What an extraordinary time to
be a corporate director.
It is a role that is more demanding than ever. The accelerating pace of change, sheer volume of emerging issues and associated complexity present both challenges and opportunities. For directors who are curious and thrive on challenge, outcomes, continuous learning and development, it can be highly rewarding. There are a number who are masters at the role, eager to support others in achieving that pinnacle of performance. They understand that to be successful in business you must contribute to your profession, industry and community.
What if we identified what high-performing boards across different sectors are doing differently?
If we understood what contributes to their success, we could share that with senior Canadian business leaders. Discussions could then lead to next-wave thinking and ideas set to become new governance standards.
Lambay Group launched The Initiative to do just that.
We conducted in-depth interviews with more than 30 of Canada’s leading board chairs and consulted select executives. In 50+ hours of interviews and discussions, we discussed emerging governance priorities and how they are responding to the challenges of the day. All industry sectors were represented, along with Regulators and Government Institutions.
Their insights proved invaluable.
So much so, we’ve published them. High Performance in the Boardroom is an exclusive report on contemporary best practices of high-performing boards in a time of accelerating change.
The group of extraordinary board chairs who generously shared their leadership experiences and candid insights on how they navigate change.
Chair of Sun Life Financial
Director of Gilden Activewear
Former Deputy Minister of Health Ontario
Prior CEO of University Health Network
President and Chief Executive Officer of Institute of Corporate Directors
Former Chair, Community Foundations of Canada and the 2012 Ontario Games
Director of Rideau Hall Foundation and previously Metrolinx
Former Chair of Ballard Power and SNC Lavalin
Director of Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB)
Chair of Manulife Financial and St Michael’s Hospital Foundation;
Director of Irving Oil Ltd., Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc. and Sysco Corporation
Director of Logistec Corporation, Cogeco Inc., Conference Board of Canada
Former CEO of Aéroports de Montréal
Chair of Canadian Pacific and former Chair of Laurentian Bank
Director of SNC Lavalin and Veolia Environnement S.A.
Chair of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) and former Chair of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
Director of MetroLinx
Former Chair of Westport Fuel Systems and Home Capital Corporation
Director of Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure plc., Olympia Financial Group Inc., Olympia Trust Company and Canvas GFX
Chair of Meridian Credit Union and Motusbank
Director of QUEST and Silence
Chair of Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative
Chair of Ontario Health
Director of Invesco Canada and ICE NGx
Chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)
Director of Canadian Western Bank and NAV Canada
Former President, TSX Venture Exchange
Chair of Hydro One and Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited
Director of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments)
Chair of the Global Risk Institute (GRI)
Director of UBS Global
President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada
President and CEO of Indspire
Director of Deloitte Canada Board
Chair of OpenText
Former Chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)
Director of Franco-Nevada Corp.
Chair of Unity Health Toronto
Director on the Boards of Shopify, McCain Foods, Private Debt Partners Inc. and Q4
Chair of ARC Resources and Finning
Director of Cenovus Energy
Former CEO of TransCanada and Talisman Energy
Chair of McCarthy Tétrault, Canada (Board of Partners)
Chair of Alectra Inc.
Chair of Capital Power and former Chair of Canadian Electricity Association
Director of Stantec Inc., Melcore Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and Canada Water Networks
Hon. John Manley
Chair of CIBC and CAE
Director of Telus
Senior Member of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s cabinet from 1993 to 2003
Chair of the Canadian Payments Association
Former Chair of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Director of Intact Financial Corporation and the Royal Conservatory of Music
Chair of the Altus Group and Ridgeline Capital Group
Director of Colony Capital Inc.
Former Chair of Mountain Equipment Co‑Op (MEC)
Director of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
Katharine (Kate) Stevenson
Former Chair, Bishop Strachan School
Director of CIBC, OpenText and Capital Power
Barbara (Barb) Stymiest
Chair of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Former Chair of Blackberry
Director of Sun Life, Blackberry and Weston
Kathleen (Katie) Taylor
Chair of Royal Bank of Canada, Atlas Partners LLP and SickKids Foundation
Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Chair of the Board of Governors at York University
Director of Ontario Health, Metrolinx, Teranet and Indspire
Former Chair of Unity Health Toronto and Hydro One
Director of Bank of America and Alberta Investment Management Corporation
Chair of Magna International and SNC Lavalin
Director of Intact Financial and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)