President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer of TELUS, Darren Entwistle leads a world-leading Canadian communications company dedicated to serving the needs of its customers by driving continuous innovation in its future friendly services. He is the longest-serving CEO among incumbent global telecom companies. Darren joined TELUS in 2000, and since then has transformed TELUS from a regional telephone company into a national communications provider through a growth strategy focused on data and wireless technologies. Prior to joining TELUS, Darren spent seven years on the senior leadership team at Cable & Wireless in the United Kingdom, culminating with his appointment as president of the company in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree from Concordia University, a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University and a diploma in Network Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Outside of his role at TELUS, Darren is a board member of several organizations including the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and McGill University. He is a past board member of organizations such as TD Bank Financial Group, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Leading Edge Endowment Fund. Darren also served as Chair of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s capital campaign.
Dr. Jane Gaskell
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
As a professor at and former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jane Gaskell has over her career combined educational leadership with teaching and writing about the changing landscape and challenging issues facing educators everywhere. She served as dean of OISE from 2003 to 2010. Previously, Jane taught at Queen’s University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. As dean of the University of Toronto, Jane put particular emphasis on enhancing the quality of teacher education and strengthening OISE’s international ties.
She has championed the importance of educational research as president of the Canadian Society for Study of Education and the Canadian Association for Foundations of Education; as vice-president of the Social Sciences Federation of Canada; and as a board member and committee chair of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. For her work and efforts, Jane has received the Whitworth award for research on Canadian education; a critics award from the American Educational Studies Association, the R.B. Jackson award from the Canadian Educational Research Association and a Killiam Memorial Award. She holds a doctorate in Sociology of Education from Harvard University, and is a Fellow of Clare Hall at Cambridge University in the UK. Jane has been a visiting professor and external examiner at many universities around the world.
J. Robert S. Prichard, O.C., O. Ont.
Chair, Torys LLP
University of Toronto
As Chair of Torys LLP, J. Robert S. Pritchard heads a leading Canadian international business law firm. He is also Chair of Penguin Canada; Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto Area’s regional transportation agency; and the visiting committee of Harvard Law School. Mr. Prichard is also President Emeritus of the University of Toronto, where he previously served as Dean of Law and as a professor specializing in law and economics. He is a past president and chief executive officer of Torstar Corporation.
In addition to his leadership roles at Torys, Penguin Canada, Harvard Law School, Metrolinx and the University of Toronto, Mr. Prichard is a director of the Bank of Montreal, Onex Corporation, George Weston Ltd. and the Toronto Community Foundation. He is also a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children and Vice-Chair of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council. Mr. Prichard holds an honours economics degree from Swarthmore College, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, and law degrees from both the University of Toronto and Yale University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Donald A. Stewart
Chief Executive Officer
Sun Life Financial Inc.
Donald A. Stewart has been Chief Executive Officer of Sun Life Financial since 1998. A native of Scotland, Mr. Stewart joined the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in London, England and emigrated to Montreal in 1972. He left the organization in 1974 to work as a consultant in Toronto, but returned in 1980 to lead Sun Life’s Canadian Group Retirement Services Division. Following this, from 1986 to 1998 Mr. Stewart held successive leadership positions in mutual funds, information technology, trust services, and acturial and worldwide operations.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1998. Aside from his duties as CEO of Sun Life, Mr. Stewart is a director of both the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association and Novelis Inc., an international aluminum products company. He is also a board member of The Geneva Association, an international insurance think tank and research institution. In 2009, Mr. Stewart was appointed Chair of Canada’s National Task Force on Financial Literacy.
Born in 1946, Donald A. Stewart holds an honours degree in Natural Philosophy from the University of Glasgow. He has been a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries since 1972, and attended the Advanced Management program at Harvard Business School in 1991.
Kingswood Capital Corporation
Joseph Segal, C.M., O.B.C., C.B.H.F., O.ST.J., LL.D. (Hon) is one of British Columbia’s most well-known business leaders. A native of Vegreville, Alberta, he served overseas during World War Two with the Calgary Highlanders. After the war, he settled in Vancouver and started a small war-surplus business. Mr. Segal later founded Fields Stores Limited, which acquired Zellers in 1976. He led the Zellers chain as it substantially increased profits and doubled its sales over the next three years without opening any new stores. When Zellers was purchased by The Bay in 1979, Mr. Segal became a major shareholder, joining The Hudson’s Bay Company board. That same year, he formed Kingswood Capital Corporation, a venture capital, real estate development and acquisitions firm.
Mr. Segal was Chancellor of Simon Fraser University for six years, and served on the university’s board for 12. In 1989, he helped establish the Simon Fraser University Harbour Center downtown campus in Vancouver. Mr. Segal also chaired the capital campaign for creating the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University, and was also a major contributor. Mr. Segal was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 1992, and appointed to the Order of Canada in 1993. In 2005 he received the Variety Club International Humanitarian Award.
Bernard Lord, O.N.B.
Former Premier of New Brunswick