Michèle Bazin is a cofounder of the public affairs firm Groupe Communi-Conseils, which became Bazin Dumas Dupré Sormany, where she oversaw business development and acted as strategic counsel for corporate clients. During this time that she also served as General Manager for Quebecor magazines for two years. In 1998, she became Vice President, Public Affairs for Just for Laughs, where she remains a consultant. In 1993, she founded her second company, Bazin Larouche Sormany Vigneault Communications and Public Affairs, which later became known as GPC Communications. She is the author of four books and has written more than 250 texts for television. She was a member of the Board of LALALA Human Steps for almost 15 years and is currently a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF). She is also a member of the Union des Écrivains du Québec (UNEQ) and of the two writers societies (Sartec et SACD).
Micheline Bouchard, c.m.
President of the Advisory Council. Micheline Bouchard is a professional engineer and corporate director. She is currently a director of TELUS, PSP Investments, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ART Advanced Research Technologies, a biomedical company, from 2002 until July 2006. Prior to that, she served as Global Corporate Vice-President of Motorola Inc. and as President and CEO of Motorola Canada Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences (Engineering Physics) and a Master’s Degree in Applied Sciences (Electrical Engineering) from École Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec and numerous honorary doctorates. Micheline is a Member of the Order of Canada. She is also a certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Raymond Chrétien, o.c.
Former Canadian ambassador to France, the United States, Belgium, Mexico and the Congo, Raymond Chrétien is a Partner and Strategic Advisor at Fasken Martineau. He retired from the federal public service at the beginning of 2004 after almost 38 years of service. As early as 1966, Raymond Chrétien joined the Legal Affairs Bureau of the Department of External Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and, over the next twelve years, had key assignments in Ottawa with the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board and the Canadian International Development Agency. Outside Canada, he served at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Canadian Embassies in Beirut and Paris.
Jacques Dupuis joined the law firm Rochefort & Associés as Counsel in 2011. An experienced politician and political staffer, he has held important positions in the Government of Quebec such as Deputy Premier, Minister of Justice, Minister of Public Security, Government House Leader and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Democratic Reform. Mr. Dupuis holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1974. He has made his mark throughout his career both legally and politically.
Harold Sonny Gordon, c.r.
Harold Sonny Gordon, Q.C. was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dundee Corporation in November 2001. Prior to becoming Chairman of Dundee, Sonny was Vice Chairman of Hasbro, Inc., the toy and game company, from 1995 to 2002. Sonny was a practicing lawyer for 28 years, primarily with the Montreal office of Stikeman Elliott, where he served as a Managing Partner. Sonny served as a special assistant to the late Hon. Maurice Sauvé, husband of the late Rt. Hon. Jeanne Sauvé, when Mr. Sauvé was a minister in the federal government. He has a BCom and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University and studied at the Graduate Division of the Wharton School of Business and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Elliot Lifson is Vice Chairman of Peerless Clothing and President of the Canadian Apparel Federation. He is a member of the EDC’s Board of Directors and was appointed to the Quebec’s Government Export Québec committee. He also teaches at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and of the Montreal Centraide (United Way) campaign. He holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and an MBA from Western University.
Monette Malewski is the president of Group M Bacal, insurance brokerage firm for business owners. She is a director of Investissement Québec, the Quebec Angel Capital Corporation, the International Women’s Forum and many other organizations. In 2014, she was named as one of the 50 most influential women in the Canadian insurance industry by the Insurance and Investment Journal.
Nina Rosenwald is Co-Chair of the Board of American Securities Management LP, a private company that oversees investment activities in traditional investments and merchant banking. She is Founder and President of the Gatestone Institute. She serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights in China, NGO Monitor, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA), and the Hudson Institute. For more than a decade, she has served as member of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jean-François Sauvé is Managing Partner of Cheverny Capital Inc., a Montreal-based merchant bank. Previously, he was President of Pictet Canada L.P., where he was responsible for the North American operations of Pictet & Cie, Switzerland’s foremost private bank. Jean-François is Chairman of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. He is the son of the late Rt. Hon. Jeanne Sauvé, former Governor General of Canada, and the late Hon. Maurice Sauvé, former minister in the federal government. In 1993, Jean-François succeeded his mother to the presidency of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and, in 2003, he spearheaded the creation of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation. Jean-François completed his degree in Business Administration in 1982 from l’école des Hautes études Commerciales (HEC Montréal). Following the completion of his studies, he began his career at Barclays Bank of Canada in Toronto in the foreign exchange, money market and Corporate Banking departments. He later pursued his studies at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, obtaining an MBA in 1987. Upon his return to Canada, he joined MCLeod Young Weir Limited (now ScotiaMcLeod Inc.) and in 1993, became a Director of the Corporate and Government Finance Department.
Norman M. Steinberg, Ad. E.
Norman Steinberg is Chair Emeritus of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. Norm is the former Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada and the former Global Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright, one of the largest law firms in the world with 4000 lawyers located in 58 cities around the world. His career has focused on M&A, corporate finance and corporate governance and he has led legal teams in some of Canada’s biggest M&A transactions. Norm is Vice Chair of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Vice Chair of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation; Co-Chair of the 2007 Centraide (United Way) Campaign of Greater Montreal; former Chair of the Mount Royal Club of Montreal and the Canadian Club of Montreal; Co-Chair on a recent capital campaign of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Canadian Co-Chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum. Norm holds a B.Sc. (1971) and a B.C.L. (1976) from McGill University. He joined the firm in 1976 and became partner in 1984. Awarded the McGill University’s Faculty of Law F.R. Scott Award for Distinguished Service and received the distinction Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) from the Quebec Bar Association.
Mr. Stotland is a leader in his community, a dedicated fundraiser, a chartered accountant and a businessman. The former president of the Jewish General Hospital, he is a founding partner of WSBG, an accounting firm (now part of MNP LLP). He is now a consultant at Richter LLP. He is chairman of the board of the Opéra de Montréal and is actively involved in fundraising activities. He is a member of the board of the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, affiliated with the University of Montreal.
Peter G. White
Peter G. White has been a prominent figure in Canadian business, media and politics for more than forty years. Mr. White’s business career began by founding a small newspaper in the Eastern Townships. In 1969 with two partners (Conrad Black and David Radler) he purchased the Sherbrooke Daily Record (sold in 1977 and repurchased in 1999) followed by other dailies to form the Sterling Newspaper group, with papers in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island. Sterling Newspapers later became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hollinger Inc. In government, Mr. White worked in Ottawa for the Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney as a member of his transition team, as Special Assistant for Appointments and finally, as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. He had previously worked as an assistant to Quebec Premier Daniel Johnson Sr. and for the Hon. Maurice Sauvé, a federal cabinet minister.