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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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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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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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GORD NELSON

Gord is the chief financial officer (CFO) of Cineplex Entertainment. He joined the company’s predecessor, Cineplex Odeon Corporation, in 1988 and has held various successive financial roles since that time. In 2004, he was appointed CFO and continued in this role following the company’s conversion to Cineplex Entertainment in 2011. Gord oversees the finance, purchasing, communications, risk management and business development areas of the corporation, in addition to overseeing World Gaming. He is also a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

 

He graduated from the University of Toronto with an MBA and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Most recently, Gord was named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016.

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MICHAEL ROUSSEAU

Michael Rousseau was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October, 2007. In this role, he is responsible for Air Canada’s overall financial strategic direction, including all aspects of financial reporting and planning, investor relations, treasury and controller’s operations, taxation, pension administration and internal audit, as well as procurement and corporate real estate.

 

Michael brings to Air Canada extensive senior executive experience from the consumer business sector. He most recently held executive positions including those of President, and before that Executive Vice-President and CFO with Canada’s largest diversified general merchandise retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). While at HBC, he developed a comprehensive investor relations program, introduced an enhanced external and internal financial reporting process and improved the cost-effectiveness of the organization.

 

Prior to Joining HBC in 2001, he held senior executive financial positions at other large, international corporations, including Moore Corporation in Chicago, Silcorp Limited and the UCS Group (a division of Imasco Limited).

 

Michael holds a BBA degree from York University and has been a member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1983.  He was named Canada’s CFO of the Year™ for 2017 by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half.

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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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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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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.

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NADEEM VELANI

Nadeem Velani joined Canadian Pacific in March 2013 and served as Vice-President Investor Relations before becoming Chief Financial Officer in September 2016. Prior to CP, Nadeem spent 15 years at Canadian National (CN) where he worked in a variety of positions in Strategic and Financial Planning, Investor Relations, Sales and Marketing and the Office of the President and CEO.

 

As CP’s Executive Vice-President and CFO, Nadeem is a key member of the senior management team responsible for helping plan the long-term strategic direction of the company. Other responsibilities include financial planning, investor relations, reporting and accounting systems as well as pension, treasury and tax.

 

Nadeem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western University and an MBA in Finance/International Business from McGill.

 

In 2020 Nadeem was named Canada’s CFO Of The YearTM. He was also recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as a member of the All-Canada Executive Team and was ranked as the top CFO in the Capital Goods/Industrials sector.