Governor General of Canada
Mr. Johnston has served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has also served on the boards of a number of public companies. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. He was the founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and chaired the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council.
He is the author or co-author of 24 books including new editions, holds honorary doctorates from two dozen universities, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
His academic specializations include securities regulation, information technology and corporate law. Mr. Johnston holds an LL.B. from Queen’s University (1966): an LL.B. from the University of Cambridge (1965): and an AB from Harvard University (1963). While at Harvard, he was twice selected for the All-American hockey team and was named to Harvard’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the first non-American to chair Harvard’s Board of Overseers.
He was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and is married to Sharon Johnston. They have five daughters and eleven grandchildren.
Sworn in on October 1, 2010, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston is the 28th governor general since Confederation.
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President and Canada Country Chair, Shell Canada Limited
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.
Clerk of the Privy Council
She was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet from January 21, 2013 to October 5, 2014. She also held the position of Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs from November 15, 2010 to January 2013.
From July 2006 to July 2010, Ms. Charette was Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Chairperson of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission.
Prior to this, Ms. Charette served as Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Associate Deputy Minister of Health.
From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Charette joined the Privy Council Office (PCO) as Assistant Secretary to Cabinet for Priorities and Planning, and was named Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations in 2002.
Previously, she held the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy at the Department of Justice.
Ms. Charette worked in the private sector from 1996 to 1999, first as Principal in the management consulting firm of Ernst & Young, and as Director of the Transition Team for the newly formed Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Charette worked at PCO, as Coordinator of the Base Closures Task Force, and then on the Program Review exercise.
In the early portion of her career, she worked for the Department of Finance, the Office of Privatization and Regulatory Affairs, the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Ms. Charette is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. In 2008, she was national Chair for the United Way’s Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign, raising over $36 million for communities and national health charities across Canada.
Ms. Charette attended Carleton University, where she received a Bachelor of Commerce. She is married to Reg Charette, and they have two children – Jed and Cassie.
Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group
Founded in 1817, BMO is a diversified bank based in North America serving more than 12 million personal, commercial, corporate and institutional customers.
Mr. Downe is a director of ManpowerGroup and a member of their board’s Executive Compensation and Human Resources Committees. Additionally, he is on the Board of Trustees of the Rush University Medical Center, and a member of their board’s Development and Compensation and Human Resources Committees. Mr. Downe is a director of Catalyst and a member of Catalyst’s Canadian Board of Advisors; and he is a member of the board of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
Mr. Downe is the only Canadian member of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Mayor of Beijing (IBLAC), and he is a member of the International Advisory Council of Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Mr. Downe is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and Past President of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board’s Federal Advisory Council.
In the community, Mr. Downe is on the board of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, and he is a member of the Campaign Executive for The Campaign for the University of Toronto.
Mr. Downe holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. In 2003, he received the Rotman Distinguished Business Alumni Award from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.
President, Canadian Labour Congress
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.
President and CEO, GE Canada
Elyse’s GE career began in 1984 and has spanned the US, Canada and several industrial and consumer GE businesses including aviation, energy and lighting.
Elyse is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy. She actively engages in industry groups, public policy and the community by serving on the Boards of Directors for several organizations, including the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the C.D. Howe Institute, MaRS Discovery District, Conference Board of Canada and the ROM Board of Governors. She recently completed her tenure as Chair, Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Director, the Royal Ontario Museum. Elyse has served on a number of federal and provincial government advisory boards. She has been recognized as a YWCA 2012 Woman of Distinction (Business), a Top 100 Business Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network, and as Canadian Business Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Canada (2009).
Elyse holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology & Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. An active alumnus, she currently serves on the Tuck School Board of Overseers. Elyse holds an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University in Toronto and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Elyse lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
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.
Political Counseller, Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec
From 2008 to 2012, she was the FTQ Regional Representative for the Laurentides and Lanaudière regions.
From 1982 to 2008, Johanne worked in progressively more senior positions in union education. She was responsible for labour training at the FTQ Montreal Metropolitan Regional Council, overseeing labour law courses and development of union trainers. She also developed the local and regional socio-economic development curriculum.
Johanne has been a member of the Coordination Committee for Collège FTQ-Fonds and sat on the Board of Directors for l’Institut de coopération en éducation des adultes (ICÉA).
Johanne has a Masters degree in sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
Chief Executive Officer, Destination St. John’s
Ms. Duke served the province as Deputy Minister of Tourism and, prior to this, Deputy Minister of the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. During this period, Ms. Duke sat as a board member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Business Development Corporation, the Strategic Partnership Council and C-CORE.
Ms. Duke came to Government from the private sector where she served for eight years as President of Sports Villas Resort Inc., the operator of the Terra Nova Golf Resort and the Clarenville Inn.
Her previous involvement in the business community includes executive positions with Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, the Economic Recovery Commission, Coastal Associates and Consultants Limited and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Among her former board appointments are positions with the St. John’s International Airport Authority, the Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Marketing Council, Golf Newfoundland and Labrador, Golf Atlantic and the St. John’s Board of Trade.
Ms. Duke holds a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
She was a member of the 2000 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Executive Director, Stratford Festival
Ms Gaffney joined the Festival in 1991 as a Publicity Assistant, and over the past 21 years has held a variety of positions, including Director of Marketing during the theatre’s years of peak attendance. She designed the Festival’s customer relationship marketing system, which remains in use today and has been emulated by arts organizations around the world.
With a budget of $58 million, the Festival earns 92% of its revenue through ticket sales and fundraising activities, making it one of the most self-sufficient cultural organizations on the continent.
In addition to her marketing expertise, Ms Gaffney is highly regarded for her skills in government relations, finance, change management and strategic planning, honed during her years as the Festival’s Administrative Director. Her efforts to expand the reach of the Festival into the digital world include supporting the production of the films of Caesar and Cleopatra, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, overseeing the renewal of the Festival’s website, the launch of mobile applications and the expansion of the Festival’s overall digital presence.
An active member of the Stratford community, Ms Gaffney serves on the Board of the Stratford Tourism Alliance and is a committee member of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership. She is the Past Chair of the Stratford Public Library, and in 2011 she served as the campaign chair of the United Way Perth-Huron, raising $1.2 million.
In 2008 Ms Gaffney was selected to participate in the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.
Ms Gaffney has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and has continued her executive education through Harvard Business School. She resides in Stratford, Ontario, with her husband, Kevin.
Principal, Peritus Communications
Kathy’s participation in the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference reaffirmed for her the importance of stakeholder involvement in decisions impacting the broader community. Kathy has since supported GGCLC planning for the 2008 and 2012 study tours in Alberta and led the Alumni program during the 25th Anniversary of the GGCLC. From 2008 to 2012 she served on the conference Board of Directors.
The quest for discovery has taken Kathy to some 50 countries around the world. Her longstanding commitment to the community has included board membership with uend.org, AlbertaWatersmart and, currently, the advisory committee for Mount Royal University. As a member of the 2015 National Executive, Kathy will focus on alumni engagement.
President & CEO, Indspire
Under Roberta’s leadership, Indspire is flourishing. Bursary and scholarship funding has dramatically increased to over $49 million to 14,000 students, more than doubling since Roberta’s 2004 appointment.
She has extended Indspire’s career conferences to all regions of Canada. Roberta is leading the development of the Indspire Institute, an online laboratory of learning focused on increasing high school completion rates and K-12 success.
Roberta has enjoyed a distinguished career of “firsts.” She was the first First Nations woman to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and in December 2001, she was the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
Roberta was also Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario and for ten years, Ombudsman of Ontario.
She has earned numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (Law and Justice 1998), the Indigenous Bar Association’s highest award, Indigenous Peoples Council Award (IPC) and 22 honorary degrees. She has been named three times to the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 list. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited
Don is currently a Governor of the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver and is also Chair of the Campaign for B.C. Children, a capital campaign to raise $200 million to build a new acute care hospital. Most recently, he was awarded the 2009 Mining Person of the Year award from the Mining Association of British Columbia. Earlier in his career he served on the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto and was Co-Chair of the Heart Health Campaign. Don was a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet in Toronto for several years and has also served the United Way of Lower Mainland in B.C. as division chair for Natural Resources. He was Vice Chair of the Greater Toronto Scout Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee. Don is on the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum. He also served for several years on the Board of the Canada China Business Council.
In his capacity as Chair of the International Zinc Association, Don has been actively involved in launching the Zinc Saves Kids campaign, a program in partnership with UNICEF designed to address zinc deficiency which claims the lives of as many as 450,000 children annually around the world.
Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.
President, Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated
Its primary assets are a controlling stake in Clearwater Seafoods, Canada’s largest fishing company, and Columbus Communications, a provider of network services and cable tv in 21 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. Until recently it was also the majority shareholder in Ocean Nutrition Canada, the world’s largest provider of omega 3 fatty acids to the food and dietary supplement industries. All these companies were founded by Clearwater.
Mr. Risley is very active in community affairs, sitting on the Board of a number of charitable organizations. He is Chair of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and co-Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Nature Conservancy. He regularly engages in public policy debate, is Chairman of the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies, a member of the World President’s Organization, The Chief Executives Organization and is a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s President’s Program and Leadership.
He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 1997. He has received numerous awards, including Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year and a Canada Award for Business Excellence in Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club.
He lives in Chester, Nova Scotia.
President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Union
Linda’s commitment to nurses’ unions began early in her work life as a nurse. She held volunteer positions with her provincial union in New Brunswick as soon as she began her nursing career at L’Hôpital Dr. Georges-L.Dumont in Moncton. She was president of her union local three times, served on the provincial negotiating committee, and was the regional representative to New Brunswick Nurses Union’s (NBNU) executive board, before her election as President of NBNU from 1990-2000.
Whether local, provincial or national president, Linda Silas works with great pride to improve the working conditions of nurses, embodying the CFNU motto “Where knowledge meets know-how.”
President and Chief Executive Officer, ARC Resources Ltd.
Myron has managed all aspects of ARC’s oil and gas operations and has helped the company grow from a $200 million start-up into an $8 billion oil and gas company employing over 500 people. Under his leadership, production has grown from 9,500 boe per day to approximately 95,000 boe per day.
Myron started his career at Shell Canada and spent 12 years in roles of increasing responsibility in both domestic and international operations including a project management role on the LNG project in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Myron has been on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers since 2009, and he currently is the chair of the British Columbia Executive Policy Group. He is a board member of the University of Saskatchewan Engineering Advancement Trust and is active with various charitable organizations.
Myron graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was a participant in the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. Myron is married to Jennifer and they have three adult children, Anthony, Charissa and Annie.
President, RBC Royal Bank Quebec
Mr. Thibodeau joined RBC Royal Bank in 1989 and has worked in most regions of Canada. Most recently he held senior management positions as Regional Vice President, Eastern New Brunswick and P.E.I.; Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Quebec Headquarters; Regional Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Ontario; and Vice-President, Canadian Banking, National Office, Toronto.
Recently, he became a member of the Young President Organization (YPO).
A native of Joliette, Mr. Thibodeau has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and an MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal. He also holds the Fellow, Institute of Canadian Bankers designation.
Mr. Thibodeau is actively involved with community service, including sitting on the board of Canadian Cancer Research Society and serving as honorary president of the Canadian Red Cross 2013 gala fundraising event in Quebec. He is an Associate of the Asper School of Business in Manitoba, on the board of directors of Manitoba’s Bilingual Trade Agency (ANIM) and the St. Boniface Hospital, and served as chair of the board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Mr. Thibodeau and his wife, Caroline, have three school-age children.
Mr. Vaillancourt was appointed President and C.E.O. of the YMCAs of Quebec in November 2002. The YMCAs of Quebec is a charitable organization that contributes to the development of spirit, mind, and body, and to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. It works especially to help children, seniors and the disadvantaged, as well as families, new arrivals and youth at risk. Its thirteen centres and multiple other points of service are visited yearly by over 130,000 people who benefit from the many programs it offers ranging from community and child development programs to language courses and physical fitness activities.
In addition to a wide range of professional and personal responsibilities, Stéphane Vaillancourt has been involved for many years in a variety of social and community works in support of youth and seniors, notably as Chair of the “Petits Frères des Pauvres”, the mission of which is to provide a lifelong friendly and affectionate presence to relieve the isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
Stéphane is currently Vice-Chair of Cybercap, a charity with a mission to help youth at risk by offering them the possibility to discover and experiment digital media in order to help them better their personal, social and professional situation.
He is also the Chair of the Board for Imagine Canada, a national charitable organization whose cause it is to support and strengthen Canadian charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support the Canadians and communities they serve.
Prior to his retirement Colin was the Director of Education and CEO for the Near North District School Board, encompassing a wide range of communities and schools across Northern Ontario. He served as supervisory officer of the Moosonee District School Area Board, where he commuted regularly to the James Bay Coast and continued his work with First Nations people begun first as a school superintendent in Eastern Ontario.
He began his teaching career in Kingston, Ontario enjoying assignments in elementary and secondary schools. In addition to teaching he held assignments in school and system administration in three school districts in Eastern Ontario. Colin is best known for his work in special education.
In “semi-retirement” Colin led the Student Support Leadership Initiative (SSLI) for the Ontario Ministry of Education. This was a collaborative endeavour working with key leaders, workers and clients of child and youth mental health services in North East Ontario.
Colin completed his academic studies in Ontario and Britain receiving an Honours BA (Carleton); B.Ed. (Queen’s); M.Ed. (Wales); and, M.Phil. (CNAA). Colin is a Rotary Foundation Scholar and he received the S. Hunter Henry Fellowship from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.
For several years Colin had a parallel career in recreation. His responsibilities included director of Merrywood Camp (Easter Seal Society) and director of the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre, “Bark Lake”.
Colin has served on many professional and not-for-profit Boards, including Community Living, the Canadore College (Chair), Kingston Social Planning Council and the Eastern Ontario Ant–racism and Ethno Cultural Equity Network (Chair). Colin is a past president and a Bing Caswell award winner of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea). He has been a supervisory officer and member (Past President) of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials’ Association (OPSOA) since 1989.
Colin has been a member of Rotary International since 1985 and is a recipient of RI’s Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Secretary to the Governor General
Stephen Wallace’s career has largely focused on international affairs and development cooperation including experience with non-government organizations, fieldwork in Africa and Latin America, and over 25 years with the federal government. Mr. Wallace joined the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1984. Successive positions within the Africa, Americas and Multilateral Affairs Branches, interspersed with fieldwork in Central America and graduate work in business administration, led in 1994 to a secondment as policy advisor to the Special Joint Committee of Parliament Reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy. From 1995 to 1997, he was senior departmental advisor in turn to four Cabinet Ministers.
From 1997 to 2001, he was a Director in CIDA’s Central and Eastern Europe Branch with special responsibility for the conflict areas of Bosnia and Kosovo. Following a two-year assignment as Director-General in CIDA’s Africa and the Middle East Branch, he was appointed to the Treasury Board Secretariat with principal responsibility as Assistant Secretary for Government Operations. Mr. Wallace returned to CIDA in 2005 as Vice-President of CIDA’s Policy Branch. In March 2007, he was appointed Vice-President of the CIDA Afghanistan Task Force. In 2009 he was named Associate Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Daniel returned to the federal government in 1999 as Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in Yellowknife. Two years later, he became Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at Justice Canada in Ottawa. He was then appointed Assistant Deputy Minister at Western Economic Diversification Canada in Saskatchewan in 2003, and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Policy and Strategic Direction at INAC in 2006. Daniel returned to Western Diversification as Associate Deputy Minister in March 2009, and on July 16 of that same year, was appointed Deputy Minister. Mr. Watson was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer on September 4, 2012.
Daniel enjoys sharing his enthusiasm about the Public Service of Canada, particularly about the role that human resources play in making our organization the exceptional institution that Canadians expect it to be. He never misses an opportunity to promote the public service and its great people, and to share his belief that it is truly a privilege to serve Canadians from within its ranks.
Daniel often speaks about two critical public service values: excellence in the quality of our work and excellence in the way we work with each other. He stresses that these two values are equally important – that how we do the things we do matters as much as what we do.
Daniel was a member of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.