Réné is president of the Cheticamp River Salmon Association, as well as the founder of the association. He has been involved on a volunteer basis with Atlantic salmon research since the creation of the organization in 1984. He was also involved in the operation of two salmon counting fences on the Cheticamp River (1980s and 2004-2008) plus a number of stream surveys, electro fishing activities, etc... In 2003, with assistance from the NSSA and ASF, he helped to successfully defeat a plan by Cape Breton National Park to close the Cheticamp River to angling. This had been proposed by Park advisors despite good runs of salmon and a Live Release program that had been active since the mid-1980s. Since 2004, has spearheaded stream restoration in the Cheticamp area.
He is director of the Université Sainte-Anne satellite campus located near Cheticamp and has been a director on many boards, both at the local and provincial levels. Réné has been on the NSSA board since 2006.
BIRD, J.W. BUD
Bud Bird of Fredericton, NB, is Chairman and CEO of two family companies, Bird Holdings Ltd. and Bird Lands Limited. He is a Director of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick and Acadian Timber Corporation. He was a founder of the Greater Fredericton Economic Development Corporation, and was a Director of its Knowledge Park Board. Over the past three decades, Mr. Bird has served extensively in elected public office: as Councilor and Mayor of the City of Fredericton; as Minister of Natural Resources for the Province of New Brunswick; and as a Member of Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa. In 1980, while serving as Minister of Natural Resources, Bird was responsible for introducing to New Brunswick rivers the first catch and release programs for Atlantic salmon in New Brunswick waters, and the first ever harvest tagging system for salmon. For several years during the 1980s, he served as a special advisor to the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and was subsequently appointed a Director and member of the Management Board. Bird also was President of the Miramichi Salmon Association for several years during the 1990s, and is now Chairman Emeritus of its Board. He currently remains active in ASF affairs as a Director and a member of the Regional Affairs Committee. In the spring of 2005, Bud Bird was appointed a Commissioner for Canada to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), and is a strong advocate for its SALSEA ocean research program. In recognition of his combined business and public service careers, Mr. Bird received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1987; he was made a Distinguished Citizen of Fredericton in 1997; he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2001; and in 2004 was presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Wild Atlantic Salmon Conservation.
Jean Boudreault of Québec, Qc, graduated from Laval University with a degree in geomorphology-geography in 1983. Over a period of 30 years, he led many environmental studies on aquatic wildlife including many on Atlantic salmon. One of which led to calculating salmonid potential of Atlantic salmon rivers, now an integral part of the salmon management plan in Quebec. He started his professional career as a research project leader and retired as Vice-President Environment for Genivar, one of Canada’s largest engineering firms. Being a passionate angler, he joined FQSA and was elected President in April 2013.
Stephen Bronfman is a businessman and philanthropist born in Montreal, Quebec. For the last 15 years, Stephen has been working at Claridge Inc., a private holding company founded in 1987 by his father, Charles Bronfman. He was named President and CEO of Claridge Inc. in 2007 and is expected to hold the role of Chairman of the Board, September 1st, 2011. Before working at Claridge Inc., Stephen Bronfman occupied a variety of positions within the Montreal Expos Baseball Club. In 1990, he joined Claridge Properties Ltd., the real estate arm of Claridge Inc. and later moved to implementing a program focusing on Claridge’s investment opportunities in the sports, entertainment, broadcasting and communications fields.
Under Stephen Bronfman’s leadership, the program yielded successful ventures such as NetStar Communications Inc. and TNA International Ltd. Mr. Bronfman was also the one who initiated the partnership with world-leading music promoter, Michael Cohl – the man behind the sold-out 2002-2003, Rolling Stones Forty Licks tour, the 2005-2007 Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang tour, as well as Dick Clark Productions – which led to the creation of Grand Entertainment Ltd. In 2001, Mr. Bronfman spearheaded the creation of Claridge Foods, an initiative to develop a large, high growth food platform composed of premium brands and manufacturing assets. One of Claridge’s most successful investments in this area was with SunOpta, an important, publically-traded supplier of organic ingredients. Mr. Bronfman has also been an active Board member of several organizations, including The Seagram Company Ltd. and the Executive Committee of the Montreal Expos Baseball Club. Today, he sits on the Boards of The David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Architecture as well as B2Ten, a privately funded, CRA registered, charitable organization operating as a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association. Stephen and his wife Claudine are Co-Chairs of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation established to carry out philanthropic activities including support for the arts, the environment, youth entrepreneurship and the Jewish community, locally and abroad. Mr. Bronfman is also President of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, the family’s oldest foundation. Mr. Bronfman resides in Montreal, Canada with his wife Claudine Blondin-Bronfman and their four children.
CLEGHORN, JOHN E.
John Cleghorn retired as Chairman and CEO and a director of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in 2001. He has served on several corporate boards including Molson Coors Brewing Company. He is currently a director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, a Member of the First World War Steering Committee of The Canadian War Museum, Chancellor Emeritus of Wilfrid Laurier University, and Governor Emeritus of McGill University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and a fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec. He is a Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, an Officer of YMCA Canada’s Fellowship of Honour, and a recipient of the Honorary Associate Award from The Conference Board of Canada. He holds honorary degrees from Acadia, Bishop's, McGill and Wilfrid Laurier Universities.
DILLON, JOHN T.
John Dillon joined Evercore Partners, an investment bank, in March 2005. John retired as chairman and chief executive office of International Paper on October 31, 2003. He served as chairman and chief executive officer from April 1, 1996 to his retirement. From September 1995 to April 1996 he served as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Before he was appointed president and chief operating officer, John was executive vice president – packaging. In this position, he was responsible for the company’s industrial and consumer packaging businesses, as well as its corporate engineering and technology staffs. John was also in charge of the company’s operations in Asia and served on the board of directors of Carter Holt Harvey, a New Zealand paper and forest products company. John joined the company in 1965. In 1982, he was elected vice president and group executive for the land and timber group, assuming additional responsibilities for wood products in 1986. In 1987, he became an executive vice president responsible for the company’s packaging sector. John was elected to the company’s board of directors in 1991. John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford in 1966 and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business in 1971. His professional affiliations include membership on the board of directors of Kellogg Company and Progressive Waste Solutions, Ltd. John retired as a Caterpillar director in December 2010 and DuPont director in April 2011. He was a long time member The Business Council. John served as chairman of the Business Roundtable (BRT), chairman of the board of the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), chairman of the board of directors of the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), and chairman of the board of governors of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). John was a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Trade Policy and Negotiations.
EATON, THOR E.
Thor Eaton (Honorary Director) lives in Caledon, Ontario. Mr. Eaton is a businessman from a major retailing family, an avid horse breeder and outdoorsman. He has supported the Atlantic Salmon Federation programs through its foundation. Over the years the Foundation has also supported health, children and arts related causes amongst many others.
Alan Graham is a native of Kent County in New Brunswick. He was first elected Member of the New Brunswick Legislature Assembly in 1967 under the then Premier Louis J. Robichaud. He served as the MLA for the riding of Kent for 31 years, until his retirement from politics in 1998. Between 1970 – 1987 while in opposition he acted as critic for Agriculture, Natural Resources, Housing, Health and Transportation. He was also Liberal Caucus Chairperson and Opposition House Leader. In 1987 under Premier Frank McKenna Mr. Graham was named Minister of Agriculture from 1987 – 1991. He then was named the Minister of Natural Resources and Energy from 1991-1998. During that time he served as Chairman of the Board of Forest Protection Ltd. and Maritime Forestry Complex Corporation. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Provincial Holdings Ltd. and the New Brunswick Government Economic Development Fund Inc. In 1997 under Premier Ray Frenette he was named Deputy Premier while still keeping his portfolio as Natural Resources and Energy Minister, until his retirement. In 1999 he became a Board Member of the South East Health Care Corporation and served as Chairman of the Finance Committee until his retirement in 2001. Mr. Graham now serves on various board such as the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a past Director of the Board of Vanerply AB in Otterbacken, Sweden, a Director of the Board of Systemair Inc., a member of the Board of Atlantic Salmon Federation Canada and a member of the Board of Miramichi-Uganda Foundation Inc. He also is Honorary President of the Atlantic Canada Woodworking Centre of Excellence. He serves on several boards of the family owned businesses related to lumbering, agriculture, transportation and export, including Graham Export Sales, Graham & Associates and Alcon Holdings Ltd. Alan and his wife, Connie have five adult children. Mr. Graham is self-employed and now resides in Rexton, NB with his wife.
Dan Greenberg is a businessman and philanthropist born in Ottawa, Ontario. He is president of Ottawa-based Ferguslea Properties Limited. Since he was young, Dan has been a lover of the outdoors and has tried to apply 'green' principles to managing his real estate properties. Dan has been an avid Atlantic salmon angler since he caught two parr in 1995. His growing passion for flyfishing has led him to becoming a part-owner of two salmon lodges in the Gaspé. Dan and wife, Barbara Crook, live in Ottawa and are proud supporters of the Ottawa Senators. He does not like the colours blue and white.
HOUGHTON, JOHN E.
John Houghton of St. Catharine’s, Ontario, was Chairman of Quebec - Labrador Foundation. Mr. Houghton received a B.Sc. from the Technical University of Nova Scotia; attended Advanced Management studies at Harvard University; and received an LLD (Honorary) at Brock University. Mr. Houghton has been a member of ASF (Canada) and ASF (U.S.) Board of Directors since 1991, and was Chairman of ASF (Canada) from 1998 – 2004. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Wilfred Carter Conservation Award, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Happy Fraser Award. Mr. Houghton’s wife’s name is May Ella and they have three daughters.
Don Hutchens, B. Eng(Industrial), P. Eng. Retired from the position of Chief Technology Officer - Bell Aliant-Newfoundland, after 32 years service. Former President and CEO NewTech Industries Ltd. After retirement served on a number of boards of volunteer, charitable and non-profit organizations: Chairman of Board of Directors- Emergency Alert Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador; board member and Treasurer of Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland; President Pioneer Life Members Fort Pepperrell Club; Member of Board of Directors Community Sector Council; President Pioneers Chapter 105; past Treasurer and current President Salmonid Association of Newfoundland.
IRVING, JAMES D.
James Irving is President of J.D. Irving, Limited, a family owned enterprise with over 100 years of involvement in the forest products business. The company has been internationally recognized by the World Wildlife Fund for its efforts in sustainable forestry, certification and its research partnership with the WWF. The prestigious British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow eco-tourism awards program has also honoured the company for its work in protecting one of the North America’s last remaining sand dunes and the endangered piping plover. Conservation and research efforts to save the wild Atlantic salmon have won national and international recognition from the Government of Canada and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Mr. Irving is actively involved in leading the company’s efforts in salmon conservation and research as well as education partnerships with middle, secondary and post secondary schools. The company has won two consecutive national education awards in Canada for its leadership in developing business-education initiatives for young people. Mr. Irving lives in New Brunswick with his wife Lynn and their four children.
JOHNSON, J. EDWARD
Ted Johnson joined Power Corporation of Canada in 1985. He retired as Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Power Financial Corporation and Power Corporation in 2012, having passed the Power group’s normal age of retirement. He continues to serve as Vice-President of Power Corporation International, based in Montreal. He began his career as a financial analyst and securities representative at BeIl, Gouinlock and Company, a Toronto investment firm. Following his studies in law, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, a position he held until 1978, when he assumed similar responsibilities in the Office of the Minister of Finance. In 1979, he joined the Department of Justice Canada as Tax Litigation Counsel, and in 1980 was appointed Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a position he held until June, 1984. Upon leaving the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Johnson joined the Law firm of Lang, Michener, Cranston, Farquharson and Wright in Toronto. Mr. Johnson is a director and former Chairman of the Board of the National Theatre School of Canada, a Director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, a FeIlow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a Founding Member and Vice-Chairman of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Queen’s University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Certificat d’études politiques from the Institut d’Études Politiques deParis. In 1978, he was admitted to the Bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
LANGLOIS, CHARLES A.
Charles Langlois of Sept Iles, Quebec is a founder and the first President of l’Association pour la Protection de la Rivière Moisie Inc. He also is a past president of l’Association des Gestionnaires de la Rivière Moisie and he is a former Director and Vice President of La Fédération Quebecoise pour la saumon atlantique. Mr. Langlois has worked in private businesses between 1965 and 1988. He was elected Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Manicouagan in 1988. Between 1988 and 1993 he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Science and Technology, to the Minister of Defense and to the Government House Leader. Since 1993, he is a consultant to private business and government agencies. Several of his mandates dealt with situations involving Atlantic salmon. Mr. Langlois has been appointed on the Moisie River Management Council by the Quebec Government. He is a shareholder and President of Moisie Nipissis Outfitter Inc.
LANIGAN, J. MARK
Mark Lanigan, CA is a chartered accountant working in the field of public utilities regulation with the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission. Mr. Lanigan is the President of the Atlantic Salmon Federation - PEI Council and an active volunteer in the recreational angling area on Prince Edward Island. Mark and his wife, Helen, live in Stratford, Prince Edward Island.
LANK, DAVID MORRIS
David Lank (Honorary Director) of Montreal, QC is retired as Director of the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies in the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management in 2012 after having been named Distinguished Professor in the Faculty and the outstanding Faculty Lecturer for the entire university. He has served for more than a decade on the selection committee for the annual conservation stamps of both Wilderness Habit Canada and La Fondation de la Faune du Quebec. He has written many books dealing with wilderness art, wildlife artists and The Gospels According to St. Salmo and the Psalms According to St. Psalmo. In 2013 the David Lank Collection of books dealing with natural history and art was officially opened to the public at the Université of Montréal. On November 28, 1996 Mr. Lank was awarded the Order of Canada, in part for his conservation efforts for the Atlantic salmon. He was President of the Atlantic Salmon Association (ASA) for 10 years. He was honored with ASF’s TB Happy Fraser Award and was inducted into the Atlantic Salmon Hall of Fame. He has written several articles for the Atlantic Salmon Journal over the years.
Phil Lind, C.M., of Toronto, Ontario is Vice Chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. Mr. Lind has been with Rogers Communications Inc. for over 40 years. Over the years, Mr. Lind’s primary focus has been on strategic planning and positioning, in particular, on expanding the scope of the company. When Mr. Lind joined Rogers in 1969 they had 15,000 cable subscribers. Today, the company has grown to become Canada’s largest cable operator with 2.5 million cable customers in Canada and 8 million cellular customers.. Mr. Lind serves on many Boards as well, including those of Rogers Communications Inc. and Brookfield Asset Management, Art Gallery of Ontario, Council for the Business of the Arts, Central Canadian Public Television Association and the Cable Center. Mr. Lind has two children, Sarah and Jed.
Stephen Lloyd was born and lives in Montreal, Quebec. He is a partner with the global law firm 大成 Dentons, practicing corporate commercial law, primarily in the forest products sector. He also sits on various boards and acts as an advisor for a number of private family-owned businesses. He was a long-time Vice-Chair for Bishop’s University, chairing the Finance committee. He is also on the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy of Canada, member of the audit committee, and former Chair of the Quebec branch. He currently also serves as an elected councillor for the Town of Barkmere, a conservation-minded community in the Laurentians area of Quebec, in charge of planning and zoning issues. He has worked actively to reconcile commercial real estate interests and conservation priorities on the Island of Montreal, through his presidency of the 1000-member Association for the Protection of Angell Woods. He sits as a trustee of the McGill University Martlet Foundation and a member of the McGill Sports Hall of Fame committee, in support of athletics at McGill. He received a B.A. in Economics at Bishop’s University and his law degree at McGill and has three teenage children with his wife Marie-Hélène Gauthier.
Denis Losier is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Assumption Life (life insurance company). Between 1989 and 1994, Mr. Losier held various cabinet level positions with the government of the Province of New Brunswick, including Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. He was co-chair of the University of Moncton’s Excellence Campaign. In 2008, he was named a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee of Canada, and, as such, became a member of the Privy Council. In addition to serving on the public boards mentioned in the following table, Mr. Losier is a director of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick and is the past chair of the board of directors of Invest N.B. He is also a past member and director of the New Brunswick Business Council and Canadian Blood Services, respectively. Mr. Losier was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011. Mr. Losier holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Moncton and a Masters of Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Losier was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the University of Moncton.
Tim MacDonald is president and CEO of Ideal Supply, a family held electrical supplies and auto parts distributor based in Listowel, ON with multiple locations in Central Ontario. Ideal Supply has been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for eight consecutive years. Tim attended Carleton University studying Political Science and English, and joined Ideal Supply in 1981. His community engagement initiatives include: President of the Listowel Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Western Ontario Chapter of YPO and Chair of the Electro-Federation Canada. He sat on the Board of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and was the Founding Chair of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation. He is the recipient of and Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Assumption University and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a member of the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Tim and Jim Balsillie co-founded the Arctic Research Foundation in 2010. Tim and his wife Alexandra live in Stratford, Ontario.
McDOUGALL, JOHN LORN
John Lorn McDougall, Q.C., B.A., LL.B.; lawyer; born in Ottawa. Attended Carleton University, University of British Columbia and Osgoode Hall Law School. Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Place, Toronto and 3 Verulam Buildings, London, England; Formerly Partner Emeritus and Counsel, Dentons Canada LLP (formerly Fraser Milner Casgrain, formerly Fraser & Beatty); Delegate, Commission on Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce; Chair, Canadian National Arbitration Committee, Canadian Chamber of Commerce; member, International Arbitration Panel of International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, International Centre of Dispute Resolution and International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution; Panellist, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1980; Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Honourary bencher of the Middle Temple, London, England; Honourary overseas member, Commercial Bar Association of England & Wales; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; member Canadian Bar Association; International Bar Association; Law Society of Upper Canada; Law Society of Alberta; Law Society of North West Territories; Law Society of the Yukon; Law Society of Nunavut; Canadian International Council; Osgoode Society; Advocates’ Society (Past Director).
MEIGHEN, Q.C., HON. MICHAEL A.
Michael Meighen of Toronto, Ontario, was educated in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario. He graduated from McGill University (B.A.) and Univesité Laval (LL.L cum laude) and thereafter practiced law in Montreal and subsequently Toronto. He was elected National President of the Progressive Conservative Association of Canada and was the Party’s official candidate for the riding of Westmount-St-Antoine in the 1972 and 1974 Federal elections. He acted as Co-Chief Counsel to the Deschênes Commission on War Criminals and, in 1990 was appointed to the Senate of Canada where he served for 21 years including a three year term as Chair of the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. Mr. Meighen has been a director of numerous public, private and not-for-profit companies. In addition to the Atlantic Salmon Federation (Canada), Mr. Meighen also Chairs the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Mount Allision University, the University of New Brunswick, Western University and McGill University. In 2014 Michael Meighen was appointed the 19th Chancellor of McGill University. In 2015 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. Michael and his wife Kelly have three grown sons and reside in Toronto, Ontario and St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
Sandy Miller was educated in Toronto graduating from U of T(Trinity College) with a BA in Political Science and Economics. He joined the investment firm of Mcleod Young Weir where he spent his whole career retiring in 1998. His fly fishing experiences reach back to his youth mentored by uncles fishing the Tobique,St John and St Marys rivers in Atlantic Canada. Current primary fishing rivers are the Moisie, Miramichi and the Deschutes in Oregon. His two sons are also very keen fly fishermen which brings home in a very personal way, the importance of the work of the ASF.
MOLSON, STEPHEN T.
Stephen Molson (Honorary Director) of Quebec, is Director and Vice President of The Molson Foundation. Mr. Molson also serves on the Board of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation Inc.; Fondation Hospitalière Maisonneuve-Rosemont; Butters Foundation. Mr. Molson received a B.A. from McGill University.
MOTT, KATHARINE D.
Katharine Mott (Honorary Director) of Cloverdale, NS, has had considerable experience in the fields of education and training. Much of her work was in the academic and fishery sectors. She is past President of the Nova Scotia Salmon Association and the Cobequid Salmon Association. She was the 1992 recipient of the Recreational Fisheries Award for efforts in conserving and developing recreational fisheries, as well as the 1999 recipient of the ASF Happy Fraser Award. In addition to her ASF Board involvement, she currently sits as a Board member of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation. Ms. Mott received her B.B.A., Management & Communications from Mount Saint Vincent and her M.A., Administration and Policy Studies from McGill University.
Debbie Norton is well known for her work in Atlantic salmon conservation while operating Upper Oxbow Adventures for the past 23 years. Besides her lifetime involvement with Atlantic salmon, she completed a teaching career of 30 years, giving her great insight into the people of the Miramichi and connections within the community. Debbie Norton is president of the NB Salmon Council, and has in the past or is currently holding the positions of president of the Miramichi Watershed Committee, and director with the Miramichi Salmon Association. Upper Oxbow Adventures contributes financially to the Miramichi Salmon Association, NB Salmon Council, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Moncton Fish and Game Club and the Miramichi Hospital. The facilities of Upper Oxbow Adventures have provided significant support for many years of the salmon tracking effort involving the vitally important Miramichi salmon. In addition, her on-the-ground knowledge of the Miramichi watershed has proven invaluable in developing conservation and restoration programs.
NUTTER, G. ERNEST
Ernie Nutter of Toronto, Ontario joined the investment team at Los Angeles headquartered money manager Capital Group in June 2004. Prior to this Mr. Nutter spent almost 14 years with the Royal Bank of Canada group where he was Managing Director of RBC Capital markets, head of RBC’s Global Mining Research team and former Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities’ (now RBC Capital Markets) Strategic Planning Committee. He is both author and co-author of technical and financial publications dealing with mineral exploration, deposit types, and markets, has presented papers on mining finance and a variety of related mining topics to organizations throughout the world. He was ranked as a top mining analyst by institutional investors in each of the last 10 years in the brokerage business. Mr. Nutter is also Past Chairman and holds a BSc in Geology from Dalhousie University (1976).
Robert Pace is President and CEO of The Pace Group which operates several companies across Atlantic Canada including Maritime Broadcasting System, a 24 radio station group, MBS Reality and Shredder’s. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University and an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University. Between 1981 and 1984, Mr. Pace served as Atlantic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada. Mr. Pace serves as Chairman of the Board of Canadian National Railway. He is also Director of High Liner Foods Inc. and Chairman of the Public Gardens Foundation and the Walter Gordon Foundation.
Andrew Pringle is the Chairman of RP Investment Advisors, a Toronto-based alternative fixed income asset management partnership. Previously, Mr. Pringle worked in the investment business at RBC Capital Markets (RBCCM) from 1972 to 2002 where he retired as Managing Director, Head of Global Fixed Income and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. After leaving RBCCM, Mr. Pringle worked as a full-time volunteer with a variety of not-for-profit organizations. He is currently Chair of the Shaw Festival and also of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) having previously served as its President from 1995 to 2006. Mr. Pringle is a director of The Walrus Foundation and the Atlantic Salmon Federation, as well as an advisor to the Evergreen Foundation for the Evergreen Brickworks project, the Schmeelk Foundation and the Fort York Foundation. He is a member of the Independent Review Committee of Fidelity Investments in Canada and was appointed to the Toronto Police Services Board in October 2011. Mr. Pringle is a past Chair of the Board of Upper Canada College and a former member of the Fundraising Advisory Committee for The 519 Community Centre. Mr. Pringle has also been active in politics where he has been Chair of the PC Ontario Fund (2004 – 2008). In October 2007 he was a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario provincial election, following which he served as the volunteer Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition, John Tory, at Queen’s Park until the latter’s resignation in early 2009. Andy lives in Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake with his wife, broadcaster Valerie Pringle. They have three children; Catherine (33), Anthony (30) and Geoffrey (27).
SCHLEMM, LEONARD B.C.
Leonard Schlemm of Montreal, Quebec is the retired Chairman, co-founder and director of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc., a privately held company that owns and operates the largest chain of fitness centers in the world. He is also the President and owner of The Atwater Club (previously known as The Montreal Badminton & Squash Club) as well as the Chairman and controlling shareholder of Sila Holding Limited, the owner/operator of twenty-three fitness centers in Russia. He graduated from McGill University with a B. Comm. in 1974 and articled with Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young) becoming a chartered accountant in 1975. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1978 and worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in San Francisco prior to co-founding 24 Hour Fitness. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation and The Study School Foundation as well as on the McGill University Health Centre Foundation Capital Campaign Committee. Leonard and his wife Sandra have four children.
SCOTT, GRAHAM W.S.
Graham W. S. Scott, C.M., Q.C. was born in Halifax, NS. He is the Partner Emeritus at McMillan LLP and President of Graham Scott Strategies Inc. He was Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition for Canada, The Rt. Honourable Robert L. Stanfield, from 1970-76. In the province of Ontario, he has held the positions of Executive Coordinator, Planning & Operations, Ministry of the Attorney General (1976-77); Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Courts Administration and Inspector of Legal Offices (1977-79); Associate Secretary of the Cabinet (1979); Deputy Minister of the Environment (1979-81) and Deputy Minister of Health (1981-84). He has advised the governments of Ontario and Nova Scotia on health and is a leader in the field of accountability, governance and amalgamations in the health sector. Graham currently serves as Chair of the Institute for Research in Public Policy (IRPP). He is also a board member of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, LDIC Inc. and Rothesay Netherwood School. He is a past chair of Canada Health Infoway, Allergen NCE and The Canadian Institute for Health Information. Graham was appointed to the Order of Canada as a Member in 2005. He is married to Gail and they have two daughters.
Eric Stevenson was born in Montreal in 1958. He has an Honours BA in History from Middlebury College, Vermont and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (UWO) of London, Ontario. Since 1995, Eric has been based in Toronto and has actively led a venture capital syndicate whose primary investments have been in shipowning – in refrigerated cargo vessels, bulk carriers and product tankers - and in ship management software. He serves as a Director of Environmental Defence, a non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy for protection of human health and the environment. He serves on the Board of Casting for Recovery, and is a founding board member of the SERA initiative, which will establish a certifiable standard for environmentally responsible aggregate mining in Ontario. Eric and his wife Carolyn have a young daughter.
TAYLOR, R. WILLIAM
Bill Taylor of St. Andrews, NB, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Mr. Taylor joined the staff of ASF in 1988, serving as Manager of Regional Programs, Director of Communications, Executive Director of Public Policy and in 1995 was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. He serves on several regional, national, and international conservation boards and committees, including Canada’s Atlantic Salmon Advisory Committee, the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and is a member of Canada’s delegation to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). He has received several awards in recognition of his work in Atlantic salmon conservation, among them The Ted Williams Award in recognition of journalistic excellence in support of salmon conservation and The Roland Michener Award which recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to conserving Canada’s natural resources. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor’s degree from Acadia University in 1983. He and his wife Suzanne reside in St. Andrews with their two daughters.
THOMPSON, JOHN M.
John Thompson recently retired as the Chairman of the Board of TD Bank. He previously retired as the Executive Vice-Chairman and a Director of the IBM Corporation, where he had oversight responsibility for worldwide technology, manufacturing and business strategy. Thompson began his IBM career in Canada in 1966 and was elected Chief Executive Officer of IBM Canada in 1986. He is a graduate Western University with a degree in Engineering Science and completed executive management programs at the Ivey School of Business at Western University and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Thompson is a Director of Thomson Reuters Corporation and Atlantic Salmon Federation and is a Fellow of the Institute for Corporate Directors. He previously served as a Director of TD Bank, Director and Vice Chairman of Philips Electronics NV, Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Hospital for Sick Children, Director of Robert Mondavi Corporation and Director of Hertz Corporation. He was Chancellor of the Western University from 2008 to 2012.
TURMEL, JEANJean Turmel became president of Perseus Capital Inc., a fund management firm, in 2005. He is Chairman of the Board of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and serves on the board of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Mr. Turmel enjoyed a 25-year career at the National Bank of Canada, where he retired as president of Financial Markets, Treasury and Investment Bank. His career spans more than 40 years of capital markets experience, with positions at Merrill Lynch, Royal Securities and Dominion Securities prior to joining National Bank as vice-president, Treasury and Foreign Exchange in 1981. Mr. Turmel holds a B.Comm. and an MA from Laval University and is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to the Canadian investment industry and recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Université Laval in 2015.