Top 40 Advisory Board

The Top 40 Advisory Board is composed of respected and experienced individuals from across Canada, leaders in their industries, professions, and communities. Many of our members are former recipients of the Top 40 honour. The Advisory Board reflects the diversity and leadership excellence in Canadian business and broader public sectors.

Members volunteer their time to review nominee material and to meet annually to select the Top 40. We thank them for their commitment and the important role they play in the selection.

Moya Cahill, Co-founder and President, Pangeo Subsea Inc.

Moya Cahill is co-founder and President of Pangeo Subsea Inc, a technology and service provider of high-resolution 3D sub-bottom acoustic imaging technology. With offices in St John’s, Aberdeen, and Qatar, Pangeo mitigates risk for offshore installations around the globe for the Oil & Gas and Offshore Renewable Energy sectors.

With a PEng designation in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Moya started her career in Norway, returned to Canada in the early 90s, establishing her own project management and engineering firm. Building out her global vision earned her the Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry Association Outstanding Contribution Award.

Moya has served on numerous boards, including the College of North Atlantic, Marine Atlantic, Maritime Tel & Tel, and the Federal Task Force for the Future of Canada’s Financial Sector. Today, she serves on the NL Private Sector Advisory Committee for Business Innovation and Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. Moya, her husband Paul, and family reside in St John’s.

Victor G.Dodig, President & CEO, CIBC

Victor Dodig was named President and CEO of the CIBC group of companies in September 2014, following his appointment as Group Head of Wealth Management in 2011.

Under his tenure, Victor has helped usher in a new era for the bank, positioning CIBC as a strong, innovative, and relationship-oriented financial institution with a Return on Equity among the highest of its peers globally. Victor brings more than 20 years of extensive business and banking experience, having also led several businesses with UBS and Merrill Lynch in Canada and internationally. He was also a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

In addition to CIBC, Victor also serves on the board of the CD Howe Institute and the ROM Board of Governors, and is founding Chair of the 30% Club Canada.

An alumnus of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and a Harvard Business School graduate, Victor is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TM award. He resides in Toronto with his wife Maureen and their four teenage children.

David Garofalo, President & CEO, Goldcorp

David Garofalo was appointed President and CEO of Goldcorp in 2016. Goldcorp is a senior gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines.

David’s early career began with finance roles of increasing responsibility at Inmet Mining. He later joined Agnico-Eagle where he was SVP Finance and CFO, before eventually moving to Hudbay, where he was named President and CEO, responsible for setting and executing the mining company’s vision and strategy.

David was named Canada’s CFO of the Year in 2009 and Top Gun CFO by Brendan Wood (2009 and 2010). He has been recognized by IR Magazine with awards for Best Investor Relations by a CFO and Best Investor Relations by a CEO. He was The Northern Miner’s Mining Person of the Year in 2012.

A graduate of the University of Toronto (BComm), David is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He serves on the board of Mackenzie Health Foundation.

E.M.Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO, Oxford Properties Group; Chief Investment Officer, Real Estate and Platform Investments, OMERS

At OMERS, Blake Hutcheson oversees some 20% of the OMERS Investment Portfolio covering the Pension Funds real estate holdings, direct energy investments, ventures portfolio, and other strategic assets. As President & CEO of Oxford Properties, he oversees the global business (some $42B of AUM). Previously, Blake was Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi-strategy private equity firm. Prior to that, he was Chairman & President of CB Richard Ellis Canada & Latin America.

Blake has served on many boards and committees including the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing, Build Toronto, Premier’s Transit Investment Strategy Advisory; Toronto Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee, University Club of Toronto, RealNet Canada, REALpac, and Canadian Real Estate Forum.

He is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, the ICONS of the Industry Award, and is a long-time member of YPO and WPO. A graduate of UWO, the LSE, and Columbia (Real Estate Development), Blake is married with two children.

Mitch Joel, President, Mirum

When Google wants to explain innovation and marketing to the top brands in the world, they call Mitch Joel. Marketing Magazine called him, "one of North America's leading digital visionaries." Mitch is President of Mirum – a global digital marketing agency operating in 20 countries with over 2500 employees. He has been named one of the top 100 online marketers in the world, and was awarded the prestigious Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

He is a columnist for the Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post, and other magazines and newspapers. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation, named after his successful blog and podcast is a business and marketing bestseller. His second book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Amazon. His next book, Algorhythm, will look at how the future of business will blend data and creativity. Mitch is also the host of Groove – The No Treble Podcast, where he is slowly trying to build the largest oral history of electric bass players in the world.

Tom MacMillan, President & CEO, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.

Publicly listed on the TSX, Gluskin Sheff is an independent wealth management firm that manages investment portfolios for high net worth private clients as well as select institutional investors, including family offices, foundations, endowments and both public and private pension plans. Tom MacMillan has been Gluskin Sheff’s President & CEO since 2016.

Prior his appointment as CEO, he served as Chair of Gluskin Sheff and has been a Director since 2014. Tom has over 40 years of experience in Canada and the United States in the banking, trust, and custody businesses including serving as President and CEO of CIBC Mellon from 1998 to 2009.

He has served and continues to serve on various for-profit and not-for-profit boards, including the University of Toronto Schools, the University Health Network, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Foundation.

A native of Toronto, Tom received a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Shelley Martin, President and CEO, Nestlé Canada Inc.

Shelley Martin is President and CEO of Nestlé Canada Inc., a leading company that produces some of the world’s most recognized and trusted foods and beverages. Shelley has executive responsibility for Nestlé in Canada, which employs approximately 3,500 people in over 20 facilities nationally.

After an early career at General Mills, Shelley joined Nestlé Canada in the PetCare Business in Marketing, advancing to VP Confectionary, Leader of PetCare, Head of Nescafé and Beverages, President, Ice Cream, and Division Executive Manager of the Frozen Foods Business. In 2013, Shelley was appointed President and CEO of Nestlé Canada.

Shelley actively participates in industry initiatives and is currently the Chair on the Board of Directors for Food and Consumer Products Canada, serves on the boards of the Grocery Innovation Foundation, and the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance. In 2015, she was named a Top 100 Award Winner for Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.

Shelley graduated from the Business Program at Wilfrid Laurier University and lives in Toronto with her daughters.

Jessica McDonald, President and CEO, BC Hydro

BC Hydro is the Province’s largest Crown Corporation, with $5.5bn in revenues. Appointed CEO in 2014, Jessica McDonald is overseeing an unprecedented refurbishment and expansion of its electricity assets, including the $8.3bn Site C project.

Jessica has created a new focus on customer service and employee engagement, leading a brand, vision, and values refresh (BC Hydro was named #1 most influential brand in BC in 2016 and Canada's #1 employer by Forbes). She was previously Cabinet Secretary and Head of the BC Public Service, following a progressive career in numerous ministries, often leading commercial mediation and negotiation on major infrastructure and industrial projects.

Jessica is a member of BC Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, and serves on various boards. She received the IPAC/Deloitte National Gold Award for Public Sector Leadership, and has been named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Top 35 Most Influential Women in BC,  Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame.

Susan McIsaac, Former President & CEO, United Way Toronto & York Region

Susan McIsaac became President and CEO of United Way Toronto in 2010. She retired from the organization in June 2016. A senior executive with United Way since 1998, Susan was a key architect of the organization’s transformation from trusted fundraiser to community mobilizer and catalyst for impact.

In her previous role as the organization’s Chief Development Officer, United Way’s annual fundraising campaign was reshaped to focus on engaging donors and volunteers in strategies to change social conditions in our city. Under her leadership, campaign revenues grew from $58M in 1998 to $118M in 2015.

Susan was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of her efforts in the community She has been a volunteer and director of numerous organizations including Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance’s Board of Directors and the Governor General’s Initiative on Volunteerism and Philanthropy.

Susan was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2014) and the Region Builder of the Year by the Toronto Region Board of Trade (2017).

Dave Mowat, President and CEO, ATB Financial

ATB provides digital, mobile, personal, business, agriculture, corporate, agency, and investor financial services to 700,000+ Albertans and businesses. Dave Mowat has been CEO since 2007, and under his leadership, ATB is committed to make banking work for people and to use banking to create happiness.

Dave’s early career was at BDC, where he advanced to become SVP Emerging Markets and Venture Capital. From there, he was named President & CEO of Vancity Capital, progressing to become CEO of its parent, Vancouver City Savings Credit Union in 2000.

Dave serves on the boards of Telus, STARS, Alberta Blue Cross, Citadel Theatre, and the National Music Centre. In 2012, he chaired the Capital Campaign of the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. Dave has been named Canada’s #1 CEO (Glassdoor), to Alberta’s Top 50 Most Influential, and Business Person of the Year (Alberta Venture).

Dave holds a BComm (UBC). Dave and wife Sandy have raised three children and now enjoy travelling and riding road bikes together.

Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Halifax Port Authority

Karen Oldfield has led the development of the Port of Halifax since January 2002. Under her leadership as President and CEO, the HPA team has transformed the traditional port business lines with a dynamic diversification strategy leading to a doubling of revenues over a ten year period. As a result, the Port of Halifax is a regional economic engine generating more than 11,800 jobs and contributing over $1.6 billion in economic impact.

Throughout 2003-04, Karen led the development of the Seaport Master Plan, a new 17 acre award winning redevelopment of port lands. The Seaport District now welcomes in excess of 1.2 million visitors per year including 250,000 cruise passengers. Port of Halifax receives excellent ratings for service and experience by these visitors whose activities have an economic impact in excess of $100 million per year.

Karen has in-depth experience entering and developing new markets, including China, India and Vietnam. The South East Asian strategy has truly connected Port of Halifax to the world’s fastest growing markets and half of the Port’s volumes are currently to and from this market. Staying innovative and strategic in the market is instrumental to the Port’s success.

Sue Paish, CEO, LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services

Sue Paish leads Canada’s largest provider of community laboratory testing services, LifeLabs. Sue led the doubling of LifeLabs’ market presence (acquiring and successfully integrating two peers companies) and developing growth opportunities in new markets, including genetics and digital health.

Sue was previously CEO of Pharmasave Drugs (National) and Managing Partner at Fasken, where she grew the firm from one to nine offices on three continents.

Sue sits on corporate and community boards including the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service, CORIX, Faculty Advisory Board (Sauder School), BC Business Council, United Way of the Lower Mainland,Vancouver Board of Trade, St Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Royal Columbian Hospital Capital Campaign.

She was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Women, British Columbia’s Most Influential Women, and the UBC Law School Distinguished Alumnae. Sue was awarded the 2016 YWCA Vancouver Woman of Distinction.

Sue earned a BComm and LLB (UBC) and was promoted to Queen’s Counsel. She, her huband, and daughters are committed outdoors-people.

Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media

Tracey Pearce leads the team that distributes, licenses, and markets Bell Media’s conventional networks, specialty and pay channels, non-linear content, and TV Everywhere services to cable and satellite service partners on traditional and digital platforms. She is responsible for CraveTV, The Movie Network, serves on the boards of Discovery Channel (Canada) and CTV Specialty, and maintains an executive role supporting Bell Media’s English-language factual specialty channels.

Tracey’s previous roles at Bell Media include Head of Specialty & Pay, Senior Vice-President of Specialty and Pay, and Senior Vice-President of Business & Legal Affairs at Bell Media. She has been instrumental in strengthening Bell Media’s offerings, launching Much Digital Studios, signing landmark agreements with SHOWTIME, HBO, and Comedy Central, expanding The Movie Network/HBO, and acquiring lifestyle channel, Gusto. Before joining Bell Media, Tracey was a partner at Goodmans LLP, where she focused on communications law.

Tracey was awarded the 2016 Women in Film & Television – Toronto’s Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business. She holds an LLB (Toronto) and MBA (York).

Barry V.Perry, President and CEO, Fortis

Headquartered in St. John’s, Fortis is a leader in the North American electric and gas utility business, with 3M customers and total assets of $48bn and 2016 revenue of $6.8bn. Barry became President & CEO in 2014, having been previously VP Finance and CFO of the Corporation. Barry joined Fortis in 2000 as VP Finance and CFO of subsidiary Newfoundland Power.  He led the successful acquisition of several large electric and gas utilities, including the US$4.5bn acquisition of UNS Energy in Arizona in 2014 and the US$1.5bn acquisition of Central Hudson in New York in 2013.

Prior to joining Fortis, Barry was Vice President and Treasurer with a global forest products companies, Abitibi Consolidated and Resolute FP Canada, and was Corporate Controller for the Come by Chance oil refinery. He serves on the Boards of FortisBC, UNS Energy and ITC Holdings Corp., all Fortis utilities.

Barry holds a BComm (Memorial) and is a member of the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Rod Phillips, Chair, Postmedia Network

Postmedia Network Canada Corp is a Canadian newsmedia company representing more than 200 brands across multiple print, online, and mobile platforms. Rod is also the Global Head of Client Services and Country Lead for Canada at Afiniti, a Washington, DC-based global technology company delivering artificial intelligence driven behavioural pairing solutions.

Previously, Mr. Phillips was President and CEO of OLG, which is responsible for gaming sites and the sale of lottery products across Ontario. Earlier, Rod was President and CEO of Shepell.fgi, and prior to that, Chief of Staff to Toronto Mayor Lastman.

Rod sits on the boards of Discovery Air and Infor Acquisition Corp. Rod is Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and Telus Toronto Community Board. He sits on the TIFF board and was the founding Chair of CAMH’s Transforming Lives Gala.

Rod was named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and was appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 32nd Combat Engineer Regiment. Rod holds a BA (UWO), MBA (WLU), and the ICD.D designation.

Dale Ponder, National Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

As a senior member of the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice, Dale Ponder has had extensive experience throughout her career leading transactions relating to public and private merger and acquisition matters and advising boards of public companies.

Dale’s practice background has focused on M&A, securities regulation and corporate governance. She has spoken extensively on leadership in professional services industries and has been recognized as an Extraordinary Alumni by Western University, repeatedly as one of WXN’s Top 100 Powerful Women in Canada, and as one of the Top 25 by Canada’s Women of Influence organization. She is a mentor in the Women’s Executive Network.

She is the recipient of this year’s Toronto Lawyers’ Association Award of Distinction and was also the recipient of a 2013 Lexpert Zenith award.

Dale serves on the Board of Directors of the public companies, CREIT and Morneau Shepell. She is also a member of the CGCA Advisory Board, the United Way Toronto Major Individual Giving Cabinet, and the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers.

Jane Rowe, Senior Managing Director & Head, Private Capital, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Jane Rowe’s group makes direct and fund private equity investments. She sits on the Investments and Risk committees of the Plan and chairs the Investments Division Credit and Counterparty Committee. Ms. Rowe serves on the boards of Cadillac Fairview, Ontario Teachers’ wholly owned real estate subsidiary, Constellation Brands Canada, and Camelot Group PLC, the operator of the UK National Lottery.

Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', she was EVP Special Accounts Management and Retail Credit Risk at Scotiabank. Previously, she held senior roles at Scotia Merchant Capital Corporation, the bank's Canadian private equity fund, was President and CEO of RoyNat Capital Inc., the Bank’s owned mid-market merchant bank, and was President and CEO of Scotia Mortgage Corporation.

Jane holds a B.Comm (Memorial), MBA (Schulich School, York), and the ICD.D designation (ICD). She is an Advisory Board Member of Memorial University's School of Business, and serves on the Board of Governors of York University and Board of Trustees, United Way of Toronto and York Region.

John Ruffolo, CEO, OMERS Ventures; Executive Managing Director, OMERS Platform Investments

John Ruffolo leads the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s leading pension funds. OMERS Ventures invests in early to late stage companies in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sectors. John is also the Executive Managing Director with OMERS Platform Investments, the innovation investing arm of OMERS.

Earlier, John was a Partner at Deloitte, as well as the Global Thought Leader, Global Tax Leader, and Canadian Industry Leader for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. He was also a member of Deloitte’s Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was a partner with Arthur Andersen.

John is Chairman of OMERS Energy, serves on the Member Council of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and on the boards of Ontario Centres for Excellence, Hootsuite, Desire2Learn, OneEleven, Communitech, David Suzuki Foundation, Canadians for Clean Prosperity, The Next Big Thing, and the ROM. John is Co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He is a member the Young Presidents’ Organization. John is a Chartered Accountant and earned a BBA (Schulich School, York).

Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO, WestJet

As President and CEO, Gregg is responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and the day-to-day operations of the airline. Gregg joined the Company as VP WestJet Vacations, later becoming EVP, Operations, and CEO in 2010.

Gregg began his career in aviation with Canadian Airlines, progressing to be VP Airports and VP Marketing before he joined Alaska Airlines as SVP Marketing & Planning. Later, as EVP of Flight Operations and Marketing, he led Alaska Airline’s alliance strategy and external partnerships.

Gregg was named Alberta’s Business Person of the Year, Top New CEO of the Year (Canadian Business Magazine), awarded to a CEO for transforming the company within the first five years of appointment. Gregg received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia and the David Foster Foundation Visionary Award as Canada’s National Business Leader of the Year in 2015. Gregg is a board member of the Conference Board of Canada.

He holds a BSc (Microbiology) and MBA (both UBC). Gregg, his wife Debby, and family enjoy skiing and travelling.

Paul Soubry, President and CEO, NFI Group (New Flyer Industries | Motor Coach Industries)

NFI Group is North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centres in Canada and the United States. Paul joined New Flyer as President and CEO in 2009. Previously, Paul worked at StandardAero one of the world’s leading independent aviation service providers, starting as a Marketing Assistant and advancing to become President and CEO.

Paul is active with United Way Winnipeg, sits on the boards of The Winnipeg Jets/True North Sports & Entertainment and Winnipeg Airports Authority, and chairs the Front and Centre Capital Campaign for the University of Manitoba. Paul is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, member of the CME Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2014, and was named Canada’s 2016 CEO of the Year by the Financial Post.

Paul holds a BComm (Manitoba) and ICD.D (Rotman), attended the Executive Development program at the Harvard Business School, and completed the Canadian Securities Course.

Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina

Dr Timmons is the seventh President of the University. During her tenure, it has attained its highest-ever enrolment and diversity (14% of students are international; 12% self-identify as being of aboriginal descent), greater recognition for faculty work, and is receiving its highest levels of external research-funding. Vianne maintains her wide-ranging research program emphasizing family literacy and inclusive education.

Vianne serves as President, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Chair, Universities Canada's Standing Committee on International Relations; and member, Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Her credits include nine books, 12 book chapters, 40 peer-reviewed articles, 30+ funded research projects (as principal or co-investigator), and 200 invited lectures. Her many awards include Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women, National Inclusive Education Award, Humanitarian Award (Red Cross), and the first Gender and Leadership in Higher Education Award (EMULIES).

Vianne is a member of the Bras d'Or Mi'kmaq First Nation and holds a BA (Mt Allison), BEd (Acadia), MEd (Gonzaga), and PhD (Calgary).

Jason Tuffs, CEO, MNP LLP

Jason Tuffs became the CEO of MNP LLP, one of the largest full-service chartered accountancy and business advisory firms in Canada, in October 2015. As CEO, Jason is responsible for enacting MNP’s strategic vision by anticipating market opportunities and trends, encouraging overall growth, fostering a culture of operational efficiency and inspiring team members to continue to deliver the thought-leading solutions and exceptional client experiences MNP is known for.

Since joining the firm in 2004, Jason has held several senior level positions, including National Leader of Public Companies, Regional Managing Partner, Calgary, and Executive Vice President, BC. Jason was appointed to MNP’s Board of Directors in 2011 and serves as a member of MNP’s Policy Board.

Born in Alberta, Jason’s career has taken him from Edmonton and Calgary to the Cayman Islands. He holds a BComm with Distinction (Alberta) and is a CPA, CA. Jason is married to Christine and has two daughters. Jason gives back to the community by volunteering with organizations related to his children’s interests.

Mary Ann Turcke, President, Digital Media and NFL Network, NFL

Mary Ann Turcke was recently appointed President, Digital Media and NFL Network, responsible for leading the operations of the NFL Network, as well as overseeing NFL owned and operated media assets including NFL Films, NFL Digital and  Mary Ann will also oversee digital product development and execute against the NFL’s content strategy and roadmap.

Mary Ann was formerly President, Bell Media, after having been Executive Vice President, Field Operations and Vice President, Customer Experience, Small Medium Business, all for Bell Canada. Earlier she was a partner at Codesta LLC, a software consultancy group specializing in enterprise applications and solutions.

Mary Ann was named as one of Toronto Life's 50 Most Influential People (2016), a member of the Women's Executive Network Hall of Fame, and 2015 Woman of the Year by Women in Communications and Technology. She serves on the board of the SickKids Foundation, Toronto Argonauts, and Greenwood College School.

Mary Ann holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Queen’s), a Master of Engineering (Toronto), and an MBA (Queen’s).

W.Brett Wilson, Chairman, Prairie Merchant Corporation

Brett Wilson is best known for being a ‘fan-favourite’ on CBC’s hit reality TV show Dragons’ Den where he established himself as the all-time lead deal-making ‘dragon.’ In 1993, he co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp., a Canadian brokerage firm that provides investment-banking services to Canada's energy-based industries. Since inception, FirstEnergy has participated in thousands of financing and merger and acquisition projects totalling $200bn+. Brett has since gone on to develop extensive holdings in the energy, real estate, agriculture, sports and entertainment industries.

His business and philanthropic leadership have brought him much recognition, including being named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011. Brett continues to simplify and organize his life to focus on what is most important – his family, friends and health.  Frequently (still after five years) his semi-autobiography Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes makes the Canadian bestseller list.

Brett holds a BSc (Engineering, Saskatchewan), MBA (Calgary), and LLD (honoris causa, Royal Roads University).

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