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Board of Directors


Donald Wright, Chair

Donald Wright has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a leader in Canada’s investment industry and business community.

He is President and CEO of The Winnington Capital Group Inc., an investment holding company. His current positions also include that of Chair of Cinaport Inc., Chair of GMP Capital Inc. and Chair of Richards Packaging Income Fund. In addition, he is a Director of Bank of China (Canada) and is the Lead Director and Vice Chair of DHX Media Ltd.

Don previously held senior positions with leading domestic and global financial services companies including Wood Gundy, Merrill Lynch, Burns Fry and TD Bank Financial Group. While at TD, he was Chairman and CEO of TD Securities and Deputy Chairman of TD Bank Financial Group.

Don is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of Via Rail Canada.

Don supports numerous charitable organizations. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Hospital for Sick Children, a former member of the Royal Ontario Museum Governors’ Finance Committee, and a prior member of the Campaign Cabinet for Eva’s Phoenix.

Don is a graduate of Sir George William’s University (B. Com.), now Concordia University, and lives in midtown Toronto.

Don was appointed Chair of the Board of Metrolinx on August 13th, 2018.

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Bryan Davies, Vice Chair

Bryan Davies was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) on June 29, 2017. FSRA is a board-governed regulatory agency established under the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario Act, 2016, which came into force on June 29, 2017.

Bryan has extensive financial sector and governance experience in both the private and public 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 the Royal Bank Financial Group.

Mr. Davies held a number of senior positions in the Government of Ontario from 1975 to 1993, 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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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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Janet Ecker

Janet L Ecker is the past President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a growing public–private partnership dedicated to building Toronto region as a global financial services centre. With government and industry support, she 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, agencies and government advisory committees. 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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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 serves as the Chair of the Ryerson City Building Institute. 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. In June 2017, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Laurentian 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. She currently holds the position of Chancellor of the University of Toronto. She also chaired the Governing Council of the University of Toronto as well as the Hospital for Sick Children.

In 2017, Ms. Patten was appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2009, she 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 Chief Executive of Hitachi Canada, with corporate responsibilities for supporting Hitachi’s business development across all business units in Canada, implementing the company’s growth strategies, and government relations.

Mr. Shearer previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of GE-Hitachi Canada Ltd., Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Ontario Responsible Gambling Council and the McMaster University Board of Governors. He now serves on the boards of the following non-profit and public sector organizations: the Canadian Nurses Foundation, University of Toronto Governing Council and The Japan Society.

Mr. Shearer is also a member of other professional organizations including the Energy Council of Canada, Canadian Nuclear Association and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories and serves on the Special Advisory Council to the League for Human Rights, B’nai Brith Canada and is a member of North York’s Investigative Services Community Advisory Council.

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

He is a recipient of McMaster University’s L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Engineering Alumni award (2016) and University of Toronto’s Arbor Award (2003).

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Sharleen Stewart

The eldest of six siblings, Sharleen Stewart grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She credits her mother for inspiring her to be strong and independent and her father for teaching her the importance of love and respect.

Dating back to the start of her career as a frontline hospital worker, Sharleen has always been an activist. Never one to shy away from what she believes in, she has spent decades amplifying the voices of healthcare workers and advocating for equality, respect and dignity. She knows that hard work should be rewarded fairly and equally, regardless of gender, race and beliefs.

Sharleen’s ability to mediate and find common ground is at the core of her solution-based personality. She sees herself as someone who supports people to get where they need to be. These are just a few of the qualities that led to her becoming the first woman elected as SEIU Healthcare President in 2003.

As SEIU International Vice-President, Sharleen is the first Canadian woman to sit on the SEIU International Executive Board. She is also the first SEIU woman to sit on the Canadian Labour Congress Executive Committee.

A proud Métis, Sharleen is humbled and honoured to represent SEIU Healthcare’s 57,000 members. She believes being a leader in the labour movement was what she was born to do.

As a mother and grandmother, Sharleen understands the importance of creating innovative and sustainable solutions that not only benefit today’s workers, but future generations as well.

Through hard work and innovation, Sharleen envisions SEIU Healthcare as a 21st century, solution-based union; a union that all members know makes their lives better; a union that teaches employers and governments that the labour movement is a valued partner, not an opponent.

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