Executive Leadership - Guest Speakers
Rick Waugh, O.C.
Retired President & CEO
Rick serves on the Board of Governors of York University, along with the Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors for TransCanada Corporation and the Horatio Alger Association of Canada. He is Chair of the Advisory Council for The Learning Partnership and serves on the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation Rick also sits on the External Advisory Council of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Business Administration from York University, a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from York University and Assumption University.
In 2012, Rick was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to strengthening the financial services industry in Canada and abroad. He received the 2011 International Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2009, he received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in New York, and had the Order of Merit conferred upon him by the President of the Dominican Republic for distinguished service to the country. He was awarded the 2008 Award of Merit from B’nai Brith Canada, and the 2007 Merit of Honor, Council of the Americas, for his distinguished contribution to the Americas.
Gerald T. McCaughey
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Gerald McCaughey is President and Chief Executive Officer of the CIBC group of companies, one of North America's largest financial services institutions.
Mr. McCaughey began his career in 1981 as an Account Executive with Merrill Lynch. He held a series of progressive management positions throughout Merrill Lynch's Canadian Operations. In 1990, CIBC, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Wood Gundy, acquired the Private Client operations of Merrill Lynch Canada.
In 1994, Mr. McCaughey became President of Wood Gundy Private Client Investments, a division of CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc. He was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC, responsible for Wealth Management in 1999 and Vice Chair of CIBC in December 2002.
In February 2004, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC World Markets, the global investment banking arm of CIBC. Mr. McCaughey became President and Chief Operating Officer of CIBC in December 2004.
He was named President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of CIBC's Board of Directors in August 2005.
Mr. McCaughey is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center; a director of the Frontier College Foundation; and a member of The Learning Partnership's Corporate Advisory Board. He is also a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.
President & CEO,
Toronto Region Board of Trade
Over the past six years Ms. Wilding has harnessed the energy of Canada's largest urban Chamber of Commerce and its 12,000 members to position the Board as an influential thought leader on key business and public policy issues impacting the Toronto region's globally competitive economy. Under her leadership, the Board has also enhanced the benefits of members through the introduction of key industry speaker series, business-to-business networking events, partnered-learning opportunities and business development tools.
Ms. Wilding currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. She is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization as well as an Advisory Board member for the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation.
Prior to joining the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Ms. Wilding was President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and President of Plan Canada (formerly Foster Parents Plan).
For her leadership in the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Wilding was awarded the Public Affairs Association of Canada's 2011 Award of Distinction and named to the Top 100TM list of Canada's Most Powerful Women for 2010. She is a recipient of the Schulich Business School's Outstanding Public Contribution Alumni Award, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the Public Sector Excellence Award for Technology.
A Chartered Accountant, she was named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2009. Ms. Wilding holds an Honours degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
President & CEO,
Ricoh Canada Inc.
Serving as the President and CEO of Ricoh Canada since 2008, Glenn Laverty carries the responsibility of providing strategic leadership, direction and vision to a company servicing all parts of Canada. As the most senior executive on the company’s Executive Management Team, Mr. Laverty’s 30 years of management expertise are critical in ensuring the company remains competitive, current and unquestioningly customer focused.
A demonstrated professional, Mr. Laverty is also a respected thought-leader, and is credited with driving a revolutionary and unparalleled change in the way the company is bringing new and expanded services to market. A seasoned veteran in Change Management principals and an ardent technologist, Mr. Laverty expends great energy ensuring the company is at the leading edge where technology is concerned – as a path to driving compelling efficiencies and improvements for Ricoh Canada customers. The concept of the “customer experience” has been a consistent and guiding principal for Mr. Laverty, who speaks frequently on the merits of employee accountability and the vital nature of the intersection between customers and corporations.
Mr. Laverty’s professional history has seen him move steadily up through Ricoh’s management layers. Holding a variety of increasingly senior leadership roles principally within Sales and Marketing, Mr. Laverty was appointed to his first Vice Presidency in 1996. Since that time, Mr. Laverty has been charged with setting strategic direction at Ricoh, and is recognized as the key driver behind the integration of IKON Canada, a Ricoh Company Limited acquisition – the single largest transaction of its type in the company’s Canadian history.
Mr. Laverty currently sits on the Board of Directors of Excellence Canada and the advisory board of The Learning Partnership. He has also served on the committee of the United Way of Peel. Mr. Laverty is also a member of the CEO Global Network, and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
Chief Innovation Officer,
Deloitte LLP, Toronto
Terry is Deloitte Canada’s Chief Innovation Officer, a core member of the firm’s Global Innovation Network, and the leader of the Canadian Financial Services Consulting Practice.
Terry applies his passion for innovation and the experience gained from his 25 year consulting career to create new offerings across core services at Deloitte, while also helping clients benchmark their innovation capabilities and design and implement optimized innovation programs that help solve fundamental business problems.
Terry truly believes that innovation matters—it will propel Canada’s productivity forward and help future generations, including his two children, be more successful.
Director, Organizational Effectiveness,
Deborah Singh is the Director, Organizational Effectiveness in charge of Human Resources and Volunteer Services of Plan Canada and is responsible for leading the employee engagement strategy for the organization. This includes building a foundation for Plan's Total Rewards Philosophy, recruiting top talent with inclusivity in mind and helping to create an environment where Plan is seen as an employer of choice. She advises on matters such as child protection, security and privacy as they relate to daily operations.
Deborah has spent the last 20 years in Human Resources working in the not for profit, public and private sectors. Deborah spends time teaching at the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) in the area of Human Resources. She holds an MA and PhD in Counselling from California State University.
Kenneth J. Fredeen
General Counsel and Secretary to the Board,
Deloitte LLP, Toronto
Mr. Fredeen is General Counsel, Secretary to the Board, and a member of the Leadership Team with Deloitte LLP, Canada’s largest professional services firm.
As General Counsel, Mr. Fredeen is responsible for all legal matters for the Firm and manages a team of 14. He is a member of the Association of Canadian General Counsel and the ACC, and has participated on various panels and speaking engagements related to the management of Legal Departments. Working with other Canadian general counsel, Mr. Fredeen was a founding member of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion and acts as Secretary on the LLD Executive.
Mr. Fredeen is well respected in the general counsel community as a speaker, writer and thought leader on the issues and challenges facing in house counsel.
Mr. Fredeen is also responsible for Deloitte’s activities in the communities and the Corporate Responsibility mandate and leads a team of four. Mr. Fredeen is Chair of the Deloitte Diversity Council and has acted as the Executive Sponsor of the Deloitte LGBT People’s Network for a number of years. In addition, to his interest in Diversity, he has been involved in many capacities with the United Way, having chaired the Firm’s GTA and national campaigns and presently participates on the Toronto United Way Legal and Major Individual Giving cabinets.
Mr. Fredeen serves on the Board of The Learning Partnership, and effective January, 2014, commence a 2 year term as Chair.
In July 2012 Mr. Fredeen was appointed by the Government of Canada to Chair a Federal Panel to report on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. The Panel reported on its findings to the Ministers of Finance and Human Resources in January 2013.
As an active and engaged leader in the community, Mr. Fredeen was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2012 and in 2013 was recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as being one of Canada’ top 25 most influential lawyers and judges in Canada. Mr Fredeen and his team were awarded the General Counsel Award (Social Responsibility) in 2012.
Senior Vice President, People Resources and Chief People Officer,
McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
Len began his career with McDonald’s in 1972 when he first joined a London, Ontario restaurant as a crewperson. Since then, he’s held a number of mid and senior management positions throughout the Canadian operation including Regional Director of People Resources, Toronto. Len also spent three years, from 1995-1997, with McDonald’s Mexico as the Senior Director of Operations.
In January 2001, Len became Vice President of the Western Canada Region, overseeing all aspects of the Western Canadian operation. In December 2005, Len was named to his current role as Senior Vice President, People Resources and Chief People Officer, in which he is responsible for carrying out McDonald’s people vision to become our employees’ favourite place and way to work. Under his leadership, the company has received the honour of being named one of AON Hewitt’s Best Employers in Canada twelve times and in the Top 10 the last 4 years.
Len has always made it a priority to dedicate his time and expertise to McDonald’s charitable efforts, having served on the Ronald McDonald House in London, Ontario for more than seven years and as a member of the Society for Ronald McDonald House Vancouver.
Sue Graham Parker
Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications,
Sue Graham Parker is Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications, responsible for the execution of all human resources programs globally, as well as corporate communications.
Sue joined Scotiabank in 1979, and previously served as Senior Vice President, Public, Corporate and Government Affairs. She has also held progressively senior positions in Wealth Management and Canadian Banking, including Managing Director and National Head of Distribution for Scotia Private Client Group, and Senior Vice President, Ontario Region.
A graduate of Trent University and the Ivey School of Business Executive Program at the University of Western Ontario, Sue is a member of the Board of Governors for Trent University, and a Director on the Board of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.
Former President and Chief Executive
Sun Life Financial
Donald A. Stewart was the president and chief executive officer of Sun Life Financial Inc. since 1999. He retired from his position on November 30, 2011.
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2011, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $474 billion.
Mr. Stewart has also worked as a benefits consultant and is an actuary by background. He was appointed by Federal Finance Minister Flaherty to be the Chairman of the Task Force on Financial Literacy and is a director of Novelis Inc.
Mr. Stewart is involved with the International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (The Geneva Association) and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.