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Board of Directors

Our board of directors believes that it is important to have regular and constructive engagement directly with shareholders to allow and encourage shareholders to express their views on governance and other matters directly to the board outside of the annual meeting. The board also encourages shareholders to participate at our annual meetings and to contact our independent directors through the office of the Chair.

Don Lindsay

Director since: 2010

Mr. Lindsay’s international business experience, including over 17 years as CEO of a public company and nearly two decades of experience in senior executive roles in investment and corporate banking and global financial services, qualify him to serve as the Chair of the Board and chair of the corporate governance and nominating committee. Mr. Lindsay also has extensive environment, social and governance (ESG) experience which will be valuable as Manulife seeks to implement its Impact Agenda and drive sustained social and environmental impact through our business and our interactions with customers, communities and the environments in which we operate.


Mr. Lindsay was previously President and CEO of Teck Resources Limited, Canada’s largest diversified mining, mineral processing and metallurgical company, a position he held since 2005 where he led Teck to achieve top rankings from ESG rating agencies such as S&P Global, MSCI and ISS ESG. His experience also 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alpine Canada, York House School, and is an Honorary Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum. He was Chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals, Chair of the Board of Governors for Mining and Metals at the World Economic Forum, and Chair of the Business Council of Canada. He is a recent recipient of the Canadian Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Award from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which will be presented on June 13, 2024.

Mr. Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has been the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor and Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Roy Gori

Director since: 2017

Roy Gori is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife, Canada’s largest insurance company, and one of the largest insurance and asset management companies in the world. Appointed in 2017, Mr. Gori’s tenure as CEO has been marked by the introduction of a clear strategy and values that build on Manulife’s strong foundations to include sharper focus on the customer and a shift to digital innovation, in line with the company’s mission to make customers’ decisions easier, and lives better.


As a lifelong advocate for health and wellness, Mr. Gori passionately believes in Manulife’s commitment to helping customers live better, healthier lives through its leadership in behavioural insurance, award-winning products like Manulife Vitality and Manulife MOVE, and through a wide range of investment solutions to help customers achieve their financial goals.


Mr. Gori joined Manulife as President and Chief Executive Officer for Asia in 2015. In that role, he was responsible for operations in 12 markets across Asia, driving Manulife’s rapidly growing business in the region. Mr. Gori started his career at Citibank in 1989, where he held progressively senior roles and was finally responsible for the company’s Asia Pacific retail business, which included its insurance and wealth management business.


Mr. Gori holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from The University of New South Wales, and an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a member and on the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Canada, and is a member of the U.S. Business Council, the Geneva Association, and the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council. A native Australian, Mr. Gori has worked and lived in Sydney, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong, and is now based in Toronto.

Nicole Arnaboldi

Director since: 2020

Nicole Arnaboldi is a partner at Oak Hill Capital Management, a private equity firm. She is a former senior executive at Credit Suisse, a global financial services company, and its predecessor Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities Corporation, holding a number of senior roles in their wealth and asset management businesses, including Senior Advisor, and prior to that, Vice Chairman, Credit Suisse Asset Management.

Ms. Arnaboldi is a member of the boards of Commonfund and Merit Hill Capital (non-public companies). She also serves on various Harvard University advisory boards, including for HarvardX and Harvard Law School.

Ms. Arnaboldi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, and a JD and an MBA from Harvard University.


Ms. Arnaboldi also sits on the following public company board:

NextEra Energy, Inc.:           2022-present

Guy Bainbridge

Director since: 2019

Guy Bainbridge is a former partner with KPMG LLP. He has acted as the key audit leader of several of the UK and world’s largest financial institutions and served on KPMG’s UK and Europe boards.

Mr. Bainbridge also serves as the audit committee chair of each of Yorkshire Building Society and ICE Clear Europe Limited (non-public companies).

Mr. Bainbridge is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge.

Susan Dabarno

Director since: 2013

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 Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) and holds a Class II Diploma from McGill University.

Julie Dickson

Director since: 2019

Julie Dickson is a former Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Canada, Canada’s main financial services regulator. She currently serves on the Canadian Public Accountability Board, and the board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority.


Ms. Dickson is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Economics from Queen’s University.

Mike Durland

Director since: 2024

Michael Durland is a former senior executive at The Bank of Nova Scotia, holding a number of senior roles in their capital markets division, including Group Head and CEO, Global Banking and Markets.


He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Melancthon Capital Corporation, a private company primarily focused on the provision of capital and advisory services to emerging Canadian companies. He brings a sophisticated risk taking and risk structuring capability set to the board, along with international business experience.


Mr. Durland is the Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University. He is a member of the board of the True Patriot Love Foundation (not-for-profit organization), as well as the boards of Receptiviti Inc. and LifeRaft Inc., and the former Chair of Truleaf Sustainable Agriculture (non-public companies). He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and a former a member of the Board of the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, the Business Strategy Committee of the Global Risk Institute and the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Social Impact at Queen’s University and the Master of Management Analytics Program at Queen’s University.


Mr. Durland holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and a Ph.D. in Management from Queen’s University.

Sheila 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 former role as a Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation and her current role as a Director on the Canadian Public Accountability Board. 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 was a member of the International Federation of Accountants-International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.

Ms. Fraser also serves on the board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, is an Officer of the Order of Canada and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.

Don Kanak

Director since: 2024

Don Kanak is a former senior executive with deep insurance experience in Asia. Most recently, he held several roles with Prudential Holdings Ltd. (part of Prudential plc). He ultimately served as Chairman, Insurance Growth Markets and Chairman, Prudence Foundation, and, prior to that, Chairman, Eastspring Investments and Chairman of Prudential Corporation Asia. He served in senior executive positions at American International Group (AIG) for over 14 years before joining Prudential Holdings Ltd.


Mr. Kanak has been a Senior Fellow of The Program in International Financial Systems (PIFS) since 2007 and a director since 2017. His research has focused on climate change policy, including solutions for reducing deforestation and degradation of natural forests and financial frameworks for achieving climate objectives. He previously served as a trustee of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Hong Kong, Chairman and executive board member of the EU-ASEAN Business Council and a member of the board of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council (non-public entities).


Mr. Kanak holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a MLitt from Oxford University in management studies.

Vanessa Kanu

Director since: 2022

Vanessa Kanu is a seasoned finance professional with over 25 years of extensive business experience in multi-billion-dollar organizations. Having held progressively senior roles throughout her career, Ms. Kanu most recently served as global CFO at TELUS International. Prior to TELUS International, she served in various senior leadership roles at Mitel Networks Corporation, including as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Mitel, she was at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ms. Kanu currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Thorn, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to eliminate child sexual abuse materials from the internet. She has previously served as a member of the board of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Ms. Kanu is a Chartered Accountant in Canada (CICA), a Certified Public Accountant in the United States (Illinois), and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International and Financial Economics (with First Class Honours) from the University of Hull, in the United Kingdom.

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, U.S., and the UK.

He is a member of the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a not-for-profit organization.

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.

May Tan

Director since: 2021

May Tan is a senior financial services executive who has held a number of senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank, including the position of Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong). She has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance, banking, and capital markets in Asia. She holds the Fellow Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Certified Public Accountant (Fellow) designation from the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Ms. Tan is a director on the following non-public boards: Anticimex New TopHolding AB, MSIG Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited, Shanghai Guardian Limited and 701 Limited. Ms. Tan is also a council member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association.

Ms. Tan received a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from the University of Sheffield.


Ms. Tan also sits on the following public company boards:

CLP Holdings Limited                                        2018-present

Leagh Turner 

Director since: 2020

Leagh Turner is a seasoned global executive in the technology sector currently holding the position of CEO for Coupa Software Inc., a business spend management software company. Previously, Ms. Turner was the Co-CEO of Ceridian HCM Holding Inc., a global human capital management software company. She also serves as a director of Plan International Canada. Ms. Turner is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in leadership and has been recognized twice on the WXN (Women’s Executive Network) Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women list.

Ms. Turner holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.

John Wong

Director since: 2024

John Wong is a former Senior Partner and the former Chairman of Greater China for Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he currently serves as a Senior Advisor. He is a trusted consultant with almost 30 years of experience serving global clients in the Asian healthcare market and a deep expertise in building businesses in biopharmaceuticals, medical technology, and consumer health.

Mr. Wong holds an MBA from Harvard University, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London.