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Yolanda Banks

Yolanda Banks (Chairperson)
Principal Advisor on the Development Finance Project Team, Export Development Canada
Ottawa, ON

Yolanda Banks is Principal Advisor on the Development Finance Project Team that is establishing Canada’s development finance institution (DFI) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Export Development Canada (EDC). She is responsible for managing the design of a development impact framework for Canada’s DFI, for stakeholder relations and for the development of an organizational brand for the DFI. Prior to her current role, Ms. Banks was responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives at EDC. Before EDC, Ms. Banks was with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada with postings in London (UK), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), with cross-accreditations to Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan. She holds an MA (International Affairs-Development Studies) from Carleton University, and a MBA (Entrepreneurship) from the University of British Columbia. 

Anthony Carty Anthony Carty (Treasurer)
Vice-President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
Ottawa, ON

With more than twenty years of senior leadership experience in the private and public sectors in Canada and the U.S., in 2015 Anthony Carty joined the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, a Government of Canada Crown corporation created to insure deposits in banks, trust companies and loan companies against loss in case of member failure, as its VP, Finance and Administration and CFO. Prior to joining CDIC, Anthony served as Vice-President, Corporate Services and CFO at the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown corporation created to assist in the development of trade between Canada and other nations and to assist persons in Canada obtain goods and commodities from outside Canada. In that role, Mr. Carty was responsible for managing a diverse portfolio consisting of finance, enterprise risk management, human resources, information technology, facilities, strategy and communications. Previously, Anthony was Senior Vice-President and CFO for i2 Holdings, an IBM Company, where he led a team focused on financial and operational roles, including finance and accounting, information technology and business system functions. Holdings was acquired in 2011 by IBM from Silver Lake Sumeru, a leading private equity investor in technology and related growth industries. Anthony was an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers' High Technology Practice in Boston, Massachusetts, where he became a Certified Public Accountant. Anthony holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.
Ed Johnston Ed Johnston
Retail and Sourcing Professional
Toronto, ON

Mr. Johnston is a respected retail and sourcing senior leader, with over 40 years in retail. Mr. Johnston recently retired from Canadian Tire Corp (CTC) in May 2016 after almost a quarter century with Canadian Tire. He is a newly elected Board member for the Alliance For Bangladesh Worker Safety and will serve as Chair of the Finance Committee. In his most recent role at Canadian Tire, he was the Vice-President of Enterprise Sustainability for Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), one of Canada's leading and most trusted retailers. Mr. Johnston was accountable for leading the Company's Responsible Sourcing and Environmental Sustainability strategy, programs and governance across all banner brands and functions. Mr. Johnston joined the Company in 1994 and has held progressive management roles including serving as VP Home Products Merchandising, responsible for $3 billion in sales, and VP Sourcing Services, a merchandising support role for CTC where his accountabilities included: global sourcing and vendor management (overseeing multiple Asia offices and hundreds of vendors), product quality assurance and reverse flow (factory audit programs), ethical sourcing (supplier code oversight for human rights, bribery and factory working conditions) and all product legislative governance. Mr. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Administration degree, with a major in business and minor in electrical engineering, from Concordia University.
Jean-Michel Laurin Jean-Michel Laurin (Secretary)
Vice President, Octane Strategies
Ottawa, ON

Jean Michel Laurin is Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs with NATIONAL Public Relations in Ottawa. Recognized for his understanding of business issues, his analytical skills and his advocacy experience, he advises, assists and supports clients looking to solve complex public affairs issues.
Jean-Michel was Vice President and Director of Octane’s Ottawa office until it joined NATIONAL. He was previously Vice President, Global Business Policy with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters association (CME) where he established himself as a credible advocate, spokesperson and policy expert for Canadian industry.
Jean-Michel holds an MBA from HEC-Montreal and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. He is the Board Secretary of the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada and a Director of RESULTS Canada.

Dale MacDonald

Dale MacDonald
Retired Retail and Procurement Professional

Dale MacDonald is a retired retail and procurement executive with over 32 years food retail experience. Prior to his retirement in 2017, he worked for Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor, Dale held progressively senior procurement and merchandising roles since joining Sobeys in 1985. In his most recent role at Sobeys, he was Senior Vice President National Procurement and was accountable for the company’s national procurement function, including national vendor arrangements, fresh procurement, non-resale procurement and private label.

He is past Chair and a current Director for The Grocery Foundation.

Mr. MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Cameron MacKay Cameron MacKay
Director of Operations at the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of Canada’s Privy Council Office

Ottawa, ON

Cameron MacKay is a Director of Operations at the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of Canada’s Privy Council Office (PCO).  Prior to joining the PCO, Cameron was a career diplomat with experience as a Director General, Ambassador and Chief Negotiator for bilateral and multilateral trade talks.

From 2015-2017, Cameron was Director General of the Trade Sectors Bureau at Global Affairs Canada, working to align the priorities of Canada’s global network of Trade Commissioners with the needs of Canada’s private sector.  From 2013-2015 he was Director General of the Department’s Trade Negotiations Bureau, where he supported Canada’s bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiations.  Before that role he was Director General for China Trade Policy.  He was Canada’s Ambassador to Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua (resident in Costa Rica) from 2010 to 2012.  Prior to that he was Director of Regional Trade Policy, and Canada’s Chief Negotiator for free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Panama, the Central America Four (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), and Ukraine.  Mr. MacKay served at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva for the first five years of the WTO’s Doha Round of global trade talks, from 2001-2006.  In that role he represented Canada in areas including intellectual property, technical barriers to trade and government procurement, and concluded Canada’s bilateral WTO accession negotiations with Vietnam.  In his first five years in the foreign ministry he supported various bilateral negotiations with the United States, including on economic, border facilitation, fisheries and environmental issues. 

In 2015 Mr. MacKay graduated from Ottawa University’s two year, mid-career "Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance".  He also holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Industrial Relations from McGill University in Montreal (1990), and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto (1996).  He sits on the Board of Directors of the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada, and has served on the Board of Fulbright Canada.  He speaks English, French and Spanish.  He is married and has two teenaged children.

Ken Sunquist Ken Sunquist
Gloucester, ON

Ken Sunquist is an international strategic business advisor, management consultant and corporate director. He is a former senior official of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development. Most recently he was Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia and Africa, and Chief Trade Commissioner for Canada. His assignments at headquarters included responsibilities for International Business, Global Operations and Trade Communications. He served abroad in a variety of posting as a trade officer and as Ambassador in Jamaica, Yugoslavia, USA, Korea, China and Indonesia. Ken is the Board Chair of CARE Canada and member of the Boards of Directors of TFO Canada, the Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade and the Forum for International Trade Training. He previously was a Director of the Canadian Commercial Corp and Asia Pacific Foundation. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the University of Alberta China Institute, Senior Fellow of the University of Saskatchewan Hanlon Centre for International Business and Senior Advisor to Northstar Trade Finance.
Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner
Partner Gowlings
Ottawa, ON

Wendy Wagner is a partner in Gowlings' Ottawa office. Her practice focuses on international trade law and media law. Wendy's international trade law practice encompasses advice on trade agreements such as NAFTA and CETA, export & import controls, all aspects of customs, and investor-state arbitration. She appears as counsel before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court of Canada. In her media and defamation practice, Wendy acts as counsel for the media in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms cases involving freedom of the press and litigates defamation law suits. Wendy also advises clients on all aspects of privacy law and freedom of information legislation. Wendy's expertise in trade and media law is recognized in: Experts Guides: Women in Business Law/International Trade; The Best Lawyers in Canada: Administrative and Public Law/Trade & Finance; L'expert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers; Canadian Legal L'expert Directory: Defamation & Media Litigation/International Trade; The Legal 500 Canada 2014: International Trade; and Who's Who Legal: Trade and Customs. Before joining Gowlings, Wendy clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Bastarache of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Wendy is also the current President of the Organization of Women in International Trade – Ottawa chapter (OWIT-Ottawa).


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