Julia Christensen Hughes
College of Management and Economics
University of Guelph
Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes was appointed Dean of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph in May of 2009. Previously, she was the Chair of the Department of Business since June 2007.
Julia is an accomplished management scholar who is committed to helping improve the effectiveness of organizations through a strategic approach to human resources management. She is also an advocate for change within higher education and has helped facilitate many national, provincial and local events focused on improving the quality of teaching and learning. Her work on academic integrity has garnered national and international attention. Julia is regularly sought as a keynote speaker and has received a number of awards and honours for her contributions.
Mary Jo Fedy
Office Managing Partner
Mary Jo Fedy is the Waterloo Office Managing Partner at KPMG, and she is known in the Waterloo community as a trusted adviser to family and entrepreneurial businesses. Mary Jo has a great track record of extraordinary client service excellence and has been a strong contributor to many national KPMG Enterprise initiatives.
Mary Jo is also a recognized leader in the Waterloo community. She is a current Board member of the K-W Skating Club Trust, a part-time faculty member of the Wilfrid Laurier University MBA Program and Chair of The Family Centre Capital Campaign. She is a past Board member of Conestoga College, K-W Art Gallery, Grand River Hospital Foundation, Freeport Health Centre Volunteer Association and the KPMG Foundation.
Joan Fisk Design
Joan Fisk has been the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network since June 2011. She is also the Director of both Gore Mutual Insurance and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Vice President of Membership for International Women’s Forum, Governor of Wilfrid Laurier University and President of Joan Fisk Design. Joan has also held the position of President and CEO for both the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and Tiger Brand Knitting Company Limited, where she was also Head Designer.
Joan received a Bachelor of Applied Home Economics and studied Clothing and Faculty of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Guelph. She has been the recipient of the YWCA of Cambridge Women of Distinction Award in both Categories of Education and Women in Business. Joan has also received the Laurier Outstanding Business Leader Award from Wilfrid Laurier University, the Conestoga Board of Governors Award and the Commemorative Medal for 125th Confederation of Canada.
Executive Vice President
Member Relations and Corporate Services
The Co-Operators Group Limited
Carol Hunter joined The Co-operators on Oct. 31, 2011 after serving 22 years with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA). As Executive Director of CCA from 2005-2011, Carol was responsible for leading a membership growth of 40 per cent; developing a Canadian co-operative development strategy; deepening relations between anglophone and francophone co-operatives in Canada; and positioning the association as a representative, diverse and accountable voice for its member organizations.
Carol has served as a board member with the Ottawa Women’s Credit Union and Chair of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation. She holds an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Philosophy and Sociology, a Masters in Information and Library Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Certificate in Co-operative Studies from the University of Bologna in Italy.
Ontario Association of Food Banks
Bill is an experienced business executive with an extensive background in both business and not for profit association management. His career commenced in education where he taught at Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario. He then moved into the corporate world in human resources management with such companies as the Bay, Scintrex Inc., Royal Trust, Paul Revere Life Insurance and Glaxo Canada.
Following his career in human resources Bill moved into public affairs management as Director of Government Relations with GlaxoWellcome Inc. During his ten years in this role Bill was instrumental in growing the public affairs function to be one of the leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. He also assumed a leadership role in the successful industry lobby to bring about changes in Canada’s intellectual property protection for brand name pharmaceuticals. He was awarded the industry’s President’s Award in 1998 for this effort.
In 2000 Bill moved into the world of not for profit and association management as a CEO of such organizations as St. John Ambulance in Ontario, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association and the Chicken Farmers of Ontario. During this period Bill worked on contracts through his consulting firm, Parkelaw Inc. with such clients as R. X .and D., the Ontario Hospital Association, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Canada , the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute, The Biotechnology Initiative and the Canadian Biotechnology Education Resource Centre.
Bill’s volunteer activities have included Chair and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, President of the Empire Club of Canada, President of the Metropolitan Toronto Lung Association and sitting on the Boards of the Queensway General Hospital, the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, the University of Guelph Alumni Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Public Affairs Association of Canada.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Honours BA, and he also holds a B.Ed from Queen’s University, an M.Ed from the University of Toronto and he has post graduate studies in history at Queen’s University. Bill is also a Certified Human Resources Professional.
Bill lives in Burlington. Ontario with his wife Sara who is an executive with ING Insurance and they have two grown children, Kate and Elizabeth.
Former President & CEO, Royal Mutual Funds Inc.
RBC Financial Group
Anne Lockie lead RBC's personal and business sales forces, where she was responsible for client satisfaction, revenue growth, cost effectiveness and provided a coordinated, streamlined, client-centric delivery across all RBC's personal and business sales teams. Ms. Lockie joined Royal Bank in 1976 in St. Mary’s, Ontario, and subsequently held senior management positions in administration, recruiting, financial management, employment equity and human resource planning in Toronto and Montreal.
Since 1991, Ms. Lockie has held several prominent, senior management positions; she assumed her current role in November 2004. Anne’s present directorships include: RBC Asset Management Inc., Action Direct, RBC’s self-directed brokerage business, and Look Good Feel Better.
Ms. Lockie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Guelph.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Peter MacGowan is a partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, one of Canada’s premier business law firms. He practices in the corporate and commercial lending areas, with specific emphasis on acquisition financing. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with his B.Sc. (Agr.), majoring in Agricultural Business.
After competing with Canada’s Olympic Rowing Team in 1984, he started his professional career, first as a teacher at Ridley College in St. Catharines and then as an investment advisor with Wood Gundy Inc. in Toronto. Peter then returned to school, graduating from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law in 1990. A partner with Blakes since 1998, Peter has been involved with many significant Canadian merger and acquisition transactions over the past 15 years.
Peter’s service commitment included five years as an infantry officer with Her Majesty’s Canadian Armed Forces. His current principal volunteer commitments include membership on the Board of Governors of Upper Canada College and a continuing commitment to physical fitness for our youth through his volunteer rowing coaching commitments.
Business News Network (BNN)
Kim Parlee is a senior anchor at BNN: Business News Network where she co-anchors Stars and Dogs, After Hours and Talking Tax. Since starting with the channel in 2001, she has worked in a number of capacities including anchor, markets editor and technology reporter. During her tenure, she has interviewed thousands of North American CEO’s, analysts, politicians and money managers.
Kim started her journalism career with CBC Newsworld, but before that worked in strategy and finance with Frito-lay and Labatt’s international operations. In amongst her corporate experience, she took time to teach marketing at Dalhousie University.
Kim holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a commerce degree from the University of Guelph and attended IESA - Venezuela’s top business graduate school.
Stephen R. Shea
Canadian Managing Partner, People
Ernst & Young LLP
Stephen is the Managing Partner, People for Ernst & Young in Canada and a member of both the Executive and Operating Committees of the firm. He is responsible for leading all facets of the firm’s people strategy for both partners and staff.
He also leads our firm’s relationships as the Global Coordinating Partner for two of our largest Canadian clients in the resource sector. He has extensive experience in the life science, healthcare and resource sectors.
Throughout Stephen’s 21 year career he has excelled as a client service partner in both the Audit and most recently the Advisory practice of the firm. He has provided leadership through counselling and mentoring to people within the firm at all levels.
Vice President Business Development and Marketing
Samuel Strapping Systems Group (Samuel, Son & Co., Limited)
Harold Whiteside, Vice President Business Development & Marketing of Samuel Strapping Systems Group, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited oversees strategic develo
pment, M&A, and operations in Canada and the US. Prior to joining Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, he served 15 years with Hitachi Mining Trucks as Vice President and General Manager overseeing operations in both Canada and India.
He completed his Management Economics degree at the University of Guelph in 1982, and earned his CMA through the University of Waterloo in 1991.
Harold is an active alumnus of the University of Guelph. His volunteer activities include several years as a director of the UGAA, as well as President in 1996-97. Harold sat as a Senator on the University of Guelph Senate from 1997-07 and is a past Chair of the Alumni Senate Caucus.
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Stephen G. Roman
Board Member: 2006 - 2011