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In September 1984, Brian Mulroney led the Progressive Conservative party to the largest victory in Canadian history, becoming Canada's eighteenth Prime Minister.

He was re-elected with a majority government four years later thereby becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister in 35 years to win successive majority governments and the first Conservative Prime Minister to do so in 100 years. He resigned in June 1993, having served almost nine years as Prime Minister.

His government introduced bold new initiatives such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Treaty. Prime Minister Mulroney's government also introduced a wave of privatizations, a low inflation policy, historic tax reform, extensive deregulation and expenditure reduction policies that continue to be the basis of Canada's impressive economic performance today.

Mr. Mulroney also served as Co-Chairman of the United Nations World Summit for Children and his government played leading roles in the campaign against apartheid in South Africa, the creation of Le Sommet de la Francophonie and the Gulf War.

Mr. Mulroney was born in Baie-Comeau, Quebec in 1939, one of six children. His father, Benedict, was an electrician with the Quebec North Shore Paper Company. Mr. Mulroney graduated from St. Thomas College high school, Chatham, N.B., received his honours undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S., and a law degree from Université Laval in Quebec City.

He practised law in Montreal and served as President of the Iron Ore Company of Canada before entering politics by becoming Party Leader in 1983 and Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, to which he was first elected in 1983 and re-elected in 1984 and 1988.

Upon resigning, Mr. Mulroney rejoined the Montreal law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright as Senior Partner.

He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Quebecor inc. (Montreal), and serves as a director of The Blackstone Group L.P. (New York) and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (New Jersey).

He also serves as chairman of the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold Corporation (Toronto).

Mr. Mulroney is also a Trustee of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation and the International Advisory Board of HEC Montréal.

In 2018, Mr. Mulroney was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame for his extraordinary contribution to enriching the quality of life for Canadians with physical disabilities.

Mr. Mulroney has been awarded Canada's highest honour, Companion of the Order of Canada, has been made a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec.  He has received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service and the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service.

He has also received the highest recognition from the following governments for his leadership in vital matters affecting their nations:

•                Haiti – Grand-Croix de l’Ordre national Honneur et Mérite (1994)

•                Ukraine - Order of Kniaz (King) Yaroslav the Wise, First Class (2007)

•                Japan - Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (2011)

•                South Africa - Supreme Companion of O.R. Tambo (Gold) (2015)

•                France - Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur (2016)

Mr. Mulroney also has received honorary degrees and awards from universities and other governments at home and abroad.

In 2000, the McGill University North American Studies Institute determined that Mr. Mulroney had the best economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II. In 2003, the Institute for Research on Public Policy placed Mr. Mulroney 2nd in a ranking of the best prime ministers of the previous 50 years. In 2006, a panel of Canada’s leading environmental groups determined that Mr. Mulroney was “The Greenest Prime Minister in history.” In 2007, Mr. Mulroney’s autobiography, Memoirs, became Canada’s #1 national best seller and was described by the Ottawa Citizen as “the finest and most comprehensive memoir of any Prime Minister in Canadian history”. In 2009, a survey conducted by The Hill Times selected Mr. Mulroney as “the most admired” former Prime Minister of Canada.

In 1973, he married Mila Pivnicki and they have four children: Caroline (1974), Benedict (1976), Mark (1979) and Nicolas (1985).

They reside in Montreal, Quebec.


Now semi-retired, Meriel has occupied senior positions in government and the private sector. As part of the team negotiating the Canada –US FTA, she was responsible for Canada’s success in achieving the first binding international agreement for trade in services. She was also Canada’s negotiator for trade in services at the GATT (WTO’s predecessor organization) and for the services and temporary entry chapters of the NAFTA. Meriel served as a senior executive in two major international companies: Alcan Aluminium and Teleglobe. Her last position in the public service was as Member of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, a quasi-judicial body dealing with cases of international trade law, customs and excise matters and government procurement.

As a volunteer, she has served on many boards, including as President of the Rideau Club, Ottawa, and as Chair of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), President of Ottawa Montessori Schools, the Executive Forum on Public Property at Queen’s University, and as a director of other not-for-profit organizations. Currently she is a director on the Board of the Juno Beach Centre Association, which operates the only Canadian museum dedicated to Canada’s effort in World War II, located at Courseulles-sur-Mer in Normandy and is part of the team planning the 75th anniversary commemorations at the Centre.  She is President of Snowberry Investments Limited, a private holding company which invests in publicly traded securities.

Ms. Beament Bradford is a graduate of McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. From Carleton University (Department of Law) she holds a graduate certificate in conflict resolution. A seasoned, bilingual advisor and strategist, she has worked in Canada and internationally.

Meriel serves in a volunteer capacity as a member of the Stewardship Committee at her church and is involved in policy and development issues in her local community of Chelsea, Quebec. She and her husband, actor James Bradford, have three adult children and seven grandchildren spread across Canada.


The Honourable Pauline Browes, P.C., from Ontario, has a long history of involvement in issues related to the environment and the economy at the federal, provincial and community levels.

Ms. Browes was a Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre from 1984 to 1993. Her portfolios included Minister of State for Employment and Immigration and Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and in 1991 she was appointed to the Mulroney Cabinet as Minister of State for the Environment.

From 1995 to 2005, Pauline Browes served on the Environmental Review Tribunal for the Province of Ontario, conducting public hearings and providing written decisions under Ontario provincial environmental legislation.

She served as a director on the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 2007 to 2012. This was an advisory board to the Canadian Minister of the Environment, which provided recommendations to the Government of Canada concerning environmental and economic issues. From 2012 to 2018, she served as a Canadian member on the Joint Public Advisory Committee. The Committee was composed of five representatives from each of the countries of Canada, the United States and Mexico advising the three governments on environmental issues in relation to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Ms. Browse’s many community and environmental advocacy activities include her current involvement as a director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust in Ontario and Chair of the Friends of the Harwood Waterfront, both since 1999. Since 2014, she has also chaired the Friends the Rouge National Urban Park, Canada’s first National Urban Park, located in the Greater Toronto Area, working with Parks Canada. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust is a charity working with all levels of government, municipal partners, the private sector, communities and individuals, bringing people, ideas and resources together to regenerate waterfront and complete the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. The Friends of the Harwood Waterfront is a charity promoting and enhancing the Rice Lake waterfront at Harwood, which is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.                                 

Ms. Browse has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University in Toronto, an Advanced Alternate Dispute Resolution and Mediation Certificate from the University of Windsor, and a Teaching Certificate from the Toronto Teachers College.

She is a proud parent and grandparent of three adult children and two grandchildren.


Derek H. Burney is Senior Strategic Advisor to Norton Rose Fulbright. He is Chairman of GardaWorld’s International Advisory Board, Chairman of Alcanna Inc., and a member of the Advisory Board of Paradigm Capital Inc.

Mr. Burney was President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE Inc. from October 1999 until August 2004. Prior to joining CAE, Mr. Burney was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International Inc. (1993-1999).

From 1989-1993, Mr. Burney served as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States. This assignment culminated a distinguished thirty-year career in the Canadian Foreign Service, during which he completed a variety of assignments at home and abroad, including a period as a Deputy Minister of External Affairs.

From March 1987 to January 1989, Mr. Burney served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. He led the Canadian delegation in concluding negotiations of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and was the Prime Minister's personal representative (Sherpa) in the preparations for the Houston (1990), London (1991) and Munich (1992) G-7 Economic Summits.

In February 1992, Mr. Burney was awarded the Public Service of Canada's Outstanding Achievement Award. In July 1993, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Burney was conferred Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Lakehead University, Queen's University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Carleton University and University of Windsor.

Mr. Burney is co-author of “Brave New Canada: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World”, published by McGill-Queen’s in 2014. His memoir of government service - “Getting it Done” - was published by McGill-Queen’s in 2005.

Mr. Burney was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, and was educated at Queen's University, where he received an Honours B.A. and an M.A. He is married to Joan (Peden) and they have four sons.


In 2003, Donald was appointed by the prime minister as the Canadian Co-chair of the Canada-Japan Forum, an external advisory group established by the governments of Japan and Canada to provide advice and to promote the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Prior to his time at CAE, Donald had a distinguished career with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

As Canada’s Ambassador to Japan, Donald oversaw significant development in Canada’s economic and trade relationship with Japan.

As Deputy Minister of International Trade, he supervised the negotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and as Assistant Deputy Minister, Donald was deeply involved in the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement.

Donald Campbell is a frequent commentator on international, political and economic issues on Canadian national television and other fora.

Donald has formerly served as Executive Vice President, Group President CAE Inc. 2000 until 2007, Deputy Foreign Minister (1997-2000), Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for G-8 Summits (1997-2000), Canada’s Ambassador to Japan (1993-1997), Deputy Minister for International Trade (1989-1993), Assistant Deputy Minister (United States) (1985-1989), Canada’s Ambassador to Korea (1984-1985). Other foreign assignments include Kenya, the United Kingdom, Jamaica and the United States.


Peter Daniel is a senior executive with over 35 years’ experience in key management and communications positions in international organizations, the Canadian public service and the private sector. Peter has extensive experience working with ministers, deputy ministers, the Secretary General of NATO and the CEOs of some of Canada’s largest corporations—training and preparing them for media events, important presentations, appearances before parliamentary committees and major speaking engagements.

Peter retired after four years as Executive Vice-President, Communications and Corporate Marketing, at BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. Before joining Bell, he held a number of senior positions in the federal public service: Senior Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency, Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications at the Department of Finance Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications and Culture at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Peter also served abroad in 1993–94 as international advisor for media and broadcasting to the Transitional Executive Council governing South Africa in the transition to a multiracial democracy. From 1977 to 1980, he was the media spokesman for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), returning in 1997 as NATO Director of Information and Press during the Kosovo conflict.

Peter began his career as a television journalist. He held positions with both CBC Television and CTV News, as a national reporter in Montréal and Ottawa and as the Paris correspondent and bureau chief for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).


Thomas d’Aquino is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, corporate director, author and educator.  He is Chairman of Thomas d’Aquino Capital and Chairman and Chief Executive of Intercounsel Ltd., a private venture development and strategic consulting company which he founded in the 1970s.

Earlier in his career, Mr. d’Aquino served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, and as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa lecturing on the law of international trade and global business transactions.  He also worked with two of Canada’s leading law firms, as Special Counsel and Senior Counsel. 

From 1981 to 2009, he served as Chief Executive, President and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), an organization composed of the chief executives of 150 of the country’s leading enterprises and pre-eminent entrepreneurs.  He is a Distinguished Lifetime Member of the Business Council of Canada. 

A leader in North American affairs, he is acknowledged as one of the private sector leaders in advancing the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. d’Aquino currently is Co-Chair of the North American Forum, the continent’s pre-eminent trilateral institution dedicated to advancing Canada, United States and Mexico cooperation in economic, trade, energy, environmental and security matters. 

Born in Trail, British Columbia and raised and educated in nearby Nelson, Mr. d’Aquino attended the Universities of British Columbia, Queen’s and London (University College and the London School of Economics).  He holds B.A., J.D. (LL.B.), and LL.M. degrees, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Queen’s, Wilfrid Laurier and Western Universities.  He is an Honorary Professor at the Ivey Business School and a Distinguished Policy Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.  He is the author of numerous publications including the influential book Northern Edge: How Canadians Can Triumph in the Global Economy.  

Mr. d’Aquino is a member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ottawa.


Laura Dawson is Director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute.

Named one of Canada’s Top 100 foreign policy influencers by the Hill Times, Dawson is a speaker, writer, and thought leader on Canada-U.S., North America Free Trade Agreement, Trans-Pacific Partnership, and international trade issues.

Previously, she served as senior advisor on economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa, and taught international trade and Canada-U.S. relations at Carleton University.

Dawson continues to serve as an advisor at Dawson Strategic, which provides advice to business on cross-border trade, market access and regulatory issues. She is a Fellow at the MacDonald Laurier Institute, and at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Dawson holds a PhD in political science.


A native of Toronto, Mr. Dodge received a bachelor’s degree (honours) from Queen’s University, and a PhD in economics from Princeton.

During his academic career, he taught economics at Queen’s University; at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia; and at Simon Fraser University.  He also served as Director of the International Economics Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.  Mr. Dodge has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of Canadian universities.  In 2009, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

During a distinguished career in the federal public service, Mr. Dodge held senior positions in the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Anti-Inflation Board, and the Department of Employment and Immigration.  After serving in a number of increasingly senior positions at the Department of Finance, including that of G-7 Deputy, he was Deputy Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1997.  In that role, he served as a member of the Bank of Canada’s Board of Directors.

In 1998 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Health, a position he held until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Mr. Dodge, appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 1 February 2001 for a term of seven years, retired on 31 January 2008. From July 2008 to June 2014, he served as Chancellor of Queen’s University.  From 2009 to 2015, he was a member of the board of directors of Canadian Utilities Limited, ATCO Limited and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Dodge is Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP one of Canada’s leading law firms.  He also serves on the board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Chairs the National Council of the C.D. Howe Institute.


On May 29, 2017, Chris Forbes was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

Prior to returning to AAFC, Mr. Forbes served as Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Finance from November 2016 to May 2017. He was Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from January 2015 to November 2016. From May 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Forbes was Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch and Regional Directors General Offices at Environment Canada. From November 2010 to May 2013, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch at the Department of Finance.

Mr. Forbes joined the federal government in 2000, and has held several senior positions in the areas of policy development, economic analysis and regulations and managed a range of regional programs. He has also worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Toronto Dominion Bank. Mr. Forbes holds a Masters in Economics from McGill University.


Since 2012, the Reverend Canon Laurette Glasgow has served as the Special Advisor of Government Relations to the Anglican Church of Canada/Diocese of Ottawa.

Previously, Rev. Glasgow worked for the Government of Canada at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Finance, the Treasury Board Secretariat (for more than 35 years), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (Canada); in several roles including Director, Deputy Ambassador, and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, from 1982 to 2008.


David Graham was nominated to the position of vice-president academic and provost at the University of Ottawa effective May 1, 2017. Mr. Graham (BA Hons, Saskatchewan; MA, PhD, Western) is professor emeritus of French literature at Concordia University (Montreal), where he served successively as Dean of Arts and Science (2005–08), Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs (2008–12), and finally as Senior Advisor to the President on International Strategy (2012–14) prior to his retirement in 2015. Before joining Concordia, he held academic and administrative positions at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he served as Head, Department of French and Spanish (1986–92; 1999–2002) and Dean, Faculty of Arts (2002–05).

In addition, he acted as Academic Coordinator for the Congress of Learned Societies—the precursor to today’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences—in 1996–97.

During his career, he was involved with many organizations at a regional and national level, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, serving as a member of its working group on the future of the humanities and chairing both Standard Research Grant and large-scale grant review committees. 

He remains active as a consultant and workshop facilitator in higher education leadership and management, and spent a portion of 2015–16 in East Africa as a member of a consulting team funded by the World Bank to provide advice to the Government of Tanzania regarding the establishment of a higher education in Arusha, TZ. Topics of particular interest include academic labour relations, leadership development, bridge-building between academic and administrative cultures, strategic planning, and university governance.


Fen Osler Hampson is Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s (CIGI's) Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. He is also the co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Most recently, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and will continue to serve as Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Under his leadership, NPSIA established its reputation as a Canadian leader in international relations, expanding the student enrollment and faculty members, and increasing the research budget. Fen was instrumental in creating collaborative learning approaches to international security at NPSIA and in establishing several new research centres at Carleton University.

Fen holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he also received his A.M. degree (both with distinction). He also holds a MSc. (Economics) degree (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is the past recipient of various awards and honours, including a Research and Writing Award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace (a non-partisan, congressionally funded think tank) in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at Georgetown University as a visiting professor.

Fen is the author or co-author of 10 books and editor or co-editor of more than 26 other volumes. In addition, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters on international affairs. The Global Power of Talk (co-authored with I. William Zartman) was published in March 2012. His most recent book is Brave New Canada: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World, co-authored with Derek Burney.

He is formerly a senior adviser to the United States Institute of Peace and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Program in International Negotiation at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael Academy). Fen serves on the International Advisory Board Committee of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, and has been a consultant to the International Peace Academy in New York, the Social Science Research Council in New York, the United Nations Commission on Human Security, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the MacArthur Foundation, the International Development Centre, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. He served on the Social Science Foundation Board at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, was vice-chair of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and currently serves on the Board of the Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa. Fen has also served as chair of the Human Security Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalisation and Democracy, a joint initiative of the governments of Finland and Sweden, and was also International Institutions and Content Coordinator on International Cooperation at the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, hosted by the King of Spain in Madrid, March 8 to 11, 2005.

Fen is a frequent commentator and contributor in the national and international media. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Ottawa Citizen, iPolitics and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on the CBC, CTV and Global news networks.


On December 7, 2018, the Prime Minister appointed John F.G. Hannaford as Deputy Minister for International Trade at Global Affairs Canada, effective January 7, 2019.

From January 2015 to January 2019, Mr. Hannaford was the foreign and defence policy adviser to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister in the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada.

Until December 2014, Mr. Hannaford was the assistant secretary to the Cabinet for foreign and defence policy in the Privy Council Office. Prior to December 2011, Mr. Hannaford was Canada’s ambassador to Norway. Before that, for two years, Mr. Hannaford was director general of the Legal Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. As a member of Canada’s foreign service, he had numerous assignments in Ottawa and at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C., during the early years of his career.

Mr. Hannaford graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) in history. After earning a Master of Science in international relations at the London School of Economics, he completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Toronto and was called to the bar in Ontario in 1995.

In addition to his work as a public servant, Mr. Hannaford has been an adjunct professor in both the Faculty of Law and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.


Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament representing the southern Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. She is one of Canada’s most respected environmentalists. As well, she practiced law and is also the author of eight books, including her most recent book Who we are: Reflections on my life and on Canada. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario.

She held the position of Associate General Council for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment from 1986 until 1988. 

In 1986, Elizabeth became Senior Policy Advisor to then federal Environment Minister, Tom McMillan. She was instrumental in the creation of several national parks, including South Moresby. She was involved in negotiating the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer, new legislation and pollution control measures. In 1988, she resigned on principle when the Minister granted permits for the Rafferty-Alameda Dams in Saskatchewan as part of a political trade-off, with no environmental assessment. The permits were later quashed by a Federal Court decision that the permits were granted illegally.

In June 2006, Elizabeth stepped down as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, a post she had held since 1989, to run for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. She was successful in her bid and was elected the Green Party’s ninth leader at their national convention in August 2006.Elizabeth was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. In November, 2010, Newsweek magazine named her “one of the world’s most influential women.” She is a mother and grandmother. Elizabeth makes her home in Sidney, British Columbia.

In the 2011 Election, Elizabeth made history by being the first Green Party candidate to be elected to the House of Commons. In the 2015 Fall federal election Elizabeth May was re-elected in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.


The Honourable Barbara McDougall served as a Member of Parliament for the riding of St. Paul's (Toronto) from 1984 to 1993.  

She served in Mr. Mulroney’s cabinet in the following portfolios:

  •         Secretary of State for External Affairs from April 21st, 1991 to June 24th, 1993.
  •         Minister of Employment and Immigration from March 31st, 1988 to April 20th, 1991.
  •         Minister of State (Privatization) from June 30th 1986 to March 30th, 1988. 
  •         Minister responsible for the Status of Women from June 30th, 1986 to February 22nd, 1990.
  •         Minister of State (Finance) from September 17th, 1984 to June 29th, 1986.


In 2000, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Anne McIlroy is the Director, Principal Gifts at the University of Ottawa. She joined uOttawa in 2012 after a distinguished career in journalism, including more than a decade writing about environmental issues.  

She worked for the Globe and Mail for 16 years as a national correspondent and science reporter and was the first woman in the paper’s history to hold the position of parliamentary bureau chief.  She has won numerous awards, including two National Newspaper Awards, and has reported from across Canada as well as Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, she began her career at the Ottawa Citizen, where she reported on environmental issues out of the national bureau. She was also the environment reporter for Southam News. 

As Director, Principal Gifts, she helps the President and Vice President External Relations marry the passions and interests of donors with the University’s priorities.


In 1990, James McIlroy founded McIlroy & McIlroy, Counsel on Public Policy, where he advises clients on public policy and international trade.

His career in law, government, and trade spans four decades. 

As Senior Policy Advisor to Canada’s Minister of International Trade in the Mulroney Government, he worked on the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations from the outset.  He was also involved with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations.

Today, he helps Canadian and international corporations manage international trade issues, and deal with Government departments and agencies – including Global Affairs Canada, and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT).

He has written and spoken for many organizations, including the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Journal of World Investment & Trade, and the Global Trade and Customs Journal.


From 1983 to 1991, William Pristanski held several senior positions in the Government of Canada.

From 1983 to 1986 he served as executive assistant to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Over the following five years, he served as Chief of Staff to the Solicitor General, the President of the Treasury Board and the Minister of the Environment. 

As Chief of Staff to the Minister of the Environment, he spearheaded the policy development and Cabinet approval process for Canada’s Green Plan and the Environmental Assessment Act. 

Mr. Pristanski left the government of Canada in 1991 to form a government relations consulting firm. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, he has become one of Canada’s most experienced and respected public affairs strategists. He works as the trusted government relations advisor to the C-suite of several corporations. He advises North American companies on building positive relationships with governments in Canada, both at the federal and provincial levels.

He currently serves as the Chair of the board of the Terry Fox Foundation and is a member of the Board of Governors and Senate at the University of Waterloo.


As President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2009, Michael Sabia is responsible for the strategic direction of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and the global growth of the organization.

Before joining CDPQ, he was with Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE), holding such positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International. From 1993 to 1999, he occupied various roles with Canadian National Railway, including Chief Financial Officer. He spent the previous decade working as a senior official in the Government of Canada.

Mr. Sabia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from the University of Toronto, and holds graduate degrees in economics and politics from Yale University.


Taki Sarantakis is the President of the Canada School of Public Service, a position he assumed in July 2018.

Mr. Sarantakis came to the School from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, where he was the Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board from 2016 to 2018. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Sarantakis was Assistant Secretary, Economic Sector, where he was responsible for providing ongoing support and advice to 28 departments and agencies, 15 Crown corporations and a number of port and airport authorities. In this role, he also provided advice directly to Treasury Board ministers on issues related to science and technology, environment, venture capital, regional economic development, infrastructure, natural resources, transportation and agriculture.

Prior to his tenure at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Mr. Sarantakis was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Communications at Infrastructure Canada. During his time there, he played a major role in the policy design and program implementation for the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Border Infrastructure Fund, the Municipal-Rural Infrastructure Fund, all program initiatives under the $33 billion Building Canada Plan and $5 billion of stimulus programming announced in Budget 2009, including the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. 

In 2011, Mr. Sarantakis was awarded Canada's Public Service Award of Excellence in Policy, and in 2013 he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Sarantakis was a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and he also holds a B.A. (Specialized Hon., 1992) and a Master of Arts (1993) from York University in Toronto. He is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management/Institute of Corporate Directors Director Education Program, holding the ICD.D designation.


Dr. Robert Slater is Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University where he is also the Executive Director of the Regulatory Governance Initiative.

Dr. Slater occupied several senior positions during a 32-year career at Environment Canada and was the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for eight years. He was instrumental in establishing the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He played a lead role in the renegotiation of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1978, Acid Rain Agreements with Provincial Governments, the Canada-US Accord on Air Quality, and the Green Plan. He led preparations for Canada’s role in the UN Conference on the Environment (“Earth Summit”) in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He was responsible for legislative initiatives leading to the Canadian Environmental Protect Act (CEPA) and the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and led development of regulations limiting lead in gasoline and bringing auto emissions standards in line with those in US.

He chaired the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board from 1976 to 1982.

After he left the Public Service of Canada, he formed a consulting company that operated internationally, served as a member of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy for 6 years and acts as a board member and advisor to numerous non-government organisations. Before joining the public service, he was co-founder of Pollutech, an environmental consulting company.

He was awarded degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009.


Ms. Catrina Tapley was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations), Privy Council Office, on March 6, 2017. Previously, Ms. Tapley was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for the Economic and Regional Development Policy Secretariat.

Before joining the Privy Council Office, Ms. Tapley was with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada from 2010-2016, serving as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic and Program Policy and as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister. She was responsible for leading Canada’s immigration and citizenship policy pertaining to the selection and admissibility of permanent and temporary residents and refugees, and helping all new comers integrate into Canadian society and the economy including through Canadian citizenship.

In 2011, Ms. Tapley played a senior role in the creation and negotiation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan as a part of the very Beyond the Border Working Group.  The Beyond the Border Action Plan is a Canada-United States agreement on economic competitiveness and perimeter security.

Before joining Citizenship and Immigration, Ms. Tapley held numerous positions at the Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat.  It was during this time she played an integral role in the policy and legislative process for the development of the Federal Accountability Act.  As the Executive Director, Security and Justice Division, she was responsible for management and financial oversight of sixteen different federal departments and agencies in the Public Security and Justice portfolios. 

Before 2006, Ms. Tapley held executive positions at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 


Michael Wernick became Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet on January 22, 2016.

Mr. Wernick joined the federal public service in 1981. Since then he has worked in various departments and agencies, including the Department of Finance Canada, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada, and the Privy Council Office.

He has held several senior leadership roles, including:

  • Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet
  • Senior Advisor, Privy Council Office
  • Deputy Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultations, Privy Council Office
  • Assistant Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage

Mr. Wernick holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Toronto. He served on the Board of Governors of Carleton University from 2010 to 2017.

In 2012, Mr. Wernick received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.


The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters is a strategic and policy advisor with McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Before joining the private sector, Mr. Wouters was the Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, and head of the Public Service of Canada. Appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mr. Wouters served from July 1, 2009, until October 3, 2014, at which time he retired from the public service.

From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Wouters served as deputy minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Labour Canada.

From December 2004 to June 30, 2009, Mr. Wouters was Secretary of the Treasury Board.

In 2012, Mr. Wouters received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and in 2016 he received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba. In 2014, Mr. Wouters was inducted as a Member of the Privy Council of Canada by the Prime Minister. Mr. Wouters was recently made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Wouters has been a longstanding and committed volunteer, chairing the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign in 2004, and the City of Ottawa’s United Way Campaign in 2007. In 2013, Mr. Wouters received the André Mailhot Award for lifetime achievement, United Way Canada’s highest distinction. He currently sits on the United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees.


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