Chair of the Board, Royal Bank of Canada
Ms. Taylor is a distinguished business executive with extensive community involvement. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and is Chair of the Sick Kids Foundation and a Trustee of the Sick Kids Hospital of Toronto. She is also Vice Chair of The Adecco Group (based in Zurich) and a Director of Air Canada and of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
Ms. Taylor holds an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Schulich School of Business, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto. Her many accolades for business achievement include the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University.
She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2011, 2014 and 2016. In 2016, Ms. Taylor was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
From her early years as a social worker to heading first the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union and then the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) before being elected as a CLC Executive Vice-President, Barb’s life has been spent fighting for the underdog. Barb was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the CLC in 2014.
Barb was a social worker for 17 years, addressing issues of poverty, youth unemployment, aboriginal concerns, equality for all and labour rights. Those strong beliefs turned her towards political activism within her union.
Barb led her union through four turbulent years, opposing privatization, the weakening of labour laws for both unionized and non-unionized workers, reductions in social services and attacks on the public sector.
Barb’s inspired leadership led to her being elected President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour in 1988 for the first of 14.
Moving from the SFL to the Canadian Labour Congress in 2002, Barb is responsible for labour education; medicare and health care; workplace training and technology; employment insurance; apprenticeships; and issues of concern to women workers, workers with disabilities and gay, bi-sexual, lesbian and transgender workers.
She also represents Canada as one of 14 worker delegates on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization, the United Nations agency that brings together governments, employers and workers in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.
Barb’s strong community roots led her to become founder of the SFL Summer Camp for Youth in Saskatchewan and co-founder of the Prairie School for Union Women.
President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
With almost two decades of fund development knowledge, she specializes in annual giving, board development, strategic planning, corporate partnerships and donor stewardship. Michelle developed and co-instructed the first educational program for fundraising at the University of Western Ontario and later helped to launch Fanshawe College’s first postgraduate program in philanthropy and fund development. In 1999, Michelle was the eighth person in Canada to achieve Fellows status (FAHP) with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the highest form of certification possible in the profession.
Since 2001, she has served as a Faculty member for the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Fund Development Leadership program. In 2005, she won the prestigious Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s international Professional Papers competition for research work in the area of hospital-foundation relations. That same year, she was named an Honorary Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia in recognition of her leadership efforts in advancing professional education in Australia.
In 2008, she was one of only 230 delegates selected nationwide to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. In her community, Michelle has served as President of both the Advertising & Sales Club and the London & Region Fundraising Executives. Michelle has served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Christian Association, the Jewish Community Foundation, Covent Garden Market and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Western Fair District.
Michelle served as Chair of the Southwestern Ontario region, planning for the 2012 and 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
President, PLATO Testing
Denis has over 20 years’ experience in executive management with the Government of Canada and has worked extensively with Indigenous communities, organizations in western and Atlantic Canada. Denis served as 2015 Quebec One Study Group Co-Chair and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the GGCLC.
Partner, Les solutions Keyboard
Ms. Chebin was previously Senior Counsel at CN Rail and served as principal and strategic advisor to the Chief Legal Officer on matters of broad and specific interest to CN as well as corporate governance matters. Her responsibilities also include government affairs with Quebec stakeholders.
Ms. Chebin holds a civil law degree from the University of Ottawa and a DESS in Health Law and bioethics from Université Bordeaux I. In 2005, she graduated with an MBA from HEC Montreal.
Ms. Chebin was a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and co-chaired the Quebec Regional Committee for the 2012 Conference.
Director, École technique et professionnelle, Université de Saint-Boniface
Ms. Cwikla is an alumnus of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She is a certified translator and a graduate of Université de Montréal with a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in Translation Studies, and of the University of Manitoba with a Master of Business Administration. She is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in education policy and administration at Université Laval.
Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield ULC
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Luciano was a partner of a real estate brokerage firm in Montreal where he spent 19 years as a broker and since 2009, as President overseeing the day-to-day operations.
A former English Montreal School Board (EMSB) commissioner and Board member of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, Mr. D’Iorio continues his long-standing commitment to the community through his involvement as a co-founder of the Tiny Survivors Fundraiser for MUHC Neonatal Unit. He also serves on the boards of the McGill Alumni Association and the Caisse Desjardins Longue Pointe.
Mr. D’Iorio co-chaired the Quebec Regional Committee for the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and is an alumnus of the 2008 Conference.
Mr. D’Iorio is a graduate of McGill University and is married to Rosalia; together
they have two young boys, Valerio and Laurence.
Partner at Demers Beaulne S.E.N.C.R.L.
Isabelle is a Partner at Demers Beaulne S.E.N.C.R.L. where she is responsible for the firm’s business development, marketing and sponsorship.
In 2010, Isabelle accepted the position of President and Chief Executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Montréal. She successfully restructured the non-profit organization and ensured the lasting good governance of the Chamber.
In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Canadian Governor General’s Canadian Leadership conference (CCGLC), where with other Canadians, she visited the Yukon in order to present recommendations to improve sustainable development.
In 2015, Isabelle was named Executive of the Year by her professional federation. She is also a finalist in the 2015 Québec Business Woman Association. A member of many boards in past years, Isabelle is recognized for her networking skills as well as being involved in her community.
Director of Fiscal Arrangements and Climate Change
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Victoria (UVic), Michael later earned his MBA at UVic, but had the opportunity of completing the program at the École nationale des ponts et chaussées in Paris, France.
While raising two young sons, Michael can be caught playing hockey and coaching Victoria Racquet Club Association’s rep hockey teams. Michael’s other passions include mountain biking, skiing, golf and participating in many other outdoor activities.
Michael is an alumnus of the 2012 Conference.
Mr. Pelletier was selected as a participant and as the Saskatchewan Study Group Chair in the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, an experience which changed the direction of his professional career. Subsequently, he supported the GGCLC as regional chair for the 2015 and 2017 Conferences.
Mr. Pelletier holds two undergraduate degrees in biology (Laurentian) and history (Ottawa), as well as a Master’s (Ottawa) and PhD (Queen’s) in Canadian History. He currently teaches in the Department of History and Geography at the Université de Moncton and published many scholarly articles. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Laurentian University, serving in 2017-2018 on the executive committee and the academic planning committee of the university Senate.
Mr. Pelletier sits on the board of governors of the Canadian Career Development Foundation, an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization, which aims to strengthen policy and programs relating to career development in all of life’s transitions. He and his husband, Wes, live in Fredericton.
President of the Yukon Federation of Labour
Vikki believes that a person should never quit learning and upgrading any skills. Occasionally taking a variety of courses at Yukon College herself such as Psychology, Accounting, German and French keeps her interest in learning different skills high. She understands and wholly believes in the benefits of lifelong learning, a belief that led her to apply for and gain entry to the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Networking with Canada’s future leadership from all occupations was an experience she will always use and treasure in her work and home life.
Having been a musician in some local performance groups, Vikki used her stage experience to volunteer with organising the Variety Performance Stage inside the Sourdough Rendezvous Winter Festival Tent. She believes in volunteering for many social awareness groups, including the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition.
Senior Vice President of Transformation, TD Canada Trust
In addition to his business line responsibilities, Tim is the Chair of TD’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies diversity committee.
Mr. Thompson is an alumnus of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Clerk of the Privy Council
He was Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet from October 2014 to January 21, 2016. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wernick was Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada from May 2006 to July 2014, and Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office from July to September 2014.
Since joining the federal public service in 1981, Mr. Wernick has worked at the Social Policy Division of the Department of Finance, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada, the Economic and Regional Development Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, and the Constitutional Affairs Secretariat of the Federal-Provincial Relations Office. From 1996 to 2003 he served as Assistant Deputy Minister and then as Associate Deputy Minister at the Department of Canadian Heritage. From 2003 to 2006 he served three Prime Ministers as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Plans and Consultations, at the Privy Council Office.
In an eight year tenure at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development from 2006 to 2014, Mr. Wernick assisted four Ministers in advancing the Government’s Aboriginal and Northern agendas. Highlights include the passage of 23 pieces of legislation, as well as parts of five Budget Implementation Acts; the approval and ongoing implementation of the Indian Residential Schools settlement; conclusion of several modern treaties and new self-government arrangements; creation of the Specific Claims Tribunal; rapid expansion of the First Nations Land Management Act; deep structural reforms to child and family services, income assistance, and water/wastewater; extending human rights protections and matrimonial property protection to reserves; and an initiative to reform on-reserve education. Northern highlights include International Polar Year, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station; devolution of federal land management responsibilities to the Government of the Northwest Territories; reform of northern regulatory regimes; and replacement of “food mail” by the Nutrition North program.
Mr. Wernick has the unique distinction of having been deeply involved in the transition process and start up of three new governments, and attending the swearing in and first Cabinet meeting of three Prime Ministers (Martin in 2003, Harper in 2006, Trudeau in 2015).
Mr. Wernick has developed many public service leaders. Fifteen members of his management teams have been promoted to or within the Deputy Minister community.
Mr. Wernick received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the University of Toronto. Mr. Wernick is member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University, and the Board of Directors of the Institute on Governance.
In November 2012 Mr. Wernick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
President, Canadian Labour Congress
Since his election in 2014, Hassan has led Canada’s unions to a number of significant victories. It was under his leadership, for example, that the CLC launched an unprecedented and innovative digital and community-based campaign that put labour’s issues front and centre in the 2015 federal election, and helped defeat the Conservatives.
At the heart of the CLC’s federal election campaign was the call for a stronger Canada Pension Plan, a struggle that has been Hassan’s passion for almost a decade. After the election, the CLC redoubled its retirement security campaign efforts, while Hassan worked with the new federal government and with provincial and territorial leaders to gain their support. That campaign and lobby work led to victory in November 2016 with the tabling of Bill C-26, legislation that expanded the CPP for the first time in its history.
Making workplaces and public spaces safer has been another key priority for Hassan. He was exposed to asbestos as a mechanic in his early working life, and as a union activist learned that asbestos-related diseases are the number one cause of workplace-related deaths in Canada. As CLC President, Hassan campaigned hard for a comprehensive ban on asbestos, a ban we won in December 2016.
As well as his work in Canada, Hassan is a prominent international activist. In 2016, he was elected for a second term as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, an organization uniting 56 national organizations representing more than 60 million workers in 23 countries.
Determined to build a better world for future generations, Hassan is committed to the fight against climate change and to ensuring a just and fair transition for the workers and communities affected by the evolution to a green economy.
The CLC is the voice of Canada’s labour movement, representing 3.3 million workers.