The following are brief profiles of the Board of Directors and executive officers of Morneau Shepell:
Jill Denham is Chair of the Board. She is a corporate director and from 2001 to 2005 she was Vice Chair, CIBC Retail Markets. Ms. Denham joined Wood Gundy (subsequently acquired by CIBC) in 1983 as an Assistant Vice-President in Corporate Finance and throughout her career at CIBC held progressively more senior roles, including President, CIBC Wood Gundy Capital (1992), Managing Director and Executive Vice-President, CIBC, Europe (1997), as well as head of Commercial Banking (1999) and CIBC World Markets e-commerce (2000). Ms. Denham is a director of National Bank of Canada, Markit Ltd., Penn West Petroleum Ltd. and she is Chair of the Board of Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada and Temple Insurance Company. She is also a director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is a past director of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. She holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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., SCM Insurance Services Inc. and Thinking Capital Financial 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 the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Ivey Business School.
Ms. Diane MacDiarmid is President, MacDiarmid & Company, a human resources and organizational effectiveness consulting firm. Previously Ms. MacDiarmid was Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources with Bentall Kennedy LP, a North American real estate investment and services company. In that position, which she held for seven years, Ms. MacDiarmid led Bentall Kennedy’s human resources and strategy functions. Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy, Ms. MacDiarmid was President of Oliver Wyman Delta Canada. In her 16 year consulting career with Oliver Wyman, Ms. MacDiarmid worked with the senior leadership of companies across North America addressing issues of strategy, organization design and leadership effectiveness. Earlier in her career Ms. MacDiarmid worked in financial services, consulting engineering and the oil industry. Ms. MacDiarmid holds an MBA from the Schulich School, York University, Toronto and a BSc of Applied Science from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She is a member of the board of Altus Group Limited.
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. He has published widely in the field of public economics and was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his role as a global advisor in fiscal policy. He presently serves on several boards including Imperial Oil Limited, Literary Review of Canada and Chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He was also appointed by the Federal Minister of Finance to the Economic Advisory Council to advise on economic planning 2008-2015, by the Federal Minister of Health to the Health and Innovation panel 2014-2015 and had been the 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.
W.F. Morneau, Sr.
Mr. 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 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.
Mr. Kevin Pennington joined Morneau Shepell’s Board of Directors in 2015. 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 is presently Chief Human Resources Officer of Fiserv, Inc., a leading global technology provider for the financial services industry. Mr. Pennington holds a BSc degree in Behavioural Science/Management and an MSc degree in Counseling, both from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Dale R. Ponder
Ms. Ponder is the National Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a leading Canadian law firm, with offices across the country and in New York. Ms. Ponder 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 has spoken extensively on leadership in professional services industries and has been recognized repeatedly as one of WXN's Top 100 Powerful Women in Canada and as one of the Top 25 by Canada's Women of Influence organization. Ms. Ponder is a member of The Learning Partnership Advisory Board, the Governors' Council of St. Michael's Hospital Foundation and the CGCA Advisory Board, and is a mentor in the Women's Executive Network. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario and is based in Toronto.
Mr. John Rogers is a corporate director. He has spent 32 years of his professional career with MDS Inc., a NYSE and TSX listed company. Mr. Rogers served as MDS’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to 2005 and was a board member from 1992 to 2005. He also served MDS in the capacity of President and Chief Operating Officer (1991 to 1996), President (1985-1991), Vice President, Finance (1978-1985) and Secretary-Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (1976-1978). In 2004, he was honoured as Distinguished Businessman of the Year by Rotman School of Business. John attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and received a BA (Commerce) from the University of Toronto.
Alan Torrie is President and Chief Executive Officer of Morneau Shepell. Mr. Torrie’s responsibilities include the development and execution of the Company’s overall strategic direction, and leading the organization to achieve both its short-term and long-term business results. Mr. Torrie joined the Company in 2005 as a Trustee of the then Morneau Sobeco Income Fund, and Chair of the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committee. He became President in 2008, Chief Executive Officer in 2009, and has served as a Director on the Board of the Company since the conversion to a corporation in 2011. When he was named President in 2008, Mr. Torrie brought with him more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive leader in the health and life science industry including President and Chief Executive Officer of MDS Diagnostics and Executive Vice President of MDS Inc., Chief Operating Officer of Retirement Residences REIT (Revera) and Executive in Residence with Clairvest Private Equity. Earlier in his career he was also the Chief Executive Officer of Joseph Brant Hospital. Mr. Torrie has served on numerous community boards including past Chair of AMREF Canada (African Medical Research and Education Foundation) and past Chair of Trillium Health Partners. Mr. Torrie is currently a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of Appleby College and a Director of Extendicare Inc.