Board of Directors

Lorraine Mitchelmore PortraitLorraine Mitchelmore - Conference Chair
Lorraine Mitchelmore Portrait
Lorraine Mitchelmore
Conference Chair

President and Canada Country Chair, Shell Canada Limited


Lorraine Mitchelmore is President and Country Chair of Shell Canada and Executive Vice President Heavy Oil. She is Chair of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Ms. Mitchelmore has over 25 years of experience with 12 years spent overseas in Australia and England, where she worked in various exploration and production roles spanning geographies from Australia, North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Africa and the Middle East.

Ms. Mitchelmore worked with Petro Canada, Chevron, and BHP Petroleum before joining Shell in 2002. Since then she has held various senior management positions prior to her appointment as President and Canada Country Chair in 2009.

Ms. Mitchelmore holds a BSc in Geophysics from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a MSc in Geophysics from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a MBA from Kingston Business School in London, England.

Ms. Mitchelmore is a Board Member of the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a member of the Catalyst Canada Board of Advisors.

Ms. Mitchelmore was born and raised in Green Island Cove, NL. She was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference – and is the first Conference alumna to chair the GGCLC.

Lorraine Mitchelmore on Leadership

Barbara Byers PortraitBarbara Byers
Barbara Byers Portrait
Barbara Byers

Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress


Everything you need to know about Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers can be summed up in just two words: “Prairie populist”.

From her early years as a social worker to heading first the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union and then the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) before being elected as a CLC Executive Vice-President, Barb’s life has been spent fighting for the underdog. Barb was elected Secretary Treasurer of the CLC in 2014.

Barb was a social worker for 17 years, addressing issues of poverty, youth unemployment, aboriginal concerns, equality for all and labour rights. Those strong beliefs turned her towards political activism within her union.

Barb led her union through four turbulent years, opposing privatization, the weakening of labour laws for both unionized and non-unionized workers, reductions in social services and attacks on the public sector.

Barb’s inspired leadership led to her being elected President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour in 1988 for the first of 14.

Moving from the SFL to the Canadian Labour Congress in 2002, Barb is responsible for labour education; medicare and health care; workplace training and technology; employment insurance; apprenticeships; and issues of concern to women workers, workers with disabilities and gay, bi-sexual, lesbian and transgender workers.

She also represents Canada as one of 14 worker delegates on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization, the United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.

Barb’s strong community roots led her to become founder of the SFL Summer Camp for Youth in Saskatchewan and co-founder of the Prairie School for Union Women.

Sophie-Emmanuelle Chebin PortraitSophie-Emmanuelle Chebin
Sophie-Emmanuelle Chebin Portrait
Sophie-Emmanuelle Chebin

Senior Director, Consulting Services, KPMG


Sophie-Emmanuelle Chebin was recently appointed Senior Director Consulting Services at KPMG – Secor. As such she supports the management teams of small, medium and large enterprises in the development and implementation of their organic growth strategies and by acquisition (purchase and sale of business, finance and integration).

Ms. Chebin was previously Senior Counsel at CN Rail and served as principal and strategic advisor to the Chief Legal Officer on matters of broad and specific interest to CN as well as corporate governance matters. Her responsibilities also include government affairs with Quebec stakeholders.

Ms. Chebin holds a civil law degree from the University of Ottawa and a DESS in Health Law and bioethics from Université Bordeaux I. In 2005, she graduated with an MBA from HEC Montreal.

Ms. Chebin was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and co-chaired the Quebec Regional Committee for the 2012 Conference.

Peter Clarkson  PortraitPeter Clarkson
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Peter Clarkson

Regional Director, Beaufort Delta and Sahtu, Government of the Northwest Territories


During the past 29 years Peter Clarkson has worked in a variety of positions in the Northwest Territories. From a field biologist studying grizzly bears and wolves, to supervising staff managing renewable resources.

In November 2006 Mr. Clarkson accepted the position of Regional Director for the Beaufort Delta and Sahtu Regions. This position is with the Department of the Executive, Government of the Northwest Territories, and is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of inter-departmental initiatives.

Prior to this position, Mr. Clarkson was the Mayor of Inuvik from November 2000 to November 2006. While Mayor, his main focus was on improving community infrastructure and making Inuvik a great place to live and visit.

When not working, Mr. Clarkson enjoys the outdoors and community life. Spending time on the land with his family and friends helps keep the balance needed for an enjoyable life.

Mr. Clarkson was a member of the 2000 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and Chaired the Northwest Territories Regional Committee in 2012.

Robin Fairchild Clennell  PortraitRobin Fairchild Clennell
Robin Fairchild Clennell  Portrait
Robin Fairchild Clennell

National Representative, Unifor


Since completing her studies in political science and public administration, Robin Fairchild Clennell has served the labour movement as a researcher, organizer and educator. She currently holds a position as a National Representative for the Education Department of Unifor (formerly CAW Canada). Her current position provides her with the opportunity and privilege to work with union members from across Canada who are strengthening their capacity as workplace representatives and activists. Prior to this, Ms. Fairchild Clennell worked with several other unions to assist workers across Canada in their efforts to gain a voice in their workplace and change unfair working conditions.

As a child, Ms. Fairchild Clennell’s favourite sentence was “that’s not fair!” and fittingly, she has spent much of her life committed to making the world a fairer place. Her volunteer work spans from working with organizations that work to end poverty, violence against women and the exploitation of workers.

When she has spare time, Ms. Fairchild Clennell loves to hike, enjoy the visual arts, practice yoga, take improv theatre lessons and enjoy time with friends.

Ms. Fairchild Clennell lives in Toronto.

Luciano D'Iorio PortraitLuciano D'Iorio
Luciano D'Iorio Portrait
Luciano D'Iorio

President, Terramont Real Estate Services


Luciano D’Iorio is President of Terramont Real Estate Services in Montreal. He oversees the operations of the commercial real estate brokerage firm as well as being a successful broker. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999.

A former English Montreal School Board (EMSB) commissioner from 2003 to 2007, Mr. D’Iorio continues his long standing commitment to the community through his involvement as a board member of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, where he co-founded the Tiny Survivors fundraiser for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. He also serves on the boards of the McGill Alumni Association, the Caisse Populaire Desjardins St-Victor and The Forum for Young Canadians.

Mr. D’Iorio co-chaired the Quebec Regional Committee for the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and is an alumnus of the 2008 Conference.

Mr. D’Iorio’s other passion is his family. He is married to Rosalia and they have two young boys, Valerio and Laurence.

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Hassan Yussuff

President, Canadian Labour Congress


Hassan Yussuff is President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). He has come from the factory floor of automotive manufacturing plants to the highest position in the country’s labour movement.

Hassan has a long history of remarkable achievements, becoming the CLC’s first person of colour elected to an executive position in 1999 as Executive Vice-President. He was then elected to the first of his four terms as Secretary-Treasurer in 2002, and elected President in May 2014.

As CLC President, Mr. Yussuff holds key positions with a number of organizations, including the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (known by its Spanish-language acronym, COSATE), the trade union advisory committee of the Organization of American States (OAS) and has been a Governor of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

Mr. Yussuff has also been a highly active union leader in the international arena, leading to his recent election as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) for a four-year term.

He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on the International Labour Affairs known as ACILA, which advises Canada’s Minister of Labour on international labour matters.

Mr. Yussuff complements his labour roles with deep community involvement, including being active with the United Way, where he has served on the National Board of Directors, and with the National Institute of Disability Management.

Keith Hildahl PortraitKeith Hildahl
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Keith Hildahl

Chief Executive Officer, Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre


Keith Hildahl is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a particular interest in cross-cultural medicine. He has a diverse leadership experience including his current positions as Chief Executive Officer of the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre – Manitoba’s largest mental health service provider for children, youth and families. He also serves as Medical Director of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program.

Dr. Hildahl has been active in committees and Boards at the local, provincial, and federal level, both in Health Care and in the Arts. He is currently the Board Chair of the Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation.

Dr. Hildahl has been providing psychiatric care in Inuit communities in Canada’s Arctic since 1985, and has an interest in Inuit Culture and Inuit Art.

Dr. Hildahl was a member of the 1995 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and chaired the Manitoba Regional Committee in 2004 and 2008.

John A. Macintyre PortraitJohn A. Macintyre
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John A. Macintyre, B.A., C.Dir. H.R.C.C.C.

Principal, Cresa


John Macintyre is a seasoned executive leader with extensive public and private sector experience in the government, real estate and development sectors.

John had an outstanding 35 year career highlighted by Executive Leadership roles as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Residential Projects, for BUILD TORONTO, Vice President of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation, Acting CEO of Invest Toronto and Director of Parks, Forestry and Recreation for the City of Toronto.

He is very active in the Toronto community serving as a Director for the Toronto Blue Jays Charitable Foundation, Cabinet Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a Board Director for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He is also former Chair of the Humber Arboretum Board of Management and former Chair of Parks and Recreation Ontario.

Mr. Macintyre is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and served as the Toronto Chair for 2008 and the Ontario Chair for the 2012 Conference.

Mr. Macintyre is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a graduate of the Directors College with a Chartered Director (C.DIR) Designation and the Human Resources Compensation Committee Certification (H.R.C.C.C.) from McMaster University.

Ed J. McHugh PortraitEd J. McHugh
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Ed J. McHugh

Department Head, School of Business, Nova Scotia Community College


A native of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL., Ed McHugh was educated at the Ivey School Of Business (MBA), St. FX University (BA – Political Science) and St. Michael’s High School where he was Class President and Valedictorian at all three institutions.

Mr. McHugh is currently a Business faculty member at the Nova Scotia Community College after serving as Academic Chair for a number of years. He teaches part-time at Mount St. Vincent, Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities. He has been recognized in MACLEAN’S magazine for his teaching success and has been nominated for many teaching awards. He was twice awarded Commerce Professor of the Year and MBA Professor of the Year at Saint Mary’s.

Prior to switching to education, Mr. McHugh worked in corporate marketing and public relations. He held increasingly senior positions with Corporate Communications Limited (now Colour), Maritime Life, Continental Communications (Shandwick) and the Information Technology Institute (ITI). He has also worked in print and broadcast media.

Mr. McHugh has been a weekly columnist for many newspapers through the years. He has been a guest speaker and judge at numerous events and is regularly interviewed by the media on emerging business issues.

Mr. McHugh was a member of the 1991 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and chaired the Nova Scotia Regional Committee for the Conference in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and the Planning Committee in 1995.

Besides the GGCLC, Mr. McHugh has been the chair of a number of organizations such as Special Olympics Nova Scotia, the Community Justice Society, the St. FX Alumni Association, Basketball NS and Halifax Minor Basketball. He has served on numerous other boards including the Alzheimer Society of NS, St. FX University’s Board of Governors and the Alumni Board of Directors.

Mr. McHugh lives in Bedford, NS with his wife Shelly – a nurse who specializes in care for premature infants. They have two children – Kate and Colin who live in Halifax. All four family members are graduates of St. FX University.

Cory Royal PortraitCory Royal
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Cory Royal

Vice President of Marketing, Guardian Protective Clothing.


Cory has an eclectic mix of community involvement and professional development.

Cory attended the 1991 Conference and has since served as Alberta Chair, Co-Chair, Program Chair, Membership Chair and Organizing Committee Member for the last six conferences, including the 1998 Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference. She currently sits on the Conference Board of Directors.

Cory has been active in the community since first volunteering for the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary. During her four-board term with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, she spent one day working while confined to a wheel chair.

As Chair of the Calgary Grey Cup Committee for five years, she has ridden horses into numerous downtown hotels, and as a committee member of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, she has flipped her share of complimentary pancakes, all topped with a smile.

Cory’s work career began in the banking sector with Scotiabank in Ottawa and later for Telesat Canada. She became involved in the oil and gas industry after her transfer to Calgary and currently works as VP Marketing for privately-run Guardian Protective Clothing. She continues to enjoy tennis and golf and is very happy that all three of her boys have carried on the family passion for volleyball.

Danièle Sauvageau PortraitDanièle Sauvageau
Danièle Sauvageau Portrait
Danièle Sauvageau

Speaker and mentor – Athletic and executive coaching


Danièle Sauvageau’s passion, instinct and leadership were instrumental in the historic win by the Canadian women’s hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. As general manager and coach, she transformed a fear of losing into an absolute desire for victory, a radical turnaround that enabled her players to achieve their Olympic dream.

Ms. Sauvageau has taken part in seven Olympic Games, as women’s hockey coach, general manager and coaching consultant. She played a key role in her teams’ wins in seven consecutive world championships, and in the silver medal they won at the Nagano Olympics.

For 24 years, Ms. Sauvageau has served with the RCMP and Montreal’s police department, including the narcotics division. She currently works as an advisor to the strategic development department of the Montreal police.

After completing a degree in social work, Ms. Sauvageau graduated from the RCMP academy. She obtained a master’s certificate in coaching from the National Coaching Certification Program and a management certificate from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales.

Ms. Sauvageau was a Study Group Chair for the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2013.

Allen Soltan PortraitAllen Soltan
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Allen Soltan

Senior Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP


Allen Soltan was a Study Group Chair of the 1987 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, leading a study tour through southwestern Quebec. In 2003, he was appointed BC Regional Chair of the Conference, and in 2004, joined the Conference Board of Directors. He has continued to serve as a director since that time.

Mr. Soltan is a Partner of the global law firm DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. With three decades of experience, he is the Head of the Firm’s Vancouver Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, with an extensive practice in regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and dispute resolution. Mr. Soltan is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Sauder School of Business.

Mr. Soltan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and also holds an LL.B. from UBC and an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York.

Sean Wiltshire PortraitSean Wiltshire
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Sean Wiltshire

Chief Executive Officer, Avalon Employment Inc.


Hailing from Newfoundland and Labrador (an environment as engaging and gregarious as his personality), Sean Wiltshire has been working in Community and Economic Development for over 20 years. From the tender age of 9 (when he organized his first petition for a sports day in his neighborhood), Mr. Wiltshire has made making a difference in his community his life focus.

For the last 20 years Mr. Wiltshire has been the Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Employment Inc. (AEI), an employment agency for individuals with intellectual disabilities, assisting his clients in finding over 65,000 hours of paid employment each year. From Mr. Wiltshire’s humble start as a summer student, AEI has now developed into a major social enterprise, with nearly $4 million in annual revenue.

Mr. Wiltshire has represented community groups from across the country as a member of the National Voluntary Sector Advisory Committee for Service Canada, providing policy direction on grants and contributions and the delivery of services in the community. He is also a Board Member of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.

Mr. Wiltshire is a past President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Regional Economic Development Association and was a member of the Ministerial Committee on Regional Renewal for the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador.

In an effort to broaden his commitment to supported employment beyond his own home shores, Mr. Wiltshire was the Founding President of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, and started the National Conference on Supported Employment, currently celebrating its 18th year.

Mr. Wiltshire began a new chapter in his career several years ago when the consistent demand for his speaking talents resulted in his becoming a professional speaker, in considerable demand across the country and beyond. Mr. Wiltshire has spoken from the Czech Republic to Alaska and every province in Canada on Inclusive Communities, Community Economic and Social Development, Employment & Demographics, Corporate Diversity and the Bottom Line and Strategies for Success Making the Difference in Life and Work.

Mr. Wiltshire is an Alumnus of the 2000 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and served as the Regional Chair for Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008 and 2012.