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2021 Conference Co-chairs

Darlene Halwas

Board Member
Canadian Development Investment Corporation (Toronto, ON)

Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs

January 20, 2021 10:25 am

Thomas H. Yeo

Counsel
Torys LLP (Toronto, ON)

Governance Consultants

Elizabeth Watson

CEO and Founder
WATSON Advisors Inc. (Vancouver, BC)

Federal Crowns

Pascale Daigneault

Chair
Federal Bridge Corporation (Ottawa, ON)

Frédéric Duguay

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Canada Infrastructure Bank (Toronto, ON)

Simon Kamel

Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Royal Canadian Mint (Ottawa, ON)

Joanne Larocque-Poirier

Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary
Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa, ON)

Alison Lawford

Director, Governance & Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Defence Construction Canada (Ottawa, ON)

Leah Gilbert Morris

Deputy Secretary and Director, Corporate Secretariat
Export Development Canada (Ottawa, ON)

Michelle Taylor

Vice President, Legal Services; General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Canadian Commercial Corporation (Ottawa, ON)

Teresa Woo-Paw

Chair
Canadian Race Relations Foundation (Toronto, ON)

Provincial and Territorial Crowns

Lalit Aggarwal

Chair
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (Toronto, ON)
Scott Baldwin

Scott Baldwin

Digital CEO
DirectorPrep.com
Vice Chair
Manitoba Arts Council (Winnipeg, MB)

Laurel Broten

President and CEO
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (Halifax, NS)

Catherine R. Gryba

Former Board Member
eHealth Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK)

Brad Krizan

Independent Director, Public Member
Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (Calgary, AB)

Margie Parikh

Lead Director
BC Oil and Gas Commission (Victoria, BC)

Distinguished Speakers

Melanie Debassige, MBA, ICD.D

Board Director and Chair, Governance Committee
Canada Energy Regulator (Calgary, AB)
Board Director and Chair, First Nations Committee
Ontario Clean Water Agency (Toronto, ON)
Ruth Goba

Ruth Goba

Former Executive Director
Black Legal Action Centre (Toronto, ON)
Michael R. Whitt, Q.C.

Michael R. Whitt, Q.C.

Partner
Bennett Jones LLP (Calgary, AB)