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Heather Munroe-Blum

Chairperson, Corporate Director and Public Policy Scholar, Board and Investment Committee (Chair), ex officio member of the Audit, Governance, Human Resources and Compensation, and Risk Committees

Montreal, Quebec

Director since December 2010
Chairperson since October 2014

Director of the Royal Bank of Canada and Chairperson of the Gairdner Foundation. Co-founder and Co-Chair 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), the Trilateral Commission, and Chair of the McGill University Health Centre Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4). 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. Served for over a decade as Principal and Vice Chancellor (President), McGill University; Former Vice-President (Research and International Relations), University of Toronto. 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; 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

Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee (appointed Chair effective January 1, 2020), 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 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 the 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 more than 30 years of banking experience, including executive positions in human resources and Corporate Credit Risk, as well as extensive board experience.

William ‘Mark’ Evans

Venture Capital, Investment Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Risk Committee

London, U.K.

Director since May 2019

Works with several early stage technology companies, including Animal Dynamics, DisplayLink, Five.AI, Headspace, MyTomorrows, Oak North, Oxford Nano Imaging (ONI), PaySend and The Hut Group. Joined Benchmark Capital’s Entrepreneur in Residence program in Silicon Valley (1999) 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 35 years’ experience working in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

Ashleigh Everett

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

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Director since February 2017

Director of The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. Former Director of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Chair of the Corporate Governance and Pension Committees). Former Director of Manitoba Telecom Services (Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committees). Former member of the Premiers Enterprise Team for the Province of Manitoba. President, Corporate Secretary and Director of Royal Canadian Securities Limited, the holding company of Royal Canadian Properties Limited, Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd., and L’Eau-1 Inc. Masters of Business Administration, Ivey School of Management, University of Western Ontario.

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

Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Governance Committee, Risk Committee

Toronto, Ontario

Director since February 2015

Non-executive Director of Brambles Limited. Director of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Served on several international management and joint venture boards. Past member of the Dean’s advisory council of the Laurier School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. 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. Certified Management Accountant of Canada, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Qualifications include more than 40 years of business and board expertise, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Pakistan, in addition to Canada.

Chuck Magro

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

Heritage Point, Alberta

Director since July 2018

Serves on the boards of the Business Council of Canada, Business Council of Alberta. Vice Chairman of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, Past Chair & current board member of The Fertilizer Institute. Former Chair of Canpotex and on the boards of the Nutrients for Life Foundation and International Plant Nutrition Institute. Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrien Ltd.

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

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

Vancouver, British Columbia

Director since February 2017

Serves as Director on a number of corporate boards, including Aritzia Inc., Canalyst Financial Modeling Corporation and Eupraxia Pharmaceuticals Inc. Current member of the Asia Pacific Foundation Board, serves as Chair of The St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and Chair of The Vancouver Police Foundation. Former Vice Chairman of RBC Wealth Management. Served as Chief Executive Officer of RBC Global Asset Management from 2008 to 2015. Previously President of Phillips and Hager & North Investment Management. Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Leslie Wong Fellow of the UBC Portfolio Management 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

Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Audit Committee (Chair), Risk Committee (ex officio member)

London, U.K.

Director since May 2017

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

Karen Sheriff

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

Halifax, Nova Scotia*

Director since October 2012

Director of BCE Inc/Bell Canada. Past director of Bell Aliant Inc., Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc., Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc., Aliant Inc., Teknion Corporation and WestJet Airlines Ltd. Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts from 2006 to 2016. Former President and Chief Executive Officer 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. 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 (CWC). Named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs (Atlantic Business Magazine). 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.

Boon Sim

Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Audit Committee and Governance Committee
New York, USA

Director since July 2020

Previously served on the boards of FTS International Inc., Fanatics Inc. and WorldPay Inc.

Founder and Managing Partner of Artius Capital Partners, a New York-based growth and private equity investment firm.
Held senior roles with Temasek International, most recently President, Americas, Head of Markets Groups and Head of Life Science and Credit Portfolios, between 2012 and 2017. Prior to joining Temasek, served a 20-year tenure with Credit Suisse Group and its predecessor firm, The First Boston Corporation, including various leadership positions, last as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions.

Qualifications include nearly 30 years of global experience in the finance industry and expertise in a range of sectors including technology and healthcare. Currently a member of the Yale University School of Management Board of Advisors.

Holds a Master of Science in Engineering (SMME) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Private & Public Management (MPPM) from Yale University and a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore.

Kathleen Taylor

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

Toronto, Ontario

Director since October 2013

Chair of the Board of the Royal Bank of Canada since 2014 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 of Altas Partners, a Toronto-based private equity firm, since April 2019. Former President and Chief Executive Officer 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 University of Toronto (2019), McGill University (2017), Trent University (2016) and York University (2014). Named the first woman Corporate Hotelier of the World by Hotels Magazine (2011) and was 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. More recently, a senior partner in a private equity firm. Also, a seasoned Director with 20 years of governance experience on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Jo Mark Zurel

Corporate Director, Investment Committee, Audit Committee (ex officio member), Risk Committee (Chair)

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Director since November 2012

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. Former Director of Newfoundland Power Inc., and Fronteer Gold Inc. 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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