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The Honourable Baljit S. Chadha, P.C.
The Honourable Baljit S. Chadha, P.C.

The Honourable Baljit Singh Chadha is a highly respected and successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and engaged citizen. Born in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1951, Mr. Chadha obtained his undergraduate science degree (B.Sc.) at the University of Bombay before immigrating to Canada. He obtained a Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University in Montreal. He also holds corporate director certification (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Beginning with just a rented desk and 100% borrowed capital, Mr. Chadha founded his own business, Balcorp Limited, in Montreal in 1976, later opening offices in Bombay and New Delhi. Balcorp is now an international marketer of a broad range of products and services. Mr. Chadha is known for his depth of knowledge and expertise in international trade and strategic planning, both within his own company and across the breadth of his growing global business interests. In 2003, the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada, named Mr. Chadha to the Security Intelligence Review Committee, as well as to the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada.


Eric Boyko
Eric Boyko

Eric Boyko is co-founder and president (since 2007) of Stingray Digital Inc., an international company dedicated exclusively to digital media. He founded eFundraising.com, Corp. in 1991 and was its president until recently. A graduate from McGill University, Mr. Boyko has a specialization in accounting and became a certified general accountant in 1997. Winner of the Top 40 under 40 prize for 2006, he is a member of the board of directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada, of the Montreal Development Program, of the Young Presidents' Association (YPO), of French for the Future and of the Anges financiers from the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal.


Mario Charpentier
Mario Charpentier

Mario Charpentier is the Managing Partner and one of the six founders of BCF Business Law, today numbering more than 180 professionals in Quebec. Mr. Charpentier has over 25 years of experience in corporate taxation related to areas of mergers and acquisitions, financing and tax and financial planning. Since 1995, he has participated in more than 250 private, public or venture capital financings related to trans-border transactions involving American and European businesses. Mr. Charpentier is an officer of the Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Montréal (CHUM), a life officer of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec and member of the expert panel of the Québec Manufacturing Fund of the Caisse et dépôt de placement du Québec.


Jean-Guy Desjardins
Jean-Guy Desjardins

Mr. Desjardins graduated from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales and holds the designation of CFA. The chairman and CEO of Fiera Capital, he has worked in the investment management field since 1969. He sits on many boards of directors, including those of financial services firm Fonds FMOQ Inc. and HEC Montréal. Mr. Desjardins was a member of the Bank of Canada’s board of directors for five years and was elected lead director in 2007. He also served as chairman of the special committee of the Bank’s independent directors responsible for recruiting governor Mark Carney.


Daniel R. Dorey, MBA
Daniel R. Dorey, MBA

As a business leader, Daniel Dorey has accumulated 20 years of experience in the sectors of corporate mergers, business development and real estate investment. He is Managing Director of OneCap Financial and a principal in Symetrix Realty Corp. From 1996 to 2003 Mr. Dorey was president of Oxford Quebec, a division of Oxford Properties Group. He also presided over the U.S. division of Oxford and was chairman of the board of MTEC Construction. Prior to Oxford Mr. Dorey was the driving force behind the success of another real estate management firm (Koral Properties) which, under his direction, became one of the major players in its field in Quebec. Koral was sold to Oxford in 1996.


Marcel Dutil, C.M.
Marcel Dutil, C.M.

Marcel Dutil is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Canam Inc., which specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of construction products and solutions in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere in the world. Mr. Dutil has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Université du Québec in Montréal, the Université de Montréal, and the Université de Sherbrooke. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. 


François Hudon
François Hudon

François Hudon is Head, North American Customer Contact Centres for BMO Bank of Montreal since June 2014. From 2001 to 2014, he assumed the role of Senior Vice-President, Quebec Division of BMO Bank of Montreal. Mr. Hudon holds a degree from HEC Montréal and has broad experience in personal and commercial banking as well as experience in human resources, sales, marketing and business development. He is involved in various social and community activities and is President of the Marie-Enfant Foundation.


Dr Léo-Paul Landry
Dr Léo-Paul Landry

Since 2000, Dr. Léo-Paul Landry has been a management consultant and director of professional services at the Institut de réadaptation de Montréal. From 1986 to 1999 he served as secretary-general of the Canadian Medical Association, from 1994 to 1999 as general manager of CMA Holdings in Ottawa, and from 1981 to 1995 as associate professor at the McGill Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Landry is a very active member of the medical community. He specializes in internal medicine and pediatrics, and earned an MBA from Université Laval in 1972. 


Donald J. Johnston
Donald J. Johnston

Donald J. Johnston was secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 1996 to 2006. With its membership comprising the 30 most highly developed industrialized countries, the OECD is the world’s most influential economic research body. Mr. Johnston became the first person from outside Europe to hold this position. During his tenure, he launched an in-depth study of health care systems aimed at finding the causes of discrepancies in their efficiency. As a federal cabinet minister from 1978 to 1988, Mr. Johnston served as president of the Treasury Board, Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of State for Science and Technology, and Minister of Justice and Attorney-General. In 2006, he joined the law firm Heenan Blaikie as a counsel.


Bernard Lord
Bernard Lord

Bernard Lord was premier of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2006. At age 33, he became one of the youngest premiers in Canadian history. During his two terms in office, he succeeded in reforming the way a number of public services were provided. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Medavie. He holds three honorary doctorates and in May 2007 became the first professor in residence of the McGill University Health Centre’s Institute for Strategic Analysis and Innovation, established to promote innovation in public policy on health care. Mr. Lord will work at developing strategic studies on health care policy, with a focus on bringing greater responsibility to citizens in managing their health.


Reford MacDougall, C.M.
Reford MacDougall, C.M.

Following two years at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales and four years at McGill University where he earned a B.A degree, Mr. MacDougall worked for five years as a financial journalist based in Montreal. His background also includes 40 years in all phases of the financial business, two years in politics and two years with the Adam Smith Institute, a free market think tank based in London, England. He was also part of the original group which started the Montreal Economic Institute more than 20 years ago. In 2004 he was made a member of the Order of Canada for his fund raising efforts on behalf of more than 30 charitable organizations.


Dr. Eleanor Nicholls
Dr. Eleanor Nicholls

Eleanor Nicholls has worked in both academia and business. She was President of a private investment company and also worked as managing director of a private construction company with offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Eleanor holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from McGill University and an M.A. from University of Toronto. She has taught at Dawson College. At present Eleanor is the Honourary Chair of the Advisory Board to the Science Faculty at McGill University, where she received a Special Award for Dedication given by the Alumni. There are many organizations in Montreal that have benefited from Eleanor’s work, including the Canadian Railway Historical Museum. Eleanor is also a Trustee of the Fraser Institute. Her area of expertise is the political and economic environment in the United States.


Adrien D. Pouliot
Adrien D. Pouliot

Adrien D. Pouliot obtained his law degree from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1979 and practised commercial law with the Ogilvy Renault firm until 1984. He then joined family broadcasting company CFCF Inc., becoming chief operating officer in 1989 and serving as chief executive from 1993 until the company’s sale in 1996. Mr. Pouliot was principal shareholder and president and CEO of Entourage Solutions Technologies from 1999 to 2005. He is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Draco Capital Inc., a private equity fund. Mr. Pouliot was Chairman of the MEI Board from 1999 to 2007.


Yves Rabeau
Yves Rabeau

Yves Rabeau is full professor in the Department of Business Strategy at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s École des sciences de la gestion. He has also taught Management and Economics at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, as well as Economics at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Economic Sciences. Mr. Rabeau has been a guest professor in France, Poland, and Romania, and has worked as a consultant for several large Canadian companies. He has authored many books, research papers, technical studies, and articles in scientific and business reviews. His last book discusses the evolution of the telecommunications industry in Canada. Mr. Rabeau holds a PhD in Economics Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Jeremy H. Reitman
Jeremy H. Reitman

Jeremy H. Reitman is President of Reitmans (Canada) Limited. He received an AB degree (Economics) at Dartmouth College, a BCL degree (Law) at McGill University and practiced as a lawyer at Johnston, Heenan & Blaikie during the years of 1969-71. Mr. Reitman is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Montreal as well as the Board of Governors of McGill University. Reitmans (Canada) Limited is a national ladies’ wear retailing Company, which operates over 900 stores under the banners of Reitmans, Smart Set, RW & CO., Penningtons, Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity and Cassis.


Maureen Sabia
Maureen Sabia

Maureen Sabia holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from McGill University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Maureen has been the principal of her own consulting practice since 1986. Her work consists of assisting business with organizational and strategy issues. She has expanded her private sector experience into the boardroom. She was appointed Chairman of the Board of Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited in March, 2007, after serving as Chairman of its Audit Committee, a member of its Management Resources and Compensation Committee and Chairman of its Social Responsibility Committee. Maureen is a director of Canadian Tire Bank, where she serves as a member of the Governance and Conduct Review Committee. She was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2009. In June 2011, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her role in supporting the advancement of women in the corporate sector, and for strengthening corporate governance. In June 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Dennis Sharp
Dennis Sharp

Mr. Sharp graduated from Queen's University in geological engineering and has extensive experience in the energy field. He is the past Chairman of UTS Energy Corporation, an oilsands company, which was recently acquired by Total E&P Canada Ltd. Mr. Sharp is a director of Azure Dynamics Corporation and previously served on the boards of EnCana Corporation and Command Drilling Corp. He was a Governor and Chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) that produces more than 95 percent of Canada's crude oil and natural gas. Mr. Sharp is a member of The Alberta Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.



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