Rahul Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D
President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of over 12,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits.  
Mr. Bhardwaj currently serves on the boards of Metrolinx, a provincial agency developing and implementing an overall transit strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and the Rideau Hall Foundation, supporting the office of the Governor General of Canada as it connects, inspires and honours Canadians, as well as Community Foundations of Canada (Past Chair).
He was Chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto, and was Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games as well as past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Other past board commitments include Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way Toronto, among others.  
Prior to joining the ICD, Mr. Bhardwaj was President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, where he focused on engaging philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. He was also Vice President of the Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid and, as part of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008, Mr. Bhardwaj was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto.
In 2012, Mr. Bhardwaj’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was recently named to the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School, the Quadrangle Society at Massey College and The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter. His vision for Toronto and Canada has made him a popular presenter and speaker locally, nationally and internationally, particularly on issues relating to leadership and governance.
Mr. Bhardwaj holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He has completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.

Patricia Fletcher
Vice President, Education

Patricia Fletcher is Vice President, Education of the Institute of Corporate Directors

Working with our strategic partners, including partner business schools and Academic Directors, she is responsible for all aspects of our educational offerings, including our national flagship Directors Education Program, Not-For-Profit course and short courses. In this strategic role, Pat builds plans and partnerships to ensure that the ICD continues to deliver outstanding learning through channels that reach a broad and influential market. Prior to joining the ICD, Pat held senior roles at the Canadian Institute, the Hay Group and the Institute for International Research.

To get in touch with Patricia, contact her at or 416.593.7741 x287.

MFortier-1.jpgMatthew Fortier
Vice President, Policy

Matthew Fortier is Vice President, Policy of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

He is responsible for shaping and advancing the ICD’s advocacy agenda, including policy work on current and emerging governance issues that impact the role of Canadian directors and boards. A bilingual public affairs and policy executive, Mr. Fortier has extensive experience in setting policy and guiding organizations through public affairs issues. He previously managed public policy and government relations at TD Securities, TD Bank Group, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and British American Business Inc.

To get in touch with Matthew, contact him at or 416.593.7741 x246.

Ken.jpgKen Gibson CPA, CA, CMC, CBV
Chief Administrative Officer

Ken Gibson is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is responsible for the effective administration, oversight and management of the Financial, Treasury and Information Technology functions, providing key input and leadership to strategy development, business plan development and the monitoring thereof,  including development and tracking of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).  As well as leading the Finance team, Mr. Gibson oversees IT and human resources initiatives designed to improve ICD member experience and ensure that the ICD is a modern, accountable and efficient organization that engages highly motivated employees in a work environment that aligns with the organizational values
Mr. Gibson is an experienced senior executive whose positions have included Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President Finance for the United Way of Greater Toronto and Director, Corporate Services for the Ontario Securities Commission. Prior to that, Mr. Gibson had a career in public practice. He was the partner responsible for Business Valuation and Forensic Services at Mintz & Partners, Chartered Accountants (now Deloitte), providing litigation and transactional advice to corporations, boards and individuals.
To get in touch with Ken, contact him at or 416.593.7741 x294.

Al-Azhar Khalfan
Vice-President, Marketing and Member Engagement 

Al-Azhar Khalfan is the Vice President, Marketing and Member Engagement of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In this strategic role, Al-Azhar works across the organization to co-ordinate and deliver member engagement strategies and tactics to ensure the ICD delivers on its commitments to members. In addition, he is responsible for devising and delivering marketing plans and strategies that support the overall strategic direction of the ICD. Prior to joining the ICD as Director of Marketing and Member Engagement seven years ago, Al-Azhar held senior marketing roles at Phantom Fiber and Strategy Institute.

To get in touch with Al-Azhar, contact him at or 416.593.7741 x243.