary Chartered Insurance Professional with the Insurance Institute of Canada

Katherine lives with her husband Bernie Mutter in Burlington, Ontario. They have 4 boys.

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Rahul Bhardwaj

As President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of over 11,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits.

In addition to serving on the Metrolinx board, Mr. Bhardwaj currently serves on the boards of the Rideau Hall Foundation, supporting the office of the Governor General of Canada as it connects, inspires and honours Canadians, as well as Community Foundations of Canada (Past Chair).

He was Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto, and was Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games as well as past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Other past board commitments include Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way Toronto, among others.

Prior to joining ICD, Mr. Bhardwaj was President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, where he focused on engaging philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. He was also Vice President of Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid, and as part of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008, was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto.

In 2012, Mr. Bhardwaj’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was recently named to the Leadership Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School, the Quadrangle Society at Massey College and The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter. His vision for Toronto and Canada has made him a popular presenter and speaker locally, nationally and internationally, particularly on issues relating to leadership and governance.

Mr. Bhardwaj holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He has completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.

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Bryan Davies

Bryan Davies has pursued a varied career, bridging the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Most recently, he served as Chair of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, assuming that role in 2006. Mr. Davies also served concurrently as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Securities Transition Office from July 2009 to July 2013.

Prior to those federal appointments, Mr. Davies was Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario from 2002 to 2005. Before then, he was Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Royal Bank Financial Group.

Mr. Davies held a number of senior positions in the Government of Ontario from 1975 and 1992, including Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Minister of Economics, and was Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Toronto from 1992 to 1994.

He has served on the Boards of both publicly traded and private corporations, and has been, and remains, active in a range of non-profit organizations, focused on the cultural, heritage and education spheres.

Mr. Davies is a graduate of Queen’s University (Masters in Public Administration) and of the University of Toronto (B. Comm.). His distinguished leadership and significant contribution in the field of public administration was recognized by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada which awarded him the 2010 Vanier Medal.

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Janet Ecker

Janet L Ecker is President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a growing public –private partnership dedicated to building Toronto as a global financial services centre. With government and industry support, she has also established the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services to leverage the sector’s global reputation for stability, as well as the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education to capitalize on Toronto region’s talent advantages.

A former Ontario Finance Minister, Ms. Ecker also held the portfolios of Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Government House Leader. Ms. Ecker currently sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards and agencies and is also a member of the Ontario Finance Minister’s Economic Advisory Panel. In 2016, Ms. Ecker was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.

A frequent public speaker and media commentator, she was recognized in 2010 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World’s Financial Centres” by Financial Centres International and received a “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award” from the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2003. She is also one of the founders of Equal Voice, a national, multi-partisan organization working to elect more women.

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Bill Fisch

Bill Fisch is the former Chairman and CEO of The Regional Municipality of York and held that position for 17 years until his retirement (1997 to 2014).

In his capacity as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Fisch was also an ex-officio member of all Regional Committees.

He has served as a board member for a number of organizations, including York Regional Police Services Board, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, MacKenzie Health Hospital, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, and is the former Chair and CEO of the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation.

As a leader in the community, Mr. Fisch has been Chair of the York Region United Way Building Industry Luncheon on a number of occasions, and hosted the 2009 Chairman Dinner for the Arts to showcase and raise funds for new artists. He has also supported a wide array of charities, including the Children’s Safety Village of York Region, Ontario Special Olympics and York Region Abuse Program. In 2013, Mr. Fisch was the Co-Chair of the Special Olympics Ontario Summer Games hosted in York Region. In 2014, he received the Community Service Award from Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District, honouring his long-standing commitment to serving the community. In 2014, he was honoured with the United Way York Region’s Cornerstone Award for his long-standing support and service to the United Way that has significantly contributed to human services across York Region. In 2014, he was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal.

Upon his retirement from the Police Service Board and in honour of his 20 years of service, the York Region Police Headquarters was renamed “The Bill Fisch Centre for Police Excellence”.

A graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Mr. Fisch also holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was a practising lawyer in Thornhill, Ontario for 21 years. He began his political career in 1988 as a Councillor for the Town of Markham and was elected as a Regional Councillor for the Town of Markham in 1994.

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Anne Golden

Anne Golden, Ph.D., C.M., was appointed as Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University, beginning September 1, 2012. She is currently teaching a course on Successful 21st Century Cities. Dr. Golden was the President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, the country’s foremost independent not-for-profit applied research organization, from 2001 to 2012. Previously, she was President of the United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. She earned national profile for her work as Chair of the Homelessness Action Task Force (1999), the Greater Toronto Area Task Force (1996), and most recently, the Premier of Ontario’s Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel.

Dr. Golden was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and as a member of the Order of Ontario in 2013. She has received eight honorary doctorates – from McMaster University (2011), University of Calgary (2011), University of Western Ontario (2008), Royal Roads University (2005), University of Toronto (2002), York University (2000) and Ryerson Polytechnic University (1997), including an honorary diploma from Loyalist College (2005). Most recent awards included the Canadian Urban Institute: Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, The Conference Board of Canada’s 2012 Honorary Associate Award and Alumni of Influence Award of the Top 100 People to Graduate from University College, University of Toronto.

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Marianne McKenna

Marianne McKenna is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and an Officer of the Order of Canada for crafting ‘architecture that enriches the public experience’. She was born in Montreal and educated at Swarthmore College and Yale University. Marianne’s award-winning projects include The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, the Engineering/Computer Science & Visual Arts Complex and John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She also led the renewal of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, including the celebrated Koerner Concert Hall, which earned her a Fellowship from the Royal Conservatory in 2011.

Marianne’s current projects include the revitalization of iconic Massey Hall in Toronto and a new home for The Brearley School in New York. Marianne has taught at McGill University, Laval University, the Université de Montréal, the University of Toronto, and was the 2016 Lord Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at Yale University.

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Rose M. Patten

Rose Patten’s 35 year career in Financial Services is characterized by senior leadership roles in Business Strategy, Human Resources Management, Executive Development and Succession, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Transformational Change and Organization Development.

Her leadership experiences have spanned the four financial sectors: banking, trust, insurance and investment banking in Canada, the United States and Asia and have consistently involved companies engaged in mergers, restructuring, acquisitions or major change. She has held senior executive positions in all instances.

In 2009, Ms. Patten was honoured with a doctor of laws degree from the University of Toronto. In 2008, she was recognized with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Corporate Leadership and has received numerous other recognitions for her community service contributions. She was also recognized as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by U.S. Banker Magazine.

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Bonnie Patterson

Professor Bonnie M. Patterson is a Professor of Business at Trent University and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Academic Leadership at Ryerson University. She is the Past President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities and previously served as President and Vice Chancellor of Trent University, and Dean of Business at Ryerson University. Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of The Roberta Bondar Foundation, a Trustee of the Canadian Associates of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and a Founding Board member of the International Institute for Environmental Studies, a joint initiative of Nanjing University and Trent with 12 global university partners. Professor Patterson previously served on the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, was a founding member of the Peterborough Innovation Cluster, a past Chair of Universities Canada, and Chair of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Board on which she served for 9 years. She was selected as a Canadian University President to sit on the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and served on their Audit and Risk Committee.

Professor Patterson also served as the province's representative on the founding Board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and participated in many provincial advisory committees.

In 2006, she was recognized by the Women's Executive Network with a Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada award. In 2010 Professor Patterson was appointed to the Order of Ontario and as a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a leader in postsecondary education.

She holds a BA and MLS from the University of Western Ontario and the ICD.D designation. She has received several honorary doctorates recognizing her excellence in higher education.

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Howard Shearer

Howard Lincoln Shearer is the Chairman of the Board of Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. and serves on the board of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. Prior to joining Hitachi, Mr. Shearer was employed in the high-tech industry by Texas Instruments and Murata Erie.

Mr. Shearer was a member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Electricity System Operator, and now serves on the board of the following non-profit and public sector organizations: the Canadian Nurses Foundation, the Principal’s Advisory Council (University of Toronto at Mississauga), the Canadian Studies Advisory Committee (University College, University of Toronto), Governing Council, University of Toronto and the Board of Governors at McMaster University.

Mr. Shearer also is a member of other professional organizations including the Energy Council of Canada, Canadian Nuclear Association and Canadian Nuclear Society and serves on the special advisory council to the League for Human Rights, B’nai Brith Canada.

Mr. Shearer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

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Carl Zehr

Carl Zehr is the former Mayor of the City of Kitchener (1997-2014), a Councillor for nine years prior to that and a Region of Waterloo Councillor for seven terms. He served on many committees and community Boards including Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc., Centre in the Square, Kitchener Housing Inc. and University of Waterloo. As Mayor, he provided leadership in the creation of a transformative economic development strategy to broaden the economic base of the city and region. He played an active role in the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus and was its Chair (2008-2011). Upon his retirement from municipal politics in 2014, the public square in front of Kitchener city hall was renamed Carl Zehr Square.

Mr. Zehr has the professional designation FCPA, FCGA and has extensive experience in both private and public sectors. He is a Past Governor & President of CGA Ontario as well as a Past Director of CGA Canada. In 2008 he was recognized by CGA Canada as one of the country’s Top 100 CGAs. In 2012 he was recognized for his public service with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. The Ontario Pharmacist Association honoured Mr. Zehr with its Visionary Award in 2006 for his assistance in establishing a new School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo.

Mr. Zehr is currently Co-Chair of the Southwestern Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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John Jensen, President & Chief Executive Officer

John Jensen is President & Chief Executive Officer at Metrolinx.

John oversees a team committed to transforming transportation in the GTHA. John came to Metrolinx’s Capital Projects group in 2013 to lead the implementation of the organization’s large and growing program of transit expansion projects in the GTHA, and was appointed as President & CEO in 2017. With a strong community and customer service emphasis, Metrolinx is delivering quality transportation services on time and on budget, and working collaboratively with our partners – all key elements to delivering on the promise of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan.

John’s extensive experience prior to joining Metrolinx prepared him to lead a team with a unified vision in delivering quality public transportation. Previously, John served in senior transit, light rail and commuter rail roles for the City of Calgary and the City of Ottawa. For the City of Ottawa, John was Director, Rail Implementation, where he was responsible for leading the planning and procurement efforts for the successful delivery of the $2.1 billion Ottawa Light Rail Transit project and a $200 million Build Finance expansion of Highway 417.

John holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Transportation and Land Use and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography both from the University of Calgary. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Operational Risk Management from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, and completed the Niagara Institute Leadership Development Program.

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