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Patsy Anderson

Patsy Anderson, Chair C.M.

Patsy Anderson has served on a number of boards over the last 20 years, including The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, The Hospital for Sick Children, SickKids Foundation (Chair 2006-2011), The Aldeburgh Connection (Chair 2008-present), Roy Thomson Hall & Massey Hall (Chair 1999-2001), and Rosedale United Church (Chair 2014-2016). She is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Harvard Business School. In 2012, she was named to the Order of Canada for her board leadership roles.

David adams

David Adams, CPA, CA

David Adams served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aimia Inc., a global data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company that operates in 20 countries from 2007 until his retirement in March 2016. Prior to joining Aimia, Mr. Adams held senior executive positions with Photowatt, SR Telecom and CAE. Mr. Adams was elected to Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors in January 2016. He currently serves on the Boards of Cardlytics and Club Premier. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Festival. Mr. Adams is a CPA and CA, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree from the University of Toronto, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program.

Rona Ambrose

The Honourable Rona Ambrose

The Honourable Rona Ambrose is the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, as well as an outspoken champion for the rights of women and girls. Collaboratively she led the global movement to create the International Day of the Girl at the United Nations.

In addition to serving as an independent corporate director, Rona is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington DC, focusing on key Canada US bilateral trade and competitiveness issues. She also serves on the advisory board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and was recently named to the Advisory Council on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Rona is also the Co-Chair of the new McGill Max Bell School of Public Policy, and has received many meaningful awards for her advocacy and public policy over the last decade.

David court

David Court

Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

David Court is a Director (Senior Partner) in McKinsey & Company’s Dallas office. He is the Firm's Global Director of Technology, Digitization and Communications and is currently leading the 'Digitizing Our Firm' initiative to reimagine major client and people processes from a digital-first mindset. He is a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors and Operating Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sasha Jacob

Sasha Jacob, M.B.A.

Sasha Jacob is President & CEO of Jacob Capital Management Inc. a financial advisory and merchant banking firm focused on the renewable power and cleantech sectors. In 2009, Mr. Jacob was elected to Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors, bringing to the table proven experience in executive leadership and renewable energy.

Mr. Jacob completed his B.A. at Bishop’s University and M.B.A. from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. He was the recipient of the Laurier M.B.A. 2009 Outstanding Executive Leadership Award.

Joshua Liswood

Joshua Liswood, LL.B.

Joshua Liswood is a Partner and the Chair of National Health Industry Practice for Miller Thomson LLP. Having joined the Board of Plan International Canada in 2006, Mr. Liswood is a member of the the Board's Governance and Nominating Committee. He has visited Plan International projects in Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda.

Mr. Liswood completed his B.A. at York University and LL.B. at York University, Osgoode Law School (1977).

Christine Magee

Christine Magee

Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chair
Sleep Country Canada

Christine Magee is the Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chair of Sleep Country Canada, the largest mattress retailer is Canada. She believes strongly in giving back to her community and is involved in multiple mentoring programs including the Women’s Executive Network. Christine is a Member of the Order of Canada, was awarded the Excellence Canada Board of Governors’ Special Recognition of Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She has also been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, inducted in the Marketing Hall of Legends and the Retail Council of Canada Hall of Fame and has received the Wilfrid Laurier Outstanding Business Leader Award.

Christine sits on the board of several companies and organizations, including Trillium Health Partners, Metro Inc., Woodbine Entertainment Group, the Mentoring Council of the Province of Ontario Innovation Fund and the Talent Fund.

Colleen McMorrow

Colleen McMorrow, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Corporate Director
Partner EY LLP (retired)

Colleen McMorrow is a Partner and Canadian leader of Strategic Growth Markets at Ernst & Young LLP. She was elected to Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors in 2015 and brings to the table proven experience in audit, accounting, tax, financing, acquisition due diligence, IPO, corporate governance and business planning. Ms. McMorrow is a past lecturer at the Small Business Enterprise Program, School of Continuing Studies, at The University of Toronto. In 2015, she was nominated as a trailblazer and trend-setter on Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 List.

Aaron Regent

Aaron Regent, FCPA, FCA

Aaron Regent is the founding partner of Magris Resources Inc. Magris currently owns and operates Niobec Inc., one of the world’s largest producers of niobium, and has over 450 employees at its mining operations in Canada.

Previously, Mr. Regent was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Barrick Gold Corporation from 2009 to 2012 and Chairman of African Barrick Gold PLC from its IPO in 2010 to 2012.

Before joining Barrick, he was Senior Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management and Co-CEO of its infrastructure group.

Mr. Regent previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of global mining company Falconbridge Ltd. from 2002-2005. Following its merger with Noranda, he was President of the combined company, which had over 14,000 employees and operations in 18 countries. Falconbridge was sold to Xstrata in 2006 for C$27 billion, then the largest transaction in the history of the mining industry.

Mr. Regent is a board member of The Bank of Nova Scotia, Potash Corp. and the C.D. Howe Institute. He is an honorary member of the boards of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation and the National Ballet of Canada. Mr. Regent is also Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Mining4Life which has raised more than $17.6 million since 2010 for children’s health and education programs around the world.

Michael Rolland

Michael Rolland, CPA, CA

As OMERS Chief Investment Officer, Private Markets, Michael Rolland leads both OMERS Infrastructure, the pension plan’s infrastructure investment advisory and management arm, and OMERS Private Equity, the investment management arm of the plan’s global private equity portfolio. He also has lead responsibility for the development of the OMERS presence in Singapore; the plan’s office there opens in January 2018.

Michael has a diverse background in accounting, commercial finance and a broad range of industry sectors, and he holds the CPA and CA designations. He also has an Honours degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Combining his business experience with his deep commitment to giving back, Michael has served on a variety of public, private, charity and community organization boards, both domestically and internationally.

Leagh Turner

Leagh Turner, M.A.


Leagh joined SAP Canada in 2008 as an account executive, emerging as a rising star after laying the foundation for a customer partnership that remains one of the most profitable in SAP’s history. She progressed through a series of sales management roles, including COO for SAP Canada, each time building high-performance teams that pushed forward digital transformation across Canada.

Leagh is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in leadership and was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women at the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Awards in 2016.

Leagh graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario with a focus in English literature. She lives in Toronto, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and two energetic boys.

The role of the board

Our supporters give generously and loyally to the work of Plan International around the world, and have a right to know that their money is being used appropriately.

The role of Plan International Canada’s board is to protect the interests of all stakeholders and ensure that expected standards of good governance, accountability and transparency are met. More specifically, the board:

  • Approves the budget, audited financial statements and governance policies
  • Ensures all by-laws and key policies – like those addressing child protection, conflict of interest, privacy and procurement – meet today’s standards, and updates them when necessary
  • Ensures standard board accountabilities are being fully addressed through the terms of reference of three board committees (governance, finance and audit, international programs)
  • Works with our independent auditors to ensure Plan International Canada meets the highest standards of accuracy in presenting our financial summary and statements
  • Oversees the work of an experienced risk manager with an independent reporting relationship to the board
  • Oversees executive compensation policy and decisions, assesses CEO performance and does succession planning.

The CEO performance assessment process begins with the board and the CEO agreeing upon annual performance objectives and the key indicators that will measure achievement. There is a review at the six-month mark and a formal review at year end. For the formal review, the CEO provides written feedback on accomplishments to the Chair of the Board and the full board meets to review this. The Chair of the Board is responsible for delivering the final performance assessment to the CEO, with an evaluation of accomplishments in relation to the objectives set out at the beginning of the year.

Board Charter (PDF) Board By-Laws (PDF)


 

Board Emeritus

We are grateful to the Board Emeritus, made up of past members of Plan International Canada’s Board of Directors, for continuing to strengthen the work of Plan International Canada with their advice and support:

Suzanne Barclay
Cecilia Bertram
John Bonnycastle
Minh-Thu Dao-Huy
Thomas Erskine
Laura Freeman
Martin Fry
Lorne Harasen
Jim Hilborn
Karen Jackson
Grace Jasper
Vahan Kololian
Fred McElman
Don Middleton
Dr. William Pope
Stephen Stewart
Dr. James Thliveris
Hélène Vien
John Bonnycastle
Dr. James Thliveris
Martin Fry
Dr. William Pope
Grace Jasper
Fred McElman
Hélène Vien
Cecilia Bertram
Jim Hilborn
Lorne Harasen
Suzanne Barclay
Thomas Erskine
Don Middleton
Laura Freeman
Stephen Stewart
Karen Jackson
Vahan Kololian
Minh-Thu Dao-Huy