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RAHUL BHARDWAJ

As President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of more than 15,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits.

 

Mr. Bhardwaj currently serves on the board of the Rideau Hall Foundation, supporting the office of the Governor General of Canada as it connects, inspires and honours Canadians; the Executive Committee of the Global Network of Director Institutes; and the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School.

 

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.  Other past board commitments include founding board member of Metrolinx and Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Chair of Community Foundations of Canada, Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way of Toronto, among others.

 

Mr. Bhardwaj began his career as a corporate lawyer at Meighen, Demers, Barristers & Solicitors, now part of Norton Rose Fulbright. He subsequently served as a Vice-President for Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid, and then for nine years as President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, where he focused on engaging philanthropy to improve the quality of life in 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 named to 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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ANDY CHISHOLM

Andy is a member of the board of directors of the Royal Bank of Canada. He spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs & Co, in New York. Mr. Chisholm served as head and co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group, in London and New York, and globally as senior strategy officer of the firm. He also served as co-chair of the Firmwide Commitments Committee, primarily overseeing the firm’s equity underwriting activities. He serves as the chair of the advisory board of the Ivey Business School; a board member of Evergreen Brick Works, in Toronto; and he sits on the advisory board of ArcTern Ventures, an early-stage clean-technology venture-capital firm. Andy was a member of the Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance.

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SEAN CLEARY

Dr. Sean Cleary is the BMO Professor of Finance, Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. He is the Executive Director of the newly-established Institute for Sustainable Finance based at Smith, as well as the founder and Director of the Master of Finance program. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Toronto, an MBA, and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation. He is a CFA charter holder, is a current member of the CFA Society Toronto Advisory Council, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Toronto CFA Society and the Atlantic Canada CFA Society (where he served as President).

 

Dr. Cleary has authored 14 finance textbooks and has published more than 30 research articles, including several in top tier finance journals. His publications have been cited over 3,400 times and he has received several major research grants. His most recent research and educational interests focus on the field of sustainable finance. He is an Associate Editor for two finance journals and frequently serves as a reviewer for many of the top finance journals. Dr. Cleary regularly serves as an expert witness on cost of capital and capital markets.

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HOLLY COOPER

Holly Cooper is a First Nations professional and has worked in the Indigenous community for over 25 years. Her experience includes over two decades dedicated to advancing Indigenous economic participation in Canada.

 

Holly brings a unique perspective to her engagements. She has practical work experience of advancing Indigenous economic inclusion at the corporate level and also worked in the not for profit sector advancing the message of inclusion to public and private companies across Canada.

 

Holly is Director, Indigenous Relations for ATB Financial and leads the development of the Indigenous Relations Strategy. In one of her previous roles, she travelled across Canada promoting Indigenous inclusion to companies in a variety of sectors. This national exposure provided her with a unique perspective on the inclusion needs of public and private organizations.

 

Holly is one of the top connected Indigenous leaders in Canada and her knowledge of the national, provincial and regional programs for Indigenous people across the country is exceptional.

 

Her past volunteer experience includes: Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Professional Network in Ottawa; board member roles with: Public Sector Aboriginal Business Association, Aboriginal Human Resource Council and Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation.

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MARGARET GUNAWAN

Margaret Gunawan, Managing Director, is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for BlackRock’s Canadian business. BlackRock is a global investment management and technology solutions firm that, as of December 31, 2019, manages over US$7.43 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide.

 

In her current role leading as Head of Canada L&C and Chief Compliance Officer for the Canadian business, Margaret leads a team of legal and compliance professionals in providing day-to-day advice and support on a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues and strategic projects. Margaret brings over 15 years of experience across investment management and investment funds work, including both public and private funds, securities, pension, general corporate and tax issues affecting registered firms in Canada. As a key member of the Canadian senior management team, she sits on the Canada Executive Committee.

 

Margaret earned a BA degree from the University of Western Ontario and her law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations, including The Learning Partnership.

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CHIEL HENDRIKS

Chiel has worked in a number of different roles at Google during his 15 years there. He currently works as a Trusted Advisor and Thought Leader to large global enterprises that are looking to modernize their IT and tap into the power of the Cloud, Machine Learning, Big Data and Analytics.

 

Chiel is a passionate technology advocate who has developed expertise in translating how technology can be applied to specific challenges, while benefiting all stakeholders involved.

 

Chiel was born and raised in the Netherlands and holds an International Business Degree from Maastricht University as well as a Schulich MBA. Chiel has lived in 6 different countries and currently calls Toronto home, where he lives with his wife and 2 sons.

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DAVE KELLY

Dave Kelly is an award-winning host, writer, and interviewer who creates intelligent and deeply human moments for events and keynote conversations around the world. He is the host of Dave Kelly Live – Canada’s own talk variety show, currently in its 5th season. He has led conversations with business and political leaders across North America and beyond, from Stanford School of Business in California to Amman, Jordan and everywhere in between. Last year Ellen Degeneres selected Dave as the moderator and interviewer for her multi-city tour across Canada, and he recently hosted a conversation with President Barack Obama in Calgary and sat down for a conversation with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Montreal. This year Dave sat down with Ellen for another hour long conversation at the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Miami as part of Super Bowl Weekend. Dave is the co- founder of Kelly Brothers Productions, an award-winning video and entertainment company.

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WINNIE LEUNG

As Chief Financial Officer, Winnie Leung is responsible for the overall financial strategy, reporting and Treasury operations of Moneris including making investment and borrowing decisions, providing financial analysis to support business goals, and assessing acquisition targets.

 

Winnie is a strategic, results-oriented leader with over 20 years of experience. Over the course of her career, she has led the development for improved reporting, corporate governance, operations, administration, and internal controls.

 

Prior to Moneris, Winnie was a KPMG Audit Partner, servicing the technology sector. Winnie worked closely with both public and early-stage companies to help build and manage their businesses.

 

Winnie graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A. in Accountancy Studies and a Masters of Accounting. She holds the Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant designation from the Province of Ontario and Certified Public Accountant designation from the State of Illinois. Winnie also founded the Inclusive Workplace Council and the Executive Sponsor of Wellness@Moneris.

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COLIN MOONEY

Colin Mooney is the Chief Digital Officer for Robert Half. Born in Ireland, Colin has a broad background in banking, venture capital, technology startups, and business transformation.

 

Before coming to Robert Half, Colin consulted with Amazon, Starbucks, Intel, Nike, T-Mobile, Toyota, Whole Foods, Walmart, Paramount Studios and many more in his role as an Innovation Director with Salesforce. He now lives in Seattle with his wife Katie and 2 daughters.

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FRED PYE

Fred kick-started his career as a precious metal and foreign exchange trader at Guardian Trust. In 1986, they were the first to list gold, silver, and platinum certificates on the Montreal Stock Exchange. Fred later joined Fidelity Investments, where he was part of a team that saw its assets rise from $85 million to over $7.5 billion. Through the launch of creative and exotic investment products, Fred started his own firm, which worked diligently with Canadian regulatory bodies to establish the first mutual fund in Canada that was allowed to take short positions. Finally, as founder and CEO of 3iQ, he and his team worked cooperatively with the Ontario Securities Commission for the last 2.5 years to launch the first regulated Bitcoin fund in North America. In a landmark victory, 3iQ was given the green light by the regulator to file a prospectus and apply to list “The Bitcoin Fund” on a Canadian stock exchange.

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STEVE SADDLEBACK

Steve Saddleback, Director of the National Energy Business Centre of Excellence (NEBCE) at the Indian Resource Council of Canada (IRC).  A member of Treaty 6 from the Samson Cree Nation located in Maskwacis, AB. Mr. Saddleback has worked for a number of national and international organizations in Finance, Real Estate investment, Banking, Economic Development, Fiscal Relations and was a co-owner of an Oil and Gas lease construction company in Northeastern British Columbia. Steve volunteers his time on numerous boards including the Indigenous Opportunities Committee at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, SADLBAK Trucking, Samson Cree Nation – Nipishkopahk Wellness and Social Development Committee, Nipisihkopahk Miyomacihowyn Society, Co-Chair of the program advisory committee and board member for the ReDeveLop initiative – University of Calgary, is the President of the Circle for Aboriginal Relations Society and a Fellow of the Energy Futures Lab. Steve is adamant on working towards meaningful involvement of Indigenous Peoples in all areas of the economy with a focus on the Energy sector.

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KARL SCHAMOTTA

Karl leads Cambridge’s currency research group, focused on analyzing shifts in the world economy and creating strategies that help businesses harness market volatility. He has built risk management and trading programmes for hundreds of major corporations, and is a regular contributor to a number of international finance publications. He regularly appears in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, BNN, CNN and CNBC. You can follow him at @vsualst on Twitter.

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PAMELA STEER

Pamela Steer is the Chief Financial Officer at Payments Canada. As a member of the executive management team, Pamela has overall responsibility for overseeing the financial and corporate planning functions of the organization.

 

Pamela joined Payments Canada from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), one of the largest insurance organizations in North America, where she was the CFO and Head of Finance and Employer Services.

 

Pamela is also past chair of the CFA Society Toronto, a member of the City of Toronto’s Investment Board and sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance. In addition, she was appointed to the global advisory council for the Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) under The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, and is a founding member of the Canadian chapter of the A4S CFO Leadership Network.

 

Pamela holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo, is a CPA Fellow, is accredited as a Chartered Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator designations. In 2019, Pamela was awarded Canada’s CFO of the Year.

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KEITH STEEVES

Mr. Steeves is Chief Financial Officer of NAL Resources, a private oil and gas company.  NAL Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation.  Prior to May of 2012, Mr. Steeves was also the Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer for NAL Energy Corporation, a public company.  This company was sold for $1.9 billion in May of 2012 to Pengrowth Energy Corp.

 

Mr. Steeves has a broad set of functional skills which includes audit, finance, restructuring distressed assets, strategy and information technology coupled with a deep set of leadership skills that has allowed him to be successful over a broad range of industries, domestically, internationally and in public and private settings.

 

His corporate career has spanned rolls in the following key companies;

Gulf Canada Resources, Irving Oil, Launchworks, and 180 Connect.  He has held a number of rolls in each of the companies which includes; Chief Financial Officer, VP Finance, Chief Restructuring Officer, and Director Information Management.

 

Mr. Steeves has also served as a Director on a number of Boards both public and private over his career.

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CRAIG STEWART

Craig Stewart leads national work on disaster resilience and climate change at the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) – the industry association representing the property and casualty insurance industry in Canada. IBC’s members employ over 122,000 Canadians and paid out $9.8 billion in property claims in 2016, primarily due to severe weather and wildfire.

 

Previous to his work with IBC, Craig directed the Ottawa Bureau and Arctic program for WWF Canada, handled pandemic liaison, trade liaison and humanitarian donations for GlaxoSmithKline (Canada) Ltd., directed a $60 million federal/provincial/territorial program at Natural Resources Canada to elevate the Canadian geospatial industry and founded the Miistakis Institute at the University of Calgary.

 

Craig holds a master of science from the University of Calgary, and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Toronto. He is the author of two atlases on the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, British Columbia and Montana.

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MAC VAN WIELINGEN

Mac is a Founder, Director (1989 – 2018), and Partner (Present) of ARC Financial Corp, the largest private equity investment management company in Canada, and a Founder and former Chair (1996 – 2016) of ARC Resources Ltd., a leading Canadian oil and gas company. He joined the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) as an original director in 2007 and was the Chair of the Board from 2014-2017. Mac is a co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership (CCAL), and the Vice Chair and founding member of the Business Council of Alberta (BCA). Mac is also Founder and Chairman of Viewpoint Group, a private group of companies which includes investment management, research, and philanthropic activities.

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GREG WOLFOND

Greg is the founder of SecureKey and brings more than 30 years of experience in fintech, security and mobile solutions to his role as Chief Executive Officer.

 

Greg is a serial entrepreneur whose earlier ventures include Footprint Software Inc., a financial software company he sold to IBM, and 724 Solutions Inc., a wireless infrastructure software provider he took public. He sits on several boards and has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Entrepreneur of the Year and one of the 100 Top Leaders in Identity.

 

Greg maintain a high-profile media presence and is frequently interviewed on digital economy, technology and data privacy.

 

Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Life Sciences from the University of Toronto.

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DAVID YAGER

David Yager is semi-retired oil service executive and entrepreneur. Since 1970 he has worked in multiple oil service sector segments and from 1987 to 2012 was a founder, senior office and director of three successful publicly traded oil service companies.

 

Through Yager Management Ltd., he currently consults as an executive finance and management advisor to oil service companies as well as presenting upstream oil and gas industry overviews and trends to companies, boards, industry associations and other organizations. He was National Leader Oil Services for MNP LLP from 2012 to 2016. He is current acting CEO of a wellbore methane mitigation technology company.

 

David Yager has been active in business journalism and energy policy analysis since 1979. He has authored numerous energy policy position papers for oil service trade association. He is regular commentator about the industry in newspapers, magazines, TV and radio.

 

David Yager’s first book – “From Miracle to Menace – Alberta, A Carbon Story” – was released in April of 2019. The book analyzes how climate change, carbon politics and global energy demand have impacted the province and the future of Alberta’s – and Canada’s – most important resource industry.