Board of Directors
The Rideau Hall Foundation is governed by a diverse and committed group of leaders from across Canada.
The Right Honourable David Johnston was Canada’s 28th governor general. During his mandate, he established the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), a registered charity that supports and amplifies the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians.
Today, he is actively involved as Chair of the RHF Board of Directors. In 2018, he was appointed Colonel to the Royal Canadian Regiment. Prior to his installation as governor general, Mr. Johnston was a professor of law for 45 years, and served as President of the University of Waterloo for two terms, Principal of McGill University for 3 terms. 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 first non-U.S. citizen to be elected chair at Harvard University’s Board of Overseers from which he graduated in 1963 magna cum laude and was twice named all-American in hockey and was named to Harvard’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and Queen’s and has received more than three dozen honorary degrees or fellowships. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books. He was named Companion of the Order of Canada in 1997. He has chaired or served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the boards of more than a dozen public companies. He has been married for 57 years to Sharon and they have 5 daughters and 14 grandchildren.
Huguette Labelle is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario. She served for a period of nineteen years as Deputy Minister of different Canadian Government departments including Secretary of State, Transport Canada, the Public Service Commission and the Canadian International Development Agency. A former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa and former Chair of Transparency International, she also serves on several Boards and Advisory Groups including the Advisory Group to the OECD Secretary General on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism, the Board of the Aga Khan Museum and the Board of Global Financial Integrity.
The Honorable Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 after serving on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years. She was appointed to the Ontario Family Court in 1976 at the age of 29. She subsequently chaired the Ontario Law Reform Commission and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Justice Abella was the sole Commissioner and author of the 1984 Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, creating the term and concept of “employment equity” and developing a concept of discrimination and equality the Supreme Court adopted in its first decision interpreting the new equality provision of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She was the Boulton Visiting Professor at McGill Law School from 1988 to 1992, where she taught jurisprudence, administrative law, and constitutional law. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in classical piano, a former judge of the Giller Literary Prize, former chair of the Rhodes Scholar selection committee, has written over 90 articles, authored or co-edited four books, was a pioneer in judicial education, and lectures extensively in Canada and internationally. She has 39 honorary degrees. She is married to Canadian history professor Irving Abella. They have two sons, both lawyers. She is the first Jewish woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Zeba Ahmad served as past board chair of the Royal University Hospital Foundation and the Saskatoon Community Foundation. She is also a former inaugural chair of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party (formerly Gold Medal Plates) Saskatoon, a former board member of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, and most recently, a volunteer for the Thundering Ahead Campaign for Wanuskewin Heritage Park and board chair for the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation. Zeba has received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2007 from the Governor General and was named a Top 100 Alumni of Influence, College of Pharmacy Nutrition in 2014. She was also the recipient of the Leadership Saskatoon Community Leadership Award in 2016.
James Baxter was the founding Editor and Publisher of iPolitics. Over a journalism career that spanned 30 years, Mr. Baxter has been an award-winning sportswriter, foreign correspondent, political journalist, bureau chief and editorial writer. He has degrees in journalism, international relations and business, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2007-8. In early 2020, he joined the Assembly of First Nations and has been advising the National Chief and his team on crisis communication during the Covid pandemic. Mr. Baxter has also been a long-time governor of Ashbury College and served as the chair of the school’s foundation through it’s recent $10-million capital campaign. The foundation also stewards the college’s endowed funds and oversees its financial aid programs. He has also served a Director of the Board of the Michener Awards Foundation for the past decade and his election to the RHF Board will help to strengthen our partnership. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sarah, and three children.
Norie Campbell is Group Head and General Counsel of TD Bank Group.
She is responsible for the Bank’s legal, regulatory compliance, corporate citizenship, public affairs and corporate security functions. Norie leads the Bank’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy and is passionate about delivering on TD’s Purpose: to enrich the lives of its colleagues, customers and communities. As a member on the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Finance Action Council, she is working with public and private sector leaders to support the growth of a strong, well-functioning, sustainable finance market.
In 2000, Norie joined TD from Toronto law firm McCarthy Tétrault. She was appointed General Counsel in 2011, joined the senior executive team two years later and has since led a diversity of mandates across the Bank, including human resources and marketing.
Dedicated to making a positive impact at TD and in the community, Norie is past chair of TD’s Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Council and serves on the Boards for Ryerson University and The Rideau Hall Foundation. This year she is chairing the United Way of Greater Toronto’s Major Individual Giving campaign.
Norie’s leadership has been recognized by Canada’s “Top 40, Under 40”, Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, the WXN Hall of Fame and is a Catalyst Honours Champion.
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She is president emerita of the University of Calgary after serving as president and vice chancellor. Prior to her term as president, Dr. Cannon was dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Dr. Cannon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering. She served as co-chair of the Business-Higher Education Roundtable, was a past chair of Universities Canada, and was a member of the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) in addition to many other boards and advisory councils. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees the Aga Khan University, a Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies and a Director of the Gairdner Foundation in addition to being a corporate director and seed-stage investor.
Mark Carney is a Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of ESG and Impact Fund Investing. In this role, he is focused on the development of products for investors that will combine positive social and environmental outcomes with strong risk-adjusted returns.
Mr. Carney is an economist and banker who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013 to 2020, and prior to that as Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2008 until 2013. He was Chairman of the Financial Stability Board from 2011 to 2018. Prior to his governorships, Mr. Carney worked at Goldman Sachs as well as the Canadian Department of Finance.
He is a long-time and well-known advocate for sustainability, specifically with regard to the management and reduction of climate risks, and is currently the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance.
He is also an external member of the Board of Stripe, a global technology company building economic infrastructure for the internet and a member of the Global Advisory Board of PIMCO, the Group of Thirty, the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, the Harvard Board of Overseers, Oxford Blavatnik School of Government, as well as the boards of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Hoffman Institute for Global Business and Society at INSEAD.
Mr. Carney received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Oxford University.
Charmaine Crooks, CM, is a five-time Olympian, Entrepreneur and Community Leader.
Ms. Crooks is based in West Vancouver, with over 20 years Governance experience as a Director on several National and International non-profit and public boards.
She is President and founder of NGU Consultants Inc (1997), providing strategic advisory and corporate development to a variety of sectors including health, technology, sports and major events.
Ms. Crooks was recognized in 2018 as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network.
Paul Davidson joined Universities Canada in May 2009 as President and CEO where he leads a dynamic team dedicated to advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of Canadians. As the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, Universities Canada has also advanced international student mobility, indigenous reconciliation, equity, diversity and inclusion on campus, and student mental health. Prior to joining Universities Canada, Mr. Davidson was the executive director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) a leading international development agency. Mr. Davidson also held senior positions in Canadian book publishing including as executive director of the Association of Canadian Publishers. Mr. Davidson led the Toronto office of a prominent government relations firm after having served as a political advisor to Ontario’s Leader of the Opposition, Treasurer and Deputy Premier. Mr. Davidson holds an MA from Queen’s University where he studied southern African history, and a BA from Trent University, where he was in the first class of the Trent International Program.
Dr. Mark S. Dockstator is the Former President of the First Nations University of Canada. A member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, he is currently an Associate Professor, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, at Trent University and Director of the Indigenous Knowledge Initiative at Queens University. He received his Doctorate of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University where, in 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Toward an Understanding of Aboriginal Self Government”, is a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge and was used as a foundation for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples final report. Dr. Dockstator has served as founding Chairman of the First Nations’ Statistical Institute, Senior Negotiator and Researcher for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, President and CEO of Rama Economic Development Corporation, Special Advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner of the Indian Land Claims Commission, to name a few.
Udloriak Hanson is the Vice President, Community and Strategic Development at Baffinland Iron Mines. She is the Former Deputy Minister of the Department of Economic Development and Transportation (Government of Nunavut) and the former Chief Operating Officer of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), the land claims organization representing Nunavut Inuit. Ms. Hanson served as Senior Advisor to the Clerk of the Executive Council for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on Aboriginal Issues and Arctic Economic Opportunities. Ms. Hanson also served as acting Executive Director and Special Advisor to Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national organization representing Inuit across Canada. She led the development of Qaujisaqtiit Society, the Nunavut territory’s first charitable consortium of Inuit non-profit organizations. She sits on the Board of Directors for The Circle of Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. She is also a Board member with Arctic Children and Youth Foundation and is a proud member of the Canadians for a New Partnership. Ms. Hanson is a founding Board Member of Annaumakkaijiit Community Foundation in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Anne-Marie Hubert is the Eastern Canada Managing Partner for EY Canada. She has served as a member of the EY Global Advisory Council and as a member of EY Canada’s Executive Committee. In her roles within and outside the firm, she enables organisations and people she works with to drive positive outcome for stakeholders. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Montréal International, the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute (MILA), the Institute of Corporate Directors – Québec Chapter, the Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (Corim), Zú and the Rideau Hall Foundation.
Sarah Irving is the Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Irving Oil. Ms. Irving completed her BA (cum laude) at Dartmouth College in 2010 and her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 2014. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah worked for Deloitte in their New York strategic consulting practice before joining Irving Oil. Ms. Irving serves on the Advisory Committee of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society at Dartmouth College and the IWK Health Centre Charitable Foundation. She is a strong proponent of cancer research and cancer care and helped to create the Arthur, Sandra and Sarah Irving Fund for Gastrointestinal Immuno-Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Paul is a Co-founder of LaBarge Weinstein one of Canada’s earliest boutique high-technology business law firms. Paul has a strong interest in innovation and is focused on businesslike solutions for small and medium-size companies which he believes are the future and backbone of a successful Canadian economy. Paul has a strong commitment and interest in community and development being one of the founders of the TransCanada Trail, counsel and Board member to a number of Canadian charities and not-for-profit’s including the TransCanada Trail, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Community Foundations of Canada, Bruyere Hospital, the Canadiana Fund, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and multiple private foundations. He has been awarded both Jubilee Metals and appointed to the Order of Canada for his leadership in the not-for-profit and charitable sectors. He has been on advisory committees for innovation and education for Queens University, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Algonquin College and is a board member of the University of Fredericton. Paul’s practice focuses on taxation and associated disputes and he holds an LLM from Osgood Hall in ADR. Paul is a great believer in using new technologies to provide access and opportunity to all Canadians is the best way to make a strong Canada.
Hélène Laurendeau worked in the federal public service for over 30 years. She held various positions as Legal Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice and various senior management positions at the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Privy Council Office and the Public Service Commission. She held successively the positions of Associate Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and oversaw the creation of the Department of Crown Indigenous-Relations and Northern Affairs Canada and acted as its first Deputy Minister. She most recently held the position of Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage. She was raised in the beautiful region of Lanaudière while keeping deep roots in the Bas Saint-Laurent.
V. Paul Lee is Founder and Managing Partner of Vanedge Capital Partners Ltd., a venture capital fund based in Vancouver, B.C. Previously, he served as President of Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), responsible for all product development within its Worldwide Studios Group. He graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is also a Certified Financial Analyst.
Mr. Lee served on the Minister’s Steering Committee for the Vancouver International Financial Institutions Sector and as a Director for the Vancouver Board of Trade. He has served as a member of the Premier’s Technology Council, the Vancouver Public Library Foundation’s Campaign Cabinet and on the board of Invest in Canada. He currently chairs D-Wave Systems, is President of the Quantum Gravity Society, and is a board member for Alberta Innovates, Asia Pacific Foundation, Faculty Advisory Board for UBC’s Sauder School of Business as well as various technology company boards.
Dalton McGuinty, a lawyer, served as Premier of Ontario from 2003 to 2013 when he led the Ontario Liberal Party to three successive election victories. Since leaving politics, Mr. McGuinty has served as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a Senior Advisor to PWC Canada. He is presently engaged as an advisor and director on corporate boards. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin served as Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to mid-December 2017. Since retirement from the Supreme Court, Ms. McLachlin has worked to promote access to justice and served on various philanthropic boards and endeavours. In addition, she works as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally on a wide range of commercial and public law disputes. Ms. McLachlin sits as a Justice of Singapore’s International Commercial Court and the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal. She is also a Companion of the Order of Canada and Commandeur of the Legion D’Honneur. She has received over 35 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and abroad, and numerous other honours and awards.
John Montalbano is the retired CEO of RBC Global Asset Management which managed $370 billion in assets. He serves as Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Aritzia Inc., AbCellera Inc., Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals, and Chairs White Crane Capital, a Vancouver-based hedge fund. He also served as Chair of the UBC Board of Governors, Killam Trusts Trustee, co-Founder of Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation and Chair of the Vancouver Public Library Capital Campaign.
Mr. Montalbano is a director for The Gairdner Foundation, The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, The BC Achievement Foundation, Windmill Microlending, and is the current Chair of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and recent Chair of The Vancouver Police Foundation. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and holds an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Evan Price serves as an Advisor to the Saipem Onshore Division – CO2 Capture. He is also co-owner and director of Auberge Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Châteaux hotel in Quebec City, Chair of IOU Financial, an online North American fintech company, and a director of Solifor, the largest private timberland owner of Québec. Mr. Price is Chair of the non-profit Monastère des Augustines, a monastic wellness center, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Royal 22nd Regiment. He holds a B.Sc. in Forestry Engineering from Université Laval, an MBA from INSEAD (France), and a Certificate of Corporate Governance from Université Laval.
Sanford (Sandy) Riley is the Chief Executive Officer of Richardson Financial Group Limited. Mr. Riley was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his business achievements and community service in 2003. In 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Manitoba in recognition of his legacy of excellence in the worlds of business, sport, education and community service. Mr. Riley currently serves as a Director of Molson Coors Brewing Company and Canadian Western Bank. He is the Chairman of the Board of Richardson GMP Limited, The North West Company and The University of Winnipeg Foundation. Mr. Riley served as Chairman of the 1999 Pan Am games. A former Olympic athlete, he has also been inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Political Science and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Stephen Smith, one of Canada’s leading financial services entrepreneurs, is the Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of First National Financial Corporation. Mr. Smith is Chair of Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company, which he owns in partnership with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He is also Chair of both Duo Bank and Peloton Capital Management. Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of the C. D. Howe Institute, E-L Financial Corporation and the Canada Infrastructure Bank. He is also Chair of Historica Canada, producer of the Heritage Minutes and publisher of The Canadian Encyclopedia. In 2015, Queen’s University announced the naming of The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in honour of Mr. Smith and his historic $50-million donation to the school. Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. In 2017, Queen’s University awarded him an Honourary LL.D.
Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ and the CEO of DMZ Ventures. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the DMZ helps start-up founders build, validate, and scale into world-class companies. Under Abdullah’s leadership, the incubator has expanded its global impact by establishing partnerships and satellite locations across North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Mr. Snobar serves on the Board of Directors for the Business Development Bank of Canada. He has previously held roles with the Canadian Armed Forces, Fairmont Hotels, and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. Abdullah holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and MBA and BComm degrees from Ryerson University.
Nancy Southern is Chair & Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd., as well as Executive Chair of Canadian Utilities Limited. In addition to her business leadership, Ms. Southern has long played a leading role in advocating on social issues of global importance – most notably, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the role of women in business. Over the course of her career, Ms. Southern has served with some of the world’s most prestigious and influential organizations such as The U.S. Business Council, a member of the American Society of Corporate Executives, a Canadian Member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group. Ms. Southern has been recognized on Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women”, Financial Post Magazine’s “The Power List”, Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business: The Global 50” and named as one of “The 50 Most Important People in Canada” in Maclean’s Magazine.
Malik Talib was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, educated at McGill University and trained as a lawyer at the Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is an entrepreneur and corporate director leading the Talmont Group based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has served as Chair or Board Member for various organisations, including the Prince’s Trust Canada, the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, United Way for the Lower Mainland Cabinet, Vancouver Foundation, Mulgrave School and LIFT Philanthropy Partners.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Talib has served in various leadership positions within the Ismaili Community, including President and Vice-President of the Aga Khan Council for Canada, by appointment from His Highness the Aga Khan. In addition, he is a Director on the Board of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and a member of Global Centre for Pluralism corporation in Ottawa. Most recently, he was appointed by His Highness the Aga Khan in 2019 as the Chairman of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF).
Frank Vettese is the former Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte Canada. He also served as Chair of the Americas Executive. Recognized by the United Nations and Catalyst Canada for his commitment to the advancement and empowerment of women in the workplace, Mr. Vettese was the co-founder of the Canadian Women’s Initiative at Deloitte. He also served as Deloitte Canada’s Chief Inclusion Officer, concurrent with his responsibilities as Managing Partner and Chief Executive, between 2016 and 2019. During this time, Mr. Vettese oversaw a significant and sustained increase in the number of women and other diverse leaders promoted and admitted to the partnership. Mr. Vettese is a member of various community boards, including: Trustee of SickKids, Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year Advisory Board, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Schulich School of Business.
Stephen Wallace grew up in an Atlantic Coast naval family and has worked for over 30 years in international affairs and public administration. A deputy minister in Canada’s federal government, he held a number of senior appointments with the Canadian International Development Agency, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He served as Secretary to the Governor General until the end of 2017. After retiring from public service, he has served as executive advisor to Deloitte Canada, senior fellow of Massey College and board director for a number of commercial and charitable organizations.
Benjamin P. Watsa is the President and Founder of Marval Capital Ltd. (“Marval”). Mr. Watsa has two decades of experience in the investment industry. Marval is an independent investment firm that invests in misunderstood and under-researched small and mid-cap. companies. Its two equity funds focus on India and North America. Prior to Marval, Mr. Watsa was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Lissom Investment Management Inc., spent five years in New York as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at Banc of America Securities and at Cochran Caronia Waller. Mr. Watsa serves as; director of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, director of Dalton India Fund Ltd., director of Dalton Kizuna (Japan) Fund Ltd., the advisory board of Impression Ventures, and director and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee for the Rideau Hall Foundation.
The Rideau Hall Foundation is governed by a diverse and committed group of leaders from across Canada.
Rahul Bhardwaj, Amit Chakma, Paul Desmarais III, Robert Harding, Carol Lee, Monique F. Leroux, The Honourable Kevin Lynch, Ross McGregor, Frank Rochon, Khalil Shariff, Victor Thomas, Annette Verschuren, Marie Wilson
Ian McCowan, Secretary to the Governor General