Four Canadian directors recognized for outstanding performance and leadership in the boardroom

Dec 16, 2013
Donna Soble Kaufman, Chair of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), announced today the recipients of the 2014 ICD Fellowship Awards, presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to corporate, not-for-profit and Crown corporation boards across the country.
This year’s recipients are:
  • Mr. Robert Murray Astley, FCIA, LLD, Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board;
  • Mr. Brian M. Levitt, Chair, TD Bank and Non-Executive Co-Chair, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP;
  • Mr. Dale Parker, Vice-Chair, Encorp Pacific and Matrix Asset Management Inc.; and
  • Ms. Louise Roy, OC, OQ, Chancellor and Chair, Université de Montréal and Chair, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations
"The ICD Fellowship Awards are the highest distinction for directors in Canada,” said Mary Mogford, Chair of the ICD Fellowship Selection Committee. “With these awards, the ICD not only recognizes the governance achievements of four individuals, but also puts forward an example of the highest standards of directorship. We can all learn from the insights and experiences of outstanding directors like Bob, Brian, Dale and Louise, and our boards and organizations will be the better for it.”
ICD Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected by an independent committee based on several criteria including leadership, and contributions to governance inside and outside of the boardroom.
Each of the 2014 Fellowship Award recipients will receive the F.ICD designation and be honoured for their achievements in corporate governance at the 17th Annual ICD Fellowship Awards Gala in Montreal on September 18, 2014.
To date, 64 directors across Canada have been presented with this award.
“I wish to congratulate the 2014 Fellows and thank the award selection committee members Gail Cook-Bennett, Françoise Bertrand, Ian Bourne, Bev Briscoe, George Cooper, and John Thompson,” added Mogford.
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2014 Selection Committee:
  • Committee Chair: Mary Mogford, F.ICD (2002), ICD.D – Director, PotashCorp
  • Françoise Bertrand – Chair, Board of Quebecor Inc.
  • Ian A. Bourne, F.ICD, ICD.D (2011) – Director, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
  • Beverley A. Briscoe, FCA, F.ICD (2012) – Director, Goldcorp Inc.
  • Gail Cook-Bennett, F.ICD (2000) – past Chair, Manulife Financial
  • George Cooper, CM, QC, ICD.D – Director, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • John M. Thompson, F.ICD (2010) – past Chair, The Toronto-Dominion Bank