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 previously served 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 and George Weston Ltd. He also serves as Vice-Chair of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, Chairman of the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School, and 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 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Stephen Smith, Co-Founder, Chairman and President of First National Financial LP
Stephen Smith is the Co-Founder, Chairman and President of First National Financial LP, Canada's largest non-bank mortgage lender with over $50 billion of mortgage assets under administration. With over 500 employees across the country, FNFLP lends $12 billion of commercial and single family residential mortgages to Canadians annually.
In addition, Mr. Smith is Chairman of the Board of Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and the Empire Life Insurance Company. Mr. Smith is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the Board of the Historica-Dominion Institute.
Mr. Smith previously served as the Vice-Chair of the GO Transit Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee.
Born in Ottawa, Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
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Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO, Toronto Community Foundation
In his role as the President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, Rahul Bhardwaj has been working to engage philanthropy in Toronto to address challenges facing the city. Formerly a corporate lawyer with a leading Canadian law firm, he was also Vice President of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid.
As part of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008 Rahul, was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto. A year later the Province of Ontario appointed him to the Board of Metrolinx, an organization developing and implementing an overall transit strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. More recently, Rahul became Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games Organizing Committee and was appointed to the Board of Directors for Upper Canada College. He is the past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and his board commitments, past and present, include George Brown College,Community Foundations of Canada, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way Toronto, among many others.
In 2012, Rahul’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Prior to that, The National Post named him one of the "Next Generation of Toronto Civic Leaders". His vision for Toronto has made him a popular presenter and speaker, particularly on issues relating to the city, community and leadership as well as Toronto’s Vital Signs®. Rahul has been featured in the local Toronto press, on CBC News Network, and internationally on CNN and China’s National Daily News.
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Janet Ecker, President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance
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.
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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Joseph A.G. Halstead
Joseph Halstead is the former Commissioner responsible for Economic Development, Culture and Tourism in the City of Toronto. In this capacity, he was also responsible for the Parks and Recreation system, as well as Major Events.
Previously, he spent 24 years with the Provincial Government of Ontario in five different ministries in a broad range of management positions, rising to the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Provincial Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation.
Mr. Halstead has been involved in the business sector as well as sports and recreation sectors most of his professional career. He has served on boards such as: the Premier’s Roundtable on Volunteerism, the Toronto Community Foundation, Canada Games Council, the Inter-Provincial Lottery Corporation and the Toronto Economic Development Corporation.
He was Vice-Chair of the 2015 Pan American Games Bid Committee, the City’s lead person on Toronto’s bid for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Province’s representative on the bid for the 1996 Olympic Games.
Mr. Halstead was also the Executive Lead for the World Youth Day Conference and the Pope’s visit in 2002. Currently, he is the Acting Chair of Ontario Place Corporation, and a Board Member of the Toronto Raptors Foundation. In addition, he is chair of the hugely successful Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana).
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Richard Koroscil, President and CEO, John C Munro Hamilton International Airport (Retired)
Richard Koroscil just retired as President and Chief Executive Officer for the John C Munro Hamilton International Airport (Canada). His distinguished career in Airport Management spans over 35 years in both the public and private sectors throughout Canada and internationally.
His career portfolio includes Vice President of Operations for YVRAS and Vice President for YVRAS parent company, the Vancouver International Airport Authority.
Richard sits on the boards of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics, Theatre Aquarius, past SKAL International President in 2009 and is the founding Chairman of Southern Ontario Gateway Council and is the 2010 Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Chair. He also is an active member of the Jobs Prosperity Collective, Mayors Advisory Committee on Economic Development, Co-Chairs the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Airport Employment Growth District and the Hamilton Economic Summit Advisory Committee.
He is a graduate of Durham University/College in Aviation Management, a Chartered Director from McMaster University/Conference Board of Canada Directors College and studied Business Administration at the University of Windsor in Ontario.
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The Hon. Frances Lankin, P.C., C.M, most recently served as a Commissioner of the Ontario Social Assistance Review. From 2001 to 2011 she was the President and CEO of United Way Toronto. She served as MPP for Beaches-East York for eleven years before joining United Way in 2001. From 1990–1995 she held posts of Ontario’s Minister of Health, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Minister of Government Services, Chair of Management Board and Chair of Cabinet. In 2009, she was sworn in as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada, and was appointed by the Prime Minister Harper to the Security Intelligence Review Committee on which she continues to serve.
Frances has spent a lifetime serving community and non-profit organizations. She has served on the boards of many not-for-profit and charitable organizations and is currently a Board Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Ontario Hospital Association, the Literary Review of Canada, the Ontario Press Council and is Chair of the TELUS Toronto Community Board.
Frances has been widely recognized for her community work including having received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Public Relations Society CEO of the Year, the Toronto Star Laurel Award, More Magazine’s Top 40 over 40, the Equal Voice EVE Award and the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year Award. Frances has received honorary Doctorates of Laws from Queen’s University, and Ryerson University, and an honorary Bachelor of Applied Arts from Seneca College. In 2012, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and was named a Member of the Order of Canada.
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Marianne McKenna, Partner, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Marianne McKenna is a founding partner of KPMB Architects. She was born in Montréal and educated at Swarthmore College and Yale University. Marianne is internationally recognized for her awarding-winning projects which include the Royal Conservatory of Music TELUS Performance and Learning Centre, the Toronto offices for Torys LLP, the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, Le Quartier Concordia for Concordia University in Montréal and the Rotman School of Management Expansion at the University of Toronto.
Her current projects include the renewal of Minnesota Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Music and Theater Arts building at MIT, the new headquarters for The Globe and Mail and the expansion of Massey Hall in Toronto. Marianne has served various academic functions at McGill University, the Université de Montréal and Yale University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the Royal Ontario Museum. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Conservatory, was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (2010) and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012.
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Nicholas Mutton, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Nicholas Mutton, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, brings over 40 years of hotel management experience to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He was General Manager and Regional Vice President at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago (a Four Seasons Hotel), and subsequently Senior Vice President Operations, Americas with operating responsibilities for 40 hotels.
In 2003, Nick was promoted to Executive Vice President Human Resources and Administration, with global responsibility for all the people, culture and organizational issues of 39,000 employees in 36 countries worldwide. Nick is a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team.
Nick is a director of the Canadian Opera Company and the Canadian Opera House Corporation; is a member of the MIG Cabinet of the Toronto United Way; a member the International Advisory Board of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne; the Governing Committee of the International Tourism Partnership, International Business Leaders Forum; and a Board Member of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program. He is also a member of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.
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Lee Parsons, Founding Partner, Malone, Given Parsons Ltd.
Lee Parsons is a Founding Partner of the planning and economic consulting firm, Malone Given Parsons Ltd. He is President of MGP Information Systems Ltd. and a director of Sabourin Kimble & Associates.
Over the past 25 years, he has managed many urban and regional planning, and economic development projects in Canada and internationally. Mr. Parsons is a graduate of Dalhousie University (Engineering, 1970) and York University (Environment Studies, 1974).
He is a professional engineer and a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Mr. Parsons is also a professional planner and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Association of the Ontario Land Economists and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He was a member of the GO Transit Board of Directors and Chair of the Risk Management Committee.
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Rose M. Patten, Senior Executive Vice-President, Head of Human Resources and Senior Leadership Advisor, BMO Financial Group
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, President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities
Professor Bonnie M. Patterson is the President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities.
Professor Patterson previously served as President of Trent University, and Dean of Business at Ryerson University. Currently, she is a member of the Ontario government’s Private Sector Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board for the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation. She continues to hold her professorial position in Business Administration at Trent.
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 including the Biotechnology Commercialization Centre Fund; Health Industries Advisory Committee on Sectoral Strategy Development; and the Centres of Excellence, Ontario Technology Fund. 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.
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Howard Shearer, Chairman of the Board of Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd.
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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Douglas Turnbull, Deputy Chairman, TD Securities
Doug Turnbull is responsible for executive coverage of corporate, sovereign, super-sovereign agencies, provincial, crown corporation and private equity clients worldwide, with a particular emphasis on developing and enhancing capital market and infrastructure activities with this important client group. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Turnbull was Managing Director, Global Head of Government Relations.
Mr. Turnbull has 35 years of fixed income capital markets, M&A and advisory experience in Canada, New York and Tokyo. He has acted for government, corporate, infrastructure and public sector clients on numerous public and private market transactions. In addition, Mr. Turnbull has advised and spoken publicly on various topics related to capital markets, debt management, credit ratings, provincial budgets, infrastructure financings and privatizations.
Mr. Turnbull is a member of the Ontario Finance Minister’s Economic Advisory Panel and is a past member of the Ontario Energy Minister’s Energy Advisory Committee.
He has recently been appointed by the Government of Canada as Co-Chair of the Joint Task Force for the Activation of First Nations Economies.
He is Chair of the Board of The Toronto Financial Services Alliance, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board.
In addition, Mr. Turnbull is a member of the Board of Directors of Metrolinx, a transit agency of the Government of Ontario, and serves on the Customer Service Committee of the Board.
He is Chair of the Board of Directors of George Brown College Foundation, and is a member of the Audit Committee. Doug also serves on the Canadian Board of Directors of ORBIS International, a global charity committed to eliminating preventable blindness in the developing world, and chairs the Nominating Committee.
In 2007, Doug was the Executive-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Business Administration.
Mr. Turnbull is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Economics) and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program).
Doug lives in Toronto with his wife Dana and their three university-aged kids, Alexander, Bryn and Hayley.
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Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx
Bruce McCuaig has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Metrolinx since September 4, 2010.
Bruce began his career in public service in 1984, and has worked in areas involving land use planning and policy, municipal policy, and transportation planning, policy and operations over the intervening years. He served in various capacities at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for 10 years, as well as serving 15 years at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. His final role at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation was Deputy Minister, responsible for leading the 4,000 public servants dedicated to ensuring Ontario’s transportation was efficient in safely moving people and goods across the Province.
As President and CEO of Metrolinx, Bruce is building a team that is committed to transforming transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, by building a customer service emphasis throughout the organization, delivering quality transportation services on time and on budget, and working collaboratively with our partners. Delivering on the promise of The Big Move, our award-winning regional transportation plan, is central to everything the organization does, and is demonstrated by our focus on growing GO Transit, delivering the Pearson Air Rail Link, deploying PRESTO, the regional smart card fare payment system, and building new transit services across the region.
Bruce graduated from Ryerson University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Urban and Regional Planning) degree, and from Queen’s University in 2000 with a Master of Public Administration degree.
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