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Jeffrey Abbott
Jeffrey Abbott
Bank of Canada
ISIM Director, Currency Department
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Jeff is a Director in the Currency Department at the Bank of Canada and manages four teams that focus on Business Systems, Business Practices, Business Planning and Risk and Business Administration. He has held positions in strategic planning, communications, management services, business excellence, human resources, business systems and project management over the course of a 30 year career at Canada's central bank. He has worked with public stakeholders, partners in the retail and financial industries, at other central banks and with domestic and international law enforcement agencies. He has also represented the Bank at international conferences and on working groups dealing with topics as diverse as business excellence, data management strategies and technologies and counterfeit deterrence.

Colin Brown
Colin Brown
Engineers Canada
Vice-President of Operations & Projects
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Colin Brown is the Vice-President of Operations & Projects for Engineers Canada. In that role, Colin provides business transformation and innovation expertise to staff and external stakeholders in business planning, project management, change management, continuous improvement and monitoring and reporting. He leads the development of multi-year operational plans, oversees operational, financial and risk management processes and builds the organizational enablers that support staff, volunteers and stakeholders in achieving the business goals and change agenda of Engineers Canada.

Prior to joining Engineers Canada, Colin held the position of Vice-President, Centre for Business Excellence & Project Management Office at Alterna Savings, Ontario’s second largest Credit Union. In that role, he had overall responsibility for the complete portfolio of change projects within the organization. The portfolio included new product launches, business process improvements, technology infrastructure upgrades, facilities, technology application upgrades and regulatory changes. Colin also had responsibility for the delivery of change projects and management of the change-related risk. He led the ongoing development and improvement of the corporate project management methodology, business process methodology and business analysis practice. 

Throughout his career Colin has gained in extensive experience in several different sectors including workplace automation, software development, telecommunications hardware manufacturing and telecommunications operations and internet service operations. 

Colin serves on the Board of Governors for Excellence Canada, a not-for-profit dedicated to advancing organizational performance across Canada. Colin is also a Certified Professional Coach specializing in leadership.

Rodney C. Cook
Rodney C. Cook
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
Vice President, Workplace Health and Safety Services
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Rod Cook is the Vice President, Workplace Health and Safety Services at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.  Rod has a BA in Economics from Concordia University and graduated with an MIR from the University of Toronto in 1996.  He has pursued his passion for labour relations, strategic human resources, and delivery excellence in both private and public environments.

Rod’s background includes roles as Senior HR Manager at AT&T Canada; Director, Human Resources Operations at Allstream; and Director, Customer Advocacy and National Quality at Rogers Communications. 

Recognized as an outstanding leader of people, Rod has built a career anchored in maximizing human capability and potential.  He has been instrumental in transforming the WSIB’s Human Resources function from a tactical HR group to a high-performing, strategic HR partner to the business, driving business results through strong leadership of people and effective use of metrics and analytics.

Neil Crawford
Neil Crawford
Aon Hewitt
Partner and Leader, Best Employers in Canada Study
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Neil is a partner of Aon Hewitt, leads the Canadian Talent and Engagement business, and is a member of the Aon Hewitt Canadian Regional Business Council. He is also the leader of the annual Best Employers in Canada study, conducted by Aon Hewitt and published nationally in Maclean’s Magazine. He has over 30 years of experience as an HR consultant. Neil is a member of Aon Hewitt’s Global Engagement Council which oversees the company’s global engagement business. Neil has worked extensively with many national and international organizations to define business-aligned people and rewards strategies, measure and improve employee engagement, track cultural change and improve the effectiveness of their HR functions. Neil is a frequent speaker on employee engagement, leadership, aligning people and reward strategies with business strategy and creating great workplaces. Neil is a mathematics graduate of the University of Waterloo and is a qualified actuary. He is a member of BC HRMA and has earned the CHRP designation. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Excellence Canada.
Kevin Dougherty - Past Chairman, NQI/CAE
Kevin Dougherty - Past Chairman, NQI/CAE
Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Global Investments

President
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Kevin P. Dougherty is President of Sun Life Financial Canada, and President of Sun Life Global Investments (SLGI).

As President of Sun Life Financial Canada, Mr. Dougherty heads up the Company’s Canadian operations which have a relationship with one in five Canadians across its group benefits, group retirement, and individual wealth, insurance, and investment management businesses. Mr. Dougherty assumed this position in January 2010, following an earlier period leading the Canadian business during 2004-2007, and then the Company’s global asset management businesses during 2008-2009.

Mr. Dougherty assumed the role of President of Sun Life Global Investments in 2008. In this role, he continues to be responsible for leveraging the Company’s interests in its affiliated asset management companies, MFS in the U.S., McLean Budden in Canada, and Birla Sun Life Asset Management in India, as well as overseeing its third-party asset management platform. SLGI is focused on the evolution of the asset management businesses underlying Sun Life’s global operations, and accelerating the Company’s continuing growth in wealth management.

Mr. Dougherty also oversees the Company’s worldwide Reinsurance business, one of the top providers of retrocession capacity in North America.

Mr. Dougherty joined Sun Life Financial in 1994 and has extensive experience in financial services. He has held senior leadership positions across the Company’s wealth and protection businesses, spearheading initiatives to integrate strategies across lines of business. He brings a passion for innovation and for Sun Life’s relationships with clients, advisors, and distributors.

Mr. Dougherty is a past Chairman of the National Quality Institute’s Board of Governors, and serves on the Boards of a number of organizations, including the MFS Corporate Board, McLean Budden, and the Canada-India Business Council. He is also an active member of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.

Mr. Dougherty holds a Master of Business Administration (International) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and an ICDD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

January 2010
Dr. Hugh A. Drouin
Dr. Hugh A. Drouin
Regional Municipality of Durham
Commissioner of Social Services
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Previous to coming to the Region of Durham in 2003, Dr. Drouin was the C.E.O. for Family Service Ontario.

Dr. Drouin has a varied and rich background having served as a clinician, college and university professor, administrator, consultant, and seminar leader. He has conducted extensive research in the area of nurturing workplaces and their impact on the stress and morale of employees.

Dr. Drouin holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor, and a Ph.D. in Social Work Administration from Laval University in Quebec City. He has also attended post graduate clinical studies at Adelphi University in New York City.

He has conducted numerous seminars and workshops for such diverse organizations as General Electric, Canada Post, Royal Bank, Ministry of Health, school boards, District Health Councils, churches, hospitals, social agencies and a variety of professional groups such as teachers, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and a variety of administrators.

He has been on part-time faculty at the School of Social Work McMaster University. He received the McMaster teaching award for his exceptional contributions to teaching in the School of Social Work.
Allan Ebedes
Allan Ebedes
Excellence Canada and Canada Awards for Excellence
President & CEO
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Allan immigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1973 to study for an MBA degree at the University of Toronto. He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) while articling at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). Allan became a partner in a small furniture and appliance chain, Stuarts Furniture & Appliances, which grew significantly during his ownership, and was subsequently sold to The Brick.

In 1979 Allan started the Toronto School of Business (TSB), a private career college. Under the holding company, International Business Schools (IBS), the school grew to become the largest private career college in Canada, with 50 locations coast-to-coast across Canada, training adult-students for new careers in business, computers, health care and hospitality. In 1989, IBS did an IPO on NASDAQ. By the time IBS was sold in 2001, the colleges had trained over a quarter of a million adult students.

In 2002, Allan founded Management Mentors International (MMI), a company dedicated to corporate training & development, coaching and mentoring. He also was appointed President of Academy of Learning, a chain of 100 computer learning centres across Canada. Allan has served on the faculty of York University at Atkinson College and at the Schulich Executive Education Centre. In 2005, the Board of Governors of the National Quality Institute (NQI) appointed Allan as President & CEO.

In 2011, he rebranded NQI as “Excellence Canada”. Working with the Board of Directors, Allan is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Excellence Canada and delivering on its business plan and mission: “helping organizations improve performance and recognizing excellence". Excellence Canada is home to the prestigious Canada Awards for Excellence program under the patronage of the Governor General of Canada.

In 2012, Allan earned a Masters of Law degree in Global Business (GPLLM) through an evening program at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He is a Certified Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and serves on the Board of Excellence Canada. He is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

Kevin Ford
Kevin Ford
Calian Group Ltd.
President and CEO
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Kevin Ford was promoted to Calian's Chief Executive Officer position in April 2015. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Kevin is responsible for the overall operations and success of the Company.  He leads the company through the establishment of strategic and operational business plans to meet established goals.  Kevin also represents the company in communications with all stakeholders (shareholders, employees, customers and suppliers).  Prior to becoming Calian's CEO, Kevin served as Calian's Business and Technology Services Division President for over 4 years.

"Teamwork, integrity and commitment are values that have guided me throughout my career and continue to drive me today" says Kevin. "Calian is in a unique position to leverage a solid foundation and I am excited about our future potential. We have strong diverse services offering with the proven capability to deliver both domestically and globally".

Prior to joining Calian, Kevin has worked in professional services for over 30 years including 11 years at IBM as a Partner in Global Business Services where he was responsible for the Canadian Defence portfolio.  He participated in IBM's global defence executive network leveraging solutions and assets to assist in the delivery of IBM's defence contract base.

Kevin also worked at Canadian professional services firms LGS and DMR in business development and contract delivery capacities.  He started his career at the Department of National Defence spending over 14 years in the Information Technology domain.

Kevin is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.  In addition to the Calian Board, Kevin is active as a board member with Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), the Kanata North BIA and on the Board of Governors for Excellence Canada. He is also active in the community supporting numerous hospital foundations as well as coaching hockey for over 20 years. 

Lorraiane Glendenning
Lorraine Glendenning
Service Nova Scotia
Director, Strategy and Performance
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Lorraine Glendenning is Irish and Canadian and has been living and working in Nova Scotia since 2005. As Director, Strategy and Performance, Service Nova Scotia, she is responsible for strategic planning and performance management across the organization. She also leads corporate initiatives associated with employee engagement, continuous improvement, Voice of the Customer strategies, and innovation.

Lorraine has extensive experience as a strategic thinker in public sector organizations in Canada and in Ireland.  She joined Service Nova Scotia in 2015 from Nova Scotia Treasury Board.  Previously she worked with the provincial department of Economic and Rural Development.

In Ireland, Lorraine was employed by the Department of An Taoiseach (Prime Minister’s Office) at the National Centre for Partnership and Performance.  She was National Director, Training, Facilitation and Communications, and supported the negotiations that led to Ireland’s first National Workplace Strategy in 2005.

Lorraine has an interest in issues relating to organizational innovation, making space for creative problem-solving, and employee engagement. 

Lorraine graduated from Trinity College Dublin with M.A. (Dubl.) and has also completed post-graduate studies in Arts Administration, Business Studies and Human Resource Management. She is currently studying Workplace Innovation at Royal Roads University.   She is Vice-Chair, Halifax Public Libraries and co-chairs the planning committee for Nova Scotia Provincial Government 2018 Diversity Conference.

Ward Griffin
Ward Griffin
The Lowe-Martin Group
President & CEO
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Ward Griffin is the President and CEO of the Lowe-Martin Group. Located in Ottawa and Toronto, the Lowe-Martin Group is one of the largest Commercial Printing Companies in Canada. The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce selected Ward as CEO of the year in 2007 and Lowe-Martin as Company of the year in 2003. Ward has been profiled in Canada by PrintAction Magazine in 2008 as one of the 50 Most Influential People in our Industry and by Graphic Monthly magazine in 2005 as one of the Key Players of the Next 25 Years in the Industry. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Financial and Economic Studies, and also has a B.Sc. degree with highest honors from Rochester Institute of Technology’s Printing Management and Sciences Program. In September 2006 Ward completed a one-year term as Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Printing Industries Association.
Ed Kane
Ed Kane
Carleton University
Assistant VP, University Services
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Ed Kane has been at Carleton University since 1988 and is currently the assistant vice-president of University Services, which is comprised of 10 units that provide essential services to students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Mr. Kane has been the driving force behind Carleton University’s healthy workplace initiative since it was established on campus in 2009. In May 2011, Carleton was the first university in Canada to receive the NQI PEP® Level 1 for both Quality and Healthy Workplace®.

He has also held numerous positions with the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, including Ottawa District president and chair of the 2000 national conference. He was president of the Ontario Universities Purchasing Management Association and is currently a steering committee member with the U.S.-based National Association of College Auxiliary Services. He has a BA in Public Sector Administration from the University of Ulster.
Dr. Peter Legge, O.B.C., LL.D. (HON.), D.Tech., CSP, CPAE, H
Dr. Peter Legge, O.B.C., LL.D. (HON.), D.Tech., CSP, CPAE, H
Canada Wide Media Ltd.
Chairman & CEO/Publisher
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Peter Legge is an inspiration to anyone who meets him! He lives his life dream as an internationally acclaimed professional speaker, a bestselling author, and as Chairman & CEO of the largest, independently-owned magazine publishing company in Western Canada - Canada Wide Media Limited. He is a community leader tirelessly devoting his time to many worthwhile organizations. Peter is a past Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

His presentations are based on his everyday experiences as a community leader, husband, father, and CEO. Peter has published fourteen books including "The Runway of Life", "Make Your Life a Masterpiece", "The Power of Tact", "The Power to Soar Higher" and most recently "The Power of a Dream." His books have motivated thousands of people towards positive change.

Toastmasters International voted Peter "Golden Gavel Award Winner" and "Top Speaker in North America" and both the National Speakers Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers have inducted him into the Speakers Hall of Fame.

Peter is also a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable, an invitation-only society comprising 20 of North American's top professional speakers. Peter has received two honorary doctorate degrees from Simon Fraser University and Royal Roads University, and most recently received an honorary doctorate of technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

In 2005, Peter was presented with The Nido Qubein Philanthropist of the Year Award in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2006, Peter was awarded the Ambassador of Free Enterprise by Sales and Marketing Executives International in Texas. In December 2006, The Peter Legge Philanthropist of the Year Award was introduced by The Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Peter is the first recipient of this award.

In June 2008, the province's highest award, The Order of British Columbia was presented to Peter for his life-long commitment to serving the community.
John W. Livey, F.C.I.P., BA, MSC (PL)
John W. Livey, F.C.I.P., BA, MSC (PL)
City of Toronto
Deputy City Manager
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John Livey has over 40 years of municipal, regional and provincial experience.  Mr. Livey has worked with the City of Toronto, Town of Markham, Region of York, the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto and the Province of Ontario.

Mr. Livey holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Masters of Sciences in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Toronto.  In 2005, he completed further study at Queen's University, graduating from the Public Executive Program.

In his current role as Deputy City Manager, City of Toronto, Mr. Livey is responsible for corporate oversight, administrative governance and coordinating city-wide initiatives and projects.  His portfolio includes Water, Transportation, Solid Waste Management, Engineering and Construction Services, City Planning, Fire, Building, Emergency Management, Municipal Licensing & Standards, Capital Infrastructure Coordination as well as the Waterfront Secretariat.

From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Livey served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Markham, and as President of Markham Enterprises Corporation which holds Markham's shares in Power Stream and Markham District Energy.  Under his leadership, Markham has achieved PEP Level III and has been awarded the Canadian Award of Excellence (Silver) by Excellence Canada (NQI).

Prior to his role in Markham, Mr. Livey was the Commissioner of Planning and Development Services for the Regional Municipality of York (1992-1999).  Under his direction, York Region adopted its first Official Plan.

In January of 1996, Mr. Livey completed an eight-month secondment as Executive Director to the GTA Task Force.  The Task Force's report set out 51 recommendations on how to create a secure, prosperous and sustainable future for Greater Toronto.

Prior to that, John Livey was the Director of the Policy Development Division for the Metropolitan Toronto Planning Department.  John provided leadership in the development of the 1992 Official Plan, emphasis on making Metro Toronto the "Liveable Metropolis".

Mr. Livey has also served on many boards throughout his career, most notably as the First President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (1986) and a Board Member for the Ryerson University Planning Program Advisory Board (1991 to 1995).

Mr. Livey is a Fellow and a Past-President of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Past-President of the Ontario Professional Planner's Institute and the first President of the Society for Conflict Resolution in Ontario, and a past Director of the Centre for Sustainable Transportation.

Marilee Mark
Marliee Mark
Sun Life Financial
Vice-President Product & Integrated Health Solutions, Group Benefits
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Marilee joined Sun Life in 2013, bringing over 25 years of experience in health care and the Health Benefits industry including disability management, consulting, marketing, product and business development. In her current role she is accountable for the development and execution of Sun Life Financial's Group Benefit Product strategy and Integrated Health Solutions business.

She has been extensively involved in the industry and sits on a number of external Community and Industry advisory boards, including Benefits Canada, the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey, Sunnyside Senior Services Foundation and University of Guelph Health for Life Advisory Board. Marilee has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario.

Mohsen Mortada
Mohsen Mortada
Cole Engineering Group
President
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Mohsen Mortada is the President for Cole Engineering Group responsible for all aspects of the company’s operation and development. With over 25 years experience in the engineering and water sector, Mohsen has obtained a great amount of experience in strategy development and implementation. He is skilled in working with clients to find creative solutions to solve complex policy, management, and infrastructure issues. Mohsen is internationally experienced, multilingual and specializes in Strategy Development and Implementation, Business Development, Client Management, Marketing and Branding, Startup Operations and Staff Development.

Michael Moser
Michael Moser
CBC
Senior Director of Strategy, Finance, & Operations
Communications, Marketing & Brand Department
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Michael Moser is a strategy, finance and marketing executive with extensive experience in the broadcasting, media and telecommunications sectors.

He is currently the Senior Director of Strategy, Finance, & Operations with the CBC's Communications, Marketing & Brand (CMB) department.  CMB is the full service Communications and Media Ad Agency within CBC English Services. CMB are the marketers for all CBC content found on any of CBC's platforms including TV, Radio One, Radio 2, CBC News Network, Documentary Channel, cbc.ca, and social media.  Marketing content examples include Hockey Night in Canada, the Olympics, Dragons' Den, and radio one's Metro Morning.

As a key member of the marketing leadership team, Mike is responsible for the go to market strategic planning for all CBC content. His strategic scope also includes management of finance and budgets, maximizing CBC owned/partnered media assets and new business development. His operational scope includes departmental planning, human resources, procurement and vendor management.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

Mike joined the CBC after many years at TELUS, an internet start-up, and BCE (Bell companies) where he held senior level positions in strategy, product development, and product management.  He was a member of the original marketing team that launched Bell's Sympatico Internet service brand in 1995. Mike has an MBA (Marketing) from Clarkson University and is a graduate of the Ryerson Business School (Marketing).

Bob Nakagawa
Bob Nakagawa
College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
Registrar
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Bob Nakagawa is the Registrar of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. The College is responsible for administering provincial pharmacy legislation and protecting public health by licensing and regulating pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the pharmacies in which they practice.

Bob leads the College’s relationship with its Board, using his extensive industry knowledge to inform and operationalize its direction in-accordance with the legislated requirements of the College. He also manages and provides guidance to the College’s senior leadership team in the creation and fulfillment of strategic goals and initiatives.

Bob is a registered pharmacist with over 35 years of experience, having held numerous positions in hospital pharmacy and public health administration. After beginning his career as a staff pharmacist at St. Paul’s Hospital, Bob moved to Lions Gate Hospital where he spent 13 years serving as Director in a number of different areas including: Pharmacy; Pharmacy and Clinical Nutrition; Community Drug Utilization; Clinical Nutrition and Palliative Care; and Patient Care Services. From there he moved into roles including Pharmacare Director with the Ministry of Health and Director of Pharmacy Services for both The Simon Fraser Health Region and the Fraser Health Authority.

Prior to taking on the role of Registrar at the College, Bob served as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Drug Programs and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for the Ministry of Health.

Bob also has extensive experience as an industry leader in BC’s pharmacy profession having served as President (Board-Chair) of the College of Pharmacists of BC, and of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He’s also served as the Federal government representative on the Health Council of Canada, and chaired the Medical Services Commission, the BC Drug Benefits Committee, and the Federal Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for Canada.

Bob lives in Port Moody, British Columbia and enjoys photography, cycling and running.

Laura Nashman
Laura Nashman
British Columbia Pension Corporation
CEO
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Laura Nashman is the chief executive officer of the British Columbia Pension Corporation and has been in the role since December 2008.

Laura is recognized as a high-performing senior executive who brings a fresh leadership style to her role. Her focus on, and dedication to, customer service, clear vision and strategic leadership gives her the ability to deliver results. Laura emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong relationships with staff and all key stakeholders.

Since joining the Pension Corporation, Laura’s focus has been on developing, strengthening and improving the corporation. She has paid particular attention to business processes, use of technology and building the foundational elements of a high performing organization to ensure the Pension Corporation continues to provide service excellence to plan boards and plan members.  Above all Laura is reshaping the culture at the Pension Corporation to set the foundation needed to bring the strategic plan to life.

Laura has spearheaded the creation of a new strategic plan for the Pension Corporation called 12|21 Our Way Forward. This nine-year strategy is an ambitious plan for business transformation that ensures the Pension Corporation will meet the changing needs and expectations of plan members, employers, trustees and staff.

In 2011 Laura was named to Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 list and in 2010 was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and the Financial Post. Laura is an active volunteer mentor for other women leaders and emerging leaders who look to Laura for guidance and direction on their leadership style and career development.

Laura has participated in the excellence journey as a member of the executive team at Peel Region – an organization that achieved the Order of Excellence and she continues her commitment as BC Pension Corporation is “Going for Gold”.

Dan O’Leary
Dan O’Leary
University of Guelph
Vice President (Finance, Administration & Risk)
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After graduating from the University of New Brunswick, Don began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, Chartered Accountants. His accounting background let to senior positions with the Federal Business Development Bank in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Montreal head office. After the bank Don worked for J. D. Irving Ltd. as General Credit Manager and Real Estate Manager before changing his career focus entirely to the public sector, where he took on the challenging role of Director of Economic Development for his hometown of Saint John New Brunswick.

Don moved to Oshawa in 1992 to take the position of Commissioner of Corporate Services. In 2004 Don moved to Trent University as Vice President, Administration where he worked until being brought on board to University of Guelph as Vice‐President, Finance, Administration and Risk in 2011.

Don participates actively in the CSAO (Council of Senior Administrative Officers) and an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities. Don has served as a past Chair of the Board of Directors of C.U.R.I.E. (Canadian University Reciprocal Insurance Exchange), Chair of the Investment Committee, Chair of C.S.A.O. for Ontario Universities and is a Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) Board member.

Daniel O’Rourke
Daniel O’Rourke
Ceridian Canada
Vice President, Business Excellence
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As Vice President, Business Excellence for Ceridian HCM, Daniel O’Rourke is responsible for leading or enabling strategic, as well as functional area initiatives and continuous improvements, across Ceridian's business lines for both internal and external stakeholders.

This role offers a unique perspective on the entire Ceridian operations and customer base. As such, it has resulted in a number of successful initiatives and programs to streamline, simplify and continually optimize the linkages between operational, employee, and customer experience.

With more than 20 years experience in leading and developing operations, as well as integrating Lean organizational change within multiple industries, Daniel joined Ceridian in 2009 after spending the majority of his career in the manufacturing sector in senior operations leadership roles.

Daniel holds an MBA from Athabasca University, and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and senior member of the American Society for Quality. 

Antoine Pappalardo
Antoine Pappalardo
Trans Capital Air Ltd./Ltée
President
Richard Perri
Richard Perri
Ricoh Canada
Chief Financial Officer
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Richard currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Ricoh Canada, with over fifteen years of experience in the office technology industry. Having joined Ricoh in 2011, Richard is a key member of the Ricoh Executive Management team, overseeing critical business functions in addition to his financial responsibilities including Operations, IT, Strategic Planning, Business Transformation and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Most recently, Richard was responsible for the Services business, including strategy development and execution of the growth strategy. The Services business represents an exciting new growth area as Ricoh extends into the information mobility market. Over his career, Richard has partnered with the business to help manage all facets of the business and has a proven track record of helping organizations transform to respond to changing market demands.

Prior to joining Ricoh, Richard served as the Vice President of Finance for Pitney Bowes Canada, responsible for a portfolio of Finance, Operations and Business groups.

Richard is a Chartered Professional Accountant, having obtained his designation in 2000, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Avanti Systems and is an active member of the CEO Global Network.

David Rennie
David Rennie
Regional Municipality of York
Executive Director, Strategies & Initiatives, Office of the CAO
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David Rennie is a senior management executive with 27 years of public service experience in the municipal government and not-for-profit sectors. In his current role as Executive Director, Strategies & Initiatives in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer at The Regional Municipality of York, David is responsible for bringing innovative and responsive approaches to work that includes strategic planning, emergency management, customer service, continuous improvement, business planning and administration, and a range of CAO directed projects.

Prior to assuming his current role, David spent over two decades in human services positions, including General Manager of Social Services in the Community and Health Services Department of York Region. During that time David had the opportunity to contribute on the board of the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association where he served a term as president.

David holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and completed a graduate certificate in Municipal Public Sector Management with the York University Schulich School of Business.

Gary Seveny - Past Chairman, Excellence Canada/CAE
Gary Seveny - Past Chairman, Excellence Canada/CAE
Odawa Group Inc.
Director & Founder
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Gary Seveny has been active in the governance of Excellence Canada for several years and served as Chair of Excellence Canada from 2011 to 2016.

Prior to retiring from a career that spanned 35 years, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of two financial institutions, Alterna Bank of Canada and Alterna Savings and Credit Union, both headquartered in Ottawa with operations in west Quebec and throughout Ontario.

Mr Seveny has been a recognized leader in the financial industry, being instrumental in achieving legislative change at both the provincial and federal levels.  He has been an active spokesperson for industry vision and regulatory change, and has appeared before House of Commons Committees and Senate Committees.  

Gary remains active in business, he is a co-founder and a corporate director for the Odawa Group Inc. developing new approaches to creating long term funding of Infrastructure projects under a Public Private Partnership (P3) model.  The Odawa Group is currently focused on creating a new Chartered Bank in Canada that will provide debt funding of P3 Infrastructure Projects from Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments. 

Mr. Seveny has a long history of giving back to the community from a personal and business perspective, involving Alterna Bank as well as his various Boards. Currently, Mr. Seveny serves on the Boards of Olympia Financial Group and Bruyère Foundation, and is Chair of Telpay Inc., Yorkville Asset Management, and Excellence Canada.

Shirlee Sharkey - Chair, Excellence Canada/CAE
Shirlee Sharkey - Chair, Excellence Canada/CAE
Saint Elizabeth
President & CEO
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Shirlee Sharkey is both a pioneer and a futurist.  It’s this kind of multi-directional thinking that has made her and Saint Elizabeth leaders in the Canadian health care realm. Through her leadership, the organization has enjoyed exponential growth as well as expansion throughout Canada, the United States and beyond. Nationally celebrated and locally cherished, Saint Elizabeth’s staff of 8,000 spreads hope and happiness through people-powered care, delivering 18,000 visits daily. As Canada’s largest social enterprise, and a successful not-for-profit organization, Saint Elizabeth works collaboratively to tackle tough problems, catalyze new solutions and deliver impact. Recognized for its dedication and commitment to quality and service, Saint Elizabeth was awarded the Order of Excellence, their highest commendation available, by Excellence Canada in 2015.

Shirlee’s personal commitment to community advancement is evident in her leadership and involvement on many boards, ranging from health to education. Shirlee is a sought-after speaker and a frequent contributor to Canada’s premier national newspaper, the Globe and Mail.  Internationally recognized, Shirlee is a respected and influential leader in the global innovation community.  

Andy Taylor
Andy Taylor
City of Markham
Chief Administrative Officer
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Andy Taylor is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Markham reporting to the Mayor and Council.  He leads the Corporation with his Executive Leadership Team consisting of the Commissioners of Corporate Services, Development Services and Community & Fire Services.  Also reporting directly to him are the Director of Human Resources and the Town Solicitor.

Markham, known as the High-Tech capital of Canada, is a municipality of more than 330,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto Area.  Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and is home to many of Canada’s leading life science and technology businesses. Recipient of a 2010 Canada Award for Excellence – Silver for outstanding achievements in quality, customer service, and a healthy workplace, Markham is renowned for its rich heritage, vibrant neighbourhoods and leadership on the environment and urban design.

Andy is an Excellence Canada champion, sits on the Board of Governors of Excellence Canada and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Markham Board of Trade and the New Unionville Home Society Board of Directors.  He is the President of Markham Enterprises Corporation and the Treasurer of Markham District Energy Inc.  Markham was the first large municipality in North America to use the Internet in a binding election in 2003 and continued its use for all subsequent elections.  Andy has been instrumental in introducing numerous e-government solutions to Markham including the launch of the Markham Portal Website in June 2011.

Andy holds a wealth of experience in both the public and private sector.  Prior to joining the Town in 1992, he worked 10 years in the private sector in senior positions.  Andy obtained his Chartered Accountant (C.A.) designation with Deloitte Chartered Accountants, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.

David Thompson
David Thompson
Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA) – National Defence
CEO
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David Thompson joined the Public Service of Canada in 2005 in the Comptroller division of the Canadian Forces Housing Agency (CFHA) – National Defence. David worked in the Comptroller division for several years before deploying to the Infrastructure and Technical Services division, where he held several positions. He was promoted to the Regional Manager, Central in 2011, where he managed six offices across Ontario that delivered housing services to military members and their families. In 2014, David joined the Department of Justice, as the Director, Business Management, for the Public Safety, Defence, and Immigration portfolio, where he supported the Assistant Deputy Attorney General in the provision of legal services to nine client departments as well as to the Department of Justice War Crimes Unit. In 2015, David was called back to the Department of National Defence where he was provided with an opportunity to deploy as General Manager, Housing Operations, leading 27 site offices in the delivery of the largest investment program in CFHA history. David is currently the CEO, CFHA, where he finds the role extremely rewarding of leading contributions towards improving the quality of life of Canadian Armed Forces members and their families.

David is an avid learner of all new things (no matter what the field) that he can apply in the workplace. He completed the Smith School of Business Executive Program (Queen's). He holds the designation of Professional in Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCIP), a Master of Infrastructure Protection and International Security (Carleton), a Master of Arts., Defence Management and Policy (RMC), and a Bachelor of Arts., Economics Honours (Carleton).

Dr. Marilyn Thompson
Dr. Marilyn Thompson
University of Waterloo
Associate Provost, Human Resources
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Dr. Marilyn Thompson oversees the administration and long-term planning of all human resources, organizational and human development, and total compensation activities and programs across the University. She provides vision for university-wide initiatives and human resources leadership in service to Waterloo's mission. A senior executive officer of the University, Dr. Thompson plays a key role in strategic planning and decisions affecting the employees of the university.

Before joining UWaterloo, Dr. Thompson was Vice President of the Eastern Regional Health Authority (NL) and Policy Director within Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has extensive executive and senior leadership experience in healthcare, government, education, and various business sectors. She has worked with many voluntary sector, community, professional and business companies and associations providing education, human resources and evaluation expertise. Marilyn holds a BN (MUN), MEd (Toronto) and PhD (Toronto).

Dr. Thompson was President of the St. John’s Board of Trade (2005) and the Newfoundland/Labrador Chambers of Commerce (2001-2004); and Chair of the Ireland Business Partnerships (2002-2004), an organization fostering government, business, and cultural linkages between Newfoundland/Labrador and the Republic of Ireland. She was named to the Strategic Partnership Initiative as a business leader, a forum to build consensus among business, labour and government on the major issues impacting the economy of Newfoundland/Labrador. She was instrumental in establishing a private sector angel investment partnership with the Greater Washington Initiative (DC) to increase trade and export opportunities between the two regions and is a founding member of the ocean biotechnology park collaboration with the Dublin, Galway and Waterford (Ireland) Chambers of Commerce to create a public-private partnership that would commercialize marine biotechnology products. She has been honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her contribution to Canada and the communities of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Christine van Staden
Christine van Staden
Great-West Life
Regional Vice-President, Group Customer,
Toronto Consultant Office
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Christine joined Great-West Life in 2015 as Vice-President, National Accounts, responsible for leading the National Accounts team in selling and retaining Group Retirement and Savings business in the large case segment through the consultant channel. Most recently, Christine was appointed as the Regional Vice-President, Toronto Consultant Office. She is now responsible for overall leadership and direction of the sales and service organization for Great-West Life's Group Retirement Services and Group Benefits Services in Toronto. She serves on the Senior Leadership Team, Group Customer, Business Development which is responsible for the strategic direction of the business.

Christine's leadership skills were built over 27 years of experience in the pension and benefits industry, both in the U.S. and Canada. Her background includes senior leadership roles as Regional Vice-President, Group Savings and Retirement at Standard Life, National Director Business Development and Market Leader at Mercer, National Practice Leader in both the U.S. and Canada at Hewitt Associates and Benefits Consultant for the Executive Defined Contribution plans at Kimberly-Clark in the U.S.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Business Management from the University of Tennessee and has completed her Pension Law Certification with Osgoode Hall. Christine also serves as the Vice-Chair for the CPBI Ontario Regional Council (Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute) and is actively involved with ACPM (Association for Canadian Pension Management).

John Wilson
John Wilson
CEO Global Network
Founder and CEO
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After receiving an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Western University), John began a career with Ultramar Canada where he worked for 18 years, initially as VP of Sales and Marketing, and then as CEO of Ultramar Ontario Ltd., before moving to California to run a billion-dollar business as part of the Ultramar team in the United States. In 1993, soon after a company in the United Kingdom bought Ultramar, John started his own business that developed a network of fleet fueling sites across the southwestern United States. John and his partners built the business up from zero into a multimillion-dollar company before selling it in 1998.

Following the sale, John moved his family back to Toronto and became involved with CEO mentoring. John has since coached hundreds of high-performing CEOs and entrepreneurs to greater success and is the founder and CEO of CEO Global Network, a CEO and senior executive peer group organization that creates opportunities for learning and development through monthly group meetings, targeted one-to-one mentoring, and focused learning events. John is driven by his belief that it is people that form the heart and soul of any organization and is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of CEO Global Network: “To significantly improve the success and lives of CEOs and executives, their families, and their companies.”

John is also the author of the acclaimed business bookGREAT CEOs and How They Are Made and an accomplished and sought-after speaker on the topics of Leading Fast Growth and The Seven Imperatives of Great CEOs

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