In 1991, Ray Tanguay joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., and was quickly recognized as a leading force in instilling innovation within the company. Over the past 20 years, TMMC has been recognized with an outstanding 12 J.D. Power and Associates plant quality awards, including the global best Platinum Award in 2011 and 2014. Under his exceptional stewardship, TMMC became the first Toyota manufacturing plant outside of Japan to produce Lexus vehicles, beginning in 2003. In 2012, TMMC announced that in addition to increasing production of the Lexus RX350, it would also begin building the RX450h, the hybrid version of the popular Lexus vehicle.
An admirer of the Lexus slogan, the "Passionate Pursuit of Perfection", Mr. Tanguay firmly believes in people aiming to do, and be, the best they can in their own respective fields. Always looking to the future, he has contributed to the further globalization of Toyota, and the achievement of self-reliance in North America, by creating a clear vision within a strategic framework that incorporates human resource development and reliable business partnerships.
In addition to his Canadian responsibilities as Chairman of both TMMC and also Toyota Canada Inc., and as President of Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc., Mr. Tanguay continues to provide a valuable contribution to the Global Toyota in his role as advisor to the Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.
Mr. Tanguay enjoys spending time with his wife, Marge, and with his children and grandchildren. He also continues to be a boat, motorcycle and snowmobile enthusiast and a long-time Montréal Canadiens hockey fan. In 2012, he was recognized for his achievements with an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Laurier University and an honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
George has over 20 years experience in the medical device industry. His responsibilities have included both business and technical leadership in the acquisition and development of novel medical device technologies. He has also been responsible for the pre-clinical marketing of new drug delivery technologies to medical opinion leaders and major pharmaceutical companies.This has included collaboration with business and clinical partners in the design and co-ordination of pre-clinical studies.
George has been granted several US and international patents for novel medical devices for drug delivery and minimally invasive surgery and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He currently sits on the Trudell Medical Limited Board of Directors and serves as Vice Chairman. While still maintaining some R&D and marketing responsibilities, his primary role is to work with the Board and management to ensure the company is properly aligned for future prosperity and growth.
Trudell Medical Limited is a private Canadian holding company with operating subsidiaries that specialize in the development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical aerosol delivery and patient compliance systems as well as devices for minimally invasive surgery. Additional subsidiaries specialize in medical device marketing and the provision of healthcare services.
Mr. Campbell has been Senior Strategy Advisor at Davis LLP since 2007. From 2000 to 2007 he was Group President, CAE Inc. He joined CAE after a distinguished career with Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served as Deputy Foreign Minister, and as the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for G-8 Summits (1997-2000). In previous assignments, Mr. Campbell served as Canada's Ambassador to Japan (1993-1997), Deputy Minister for International Trade (1989-1993) and Canada's Ambassador to Korea (1984-1985).
Mr. Campbell currently sits on the Board of Directors of Toyota Canada Inc. In the past, he has been on the Board of Directors of Canfor Pulp Products Inc., Perimeter Institute, the National Film Board and the Export Development Corporation. He is the current International Co-Chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation.
In April 1999, Mr. Campbell received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada from the Governor General and the Prime Minister. He has been conferred with Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Ottawa, Wilfred Laurier University and Carleton University. He is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University.
A lawyer, entrepreneur, author, educator and strategist, Mr. d'Aquino is the Chairman and Chief Executive of Intercounsel Ltd.
Mr. d'Aquino's career combines experience in government, business and law. He has served as a Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada, as Special Counsel to a national law firm and as Adjunct Professor lecturing on the law of international business transactions, trade and the regulation of multinational enterprise.
A native of Nelson, British Columbia, Mr. d'Aquino received his B.A., LL.B. and LL.M. from the Universities of British Columbia, Queen's and London (University College and the London School of Economics), respectively. He has addressed audiences in twenty-five countries in over one hundred cities worldwide and in 2001 co-authored an influential book entitled Northern Edge: How Canadians Can Triumph in the Global Economy.
Blake C. Goldring is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of AGF Management Limited, one of Canada's premier investment management companies with operations across Canada and subsidiaries in Europe and Asia.
Blake holds an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD in France. He serves on the Lawrence Centre Advisory Council at the Ivey Business School and The President's International Alumni Council at the University of Toronto. He is a Director of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The C.D. Howe Institute and the Canadian Film Centre.
In 2006, Blake Goldring founded Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve [www.canadacompany.ca], a charitable organization comprised of over 500 senior business and community leaders which provides support Canada's Military and their families. In 2011, Colonel Goldring was appointed the first ever Honorary Colonel of the Army. A member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, a CFA Charterholder and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, Blake and his wife Belinda have three daughters and live in Toronto.
President & CEO of Women of Influence Inc., Canada's preeminent organizations dedicated to advancing, recognizing and celebrating the professional accomplishments of high powered Senior Executive Women and providing both a forum and the programs to support the development of professional women throughout North America.
Since 1994, Women of Influence has produced a nationwide Luncheon Series profiling the most accomplished women who share their success story to inspire and connect likeminded professionals. The program consists of 20 events, in 8 Canadian cities, inspiring over 7500 attendees each year. This flagship series is well established in the business community having profiled over 300 of the highestpowered and most recognized women in Canada including Kim Campbell; former Prime Minister of Canada, Pamela Wallin; Journalist and former Counsel General to New York State, and Heather Reisman; CEO of Indigo. These programs are sponsored by leading organizations with objectives to reach influential and affluent women as employees and consumers include Deloitte, BMO, Bell Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Shoppers Drug Mart and Chubb Insurance. Since 2004 the firm has proudly grown to include producing the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards, Young Women of Influence Evening Series, Senior Executive Dinner Series, Future Women of Influence, Elevate your Influence and the WOI Magazine.
Carolyn joined Women of Influence in 2005 as Event Director, succeeding its previous founder and has served as the President since February 2007. Carolyn brings to her role senior corporate experience in Strategic Development, Marketing, Internal Communications and nation-wide Event Management in the financial services industry; proving her proficiency in handling high value client relations and senior executive management.
Prior to joining Women of Influence Inc., Carolyn produced high profile events for TD Waterhouse including managing AGM's, writing client facing presentations, marketing brochures and producing 25 Economic Outlook events for high value clients each year. This training combined with Carolyn's passion and determination to improve women's advancement, results in a powerful entrepreneurial force and a perfect pairing with this important and influential Canadian firm. Carolyn's mandate as President is to increase the impact Women of Influence has on women's professional success globally, providing leading forums specifically to find solutions to the challenges facing women's corporate advancement and women-led businesses. The market of women as consumers and employees is larger than China and India combined, and the fact is that this market is vastly underused, undervalued and underestimated. Carolyn and the Women of Influence form a powerful resource and are shaping the information and best practices for women's advancement to the media, for corporations and government.
Carolyn holds an Honors BA in English Literature, from the University of Western Ontario and a Certificate of Achievement from Queen's Finance Program. Outside of the office Carolyn holds volunteer based leadership roles with the AGO, The Powerplant, WIFT, Princess Margaret Hospital and is a member of the International Women's Forum. She has completed Ironman USA and has competed in the Triathlon World Championships for Team Canada. Carolyn holds herself to the standards of a woman of influence every day, determined to reach her own potential and believing in the power of leading by example to inspire women around her.
Ms. McLellan joined Bennett Jones LLP in its Edmonton office in July 2006 and in May 2006 she was appointed the first Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Alberta Institute for American Studies, University of Alberta.
Ms. McLellan is a member of several corporate and community boards. She served four terms as the Liberal MP for Edmonton Centre, during which she was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Minister of Natural Resources. From 1980 - 1992 she was a professor in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law and served as both Associate Dean (1985 - 1987) and Acting Dean (1991 - 1992) of the Faculty.
Ms. McLellan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Law degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws degree from King's College, University of London.
In July 2014, Steve Orsini was appointed Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council.
Steve has 25 years of experience in the Ontario Public Service. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary of the Treasury Board. His other executive leadership positions included Deputy Minister of
Revenue as well as Associate Deputy Minister, Office of Taxation, Agencies and Pensions in the Ministry of Finance.
He also held a number of positions at the Ontario Hospital Association, including Vice‐President of Policy and Public Affairs.
Steve has a Diploma in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Environmental Studies (Economic Development). He has also completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Harvard University Health Care Leadership Program.
Mr. Poloz was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 3 June 2013, for a term of seven years. As Governor, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank.
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Mr. Poloz graduated from Queen's University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics. He received a master's degree in economics in 1979 and a PhD in economics in 1982, both from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Poloz has over 30 years of public and private sector experience in financial markets, forecasting and economic policy. He first joined the Bank of Canada in 1981, and occupied a range of increasingly senior positions over a 14-year span, culminating in his appointment as Chief of the Bank's Research Department in 1992. After his departure from the Bank in 1995, he spent four years at BCA Research, where he served as managing editor of its flagship publication, The International Bank Credit Analyst.
Mr. Poloz joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 1999 as Vice-President and Chief Economist, and in 2004 was promoted to Senior Vice-President, 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 Senior Vice-President, Financing, with responsibility for all of EDC's lending programs, in addition to the Economics and Corporate and International Trade Intelligence groups. In January 2011, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of EDC, a position in which he served until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada.
Mr. Poloz is a Certified International Trade Professional and a graduate of Columbia University's Senior Executive Program. He has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., and at the Economic Planning Agency in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Poloz has taught economics at the University of Western Ontario, Concordia University and Queen's School of Business. He is a past president of the Ottawa Economics Association.
Mr. Poloz resides in Ottawa with his wife of 36 years, Valerie. He has two children, Jessica and Nicholas, and he is a grandfather.
A widely respected CEO in the Canadian telecom industry, Carol is the former dean of the Ivey Business School at Western University. She brought more than 30 years of experience in marketing, operations, strategic planning, technology development, and financial management to the role.
Ms. Stephenson began her career at Bell Canada in 1973, advancing through a series of management positions to join the executive ranks in 1988. From 1995 to 1998, as President and CEO of Stentor Resource Centre Inc, she led the national marketing and technology development centre for Canada's nine telecommunications companies. Then as President and CEO of Lucent Technologies Canada from 1999 to 2003, she spearheaded the team that succeeded in tripling Lucent's market share in Canada despite an industry downturn.
Ms. Stephenson currently serves on several Boards for top Canadian companies and has served on important Government Committees. She is a Director of Intact Financial Services Corporation (formerly ING Canada); Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.; Ballard Power Systems Inc.; and General Motors Company. Ms. Stephenson was Chair of the Federal Government's Advisory Committee on Senior Level Retention and Compensation and was Chair of the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board. She was a member of the Prime Minister's ADvisory Council on Science and Technology and on the Board of Direcors of the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC).
Ms. Stephenson, a graduate of the University of Toronto, successfully completed the Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, as well as the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.