2013 Selection Committee
Bruce Waterman, FCPA, FCA
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Development & Investment Officer
Selection Committee Chair
Mr. Waterman joined Agrium in 2000, and has more than 25 years of experience as a financial executive. He is a member of Agrium’s executive team responsible for corporate strategy and M&A activity and oversees Agrium’s financial and information management activities with direct responsibility for financial reporting, treasury, tax, information technology, investor relations, and government and corporate affairs. In his time with Agrium, Mr. Waterman has built and maintained a strong financial team and is a champion of continually seeking and implementing improvement initiatives.
John Clappison, FCPA, FCA
Greater Toronto Area Managing Partner of PwC from 1990 – 2005
Mr. Clappison was the Greater Toronto Area Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1990 to 2005, having been a partner in the firm since 1980. He joined Price Waterhouse in 1968. He has lectured on accounting practices at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants School of Accountancy. Mr. Clappison is a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
Mr. Clappison serves on the board of directors of Cameco Corp., Canadian REIT, Rogers Communications Inc., Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and Sun Life Financial Inc.
John is very active within the community and served on the board of directors of Shaw Festival Theatre Foundation from 1977-1989, The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall from 1991-1997 and The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation from 1997-2004. Currently John is on the board of directors for St Michael's Hospital Foundation and The Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Foundation.
Mr. Clappison holds a BA from the University of Toronto.
Colleen Johnston, FCPA, FCA
Group Head, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group
Colleen Johnston first joined TD Bank Group in March of 2004 as Executive Vice-President, Finance Operations, after spending 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions. She was later appointed to TD’s top financial post in November 2005. After her appointment to CFO, Ms. Johnston restructured TD Bank Group’s entire finance department, seeking to focus less on numbers, more on playing key decision-making roles in the bank’s most important initiatives, including TD’s expansion into the U.S.
Maureen Kempston Darkes, O.C., O.Ont., D.Comm., LL.D.
General Motors Corporation Group Vice President
President, GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (Retired)
Canadian National Railway, Brookfield Asset Management, Irving Oil, and Enbridge Inc.
Maureen Kempston Darkes was appointed General Motors Corporation Group Vice President and President, GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (LAAM) and a member of the General Motors Automotive Strategy Board, effective January 1, 2002, a position which she held until her retirement from General Motors in December, 2009. Prior to this appointment, she was President and General Manager of General Motors of Canada Limited (GMCL) and Vice President of General Motors Corporation from 1994 to 2001.
After joining the General Motors of Canada Limited Legal Staff in 1975, she became assistant counsel in 1979. She served on the General Motors Corporation Legal Staff in Detroit in 1979-1980 and headed the GM of Canada Tax Staff from 1980 to1984. From 1985 to 1987, she worked in the GM Treasurer's Office in New York and subsequently held the position of acting treasurer for GM of Canada until her appointment as General Director of Public Affairs for GMCL in April 1987. She was appointed GMCL Vice President of corporate affairs in 1991 and elected to the GMCL Board of Directors. In addition to her corporate affairs responsibilities, she was appointed General Counsel and Secretary of GMCL in July 1992.
Kempston Darkes currently serves on the boards of Canadian National Railway, Brookfield Asset Management, Irving Oil, and Enbridge Inc. She has also served on the Boards of Brascan, Noranda, Falconbridge, and Thomson Corporation. During her tenure as President of GM of Canada, she was a board member of the Vehicle Manufacturers' Association; the Ontario Government Education, Quality and Accountability Board; and the Ontario Minister of Health's Women's Health Council. Kempston Darkes was appointed by the federal government to the Free Trade Agreement Automotive Select Panel in 1989 and, in 1994, to the Transportation Equipment Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade.
She also serves on the University of Toronto President's International Alumni Council, and is a Director of Bridgepoint Health Foundation. She has served as the former chair for major gifts for Women's College Hospital Fund Raising Campaigns; co-chaired the BC Cancer Foundation's Millennium Campaign, focused on genome science and research into finding cures for and treatment of cancer.
Kempston Darkes was born and raised in the Toronto area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Victoria College, University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto Law School and is called to the Bar of Ontario.
She has received honorary doctor of law degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Victoria, McMaster University, Dalhousie University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Law Society of Upper Canada, an honorary doctorate of business administration from Laurentian University and an honorary doctor of commerce degree from Saint Mary's University.
In 1997, Kempston Darkes received The Order of Ontario and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000. The American Bar Association in 1998 recognized her with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. In 1999, she received the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame. In 2006, she received the Government of Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Fincentric Coorporation
Alice D. Laberge, of Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Corporate Director and the former President and CEO of Fincentric Corporation, a global provider of software solutions to financial institutions. She was previously Senior Vice President and CFO of MacMillan Bloedel Limited. She is a director of the Royal Bank of Canada, Russel Metals Inc. and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia. She joined the PCS Inc. board in 2003.
Brian MacNeill, C.M., FCPA, FCA
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors
Brian MacNeill is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petro Canada. Mr. MacNeill is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute. He is also a Fellow of the Alberta and Ontario Institutes of Chartered Accountants and of the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary.
Claude Mongeau, FCPA, FCMA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian National Railway Company
Claude joined CN in May 1994 and has held the positions of vice-president, Strategic and Financial Planning, and assistant vice-president Corporate Development. He was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2000.
Prior to joining CN, Mr. Mongeau was a partner with Groupe Secor, a Montreal-based management consulting firm providing strategic advice to large Canadian corporations such as Bombardier and Bell Canada. He also worked in the business development unit of Imasco Inc., a diversified holding company with subsidiaries operating in the manufacturing, retail, and financial services sectors. His career started in Europe with Bain & Company, a leading American consulting firm.
In 1997, Claude Mongeau was named one of Canada's top 40 executives under 40 years of age by the Financial Post Magazine. In 2005, he was selected Canada's CFO of the Year by an independent committee of prominent Canadian business leaders.
The Hon. Brian V. Tobin P.C.; ICD.D
Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
Brian served as the Federal Minister of Industry from October 2000 to January 2002. During his tenure as Minister of Industry, Brian worked with all sectors of the Canadian economy to improve Canada's innovation performance.
Previously he served as the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 - 2000. He won two consecutive majority governments in provincial elections held in February 1996 and February 1999. As Premier, Brian set an aggressive development agenda. Newfoundland and Labrador's economic turnaround was dramatic during his tenure. From 1998 -2001 the province's Gross Domestic Product was one of the fastest growing in Canada.
Brian served as a Member of Parliament from 1980 - 1996 and served as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the federal cabinet from 1993 - 1996.
Brian is a Senior Business Advisor with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Toronto and a member of the firm's Public Policy Group.