The following are brief profiles of the Board of Directors and executive officers of Morneau Shepell:
Gillian (Jill) Denham, Chair of the Board, is a corporate director and currently serves on the board of directors of CP, Kinaxis Inc. and National Bank. She is also the chair of Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company (both private companies). Ms. Denham is a board member and chair of the Investment Committee of CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and a member of the Board of Governors and chair of the Finance & Audit Sub-Committee of Upper Canada College. Ms Denham spent her career at Wood Gundy and CIBC. She has held senior positions in investment banking, was President of Merchant Banking / Private Equity and had regional responsibility for CIBC in Europe. She was also head of the Retail Bank for CIBC. She holds an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Ivey Business School, the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Luc Bachand is a corporate director and currently sits on the boards of Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, the Fondation Jeunes en Tête, the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation. Mr. Banchand was Vice-Chairman and the Head of BMO Capital Markets in Québec from 2006 until his retirement in 2016. Mr. Bachand joined BMO Financial Group in 1983 where he held several positions within the Capital Markets Group. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
Ron Lalonde is a corporate director. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Mr. Lalonde was Senior Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations at CIBC. Prior to this, Mr. Lalonde was the Chief Administrative Officer of CIBC, with responsibility for finance, legal, compliance, human resources, marketing and other support functions. Mr. Lalonde also held senior executive positions in London, England and New York. Mr. Lalonde currently serves as a director of several companies, including Street Capital Group Inc. and DH Corporation. Mr. Lalonde serves as a Commissioner on the Board of the Toronto Transit Commission and is a director of The Canadian Stage Company. Mr. Lalonde holds a BA from Western University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School.
Jack M. Mintz
Jack Mintz is the President’s Fellow of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary after serving as its founding director until July 1, 2015. Dr. Mintz also serves as the National Policy Advisor for EY since July 2015. He presently serves on several boards including Imperial Oil Limited, Global Risk Institute and Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Mintz also served as a director and the past audit chair for Brookfield Asset Management and CHC Helicopter. He has been appointed to lead or participate in several government panels over the years including the Federal Minister of Health “Health and Innovation panel 2014-2015” and research director for the Federal-Provincial Territorial Minister’s Working Group on Retirement Income Research in 2009. He was a Visiting Professor, New York University Law School 2007 and Columbia Law School 2015; President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute from 1999-2006; Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance, Ottawa and Chair of the federal government’s Technical Committee on Business Taxation in 1996 and 1997; and Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Management, University of Toronto, 1993-1995. In 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.
W.F. Morneau, Sr.
W.F. Morneau Sr. is the Honorary Chair and founder of Morneau Shepell. He has served on a number of corporate and charitable boards. Mr. Morneau is the past Chair of the University of St. Michael’s College, past Chair of the Providence Healthcare Foundation, past Treasurer and Board Member of the Sunnybrook and Women’s Foundation, past Chair and director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, past Chair of WFI Industries Ltd., and Honourable Chair of the Newman Foundation at the University of Toronto. Mr. Morneau was named as the Catholic Business Person of the Year in 2006. He was presented with the Award of Merit by The St. George’s Society of Toronto in April 2005; was appointed, in 1999, as Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and elevated to “With Star” in 2012 by Pope Benedict, the highest honour accorded to a Catholic layperson; and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of St. Michael’s College in 1996.
Kevin Pennington is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Fiserv, Inc., a leading global technology provider for the financial services industry. Throughout his more than 30-year career, Mr. Pennington has held increasingly senior human resources roles in both the United States and Canada. He served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration with Agere Systems Inc., an integrated circuit components company, from 2001 to 2005, followed by six years as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer with Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. Mr. Pennington holds a BSc degree in Behavioural Science/Management and an MSc degree in Counselling, both from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Dale R. Ponder
Dale Ponder is the National Managing Partner and chief executive of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. As a senior member of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice, she has had extensive experience throughout her career leading transactions relating to public and private merger and acquisition matters and advising boards of public companies. Ms. Ponder’s practice background has focused on M&A, securities regulation and corporate governance. In the course of her practice, she has been recognized as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer by various peer ranking publications, including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Lexpert/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert’s Leading Corporate Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada. Ms. Ponder serves on the board of the Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, the Governors’ Council of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation and the CGCA Advisory Board, and is a mentor in the Women’s Executive Network.