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The following are brief profiles of the Board of Directors and executive officers of Morneau Shepell:

Jill Denham

Gillian (Jill) Denham is a partner of Authentum Partners that invests in technology and related businesses and provides advisory services. Ms Denham currently serves on the board of directors of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, Kinaxis Inc. and National Bank. 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, Western University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Luc Bachand

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. Bachand 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 and has obtained the ICD.D designation.

Kish Kapoor

Kish Kapoor is President and Chief Executive Officer of GMP Capital Inc. He currently serves on the boards of EQ Bank, Richardson Financial Group Limited and Richardson GMP. Mr. Kapoor is the former President of Wellington West Holdings Inc., a full service brokerage, capital markets, asset management and financial planning services firm. He was one of the founders of Assante Corporation, one of Canada’s largest wealth management firms. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and former tax partner with KPMG LLP. 

Ron Lalonde

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 Street Capital Group Inc. and is a Commissioner on the Board of the Toronto Transit Commission. Mr. Lalonde holds a BA from Western University and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. 

Stephen Liptrap

Stephen Liptrap is President and Chief Executive Officer of Morneau Shepell. Mr. Liptrap first joined the Company’s senior executive team in 2008, bringing with him more than 25 years of senior executive experience in the high tech, consumer packaged goods and retail sectors. In 2010, he was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of Morneau Shepell’s largest business unit, Employee Support Solutions. Then in July 2016, Mr. Liptrap was appointed Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading the Company’s business operations and functions. Mr. Liptrap is a member of the Business Council of Canada and a member of the Human Capital Policy Council for the C.D. Howe Institute. He was a member of the National Committee for CAMH’s 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health, and has served on the HR Committee for the 2015 PanAm Games, the Canadian Board of Directors for NCR and the Pension Board for Europe for a large technology company. He is a frequent speaker and thought leader on HR issues facing organizations today. Mr. Liptrap holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School (Western University), is a recent graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE).

Kevin Pennington

Kevin Pennington is a corporate director and formerly served as the Special Advisor to the CEO of Fiserv, Inc., after serving five years as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Fiserv, a leading global technology provider for the financial services industry. Throughout his more than 37-year career, Mr. Pennington has held increasingly senior human resources roles in both the United States and Canada having served as a CHRO for 27 years. He served as Executive Vice President, CHRO and Administration with Agere Systems Inc., a semi-conductor company spun off from Lucent Technologies, from 2001 to 2005, followed by six years as Executive Vice President, CHRO with Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. Mr. Pennington holds a BSc degree in Behavioral Science / Management and an MSc degree in Counselling, both from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Dale Ponder

Dale Ponder is the National Co-Chair of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and also serves on the firm’s Partnership Board. She is the immediate past Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Osler, a position she held for nine years. 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 M&A 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 and is the Chair of the Canadian Business Growth Fund. She is also a member of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Advisory Board of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and the Governors’ Council of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, and is an instructor at Western Law School and a mentor in the Women’s Executive Network. She was inducted into the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the 2016 Israel Cancer Research Fund Business Award of Distinction, the 2017 Toronto Lawyers Association Award of Distinction, the 2018 “Lifetime Achievement” award from Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law and the 2018 Law Alumni Award of Distinction from Western Law. Ms Ponder was also named Canadian Legal Leader of the Year at the 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards.

Michele Trogni

Michele Trogni is a partner of Authentum Partners that invests in technology and related businesses and provides advisory services. Until May 2017, she was Executive Vice President of Consolidated Markets and Solutions for IHS Markit. In this role Ms Trogni was responsible for all Markit’s Managed Services businesses, along with Product Design & Engineering, and Technology, Media & Telecoms. Prior to joining Markit in 2013, Ms Trogni had more than 25 years of experience in banking, most recently acting as Group Chief Information Officer for UBS and, prior to that, as head of UBS investment bank operations. Ms Trogni currently serves on the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank and is a board member of Global Atlantic Financial Group (a private company). She holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting from Northumbria University and is a qualified accountant (ACCA).