Governance Matters: How is it working for Canadians?


Canada’s public institutions need a reboot

Good governance matters and our public sector governance process has fallen short over several parliaments. To help reinvigorate and rebalance our system of governance, the Public Policy Forum, together with a panel of eminent Canadians, is making bold recommendations in a new report, Time for a Reboot: Nine Ways to Restore Trust in Canada's Public Institutions.

The report addresses a defining characteristic of modern federal and provincial governments in Canada: an extraordinary centralization of authority.

“We’re asking critically-important questions, like, how do we: Restore the role of parliament and parliamentary committees? Enable ministers to be ministers? Refurbish the public service’s capacity to offer astute, independent, research-based policy advice? Build more accountability into the ‘political service?’” says Jim Dinning, former treasurer of Alberta and chair of the report’s panel.

Time for a Reboot is an insightful look at good governance practices in our 21st century reality, where our public institutions have failed to keep pace with a technology-driven, round-the-clock-news-cycle world. Short-termism and other contemporary conditions have taken root in the agendas of our elected representatives. Often, issues management has trumped longer-term strategies and policymaking. As a result, Canadians’ trust in public institutions continues to erode and the country’s long-term challenges don’t get the in-depth attention they should.

“All of the panel’s recommendations are non-partisan, practical, readily implementable and none requiring constitutional changes,” says Dinning.  “We’re confident that the reforms will benefit Canada, indeed all Canadians across the country.”

Joining Dinning on the panel are: Hon. Jean Charest, partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP and former Quebec premier and federal cabinet minister; Monique Leroux, chair, president and CEO of Desjardins Group; Hon. Kevin Lynch, vice-chair, BMO Financial Group and former Clerk of the Privy Council; and Heather Munroe-Blum, Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Principal Emerita, McGill University. 

The publication was made possible by the generous support from the Power Corporation of Canada, the Wilson Foundation and Jim Fleck.

For information please contact:

Sara Caverley
Project Lead
613-238-7858 Ext: 228


Jim Dinning Former treasurer, province of Alberta (Chair)

Jean Charest Former Premier, province of Quebec

Monique Leroux
Chair of the Board, President and CEO, Desjardins Group

Kevin G. Lynch Vice Chair of BMO Financial Group; former Clerk of the Privy Council

Heather Munroe-Blum
Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Principal Emerita, McGill University


Penny Ballantyne Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Minister, Gov. of the Northwest Territories

Ian Bird President, Community Foundations of Canada

Ian Brodie Former Chief of Staff to PM Harper; Research Director, University of Calgary, School of Public Policy

Michael Coates President and CEO, Americas Region, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Jim Fleck
Former Secretary of Cabinet Ontario

Dan Gagnier Former Chief of Staff to former Quebec Premier Jean Charest

Edward Greenspon Managing Editor, Energy, Environment and Commodities, Bloomberg News

Frank Iacobucci Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice

Shelly Jamieson  Former Ontario Secretary of Cabinet

Monique Jérôme-Forget 
Former Minister of Finance, Quebec

Marcel Lauzière President & CEO, The Lawson Foundation

Pierre Lortie Senior Business Advisor, Dentons Canada LLP

Janice MacKinnon Former Minister of Finance, Saskatchewan

Sir Gus O’Donnell  Former UK cabinet secretary

J. Robert S. Prichard
Former University of Toronto President; Chairman of the Board at Bank of Montreal

Chuck Strahl  Former federal cabinet minister


Stephen Toope Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Murray Wallace President and CEO of Granite Global Solutions

Red Wilson  Former Chairman & CEO, BCE Inc


Panel Members

Jim Dinning (Chair)

Former treasurer, province of Alberta; Chairman of the Board, Western Financial Group

With broad, multi-sectoral experience, Jim Dinning is an accomplished business executive and former politician. He serves as chair of Russel Metals Inc and Liquor Stores NA Ltd, both TSX-listed companies. Dinning is chair of Desjardins-owned Western Financial Group and is past chair of Export Development Canada. Jim is the past chair of the Canada West Foundation and is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary. These engagements follow seven years (1997-2004) as executive vice-president of Transalta Corporation, Canada’s largest publicly traded electric power generator. Prior to his private sector work, Jim had a respected career as both a public servant and an elected politician. By the age of 31, Jim had held a variety of positions in the Alberta government, including Deputy Minister of federal and intergovernmental affairs. He then entered provincial electoral politics, representing a Calgary constituency from 1986 to 1997. During this time he served as Minister of Community and Occupational Health, Minister of Education and finally, as Provincial Treasurer from 1992-97. A graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Public Administration, Jim received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2002. He was honored by the Public Policy Forum last year when he received the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy. Jim Dinning will be honored as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors at its June meeting in Toronto.

Jean Charest

Former Premier, province of Quebec; Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

With a public service career spanning almost 30 years, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best-known political figures. Charest obtained a law degree from the Université de Sherbrooke and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1981. After first being elected to the House of Commons in 1984 at the age of 28, Mr. Charest became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as Minister of State for Youth. He would go on to lead the federal Progressive Conservative Party from 1994-1998, before leading the Quebec Liberal Party and winning three consecutive elections in 2003, 2007 and 2008. As Premier, Charest took strong positions on the environment, introducing the first carbon levy in North America, and promoting significant hydro-electric and wind-power projects in the province. He also introduced Plan Nord, which outlined the province’s ambitious plans for resource development in northern Quebec, and has been a vocal supporter of the free-trade agreement between Canada and the United States. Today, Charest is a Partner in the Montreal office of McCarthy Tétrault law firm.

Monique Leroux

Chair of the Board, President and CEO, Desjardins Group

Prior to her current position as Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group, Monique Leroux worked as a chartered accountant for 17 years at Ernst & Young, rising to become managing partner. From 1995 to 2000, she served as a senior vice-president at Royal Bank of Canada, before joining Desjardin in 2001 as president of Desjardin Financial Corp., and CEO of its insurance, trusts and brokerage subsidiaries. Monique was named chief financial officer of Desjardin Group in 2004, and appointed chairwoman and CEO in 2008. A member of the Order of Canada, an officer of l'Ordre national du Quebec, and a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, she is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and founding partner of the Quebec International Summit of Co-operatives. Monique serves as  a director for the International Co-operative Alliance, the European Association of Co-operative Banks, the International Confederation of Popular Banks, and Crédit Mutuel's subsidiary, Crédit industriel et commercial (CIC). She is also a member of the Governing Board of Finance Montréal; the Economic advisory council of the Minister of Finance of Canada; the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service of Canada; the Advisory Council on Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders; the Council for Clean Capitalism; the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board; and the Canadian Group of the Trilateral Commission. She has received the Woodrow Wilson Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ordre des CPA. She holds honorary doctorates from a number of Canadian universities.

Kevin G. Lynch

Vice Chair of BMO Financial Group; former Clerk of the Privy Council

Kevin Lynch began his distinguished career in 1976 as an economist with the Bank of Canada. In 1981, he joined the Department of Finance, rising to the position of Director within two years, and becoming an Assistant Deputy Minister in 1988. In 1992, he served as Deputy Minister of Industry and in 1995, Deputy Minister of Finance. In 2004, he became Executive Director with the International Monetary Fund, before being appointed the 20th Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service in 2006. Retiring from the public service in 2009, Kevin was appointed Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group in 2010. He continues to be involved with a number of boards and organizations. He is Chair of the Board of Governors, University of Waterloo, and serves on several other boards, including those of the Gairdner Foundation, the Perimeter Institute, U.K. Ditchley, the Learning Partnership, the Samara Foundation, the Shannon School of Business and the Accounting Standards Oversight Council. Kevin was made a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 2009, and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011. In 2013, he became Chancellor of the University of King’s College in Halifax. He has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Heather Munroe-Blum

Professor of Medicine and Principal Emerita, McGill University; Chairperson, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Dr. Munroe-Blum is Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Principal (President) Emerita, McGill University. She served previously as Vice-President for Research and International Relations, the University of Toronto. She is Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Director, Royal Bank of Canada where she is Chair of the Corporate Governance and Public Policy Committee. She is a member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Board of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She is a Director of the Trilateral Commission and the Gairdner Foundation.  

Dr. Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic administrator and a scholar of high repute in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. She was a Founding Member of both MaRS (medical and related discovery district in Toronto), and of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada (STIC) where she was founding Co-Chair of its 'State of the Nation' Report. She served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU), of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and as Chair of the Québec Council of Rectors and Principals (CREPUQ). Dr Munroe-Blum is a graduate of McMaster University (BA/BSW), Wilfrid Laurier University (MSW), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction). She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards from Canadian and international organizations.

Dr. Munroe-Blum is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec, and a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Red Wilson

Former Chairman & CEO, BCE Inc

A senior executive with experience in both the private and public sectors, Lynton Ronald "Red" Wilson is Former Chairman and CEO of BCE Inc and retired Chairman of CAE Inc. Red has served as a Member of the J.P. Morgan Chase International Council, and as a Member the Supervisory Board at Daimler AG. He served as an Executive Chairman with Nortel Networks Corp. from 2001 to 2002 and as Non-Executive Chairman from 2002-2005. Red held a number of other senior executive positions, including Vice-Chairman of the Bank of Nova Scotia from 1989 to 1990 and President and Chief Executive Officer, then Chairman, of Redpath Industries Ltd. (1981-89). In recognition of his many achievements, Red was recipient of the 1994 International Business Executive of the Year Award. He was Chairman of the Government of Canada’s Competition Policy Review Panel in 2007-08, building on previous experience with government earlier in his career, when he had served as a foreign-service officer and as Coordinator of Industrial Research and Development Policy for the federal Ministry of State for Science and Technology. He also served as Deputy Minister of Industry and Tourism for the Government of Ontario (1978-81). He is a Founding Co-Chairman of the Historica Foundation of Canada, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1997.

Penny Ballantyne

Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Minister, Gov. of the Northwest Territories

Penny Ballantyne has over 30 years of public service experience. She has served as President and CEO of the NWT Housing Corporation, and as Deputy Minister in a variety of portfolios with the Government of Northwest Territories, including Education, Culture and Employment; Health and Social Services; and Municipal and Community Affairs. She has also served as President and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board of the NWT and Nunavut. After retiring from the Government of NWT in 2004, Penny worked as City Manager for the City of Victoria. In 2010, she returned to the NWT to accept her current position of Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Minister, Executive with the GNWT.

Ian Bird

President, Community Foundations of Canada

Ian Bird currently works as President of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), the national network of 191 community foundations across Canada. He is widely respected for his ability to bring different groups together to affect change, and has helped the CFC launch major initiatives and establish new partnerships.  Prior to his role with the CFC, Ian spent five years as Senior Leader of the Sports Matter Group, and in 2010 was granted the first ever fellowship from the True Sport Foundation, which recognizes leadership within the Canadian sport community. Ian is a well-known figure in the sports community, and is a former Olympian who represented Canada in both the 1988 and the 2000 Summer Olympics as a field hockey defender.

Ian Brodie

Former Chief of Staff to PM Harper; Research Director, University of Calgary, School of Public Policy

After publishing his PhD dissertation on the treatment of interest groups intervening before the Supreme Court of Canada, Ian Brodie began teaching political science at the University of Western Ontario in 1997, specializing in Canadian politics. In 2003, he took leave to become assistant to the chief of staff of the federal leader of the opposition. Brodie was then appointed executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada, and played a key role in the 2006 Conservative election campaign as Chief of Staff to Stephen Harper. He remained the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff until the summer of 2008, when he took a position as a Strategic Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. For the past year, Ian has been director of research with the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Conference of Defense Associations Institute.

Michael Coates

President and CEO, Americas Region, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

As CEO of Hill + Knowlton Canada from 1995-2014, Michael Coates oversaw an organization that has been named one of Canada’s best workplaces for the past eight consecutive years. He was also recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Government and Politics by the Hill Times, and was described as “the ultimate Ottawa insider” by Canadian Business magazine. Reflecting his performance in this role over fourteen years, Mike was recently appointed Hill and Knowlton’s President and CEO of the Americas Region. Based out of New York, he now manages the communications firm’s offices in Canada, the United States and Latin America. Mike has formidable experience and knowledge of Canadian politics and business. He has helped the current Prime Minister prepare for debates in three elections, and has been a consultant on major, high-profile business mergers and sales in Canada. Early in his career, Coates also worked as Parliamentary Aide to former MP Henry Perrin Beatty and Former Senator Lowell Murray.

Dan Gagnier

Former Chief of Staff to the Premier of Quebec; President, The Energy Policy Institute of Canada

Dan Gagnier was Chief of Staff to former Quebec Premier Jean Charest in 2012, as well as from 2007-2009. He is credited with having played a central role in helping the Quebec Liberals win a majority in 2008 after the party had fallen to minority status. Recently, he has agreed to be one of Justin Trudeau’s main advisors in Quebec. Formerly, Dan was Alcan Inc.’s senior vice-president, Corporate and External Affairs. His impressive career has seen him work with the governments of Canada, Ontario and Saskatchewan. While working with the Department of External Affairs from 1972 to 1982, Dan took diplomatic assignments in Mexico, Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom. With the Ontario government in the late 1980s/early 90s, he was Deputy Minister of Energy; Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; Special Adviser to the Cabinet and Chief of staff of the Premier’s Office, serving as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Communications) and adviser at the Privy Council Office. He has been president of the Brewers Association of Canada; Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; chair of the Canadian Standards Association; and chair of the International Emissions Trading Association. In 2013, he became President of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada. 

Edward Greenspon

Managing Editor, Energy, Environment and Commodities, Bloomberg News

Edward Greenspon is among the most accomplished journalists in Canada. He is currently Managing Editor, Global Energy, Environment and Commodities with Bloomberg News. He joined Bloomberg at the start of 2014 as Editor-at-Large for Canada, following three years as vice-president of strategic investments for Star Media Group, the publisher of the Toronto Star. Prior to this he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail for seven years, where in his final year, the newspaper won six out of 22 top national newspaper awards. He had joined the Globe in 1986 as a reporter for the paper’s Report on Business section, working in the London Bureau as the Globe’s first European business correspondent, and spending much time in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union from 1989-1991. Returning to Canada, he worked as managing editor of the Report on Business Section, deputy managing editor of the paper, and then as the Ottawa bureau chief and associate editor of the paper from 1993-1999. In 1999, Ed became founding editor for the Globe and Mail’s award-winning website.

Frank Iacobucci

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci began his career in 1964 as a lawyer with a large New York firm, before joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in ’67, where he served as Professor of Law until 1985. At this time he was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada; in 1988 he was made Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada; and in 1991, he became a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. As a Supreme Court Justice, Frank developed a reputation as a consensus-builder, and he remains widely respected within the legal community and beyond. Following his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2004, he served as interim President of the University of Toronto for nearly a year before joining Torys LLP as Counsel. Frank acted for the federal government and the Ontario government on major matters of national importance, and has co-authored numerous, articles and commentaries. He is the recipient of honourary degrees in Canada and Italy, was appointed a Companion in the Order of Canada in 2007, and in 2009 received the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

Shelly Jamieson

Former Ontario Secretary of Cabinet; CEO, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Shelly Jamieson is Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), an independent organization funded by Health Canada to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. Ms. Jamieson also serves on the Board of Directors of High Liner Foods, the Finance Committee of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the National Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and the Board of Health Quality Ontario.

Prior to joining CPAC in 2012, Ms. Jamieson held Ontario’s highest-ranking civil servant role as Secretary of Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council. She also served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Transportation. Roles previously held by Ms. Jamieson include President of Extendicare Canada, a provider of long-term care and home care; volunteer commissioner on the Health Services Restructuring Commission; and Executive Director of the Ontario Nursing Home Association (now the Ontario Long-Term Care Association). Early in her career, Ms. Jamieson ran her own research and consulting firm specializing in geriatric care environments.

For her work, Ms. Jamieson has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Top 100 most powerful women and awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Ms. Jamieson has a degree in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto and is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Monique Jérôme-Forget

Former Minister of Finance, Québec; Special Advisor, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Monique Jérôme-Forget has formidable political, academic and professional experience.  Upon completion of her psychology degree, she worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, and later served as Director of Professional Services at the CLSC Metro, Montreal. From 1982 to 1985, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister in the federal Department of Health and Welfare in Ottawa, and in 1985-86, she worked as the Vice-Rector, Finance, Institutional Research and Human Resources, at Concordia University in Montreal. From 1986 to 1990, she was Chair and CEO of Quebec’s Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST). She was also chair of the Institut de recherche en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST). From 1991 to 1998, she was CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), and from 1993-1998, was a columnist for the Financial Post and Les Affaires. Monique was elected four times as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeois in the Montreal region as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party between 1998 and 2009. While her party was in power, Monique served as Finance Minister from 2007 to 2009, as well as President of the Treasury Board and the Minister of government services, and as Minister Responsible for Government Administration from 2003 to 2008. She announced her retirement from politics in 2009.

Marcel Lauzière

President & CEO, The Lawson Foundation

Marcel has extensive experience in the charitable and non-profit sector, as well as with government in Canada and abroad. He is currently President & CEO of The Lawson Foundation, the respected foundation dedicated to enriching the quality of life in Canada. This follows his work as President and CEO of Imagine Canada. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development in the New Zealand government. He has also served as President of the Canadian Council on Social Development, as Special Advisor to the President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and as Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Throughout his career, Marcel has been a volunteer and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees in Canada and internationally, including: the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Social Conditions; the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations; the Canadian Center for Philanthropy; and the International Council on Social Welfare. He is currently on the Board of the Public Policy Forum, on the Editorial Board of the Philanthropist and a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC). Marcel has a Master’s degree in Canadian Social History from the University of Ottawa.

Pierre Lortie

Senior Business Advisor, Dentons Canada LLP 

Pierre Lortie is an accomplished Canadian business executive with an impressive portfolio. Pierre sits as Senior Business Advisor with Dentons Canada LLP, and is also a Director with Group Canam,  Element Financial Corporation,  Lamêlée Iron Ore Ltd. and Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. Pierre is President of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation and Governor of the U.K. Ditchley Foundation; he is President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering; a Director of the Research Center of the McGill University Health Center and of the Canadian Center of Innovation for Manufacturers (ETS); Chairman of The Schmeelk Canada Foundation; Director and member of the Executive Committee of The Conference of Defence Associations Institute; and Director of the Montreal Cancer Institute. Pierre held a number of senior executive positions with Bombardier prior to 2003, serving as President and COO of Bombardier Transportation; President and COO of Bombardier Capital; President and COO of Bombardier International; and President of Bombardier Aerospace, Regional Aircraft. He has been Chairman, President and CEO of Provigo Inc.; President and CEO of the Montréal Stock Exchange; and a Senior Partner of SECOR Inc. Pierre has also held several government appointments notably as Chairman of Canada’s Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, and as a representative of the Prime Minister on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) from 1999 to 2003. In the technology field, he served as Vice Chairman of Canada’s National Advisory Board on Science and Technology and as Chairman of the Centre for Information Technology Innovation. Pierre served as a member of the Panel of Advisors of the China Development Research Foundation of China’s State Council (Beijing) and, recently, served as a member of the Asia Pacific Foundation Taskforce on Canada’s strategies towards the regional institutional architecture that governs in Asia.

Pierre was appointed member of the Order of Canada in 2001.

Janice MacKinnon

Former Minister of Finance, Saskatchewan; Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Saskatchewan

Janice MacKinnon is a professor of public policy at the University of Saskatchewan, and a professor of fiscal policy at the School of Public Health. She serves on the National Task Force on Financial Literacy, is Chair of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Janice has an honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Queen’s University. Between 1991 and 2001, she was a cabinet minister in Saskatchewan and held various portfolios including Minister of Finance, Minister of Social Services, Minister of Economic Development, and Government House leader. During her tenure as Finance Minister, Saskatchewan became the first government in Canada to balance its budget in the 1990s. She is the author of three well-received books: The Liberty We Seek published by Harvard University Press, While the Women Only Wept and Minding the Public Purse. Janice also sits on the board of directors of Canada West Foundation as well on private and public sector boards. MacKinnon is a commentator on national political and policy issues, appearing on such programs as Cross Country Check-up and CBC TV’s national At Issue panel.

Sir Gus O’Donnell

Former UK cabinet secretary; non-executive Chair, Frontier Economics

Gus O’Donnell currently sits as non-Executive Chairman of Frontier Economics (Europe). After obtaining his PhD in the Political Economy Department at the University of Glasgow, Gus joined Her Majesty’s Treasury in 1979, before working with the British Embassy in Washington as First Secretary of the Economics Division from 1985-1989. He then returned to Britain, becoming Press Secretary for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and then Press Secretary to the Prime Minister (John Major) from 1990-1994.  He took positions with both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, before taking over as Permanent Secretary of the Treasury from 2002-2005, in 2005 becoming Cabinet Secretary on the retirement of Lord Turnbull.  He held this position until 2011, serving three Prime Ministers. In this role, Gus regularly visited Civil Service departments outside of London “to meet civil servants at work,” and was responsible for developing and publishing the influential Cabinet Manual - the first ever attempt to codify the United Kingdom’s rules of government formation, the relationships between key actors, and procedures for cabinet decision making.

J. Robert S. Prichard

Former University of Toronto President; Chairman of the Board at Bank of Montreal

J. Robert S. Prichard is chairman of Torys LLP, a leading international business law firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and New York. He is also chairman of the Bank of Montreal and chair of Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
Prior to joining Torys in 2010, Rob had careers as a law professor, academic leader and business leader. He was a professor of law at the University of Toronto from 1976 to 2001, specializing in law and economics and served as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto from 1984 to 1990. Rob served as the 13th president of the University of Toronto from 1990 to 2000.
Rob’s business experience includes serving from 2002 to 2009 as president and CEO of Torstar Corporation, a leading Canadian media company with newspaper and book publishing businesses. He currently serves as a director of Onex Corporation and George Weston Ltd. (as Lead Director).
In the volunteer sector, Rob serves as a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children and also serves as a member of Ontario’s Economic Advisory Panel. Rob has previously served as Vice Chair of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, chair of the Visiting Committee for Harvard Law School and as a member of Canada’s Economic Advisory Council.
Rob studied honours economics at Swarthmore College, received his MBA (Dean’s List) in finance and international business from the University of Chicago and earned law degrees from the University of Toronto (Gold Medallist) and Yale University (Viscount Bennett Fellow).
Rob has been recognized by appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received honorary degrees from ten colleges and universities in Canada and the United States and received the David Smith Award for contributions to public policy in higher education in Canada and the Champion of Public Education award from the Learning Partnership.

Chuck Strahl

Former federal cabinet minister; private consultant

Prior to his political career, the Honourable Chuck Strahl worked for Cheam Construction, a private logging and road building company owned by his father, and later by Chuck and his siblings. His political career began in the early 1990s, and Chuck was first elected as a member of the Reform Party in the 1993 election, representing his riding in the Upper Fraser Valley (BC) for nearly two decades. Over the course of his political career, Chuck served as Chief Opposition Whip, House Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. After not seeking re-election in the 2011 campaign, he served as chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee from 2012-2014. A member of the Queen's Privy Council, he is a private consultant, and remains interested in policy development and current affairs, and continues to write and comment on political issues.

Stephen Toope

Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Professor Stephen J. Toope was named the 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of British Columbia on March 22, 2006, holding the post until June of 2014. He went on to become Director at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. An International Law scholar who represented Western Europe and North America on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances from 2002-2007, Professor Toope is an expert in public international law, legal theory, human rights law, international dispute resolution, and family law. He is active with many associations, and has serves as Chair of the Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) and as a member of the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He is Past Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and World University Services Canada (WUSC). Prior to joining UBC, Stephen was President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a position he held from 2002. From 1994-1999, he served as the dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. Previously, he served as Law Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1986-1987. He continues to conduct research on many aspects of international law and is currently working on issues of human rights and culture, and the origins of international obligation in international society. His most recent book, with Jutta Brunnée, is Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account, which won the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship.

Murray Wallace

President and CEO of Granite Global Solutions

Murray Wallace has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Since 2009, he has served as President and CEO of Granite Global Solutions Inc., building upon an impressive executive career. This career began when he served as President of Saskatchewan Government Insurance. He has also served as President of Wellington Insurance; President of Avco Financial Services Canada Ltd.; as President of Axia NetMedia Corporation; and as a senior executive of companies in the Trilon Financial Group. He has been Chairman and CEO of Park Street Capital Corporation, a personally owned investment and corporate advisory firm; a Director for Terravest Income Fund and Critical Outcome Technologies Inc.; a Director with Western Surety Ltd.; A Director with Ontario Hydro; a Director with IPSCO Inc.; and is currently a Director of Critical Outcomes Technology Inc., and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. Beyond the private sector, Murray has also served as a senior public servant in the Government of Saskatchewan, as Deputy Finance Minister and as Deputy Minister to the Premier.