President and CEO Teck Resources Limited
Don is a member of the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation and recently completed eight years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is Chair of the Board of Governors for Mining and Metals for the World Economic Forum and, most recently, was appointed Chair of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Don is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver and served as Chair of the successful $200-million capital campaign to build a new acute care hospital. Additionally, he serves on the Board of York House School and is a Heritage Governor of Royal Ontario Museum.
Don has previously served as a member on both the Economic Advisory Council for the Canadian Minister of Finance and the Advisory Council for Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan for the Canadian Minister of International Trade. As well, he has served on the Board of the Canada China Business Council, the Executive Committee for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2012 and 2015 and the Board of the Vancouver Aquarium. Earlier in his career, he served on the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto and was Co-Chair of the Heart Health Campaign. He was also Vice Chair of the Greater Toronto Scout Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee, and was a member of the Board of Governors of Royal Ontario Museum. Additionally, he was a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet in Toronto and has been the division chair for Natural Resources for the United Way of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia.
As Chair of the International Zinc Association from 2007 to 2011, Don led the development and launch of the Zinc Saves Kids campaign, a program developed in partnership with UNICEF to address zinc deficiency, which claims the lives of approximately 450,000 children annually around the world. Under his leadership, Teck also launched its Zinc & Health program, which to date has helped improve the health of more than ten million children worldwide.
In 2014 Don received a number of awards including the British Columbia Community Achievement Award, the CIM Distinguished Service Medal, the Nature Trust of British Columbia Conservation Champion Award, the Business in Vancouver CEO of the Year Award and was named to the Order of British Columbia. Don was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2002 and was honoured again a decade later with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He was named the Mining Association of British Columbia’s Mining Person of the Year in 2009, and in 2012, he received the Kathleen Beaumont-Hill distinguished alumni award from Queen’s University. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Executive, Encana Corporation
At ACTRA, she successfully managed the amalgamation of the Calgary and Edmonton Branches, certification of ACTRA as a trade union in Alberta and implemented continuous improvement processes with respect to membership services and development. She was an ACTRA team member in collective bargaining negotiations for the Independent Production Agreement (IPA) and National Commercial Agreement and steward of these agreements on behalf of the Alberta branch including successful resolution of grievances through arbitration. Jennifer was also an elected representative of the United Steelworkers of America, participating in and leading interest-based collective bargaining on behalf of ACTRA bargaining unit staff during which time she authored the workplace non-harassment policy.
She was an active member of the Alberta Association of Motion Picture Unions (AAMPTU), advocating and promoting Alberta as a talent-rich, economically competitive production environment domestically and internationaly. In 2007, Jennifer was appointed to the Alberta Film Advisory Council (AFAC) by the Honourable Hector Goudreau, Minister of Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture, charged with creating a long-term strategy for sustainable growth including the development and measurement of incentive programs and supporting infrastructure.
Since 2008, Jennifer has worked at Encana Corporation in Government Relations, providing analysis and leadership in advocacy efforts on behalf of Encana and the Oil and Gas Industry as a member of various committees of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). More specifically, her work supports competitive royalty and tax incentive programs and the development of appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks to promote competitive, sustainable development of oil and gas resources in Encana operating areas.
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.
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 de Saint-Boniface
Ms. Cwikla is an alumnus of the 2012 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She is certified translator and a graduate of University of Montréal with a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in Translation Studies, and of the University of Manitoba with a Master of Business Administration.
President, Terramont Real Estate Services
A former English Montreal School Board (EMSB) commissioner from 2003 to 2007, Mr. D’Iorio continues his long standing commitment to the community through his involvement as a board member of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, where he co-founded the Tiny Survivors fundraiser for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. He also serves on the boards of the McGill Alumni Association, the Caisse Populaire Desjardins St-Victor and The Forum for Young Canadians.
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’s other passion is his family. He is married to Rosalia and they have two young boys, Valerio and Laurence.
John had an outstanding 35 year career highlighted by Executive Leadership roles as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Residential Projects, for BUILD TORONTO, Vice President of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation, Acting CEO of Invest Toronto and Director of Parks, Forestry and Recreation for the City of Toronto.
He is very active in the Toronto community serving as a Director for the Toronto Blue Jays Charitable Foundation, Cabinet Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a Board Director for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He is also former Chair of the Humber Arboretum Board of Management and former Chair of Parks and Recreation Ontario.
Mr. Macintyre is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and served as the Toronto Chair for 2008 and the Ontario Chair for the 2012 Conference.
Mr. Macintyre is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a graduate of the Directors College with a Chartered Director (C.DIR) Designation and the Human Resources Compensation Committee Certification (H.R.C.C.C.) from McMaster University.
Department Head, School of Business, Nova Scotia Community College
Mr. McHugh is currently a Business faculty member at the Nova Scotia Community College after serving as Academic Chair for a number of years. He teaches part-time at Mount St. Vincent, Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities. He has been recognized in MACLEAN’S magazine for his teaching success and has been nominated for many teaching awards. He was twice awarded Commerce Professor of the Year and MBA Professor of the Year at Saint Mary’s.
Prior to switching to education, Mr. McHugh worked in corporate marketing and public relations. He held increasingly senior positions with Corporate Communications Limited (now Colour), Maritime Life, Continental Communications (Shandwick) and the Information Technology Institute (ITI). He has also worked in print and broadcast media.
Mr. McHugh has been a weekly columnist for many newspapers through the years. He has been a guest speaker and judge at numerous events and is regularly interviewed by the media on emerging business issues.
Mr. McHugh was a member of the 1991 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and chaired the Nova Scotia Regional Committee for the Conference in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and the Planning Committee in 1995.
Besides the GGCLC, Mr. McHugh has been the chair of a number of organizations such as Special Olympics Nova Scotia, the Community Justice Society, the St. FX Alumni Association, Basketball NS and Halifax Minor Basketball. He has served on numerous other boards including the Alzheimer Society of NS, St. FX University’s Board of Governors and the Alumni Board of Directors.
Mr. McHugh lives in Bedford, NS with his wife Shelly – a nurse who specializes in care for premature infants. They have two children – Kate and Colin who live in Halifax. All four family members are graduates of St. FX University.
Speaker and mentor – Athletic and executive coaching
Ms. Sauvageau has taken part in seven Olympic Games, as women’s hockey coach, general manager and coaching consultant. She played a key role in her teams’ wins in seven consecutive world championships, and in the silver medal they won at the Nagano Olympics.
For 24 years, Ms. Sauvageau has served with the RCMP and Montreal’s police department, including the narcotics division. She currently works as an advisor to the strategic development department of the Montreal police.
After completing a degree in social work, Ms. Sauvageau graduated from the RCMP academy. She obtained a master’s certificate in coaching from the National Coaching Certification Program and a management certificate from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales.
Ms. Sauvageau was a Study Group Chair for the 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2013.
Senior Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Mr. Soltan is a Partner of the global law firm DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. With three decades of experience, he is the Head of the Firm’s Vancouver Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, with an extensive practice in regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and dispute resolution. Mr. Soltan is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Sauder School of Business.
Mr. Soltan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and also holds an LL.B. from UBC and an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Avalon Employment Inc.
For the last 20 years Mr. Wiltshire has been the Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Employment Inc. (AEI), an employment agency for individuals with intellectual disabilities, assisting his clients in finding over 65,000 hours of paid employment each year. From Mr. Wiltshire’s humble start as a summer student, AEI has now developed into a major social enterprise, with nearly $4 million in annual revenue.
Mr. Wiltshire has represented community groups from across the country as a member of the National Voluntary Sector Advisory Committee for Service Canada, providing policy direction on grants and contributions and the delivery of services in the community. He is also a Board Member of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.
Mr. Wiltshire is a past President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Regional Economic Development Association and was a member of the Ministerial Committee on Regional Renewal for the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador.
In an effort to broaden his commitment to supported employment beyond his own home shores, Mr. Wiltshire was the Founding President of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, and started the National Conference on Supported Employment, currently celebrating its 18th year.
Mr. Wiltshire began a new chapter in his career several years ago when the consistent demand for his speaking talents resulted in his becoming a professional speaker, in considerable demand across the country and beyond. Mr. Wiltshire has spoken from the Czech Republic to Alaska and every province in Canada on Inclusive Communities, Community Economic and Social Development, Employment & Demographics, Corporate Diversity and the Bottom Line and Strategies for Success Making the Difference in Life and Work.
Mr. Wiltshire is an Alumnus of the 2000 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and served as the Regional Chair for Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008 and 2012.
President, Canadian Labour Congress
Hassan has a long history of remarkable achievements, becoming the CLC’s first person of colour elected to an executive position in 1999 as Executive Vice-President. He was then elected to the first of his four terms as Secretary-Treasurer in 2002, and elected President in May 2014.
As CLC President, Mr. Yussuff holds key positions with a number of organizations, including the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (known by its Spanish-language acronym, COSATE), the trade union advisory committee of the Organization of American States (OAS) and has been a Governor of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Mr. Yussuff has also been a highly active union leader in the international arena, leading to his recent election as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) for a four-year term.
He is also a member of the Advisory Committee on the International Labour Affairs known as ACILA, which advises Canada’s Minister of Labour on international labour matters.
Mr. Yussuff complements his labour roles with deep community involvement, including being active with the United Way, where he has served on the National Board of Directors, and with the National Institute of Disability Management.