David W. Anderson MBA, PhD, ICD.D, MIoD, FCIS
David Anderson is the founder of The Anderson Governance Group and the Anderson Leadership Group, two complementary advisory firms serving an international clientele of corporate leaders. He serves as board and CEO advisor for public, crown and private organizations, including some of the world’s most respected financial institutions based in Canada.
David writes on governance and leadership for publications in Canada, the UK and the US, and is widely republished in other countries. His scholarly articles have appeared in Corporate Governance: An International Review, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly. David served as Special Advisor to the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluation in 2001 and to five subsequent Commissions. NACD’s Directorship magazine named David to its “Directorship 100 – People to Watch” list of the most influential thinkers and practitioners in US corporate governance in both 2010 and 2011.
David holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The University of Western Ontario, where he instructed Organizational Behaviour, an MBA from The University of Toronto and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada. David has chaired two not-for-profit boards.
Dr. Henryk Krajewski, PhD
Henryk Krajewski is an expert in the psychometric assessment of leadership talent. He serves as a consultant, facilitator and leadership coach to senior teams and CEOs in public, private and not-for-profit firms in North America, Europe and Australia. Henryk assists boards and executive management teams build sustainable stakeholder value by focusing on intangibles like leadership team effectiveness, decision making, risk management, culture, strategy, and talent management system alignment.
A sought after expert, Henryk shares his thought leadership and provocative views on podiums and at leading institutions interested in the application of behavioural science to leadership challenges. His thoughts have been captured in many popular media articles and interviews published in sources such as Profit, the Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, HR Reporter, the Ottawa Business Journal, and HR.com.
Henryk remains active in research and has published in peer-reviewed industry journals such as Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Psychology, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Henryk holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Western University and is an organizing member of Mensa™ International.
Vineet Bapat B.Comm (Honors), MBA, FCUIC
Vineet has extensive experience in the financial services sector providing advisory, training and coaching services to boards and management teams. For much of his career, Vineet has focused on the credit union system, working for more than a decade within the Credit Union Central of Ontario and subsequently as an external consultant to credit union member boards in the areas of board governance, board education, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions. He has advised clients through over thirty credit union mergers, resulting in effective transitions at both governance and operational levels. Vineet’s efforts leading consulting engagements with client boards, management teams and steering committees, as well as regulatory agencies, has ensured effective communication, issue resolution and process management. Vineet successfully incorporates a systematic approach to IT project management in order to facilitate the merger process. His background in IT enables him to effectively communicate the importance of IT risk management to credit union boards.
Vineet’s experience in strategic planning encompasses development and facilitation of board retreats for credit unions and other organizations in the cooperative sector, including the Ontario Credit Union Charitable Foundation and the Canadian Cooperative Association. He has also conducted international assignments in Africa and South America for the Canadian Cooperative Association.
Vineet has developed and facilitated credit union training courses in Ontario and Manitoba for directors and staff in governance, operations and operational risks, strategic planning and board and CEO evaluation. These courses have been adapted to an on-line format through collaboration with a leading training provider in BC and are being delivered to several credit unions in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Most recently, Vineet worked with the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario regulatory agency in Ontario to help in the development and execution of new regulations on director competencies. This work is designed to raise the bar for governance standards in Ontario credit unions. He is actively involved in creating and delivering customized training programs for numerous credit union boards. These programs include competency assessments and coaching in the governance practices and regulatory compliance regarding governance expectations.
Vineet holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maine, and is a Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada. He also has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
Derek Evans CAIS, DD
Derek G. Evans is an ethicist by training, whose 30-year career has been dedicated to education, human rights and community development. He has an extensive background in senior management and governance in the non-profit and charitable sectors, having led national and international organizations based in Canada, the UK and US. He is recognized for his strategic leadership, and his ability to build inclusive and effective partnerships in socially and politically diverse and conflicted situations, including organizational mergers.
Derek was commissioned as a minister of the United Church of Canada in 1979, and served in policy, teaching and leadership roles in British Columbia during the 1980s. In 1990 he joined the London HQ of Amnesty International and served through the 1990s as Deputy Secretary General, leading the organization’s global research, policy and advocacy work. From 2000 to 2005 he was Executive Director of the Naramata Centre for Continuing Education, one of Canada’s foremost experiential learning institutes.
Derek was appointed an Associate of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in 2005 and served concurrently as Principal of an independent consultancy providing strategic policy and planning services, largely in support of UN and other international agencies dedicated to advancing the Millennium Development Goals, notably in relation to HIV/AIDS.
In 2008 Derek became the founding CEO of Cuso International, an international development organization based in Ottawa and supporting programs in some 40 countries. He successfully led the organization in mergers and the creation of strategic partnerships that doubled the size and impact of Cuso’s programs and established it as a global leader in inclusive, community based economic development, notably with youth and other marginalized groups. In 2014 Cuso International was recognized by the Financial Post as one of the top 25 charities in Canada.
Derek serves as a Peer Reviewer with the Standards Program of Imagine Canada, the premier accreditation agency for non-profits and charities in Canada. He regularly undertakes organizational evaluations focussed on impact and effectiveness, most recently for the international Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (Dublin). In 2015 he joined the Anderson Leadership Group as Senior Fellow of Governance House in Toronto.
Derek has served as a mediator and peace negotiator in numerous civil conflicts, and has led more than 70 international delegations in all world regions. He is the author or co-author of 14 books on human rights and international development. as well as drama and poetry. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work in human rights, reconciliation and inter-faith dialogue, and a Vision Award for strategic leadership and organizational effectiveness.
Holly Henderson is a passionate and inspiring strategic innovator with over 20 years of accomplishments in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. A multifaceted marketer, formally trained in innovation and creative problem solving, Holly has employed her talents to help identify and solve complex social and business challenges – delivering impactful solutions. She has successfully led boards and brands, people and projects, and clients and organizations in just about every market sector.
Holly launched into the non-profit sector when she created Kids Help Phone, a national call line for Canadian youth, and has been a champion of causes ever since in both volunteer and professional capacities. She has advocated for at risk youth, built diversity and inclusiveness programs, developed support for transformative health programs aimed at eliminating disease, worked to expand the capacity of the charitable sector and made a long-term significant impact on Canadian youth and their families. Her most recent leadership positions were as CEO of Altruvest, a capacity building organization for the charitable sector, and directing National and Ontario Corporate Programs for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Accomplished in best practice in cause marketing, fundraising and sponsorship Holly has put programs in place that have raised over a billion dollars.
Holly’s professional and volunteer affiliations and accomplishments include: Chair and Co-Chair of the Marketing Curriculum Advisory Board, School of International Business at Seneca College; Co-Chair of the NSS Council, Committee Member, National Advertising Benevolent Society Strategic Planning Committee; advisor to the Seneca College Non-Profit Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate (NPLM) and to the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy Fundraising Management Certificate Program. She is a member of the Sponsorship Marketing Council (SMCC), IEG, Cause Marketing Council, WXN, Mentor/Member of The Executive Roundtable Mentor. She served as a Judge for the Toronto Sun’s Woman on the Move and an Advisor to the American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year initiative.
Holly is accredited in board governance both through the Schulich BoardMatch Leaders program and the Rotman / Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for Profit Governance Essentials program. She holds innovation credentials from the Creative Education Foundation in New York. Holly’s speaking topics include Getting on Charitable Boards, Making a Career Change from the Private to NFP sector, and Customer and Employee Engagement. Holly has won two awards for innovation and creativity from Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario for the design and launch of the Mega Lottery and their national website.
Jonathon Kovacheff LLB, MA, PhD
Jonathon Kovacheff specializes in corporate governance, change/conflict management, strategic planning, strategic human resource planning, executive assessment and coaching, and leadership performance management. Dr. Kovacheff has advised over 120 for profit and not-for-profit organizations and has worked extensively with over 2000 executives. He is actively involved in the area of leadership development and effectiveness, and has diagnosed and developed new governance structures for many corporations and organizations including financial institutions, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial organizations, and IPO’s.
Dr. Kovacheff has developed many corporate retreats and corporate director education programs in the areas of leadership and teamwork. He has also lectured at several institutions in Human Resources, Organizational Behaviour, Business Ethics and Statistics. He held the position of assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario’s Centre for Administrative and Information Studies and was a Research Associate on the Corporate Governance Project at the Ivey Business School’s National Centre for Management Research and Development. As a consultant with Ernst & Young, he developed a governance practice model that is used in both national and international settings.
Dr. Kovacheff has written and presented extensively on a variety of topics including director dissent, leader assessment and selection, business ethics, effective corporate governance, building a good board, legal issues in personnel selection, organizational justice, and governance of insolvent debtors.
Pierre Saint-Laurent MSC, DSA, CAIA, FRM, CFE
Pierre Saint-Laurent is a Senior Advisor with The Anderson Governance Group and President of AssetCounsel Inc., a financial services consultancy. Pierre was vice-president and shareholder of Canadian mutual fund firms, where he spearheaded the development of asset allocation software and was closely involved in the management and deployment of the first widely available hedge fund in Canada. Pierre also acts as expert witness in financial services matters.
Pierre holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Montreal, with doctoral studies in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a DSA (Diploma in Business Administration) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designatio; he is currently a member of the CFA Institute’s Candidate Curriculum Committee and Disciplinary Review Committee Hearing Panel Pool. He also holds the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst), FRM (Financial Risk Manager) and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) designations. He has lectured at both the University of Montréal and (currently) at HEC Montréal.
Professionally, Pierre is Co-Chair of the Quebec Committee of AIMA Canada, the Canadian chapter of the worldwide Alternative Investment Management Association. He is Canadian Chapter head of CAIAA, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, and served as Quebec Regional Director of the Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals. He is a frequent contributor to Advisor’s Edge Report, Objectif Conseiller and Avantages, three trade publications, and participates actively in other industry publications, industry conferences and events as a writer, speaker, moderator, and chair.
Bruce Stewart BA, MA
Bruce Stewart is an internationally-recognized expert on the issues of IT Governance and Strategy, and the responsibilities of senior executives and board directors toward information technology related strategic issues and risks. He has held management roles in IT of increasing responsibility, ending as CEO of a publicly-traded software company. He was a senior analyst and manager of analysts at Gartner, Inc., and META Group, Inc., and has been a management consultant for over a decade.
Bruce holds a BA in Philosophy from St. Michael’s College and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, where he has also undertaken doctoral studies. He also holds a practitioner accreditation in the complexity science-derived practices and methods of Cognitive Edge. He is currently a regular columnist for CIO Canada, Computerworld Canada and syndicates columns on competitiveness and economics which have appeared in newspapers in seven provinces and one territory. He also writes a daily political column for the Beacon News, which operates local news services in 26 Alberta and BC cities and towns. He has also been published by Computerworld in seventeen different countries, and in Architecture & Governance Quarterly, and is the author of over 400 different research reports.
Bruce has served on a number of different boards and three times been appointed as an instructor (Rotman School of Management, UBC Graduate Faculty of Education and University of Toronto Graduate Faculty of Information). He is a frequent speaker, moderator and chair.
DDIP.ELEC.ENG, BSc, MBA, PhD, FAICD, FAIM, FGIA, SF FIN
Shann Turnbull is recognized internationally as a thought leader in corporate governance. Two of his writings were selected for inclusion with the seminal contributions of leading scholars in the Corporate Governance volume of The History of Management Thought, published by Routledge in 2000. He has also authored three commissioned chapters critiquing what is been widely accepted as “best” corporate governance practices. Shann is the author of a number of books including A New Way to Govern.
Shann pioneered the study and teaching of corporate governance in 1975 when he co-authored the first educational course in the world to provide an educational qualification for company directorsHis PhD research grounded corporate governance in the natural science of cybernetics to establish the science of governance for evaluating current practices. He also holds an MBA from Harvard.
Unlike most other corporate governance scholars, consultants and practitioners, Shann has practical experience as a CEO, chair and non-executive director of publicly traded corporations. He was motivated to pioneer the teaching of corporate governance from being a partner in a private equity group that took control and re-organised a dozen publicly traded corporations in Australia from 1967 to 1974 that involved him taking leadership board positions. He has also been a serial entrepreneur establishing many new enterprises, three of which became publicly traded with two others being public mutual funds.
From 2001 to 2006 he was the Australian Advisor for the UK based Hermes Asset Management Limited that is a leading institutional governance activist owned by the largest pension fund in the UK. Shann has been a member of the International Corporate Governance Network and the European Corporate Governance Institute.