President & CEO General Electric Canada
In her role as President and CEO of GE Canada, and through her many industry and community involvements, Elyse Allan demonstrates her passion for Canadian competitiveness in a global economy and creating a culture of excellence.
Allan was appointed to her post in 2004, with a mission to grow GE’s businesses in Canada, and to advance the company’s leadership in
infrastructure, technology, media and financial services.
Allan is active around many issues that influence Canada’s productivity and competitive advantage. She is a strong advocate for advancing the country’s science and technology base, competitive fiscal policy and strong cities.
Aside from her work at GE, she contributes to these goals as a Director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the C.D. Howe Institute. She is also the current Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Allan was appointed to Minister Flaherty’s Federal Finance Advisory Committee and Premier Stelmach’s Council for Alberta’s Economic Strategy. Premier McGuinty
invited her to serve on the new Metrolinx Board as well. She has served on the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy.
VP Human Resources Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
Stacey Allerton was appointed VP, Human Resources, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited in 2003.
She joined Ford Motor Company in 1990 and has held various human resources positions in the United States and Canada.
Allerton has served as Ford's lead negotiator for the 2005, 2008, and 2009 CAW National Negotiations, successfully reaching agreements to support Ford’s vision for a sustainable and competitive business environment in Canada while protecting employees' interests. In addition, she has responsibility for all aspects of human resources for the 7,000 employees at Ford's Canadian operations.
Allerton serves on the Board of Directors for Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd and Hamilton Health Sciences. She holds a M.A. in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University and a B.A. degree in Business from Michigan State University.
EVP & CFO Enbridge Inc.
As EVP, CFO and Corporate Development, Richard Bird is responsible for all financial affairs of the company and corporate planning, mergers, acquisitions and corporate development. Bird joined Enbridge in 1995 as VP and Treasurer after holding senior financial executive positions at a number of other public companies. He has also served as SVP, Corporate Planning & Development. He led Enbridge's involvement in winning the gas distribution franchise for New Brunswick, and acquiring the natural gas pipeline and gathering and processing business of Midcoast Energy. Bird led the acquisition of the public minority interest of Enbridge Consumers Gas, established Enbridge's 32% interest in Noverco Inc. and led the successful launch of Enbridge Income Fund. Bird served most recently as EVP, Liquids Pipelines, including responsibility for initiatives to secure $12B of crude oil pipeline development opportunities. Bird was also named Canada's CFO of the Year in 2010.
SVP, CFO & Secretary Teknion Corporation
As SVP, CFO and Secretary, Scott Bond directs all financial affairs of Teknion, including financial planning, statutory reporting, tax, treasury and risk management. Before coming to Teknion, Bond was VP Finance and CFO of Exco Technologies Limited, a public industrial products company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Bond's background includes senior financial positions with Magna International Inc. Having spent the majority of his career in a manufacturing environment, and with international exposure, Bond brings with him a breadth of experience and financial expertise. Bond has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.
CFO University of Toronto
Sheila Brown is the CFO of the University of Toronto, a position she has held since 2005. Prior to that appointment Brown served the University in a number of other financial positions since joining its staff in 1973. She has an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from McGill University.
VP & CFO Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Brian Gabel is VP and CFO for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). At the GTAA Gabel’s functional responsibilities include accounting, budgeting, financial planning, billing, collections, accounts payable, reporting, cash management, debt capital markets, investor relations, risk management, procurement, contracting, inventory management, internal and information technology.
Gabel joined the GTAA from British Columbia Transmission Corporation (BCTC) where he spent two years as VP Corporate Services and CFO. Prior to BCTC Gabel served in a variety of executive roles within energy conglomerates holding functional accountability for finance, regulatory affairs, human resources, marketing and sales, operations and mergers and acquisitions.
He has extensive experience with infrastructure entities and in planning, developing and gaining approvals for large infrastructure projects. He has substantial experience with commercial transactions, including negotiation of a $1.2B outsourcing transaction.
Gabel holds a B.B.A. degree with honors from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Accountant.
National VP, Human Resources Parmalat Canada Inc.
Scott Goodman joined Parmalat Canada in 2007 and was appointed National VP, Human Resources in 2009. In his current role, Goodman has responsibility for the human resources function, which includes talent and performance management, total rewards including pension and benefits, organizational development, employee and labor relations, internal communications, organizational structure and health and safety practices.
Prior to joining Parmalat Canada, Goodman worked at University Health Network as Counsel and Manager, Labour Relations from 2004 and as an Associate Lawyer with Ogilvy Renault, practicing labour and employment law after his call to the Ontario Bar in 2000.
Goodman graduated from York University in 1993 with a B.A., completed law school in 1998 at the University of Western Ontario, earning an L.L.B. and completed his M.B.A. in 2006 at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Scott also completed the UHN-Rotman Leadership Development Program in 2004.
Scott is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and serves on the Board of Street Health, a not for profit community health organization in Toronto.
SVP & CFO University Health Network
As SVP and CFO of the University Health Network, Justine Jackson is responsible for managing the organization’s $1.5B annual operating budget. Her key contributions include developing the budget strategy and financial consolidation of the Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital and Doctors Hospital mergers. She was instrumental in implementing case costing for UHN, leading to the first understanding of the hospital’s financial aid and clinical integration. She spent six years located at TWH as Controller and then also as Executive Director of Operations for the neuroscience and musculoskeletal health and arthritis programs. She was appointed CFO in 2006, VP Finance in 2008 and SVP in 2010.
Jackson is a Certified Management Accountant and holds an M.B.A. Her special interests include being a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto Engineering Faculty, UHN’s Rotman Program at the University of Toronto and the Shulich Executive Education Center at York University.
WW Financial & Risk Analytics, Business Analytics IBM
Delbert Krause is a Business Unit Executive, WW FPM & Analytic Application Product Marketing, Business Analytics at IBM. Delbert Krause combines his formal education in finance and accounting along with greater than twenty years experience in delivering performance management solutions supporting finance, business and IT users. Delbert has worked in a variety of roles enabling customers achieve success across a broad range of solutions supporting performance management, from large international consolidations to enterprise planning and reporting applications. Delbert’s diverse background includes formal training and experience in finance, working directly with customers and consulting, selling, and marketing performance management software solutions. For the past ten years Delbert has worked with the performance management solutions team and has been focused on delivering solutions for finance supported by IBM Cognos software. Delbert’s current responsibility is to help bring understanding to customers on the benefits of performance management and the role IBM solutions play in delivering success.
CFO Porter Airlines
John Leader is EVP and CFO at Porter Airlines.
With a financial background spanning more than twenty years, John has extensive experience at both private equity-owned and publicly traded companies, providing direct involvement in management led buy-outs, acquisitions and asset swaps, and debt and equity financings.
Prior to joining Porter, Leader held EVP, Finance and CFO positions at Sun Media and Osprey Media Income Fund. Other previous roles include Director of Finance and Assistant Treasurer at Hollinger Canadian Newspapers & Hollinger Inc., and Audit and Tax Manager at Ernst & Young.
A member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants, John also holds a B.S. from The University of Western Ontario, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University.
Porter Airlines is Canada’s third-largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, committed to offering a premium travel experience.
SVP & CFO Rogers Communications Inc.
Bill Linton is CFO, Rogers Communications Inc. Prior to that he was President and CEO of Call-Net Enterprises Inc. which was acquired by Rogers Communications Inc. in 2005.
Linton has extensive experience in the high technology sector. As Chairman and CEO of Prior Data Services, Inc., Linton managed the sale of the company to X-wave Solutions. At SHL Systemhouse Inc., Linton served as EVP and CFO and for sixteen years he rose through increasingly senior roles at Rogers Communications Inc. to the position of VP Finance and CFO of Rogers Cantel.
Linton is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Softchoice. He has a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from St. Mary's University and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
CFO & EVP Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Marco Marrone is CFO & EVP of Canadian Tire Corporation with corporate financial accountability across all business units, including corporate planning and reporting, financial reporting and systems, retail analysis, treasury, central business services, taxation and risk control internal audit services. Marrone has a 23-year career history in progressively senior positions with Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS), including leading the strategy to create the Canadian Tire Bank, serving as COO of the Bank and most recently serving as President of CTFS since 2006. After completing his undergraduate degree in Commerce, Marrone completed his Certified Management Account designation in 1982 while serving in the accounting and finance department of Gulf Oil Ltd. Marrone completed his M.B.A. at McMaster University in 1986 and is currently a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants. Marrone completed the High Performance Leadership Program at the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management Development in 2004 and is a recent graduate of the McMaster University College for Corporate Directors. During his 23-year career with financial services, Marrone has held key management positions in finance, credit risk management, information technology, marketing and operations.
Canadian Business Development Leader Ernst & Young LLP
As Ernst & Young’s Canadian Business Development Leader, Kevin is focused on serving accounts and executing market strategy for priority accounts, industry and entrepreneurial services.
McKenzie has held various positions at Ernst & Young. Prior to his current role, he was the Global Director of the office of the chair accounts program, where he was responsible for developing major client relationships. He has also served as global markets leader for Ernst & Young’s global transaction advisory services practice, where he was responsible for client service and accounts.
In the US, Kevin served as the firm’s Americas director of business development and technology and security and risk services, and was national director of sales & marketing for the Canadian firm.
Kevin was also the senior vice president and head of origination in the capital markets division of a major Canadian bank. He successfully developed and implemented a business banking board-recognized client-centric relationship management approach.
VP - Audit & Risk Advisory Services BCE Inc.
Craig Pattinson leads the Audit & Risk Advisory Services team at Bell Canada and is responsible to the audit committee to provide assurance on the operational and financial controls in place at Bell Canada as well as building and evolving an enterprise risk management program in collaboration with management. Pattinson joined Bell Canada in 2006 focusing on risk management and moved into his current role in 2008.
A chartered accountant by training he began his career with Deloitte in the UK and upon qualification transferred to the Canadian practice where his focus moved towards risk management. Over a period of ten years prior to joining Bell he served many large clients around the world providing support in developing their risk management programs.
In addition to his professional background Pattinson owned and operated a small marine leisure business in Toronto, has been a board member of Ontario Sailing since 2002 and is currently the Treasurer. He holds an M.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business and is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, England.
Vice Dean, Professor of Economics and Business Economics University of Toronto
Dr. Peter Pauly is a Professor of Economics and Business Economics at the University of Toronto and a Research Associate at the Institute for Policy Analysis as well as the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management’s Institute for International Business. He currently serves as Vice-Dean, Academic, of the Rotman School of Management. Dr. Pauly holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Hamburg, has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Hamburg, and has held visiting appointments in North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Pauly’s academic research interests are in the areas of econometrics, macroeconomics, and international economics. He is a leading expert in the field of applied econometrics and macroeconomic modeling. His recent work has dealt with trade and exchange rate issues, and with the theoretical foundations of model-based forecasting techniques.
Dr. Pauly is a policy advisor to national governments and central banks around the world, and serves as a consultant to many national and international agencies, among them the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the OECD, the World Trade Organization, the Commission of the European Union, and various organizations within the United Nations system.
President & CEO Export Development Canada
Stephen Poloz was appointed President and CEO in January 2011, after nearly 30 years of public and private sector experience in financial markets, forecasting and economic policy.
Poloz joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 1999 as VP and Chief Economist, and in 2004 was promoted to SVP, Corporate Affairs and Chief Economist, with added responsibility for corporate planning, communications, government and international relations, engineering, corporate social responsibility and corporate research.
From 2008 to 2010, he was SVP, Financing, with responsibility for all of EDC’s lending programs, in addition to the Economics and Corporate and International Trade Intelligence groups.
Prior to joining EDC, Poloz spent five years with Montreal-based BCA Research, and 14 years with the Bank of Canada in Ottawa. He has been a visiting scholar at the IMF in Washington, and at the Economic Planning Agency in Tokyo. He has also served as President of the Ottawa Economics Association.
Mr. Poloz holds a PhD and M.A. in economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. (Honours) in economics from Queen's University. He is a Certified International Trade Professional and a graduate of Columbia University's Senior Executive Program.
VP Finance General Electric Canada Inc.
Manjit Sharma is VP - Finance for GE Canada. As part of this role, she is Chairman of the Canadian General Electric Pension Trust and serves as a member of a number of internal & external boards. Sharma heads GE Canada’s national inclusion and diversity council and is Lead Ombudsman for GE Canada. Prior to assuming this role in December of 2007, she was Assistant Controller, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis for 7 years. Before this, she held several financial leadership positions with previous employers: OPSEU Pension Trust, Inco Limited and KPMG.
Sharma has a Canadian Chartered Accountancy designation. During her career she has worked on assignments in Toronto, New York, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.