Board of Directors

Dr. Gail Cook-Bennett, CM, PhD, F.ICD 
Chair, Institute of Corporate Directors
Director since: 2009

Gail Cook-Bennett served as Chair of the Board of Manulife Financial from 2008 to 2013 and was the first Chair of the Board of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board from 1998 to 2008. She currently chairs the Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is Vice Chair of the Government of Canada Audit Committee. She has served on or chaired all major board committees. In addition to her advisory and not-for- profit roles, her corporate and Crown directorships since 1978 have included the Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Petro-Canada, Enbridge Consumers Gas, Emera, Cadillac Fairview, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Mackenzie Financial and Transcontinental.

She holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Michigan, beginning her career as a professor at the University of Toronto. She has been awarded the Order of Canada, honorary doctor of laws degrees from Carleton University and York University, was named to the top 100 Women in Canada on three occasions and has been recognized by her peers as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Luc Bachand, ICD.D 1
Corporate Director

Luc 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. 

Mr. Bachand is currently member of the Boards of Directors 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. He is also a past director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Montreal Exchange, the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (Québec Section) and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

Ms. Isabelle Courville 2
Corporate Director
Director since: 2013
Isabelle Courville is Chair of the Laurentian Bank of Canada and is a director on the boards of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, TVA Group Inc., Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, Institute of Corporate Directors – Québec and Polytechnique Montréal.  Prior to becoming a corporate director, Ms. Courville was President of Hydro-Québec Distribution, Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie, Bell Canada Enterprise Group and President and CEO of Bell Nordiq Group Inc.

Hon. David L. Emerson PC, OBC
Corporate Director
Director since: 2013

David Emerson is a corporate director and public policy advisor. Nationally, he has held senior positions with the Government of Canada, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Industry and Minister of International Trade with responsibility for the Asia Pacific Gateway Initiative and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In British Columbia, Mr. Emerson was the Province’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Secretary to Treasury Board, Deputy Minister to the Premier and Secretary to Cabinet.
His leadership roles included: President and CEO of Canfor Corporation, President and CEO of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, and Chairman and CEO of Canadian Western Bank. Mr. Emerson is currently Board Chair of Maple Leaf Foods, TimberWest Forest Corporation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He also serves on the boards of directors of Stantec Inc. and New Gold Inc. Mr. Emerson is a recipient of the Order of British Columbia, the Peter Lougheed Award of Excellence in Public Policy and was named an Honorary Associate of the Conference Board of Canada.

Hon. Gary Albert Filmon, PC, OC, OM, LL.D, ICD.D 2
Corporate Director
Director since: 2013
Gary Filmon is a corporate director and public policy advisor. He is the former Premier of Manitoba who oversaw increased economic growth while improving the province’s finances over his three terms. He is currently a director and trustee of Arctic Glacier Income Trust, Chairman of the Exchange Income Corporation and a director of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. He has previously served on the boards of MTS Allstream Inc., Pollard Banknote Ltd., Moffat Communications Inc. and Wellington West Capital Inc.
He is currently a member of the Board of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry, an organization committed to creating a provincial park on the site of the former fort. He is also honorary Co-Chair of the Western Canada Aviation Museum Capital Campaign. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Manitoba.

Ms. Linda Hohol 2
Corporate Director

Linda Hohol serves on the boards of NAV Canada and Canadian Western Bank. She chairs the Audit and Finance Committee of NAV Canada and serves on both this committee and the Risk Committee of CWB.

She was the President of the TSX Venture Exchange at the TMX Group Inc. from 2002 until 2007.  Prior to that she was Executive Vice-President, Wealth Management, CIBC and Senior Vice President Alta and NWT, CIBC. Ms. Hohol has served on numerous for-profit, not-for-profit boards and Crown Corporations, including Export Development Canada, ATB Financial, Calgary Airport Authority, Canada Foundation for Innovation, EllisDon Construction, Alberta Health Services and the United Way of Calgary, which she chaired.

Ms. Hohol received the distinguished business leader award from the Haskayne School of Business in 2005. 

Mr. John K. F. Irving, ICD.D 1
Ocean Capital Investments Limited
Director since: 2012
John Irving has been with the Irving Group of companies since 1983 including Irving Oil and J. D. Irving.  Currently he is the President of Ocean Capital Investments Limited, which has companies active in a number of business areas including real estate, radio broadcasting, construction, and building materials and is a director of Irving Oil Limited.

John is active in numerous community activities including the Honourary Colonel of the 3rd Field Artillery Regiment and has served as Chair of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Atlantic Institute of Market Studies and Chair of the New Brunswick Museum.  Other board memberships have included the Kings Landing Historical Settlement and the Heritage Canada Foundation. In addition he has held a number of volunteer appointments with several universities. ‎Mr. Irving has been recognized for his engagement with and support of various cultural, heritage and educational activities. 

Mr. Peter D. Watson, M.Sc, ICD.D 1
Corporate Director
Director since: 2010

Peter Watson is a corporate director and business advisor with extensive experience in risk management, insurance, and transportation. Mr. Watson is Chairman of SCM Insurance Services and has held numerous Board positions in publicly traded, private, public sector and NFP corporations in a number of industries including insurance, mining, oil and gas, aviation, technology, and government. Prior to becoming fully engaged as a corporate director, Mr. Watson was President and CEO of Willis Corroon Melling Ltd.
He attended the Executive Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, has lectured at McGill University and currently lectures at The University of Alberta School of Business. 

Mr. Jo Mark Zurel, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D 2
Corporate Director
Director since: 2012
Jo Mark Zurel is President of Stonebridge Capital Inc., a position he has held since 2006, and is a member of various boards, including Highland Copper Company, Newfoundland Power Inc., Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Major Drilling Group International Inc. He recently retired as Chair of Newfoundland Power and is on the boards of several private company and not-for-profit organizations, including Past-Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.  Prior to 2006, Mr. Zurel was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CHC Helicopter Corporation, where he helped to build it into the largest helicopter company in the world.

1. Audit Committee
2. Governance & Human Resources Committee