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Board of Directors

heather Munroe Blum

Heather Munroe-Blum

Corporate Director, Chairperson, Board and Investment Committee, Non-voting member of Audit Committee, Governance Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Risk Committee

Montreal, Quebec

Director since December 2010
Chairperson since October 2014 

Served for over a decade as Principal and Vice Chancellor (President), McGill University; Former Vice-President (Research and International Relations), University of Toronto. Current Director of the Royal Bank of Canada and Chairperson of the Gairdner Foundation. Co-founder of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation. Member, Board of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), McGill’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI), McGill’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management and the Trilateral Commission. Among others, served on the boards of Four Seasons Hotels, Alcan, Yellow Media Inc., Hydro One (Ontario), and CGI Group; and as a member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Conference Board of Canada and the CD Howe Institute. Recipient of numerous domestic and international honorary degrees and awards of distinction. Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec, Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Building on a distinguished career of clinical, scientific and policy contributions, qualifications include more than 25 years of senior administrative leadership concentrated in higher education, public policy and research and development; has extensive board experience as a director on executive, human resources and compensation, governance, investment, finance and risk committees in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

sylvia Chrominska

Sylvia Chrominska

Investment Committee, Corporate Director, Human Resources and Compensation Committee (Chair), Risk Committee

Stratford, Ontario

Director since September 2018

Currently serves on the Board and as Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of Wajax Inc., on the Board and as Chair of the Management Resources and Compensation Committee of Emera Inc., on the Board and as Chair of the Stratford Festival, and on the Board of the University of Western Ontario.

Previously served as Chair of the Boards of the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica and Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago, as a Director and Chair of the Human Resources Committee of Dofasco Inc., as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Bankers Association and on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey Business School. Member and Honorary Fellow of the Advisory Council for Dalhousie University, Chair of the International Women’s Forum, and Board Member and Vice President of the Canadian Club of Toronto.

Holds an Honours Degree in Business Administration and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Ontario.

Qualifications include over 30 years of banking experience, including executive positions in human resources and Corporate Credit Risk, as well as extensive board experience.

william Mark Evans

William ‘Mark’ Evans

Investment Committee, Corporate Director, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Risk Committee

London, U.K.

Director since May 2019

Currently works with several early stage technology companies, including Animal Dynamics, Digital Surgery, DisplayLink, Five.AI, Headspace, myTomorrows, Oak North, Oxford Nanoimaging (ONI) and The Hut Group.

Joined Benchmark Capital’s Entrepreneur in Residence program in Silicon Valley and became a General Partner at Benchmark Europe/Balderton Capital from 2002 through 2015. Co-founded TrustBridge Partners in China (2006) and Kindred Capital in Europe (2016). Former member (until 1999) of the Management Committee at Goldman Sachs.

Holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BA in Economics from Queen’s University.

Qualifications include a proven track record as a technology investor during a 15-plus year career working in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

ashleigh Everett

Ashleigh Everett

Investment Committee, Corporate Executive, Corporate Director, Governance Committee (Chair)

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Director since February 2017

President, Corporate Secretary and Director of Royal Canadian Securities Ltd., the holding company of Royal Canadian Properties Ltd., Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd., and L’Eau-1 Inc. Director of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. Former Director of The Bank of Nova Scotia (Chair of the Corporate Governance and Pension Committee). Former Director of Manitoba Telecom Services (Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committees).

Current member of the Premier’s Enterprise Team for the Province of Manitoba.

Qualifications include extensive board experience as a director on executive and risk, governance and pension, and human resources and compensation committees in the public telecom and finance sectors, with experience in international risk and governance issues. Over 25 years of senior-management experience in private property development and retail business operations.

tahira Hassan

Tahira Hassan

Investment Committee, Corporate Director, Governance Committee, Risk Committee

Toronto, Ontario

Director since February 2015

Non-executive Director of Brambles Ltd. Vice Chair and Director of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Former Senior Vice-President at Nestlé SA, with extensive international experience in transformative change, including mergers & acquisitions. Held executive positions such as Global Business Head for Nescafé Ready-to-Drink, Head of Global Supply Chain and President of Ice Cream in Canada. Served on several international management and joint venture boards. Past member of the Dean’s advisory council of the Laurier School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Certified Management Accountant of Canada. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the U.K.

Qualifications include more than 39 years of business and board expertise in countries such as the U.K., Switzerland and Pakistan, in addition to Canada.

chuck Magro

Chuck Magro

Investment Committee, Corporate Executive, Audit Committee, Governance Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Heritage Point, Alberta

Director since July 2018

President and CEO of Nutrien Ltd. Plays an active role on the boards of the Business Council of Canada, the International Fertilizer Industry Association and the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Also serves as Chair of Canpotex Ltd., and past chair of The Fertilizer Institute and the Nutrients for Life Foundation.

Qualifications include 25 years of international business experience, primarily in North and South America, Australia, Europe and Asia, as well as board experience.

john Montalbano

John Montalbano

Investment Committee, Corporate Director, Audit Committee, Risk Committee, Governance Committee

Vancouver, British Columbia

Director since February 2017

CEO of RBC Global Asset Management from 2008 to 2015. Previously President of Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management and Vice Chairman of RBC Wealth Management. Serves as Director on a number of corporate boards, including Canalyst Financial Modeling Corporation, Accuro Technologies Inc. and Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals Inc.

CFA charterholder. Leslie Wong Fellow of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation. Holds an Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University, serves on the Asia Pacific Foundation Board, is Vice Chair of The St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and Chairs The Vancouver Police Foundation.

Qualifications include nearly 30 years working in asset management and extensive senior management experience, including overseeing double-digit annual growth over seven years as CEO of the new RBC Global Asset Management – making it one of the 50 largest asset managers in the world.

mary Phibbs

Mary Phibbs

Investment Committee, Corporate Director, Audit Committee (Chair), Risk Committee (non-voting member)

London, U.K.

Director since May 2017

Held senior positions at Standard Chartered Bank plc, ANZ Banking Group, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Allied Irish Banks plc among others. Non-executive Director of Morgan Stanley International Ltd., Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc and Morgan Stanley Bank International Ltd and Virgin Money Unit Trust Managers Ltd. Previously a Director of Novae Group plc, New Day Group Ltd., Nottingham Building Society, Friends Life Group plc, Stewart Title Ltd., The Charity Bank Ltd. and Northern Rock plc during its period of public ownership.

Holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Surrey, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Qualifications include more than 40 years of international business, risk management and board experience in various countries in the Australian, Pacific, Southeast Asia, Middle East and European regions, including the U.K.

karen Sheriff

Karen Sheriff

Investment Committee, Corporate Executive, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Governance Committee

Halifax, Nova Scotia*

Director since October 2012

President and CEO of Q9 Networks from January 2015 through October 2016. Previously President and CEO of Bell Aliant; Chief Operating Officer, Bell Aliant. Prior to Bell Aliant, President of Small and Medium Business, Bell Canada; Chief Marketing Officer, Bell Canada; Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development, Bell Canada; and a variety of assignments with Ameritech and United Airlines. Director of WestJet Airlines Ltd. and BCE Inc./Bell Canada. Past director of Bell Aliant Inc., Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc., Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc., Aliant Inc. and Teknion Corporation.

Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts from 2006 to 2016. Named one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence for 2013 by Women of Influence Inc. In 2012, named Woman of the Year by Canadian Women in Communications. Named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs (Atlantic Business). Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women three times and named to the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Women Hall of Fame.

Qualifications include extensive senior management experience and expertise in strategic-priority setting of major corporations, including oversight of Bell Aliant’s conversion back to a corporation from one of the largest income trusts in Canada, and leading Bell Aliant’s corporate transformation and industry leading fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network build – the first of its kind in Canada.

*At time of appointment.

kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor

Investment Committee, Global Executive, Corporate Director, Audit Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Toronto, Ontario

Director since October 2013

Chair of the Board of the Royal Bank of Canada and Board member since 2001. Chair of the Board of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation and a member of the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Director of Air Canada since May 2016. Vice Chair of The Adecco Group since April 2017 and Director since April 2015. Chair since April 2019 of Altas Partners, a Toronto-based private equity firm. Former President and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Recipient of the Order of Canada with the grade of member (2016). Recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University (2015) and Honorary Doctorates of Laws from Trent University (2016) and York University (2014). Named the first woman Corporate Hotelier of the World by Hotels Magazine (2011) and inducted to the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends (2010). Recipient of the Inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from Hennick Centre for Business and Law (2010), and the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership (2001).

Executive qualifications include almost 25 years of international experience building a global culture, overseeing major strategic and operations initiatives, negotiating expertise and strong relationship-management capabilities. Also a seasoned director, with 20 years of governance experience on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards.

jo Mark Zurel

Jo Mark Zurel

Investment Committee, Corporate Director, Risk Committee (Chair), Audit Committee (non-voting member)

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Director since November 2012

President/Owner of Stonebridge Capital Inc., a private investment company that invests in a variety of businesses, including Atlantic Canadian start-up and high-growth companies. From 1998 to 2006 served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of CHC Helicopter Corporation. Director of Highland Copper, Director of Major Drilling Group International Inc. and Director of Fortis Inc. Current and recent volunteer activities include Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Chair of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Chair of a Red Cross Capital Campaign. In 2015, Jo Mark and his wife were named the Outstanding Philanthropists for Newfoundland and Labrador. Honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2000.

Qualifications include extensive investment industry and corporate director experience, including as an active angel investor and as Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and member of the founding executive of the ICD’s Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter.

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