Board of Directors

John Cassaday John M. Cassaday
Director Since: 1993

John Cassaday was appointed as Chairman of the Board on May 4, 2018. Mr. Cassaday was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc., a position he held since its inception in 1999 until his retirement on March 31, 2015. Corus is a Canadian leader in pay and specialty television and in Canadian radio and a global leader in children’s programming and licensing. Prior to Corus, Mr. Cassaday was Executive Vice President of Shaw Communications, President and Chief Executive Officer of CTV Television Network and President of Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the United Kingdom. He also serves on the board of Irving Oil Ltd. (non-public company). 

Mr. Cassaday has an MBA (Dean’s List) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto. 

Mr. Cassaday also sits on the following public company boards:
Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., 2015-present
Sysco Corporation, 2004-present


Roy GoriRoy Gori
Director Since: 2017

Roy Gori was appointed President of Manulife on June 5, 2017 and Chief Executive Officer and member of the board on October 1, 2017. He is also chair of Manulife’s executive leadership team.

Mr. Gori joined Manulife in March 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Asia. In that role, he was responsible for Manulife Asia operations in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. During his time leading Manulife’s rapidly growing business in the region, Manulife Asia rolled out a new strategy to further accelerate its growth, strengthen its competitive position and reposition its business around its customers. Mr. Gori was also the driving force behind a number of key innovations that Manulife brought to market, including the award-winning Manulife MOVE insurance product.

Prior to joining Manulife, Mr. Gori was Head of Consumer Banking (North Asia and Australia) and Regional Head of Retail Banking (Asia Pacific) at Citigroup. In these roles, he was responsible for the company’s insurance and wealth management businesses and its Asia Pacific Sales and Distribution organization.

A native Australian, Mr. Gori has worked and lived in Sydney, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong, and is now based in Toronto.


Rona AmbroseRonalee H. Ambrose
Director Since: 2017

Ronalee Ambrose has been a corporate director since retiring from being a Member of Parliament of Canada in July 2017. Ms. Ambrose is a former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons and a former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. She worked as Minister across nine Canadian government departments, and her service included the role of Vice Chair of the Treasury Board and chair of the cabinet committee for public safety, justice and aboriginal issues. She also served as the Minister responsible for the Status of Women, and is a recognized champion for the rights of women and girls.

In addition to serving as a corporate director, Ms. Ambrose is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute in Washington, D.C., focusing on Canada-U.S. bilateral trade and North American competitiveness issues. She also serves on the advisory board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Ms. Ambrose has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Leaders Program.

Ms. Ambrose also sits on the following public company board:
TransAlta Corporation:                  2017-present


Joseph CaronJoseph P. Caron
Director Since: 2010

Joseph Caron is Principal and Founder of Joseph Caron Incorporated, a consulting business established in 2010 to provide strategic counsel to Asian businesses seeking to grow in Canada and Canadian businesses and organizations focused on development in Asia. His experience includes four years with HB Global Advisors Corporation, the international consulting firm of Heenan Blaikie LLP (2010 to 2013), and almost four decades with the Government of Canada where he served in a number of key diplomatic posts, including Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (2001 to 2005), Ambassador to Japan (2005 to 2008) and High Commissioner to the Republic of India (2008 to 2010). He also serves on the board of the Vancouver International Airport.

Mr. Caron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. He holds honorary degrees from York University and Meiji Gakuin University, and has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation and an Honorary Research Associate of the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research. In May 2017, Mr. Caron received The Order of the Rising Sun, awarded by the Japanese Emperor in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.


Susan Dabarno Susan F. Dabarno
Director Since: 2011

Susan Dabarno has been a corporate director since 2011. She has extensive wealth management and distribution expertise and served from 2009 to 2010 as Executive Chair, and from 2003 to 2009 as President and Chief Executive Officer, of Richardson Partners Financial Limited, an independent wealth management services firm. Before joining Richardson Partners Financial Limited, Ms. Dabarno was President and Chief Operating Officer at Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.  

She is a former director of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (government funded organization) and Bridgepoint Health Foundation (not-for-profit).

Ms. Dabarno is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Class II Diploma from McGill University.

Ms. Dabarno also sits on the following public company board:
Cenovus Energy Inc.:                      2017-present


Sheila FraserSheila S. Fraser
Director Since: 2011

Sheila Fraser is currently a corporate director. Ms. Fraser served as Auditor General of Canada from 2001 to 2011 and, prior to joining the Office of the Auditor General in 1999 as Deputy Auditor General, she was a partner at Ernst & Young LLP for 18 years.

Ms. Fraser’s contributions to the accounting and auditing profession include her current role as a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation. She has also chaired two committees of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions as well as the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and, until December 31, 2013, was a member of the International Federation of Accountants-International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.

She also serves on the board of the International Institute for Sustainable Development – Experimental Lakes Area (not-for-profit) and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018.

Ms. Fraser holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.


Luther HelmsLuther S. Helms
Director Since: 2007

Luther Helms is the founder of and advisor to Sonata Capital Group. Sonata is a privately-owned registered investment advisory firm. Mr. Helms has extensive banking and financial services experience, holding various positions at Bank of America Corporation, including Vice Chairman from 1993 to 1998, and he was Vice Chairman of KeyBank from 1998 to 2000.

He also serves on the board of Point Inside, Inc. (non-public).

Mr. Helms has an MBA from the University of Santa Clara and a Bachelor of Arts, History and Economics from the University of Arizona.


Tsun-yan Hsieh Tsun-yan Hsieh
DirectorSince: 2011

Tsun-yan Hsieh is Chairman of LinHart Group PTE Ltd., a firm he founded in 2010 to provide leadership services internationally. Mr. Hsieh, a resident of Singapore, has extensive consulting experience in business strategy, leadership development and corporate transformation. Mr. Hsieh joined McKinsey & Company in 1980 and was elected a director from 1990 to 2008, when he retired. During his tenure, he served as Managing Director of Canada and ASEAN practices and led McKinsey’s Organization and Leadership Practice globally.

At the National University of Singapore, Mr. Hsieh holds the joint appointment of Provost Chair Professor at the Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

He serves on the board of the following non-public companies and not-for-profit and other organizations: Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, LinHart Group PTE Ltd. (Chairman/Director), Manulife US Real Estate Management Pte Ltd. (Chair), National University of Singapore Business School (Management Advisory Board), Singapore Institute of Management (Member of Governing Council) and Singapore Institute of Management Pte Ltd.

Mr. Hsieh has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Hsieh also sits on the following public company board:
Singapore Airlines:                      2012-present


Thomas Jenkins P. Thomas Jenkins
Director Since: 2015

Thomas Jenkins is Chairman of the Board of OpenText Corporation. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Jenkins was Chief Strategy Officer of OpenText. Prior to 2005, Mr. Jenkins was President and Chief Executive Officer of OpenText. Mr. Jenkins has served as a Director of OpenText since 1994 and as its Chairman since 1998. 

He is a former director of BMC Software, Inc., a non-public software corporation based in Houston, Texas, and serves on the board of the following not-for-profit organizations: School of Public Policy, University of Calgary (Executive Fellow), National Research Council of Canada, Ontario Global 100 Network (Chair), C.D. Howe Institute, and Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Mr. Jenkins received an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, a Masters of Applied Sciences from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Engineering & Management from McMaster University. Mr. Jenkins received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Waterloo and an honorary doctorate of Military Science from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a recipient of the 2009 Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year, the 2010 McMaster Engineering L.W. Shemilt Distinguished Alumni Award and the Schulich School of Business 2012 Outstanding Executive Leadership award and is a 2017 Inductee of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Mr. Jenkins was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Jenkins is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Jenkins also sits on the following public company board:
OpenText Corporation:                  1994-present


Pamela O. Kimmet Pamela O. Kimmet
Director Since: 2016

Pamela Kimmet is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Cardinal Health, Inc., a health care services company which distributes pharmaceuticals and medical products, manufactures medical and surgical products and provides logistics and other services designed to improve the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. Prior to July 1, 2016, Ms. Kimmet was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., a position she held since 2008. Ms. Kimmet has extensive human resources leadership experience, including in the financial services industry with senior positions at Bear, Stearns & Company, Inc. and Citigroup, Inc.

Ms. Kimmet is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, Vice Chair of the HR Policy Association and Chair of its Center for Executive Compensation, former Chair of the National Business Group on Health, and a member of the Personnel Roundtable. She holds an MBA from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Ms. Kimmet also sits on the following public company boards:
Perspecta Inc.:               2018-present


Donald Lindsay Donald R. Lindsay
Director Since: 2010

Donald Lindsay is President and CEO of Teck Resources Limited, Canada’s largest diversified mining, mineral processing and metallurgical company, a position he has held since 2005. Mr. Lindsay’s experience includes almost two decades with CIBC World Markets Inc., where he ultimately served as President after periods as Head of Investment and Corporate Banking and Head of the Asia Pacific Region.

Mr. Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Lindsay also sits on the following public company board:
Teck Resources Limited:                   2005-present


John Palmer John R.V. Palmer
Director Since: 2009

John Palmer is Chairman and a founding director of the Toronto Leadership Centre, an organization focused on leadership in financial supervision. Mr. Palmer was the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Canada from 1994 to 2001, following his career at KPMG LLP (Canada) where he held senior positions, including Managing Partner and Deputy Chairman. He was also the Deputy Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and has advised other regulators including the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

He serves on the board of the following non-public companies and not-for-profit organizations: Sageco Advisory Services Inc., Tenaugust Properties Inc. and Toronto Leadership Centre (Chairman).

Mr. Palmer is a Fellow of the Institutes of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Mr. Palmer also sits on the following public company board:
Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited:            2012-present


C. James Prieur C. James Prieur
Director Since: 2013

James Prieur has been a corporate director since 2011 and, prior to that time, Mr. Prieur served as Chief Executive Officer and director of CNO Financial Group, Inc. from 2006 until his retirement in 2011. CNO Financial Group is a life insurance holding company focused on the senior middle income market in the U.S. Prior to joining CNO Financial Group, Mr. Prieur was President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun Life Financial, Inc. from 1999 to 2006 where he had previously led operations in Asia, Canada, United States, and the United Kingdom.

He serves on the board of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, a Crown corporation of the Province of Alberta, as well as the following not-for-profit organizations: President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and The Pacific Council on International Policy and its China Committee.

Mr. Prieur is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School at Western University and a Bachelor of Arts from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Mr. Prieur also sits on the following public company board:
Ambac Financial Group, Inc.:                  2016-present


Andrea S. Rosen Andrea S. Rosen
Director Since: 2011

Andrea Rosen has been a corporate director since 2006. Prior to January 2005, her experience includes more than a decade with TD Bank Financial Group, where she ultimately served as Vice Chair, TD Bank Financial Group and President of TD Canada Trust. Earlier in her career, she held progressively senior positions at Wood Gundy Inc. and was Vice President at Varity Corporation.

She serves on the board of the Institute of Corporate Directors (not-for-profit). 

Ms. Rosen has an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Ms. Rosen also sits on the following public company boards:
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc., 2018-present
Emera Inc., 2007-present


Dr. Lesley Daniels Webster Lesley D. Webster
Director Since: 2012

Lesley Webster is President and founder of Daniels Webster Capital Advisors, an enterprise risk management consulting firm established in 2006. Ms. Webster has extensive financial industry experience and was Executive Vice President of JP Morgan Chase’s firm-wide Market and Fiduciary Risk Management from 1994 until 2005. Prior to that, she was global head of U.S. Dollar Fixed Income Derivatives at UBS Securities, Inc. and head of Fixed Income Arbitrage trading at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Ms. Webster earned a PhD in Economics from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana.