Board of Directors

Colleen JohnstonColleen Johnston, Chair

Colleen Johnston retired from TD Bank Group in 2018.  Prior to this, she was the Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate & Public Affairs, TD Bank Group. Colleen served as TD’s Chief Financial Officer from 2005-2015.

Prior to joining TD in 2004, Colleen spent 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior finance positions.

Colleen started her career at PwC in 1982.  She received her CA designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected an FCA (FCPA) recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.

At TD, she was actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace as Chair of the Women in Leadership Committee for ten years.  In 2013, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category.

Colleen has received numerous top industry honours as a senior finance executive including Canada’s CFO of the Year in 2012.  She was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007.  In 2011, for the third year in a row, she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker.

Colleen has received Honorary Degrees from St. Mary’s University and York University (Schulich School of Business).

Colleen currently serves on the Boards of Shopify, McCain Foods and WestJet.

Colleen is Chair of Unity Health Toronto, which includes St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare; a member on the Board of the Shaw Festival; and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business.  She previously served as the Chair of Bridgepoint Health and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.


Nora AufreiterNora Aufreiter, Vice-chair

Nora Aufreiter was a senior partner and director of McKinsey & Company where she worked for 27 years until she retired in June 2014. She was Managing Partner of the Toronto office of McKinsey’s Canadian Practice from 2008 until 2012. She then led the Firm’s North American Consumer Digital practice until her retirement. She served on a number of the Firm’s global Personnel Committees to elect and evaluate partners. Throughout her career she worked extensively in Canada, the United States and internationally.

Nora is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia where she is Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee. She is also a member of The Kroger Company, Cadillac Fairview Corporation and Neiman Marcus Group’s Board of Directors. Nora serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Ivey Business School, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Opera Company where she is Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Nora was the first woman partner and senior partner elected in Canada and among the first dozen women senior partners elected globally at McKinsey. In 2011, Ms Aufreiter was recognized as among Canada’s “Top 100 Most Powerful Women”. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Degree (LLM) from Western University.

Nora has an HBA in Business Administration from Ivey Business School at Western University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Virginia WestVirginia West, Vice-chair

Virginia West is a former deputy minister with the province of Ontario who has served in five portfolios over a 12-year period (Solicitor General, Public Safety and Security, Environment, Labour and Natural Resources). She previously held key leadership positions in municipal government, including Commissioner of Urban Planning and Development Services, City of Toronto, and Chief Administrative Officer, Borough of East York.

Virginia is currently Chair of the Home Construction Regulatory Authority and a Director on the board of the Canadian Red Cross Society. She has served on several community boards and Crown agencies, including: Providence Healthcare, the Niagara Parks Commission, the Toronto Harbour Commission, Riverdale Hospital and Catholic Family Services of Toronto.

She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Toronto.


Wayne BarwiseWayne Barwise

Wayne Barwise has three decades of experience in real estate development and asset management, both as a successful entrepreneur and as a corporate executive. At Cadillac Fairview Corporation, he is executive vice-president of Development, and oversees the strategic planning and execution of the office, retail and mixed-use development platform. Over his career, Wayne has successfully developed several billion dollars’ worth of commercial properties in Canada and the United States.

Wayne serves on a number of charitable boards and is chair of the Board of Governors of Branksome Hall, an independent girls’ school in Toronto. He holds a M. Arch. in Urban Design from Harvard University and a B.Arch. from the University of Toronto.


Domenic Belmonte

Domenic Belmonte is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Toronto office and is the firm’s National Management Consulting Leader. He previously held leadership positions with KPMG and the Government of Ontario.

Domenic has led and participated in a number of enterprise-wide business improvement initiatives that identified the need for — and successfully put in place — new organizational structures, delivery models and program improvements often enabled by information technology. He has extensive experience in strategy, operations, process design, service delivery, organizational design, and program management. He also has significant experience in organizational change management associated with major business transformational projects.

Domenic has a master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.


Hazel ClaxtonHazel Claxton

Hazel Claxton retired as executive vice-president and chief human resources officer at Morneau Shepell in 2018. Previously, she spent more than 25 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she held a wide variety of leadership roles including Human Capital leader, Corporate Advisory and Restructuring Group partner, and chair of PwC’s Women in Leadership initiative.

Hazel serves on the board of Queen’s University and has also served on the board of the Shaw Festival Theatre, where she chaired the Finance and Audit Committee.

Hazel is a chartered professional accountant and graduated from Queen’s University with an bachelor of Commerce.


Yves DenommeYves Denommé

Yves Denommé is Executive Vice President, Operations at Laurentian Bank Financial Group. In this capacity, Yves is responsible for driving efficiencies across the organization, reducing complexities and improving and streamlining end-to-end processes to improve the customer experience.

Before joining the Bank, Yves served as Senior Vice President of Registries at an international leader and pioneer in electronic land registration systems and commerce. In that role, he oversaw partnerships with government to deliver essential services, while pursuing a growth and innovation mandate in the real estate and property markets. Previously, he spent 16 years with a global Fintech leader where he held several executive positions including leadership of global operations. Yves’ experience spans financial services, operations, strategy, procurement, real estate, enterprise project management and technology.

Yves holds a bachelor’s in Engineering and Management from McMaster University, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. Additionally, he holds the Chartered Director certification.


Kamala Jean Gopie

Kamala Jean Gopie

Kamala Jean Gopie is a committed educator and community volunteer. After retiring as an Education Officer from Ontario’s Ministry of Education, she was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board. She also served as an Ontario Human Rights commissioner. Her extensive volunteering includes time as president of the Jamaican Canadian Association, chair of the Urban Alliance Race Relations and vice-chair of the United Way of Toronto.

Kamala Jean is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, the Order of Ontario, the city of Toronto William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, the Gardiner Award from Metropolitan Toronto, and the Harry Jerome Award.

Kamala Jean is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She holds a BA and a M.Ed.


Peter GordonPeter Gordon

Peter Gordon is a managing partner with Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset management firm. Peter is the chief operating officer for Brookfield’s Private Equity Group, where he is responsible for the financial and operating performance of the group’s broad portfolio of companies. Previously, Peter held a number of key senior management positions in Brookfield  subsidiary companies.

Peter has served on numerous boards over his more than 35-year career with Brookfield, principally in the mining, manufacturing and forest products industries.

He holds a B.Sc. (Engineering) from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.


Doug GuzmanDoug Guzman

As group head, RBC Wealth Management, RBC Insurance and RBC Investor & Treasury Services, Doug Guzman leads RBC’s businesses that serve the wealth management needs of affluent and high net worth clients globally, and teams that provide asset management and trust products. He also oversees RBC Insurance, which provides a wide range of insurance, wealth and reinsurance solutions to individual, business and group clients. In addition, along with other members of Group Executive, Mr. Guzman is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.

Prior to this appointment, Guzman was managing director and head of global investment banking, RBC Capital Markets, responsible for the firm’s investment banking teams globally, as well as U.S. municipal finance. He had senior client coverage responsibility for a number of RBC capital markets’ most important clients and was a member of the firm’s operating committee and loan commitments committee.

Before joining RBC in 2005, he was a managing director at Goldman Sachs in New York and Toronto, where he had co-head responsibility for each of the global metals and mining and the Canadian investment banking businesses. He is a member of the advisory board of Ivey Business School at Western University. Guzman has an HBA from Ivey and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School. He is married with two children and lives in Toronto.


Denise O’Neil Green Denise O’Neil Green

Denise O’Neil Green was appointed as Ryerson University’s first VP of Equity and Community Inclusion in 2017. She had previously served as assistant vice-president/vice-provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Denise came to Ryerson from Central Michigan University in 2012, where she served as chief diversity officer.

Denise was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her scholarship focused on race conscious policies in higher education, access for underrepresented students and qualitative research methodologies.

Denise earned her PhD in Higher Education and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, a master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a BA in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago.


Darryl WhiteDarryl White

Darryl White was appointed CEO of BMO Financial Group in November 2017. He chairs the bank’s Executive Committee and serves as a director of BMO Financial Group, as well as its U.S. subsidiary, BMO Financial Corporation.

Darryl is a member of the Ottawa-based Business Council of Canada and Washington, D.C.-based The Business Council. He also serves as a member of the Mayor of Beijing’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council.

A longstanding community builder with strong ties to United Way Centraide, Darryl has volunteered with both organizations in Montreal, New York, Chicago and Toronto. In 2018, Darryl became Co-Chair of the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity Roundtable, a partnership between BMO and United Way Greater Toronto that brings together business and community leaders to develop approaches to reduce economic disparity in the region.

A strong advocate for BMO’s efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace, Darryl serves as a member of Catalyst Canada’s Advisory Board and has volunteered on the Advisory Council of Women in Capital Markets.

Darryl is a director of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens.

Darryl holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40® Award.

Non-elected directors will also sit on the board as ex-officio members, including:

    • Dr. Tim Rutledge, CEO and president
    • David Mulroney as a representative of the Archdiocese of Toronto
    • Dr. Lynn Wilson from the University of Toronto
    • Dr. Jeff Zaltzman and Dr. Graham Berlyne, representatives of the Medical Advisory Committee
    • Dr. Samir Grover and Dr. Urszula Zurawska-Fortin, representatives of the Medical Staff Association
    • Sonya Canzian, Chief Nursing & Health Professions Officer
    • Simon Nyilassy, chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Board of Directors
    • John Barford, chair of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors