Faculty Biographies


Michael Calyniuk, ICD.D, is an independent corporate director and advisor to private companies.  Michael is currently active with a number of private companies in an advisory board capacity and is on the boards of both the Business Development Bank of Canada, which is dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs, and Mundoro Capital Inc.
 
Michael is a retired senior audit partner of PwC LLP, where he spent the majority of his career assisting and advising small and medium-sized enterprises, the majority being privately owned and operated.  As a trusted business advisor, he has provided strategic advice and support to entrepreneurs in balancing their personal and family goals with those of the company executive teams.  These mandates required the facilitation of expectations around corporate growth, personal and family aspirations and succession planning through generational transfer, as well as the sale to management, a third party or an IPO.
 
Some major engagements included serving as a personal advisor and later Trustee for a family enterprise with real estate and investing activities in Canada and the U.S.  In addition, advisement extended to the negotiating with banks and mid-tier lenders for corporate restructuring, expansion and acquisitions.
 
Richard Cantin’s 30 year career has been in companies as diverse as Goodyear and Microsoft. Richard has been in leadership roles, with experience across the three key pillars of the technology industry: Computers, Telecommunications and the Internet.
 
Richard has a solid track record of accepting new challenges and creating success stories. He is an experienced executive with extensive sales, marketing and operations background who has been involved in a wide range of business scenarios including start-up, turnaround and mature business.
More recently, Richard is the President and CEO of Everus Communications Inc. in Waterloo and the Executive Director of the Laurier Executive Development Centre.
 
Richard’s undergraduate education is a twin degree from University of Waterloo where he majored in Mathematics and Computer Science and Wilfrid Laurier University where he earned a Business Administration minor. His graduate degree is an MBA from York University / Schulich School of Business where he majored in Marketing.
 
Richard has served as Chair of an NFP, co-Chair of the ICD Southwestern Ontario Chapter, Director of a software company and Director of a Hydro utility and mentor/advisory board member to numerous emerging companies.
 
Claude Delâge, ICD.D, is a member of the board of directors of Centraide of Greater Montreal and of the Executive Committee. She is the Chair of the Allocations and Agency Relations Committee and President of the Territorial Committee for Centre-East Island, Laval and East Island. Ms. Delâge has over 20 years’ experience working in the financial sector, has solid experience as a corporate director and serves on the boards of several major organizations, including the Quebec Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
 
Ms. Delâge is the Associate Vice President, Business Development, for Desjardins Business Capital régional et coopératif and has previously worked for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ as Investment Director, Metal, Equipments, Transportation and Plastics. During her time at FTQ, Ms. Delâge managed a team of professionals who study investment projects and support the companies in which the Fonds invests by providing them with the necessary strategic tools to ensure their profitability, growth and exposure to foreign markets.
 
Claude Delâge holds a bachelors’ degree in business administration from Université Laval, an Executive MBA degree from Concordia University, and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
 
Aaron Emes is a partner at Torys LLP where he practices corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions and securities regulation as well as corporate governance. Aaron has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, 2012-2015—as a leading lawyer in corporate law and in Lexpert's Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2013 as a cross-border practitioner to watch.  Among other matters, Aaron advised TMX Group on its acquisition by Maple Group and on its’ proposed merger with London Stock Exchange Group. Aaron has also advised numerous companies on governance related matters and on duties of directors.
 
Aaron received his LLB (With Honours) from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 1998 and was called to the Bar in both Ontario and New York in 2000.
 
Dr. Gary Gorman is a retired Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Business Administration and Dean Emeritus at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Dr. Gorman taught, mentored, and conducted research over a 36-year career at Memorial; he retired in 2013.  His research focused primarily on lending to small and medium-sized firms in the knowledge-based sector and on business development support to knowledge-based businesses, while his teaching focused primarily on entrepreneurship and new venture creation.

Gary has served on numerous not-for-profit and government sector boards, including Chair of the Premier’s Business Advisory Board for Newfoundland & Labrador from 2005-2009.  He is currently Chair of the Business Advisory Board for P.F. Collins International Trade Solutions and an advisory board member to Genoa Design International Limited.
Brian Hayward, C.Dir is President of Aldare Resources, a consulting practice providing governance, business advice, and commercial mediation services. Previously, he was CEO of Agricore United.
 
Brian has extensive experience in governance leadership, serving a wide range of public, private, not for profit and Crown Boards. As a director, Brian has played a key role in strategic transitions. As board chair, Brian led the strategic process that led to Ridley Australia selling its control stake to Fairfax. He subsequently chaired the board special committee that reviewed Ridley’s acquisition by Alltech in 2015. He chaired the Wellington West Special Committee that reviewed company strategic options—culminating with its sale to National Bank. He led the process of crafting the governance of the Princess Auto Advisory Board. Brian has also provided leadership to non-profit organizations, such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Conference Board of Canada and the Arthritis Society.
 
Brian has a graduate degree in agriculture economics from McGill. A graduate of the Director's College of McMaster's DeGroote School of Business, he holds a Chartered Director designation. Brian is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors—serving as Chair of its Manitoba Chapter—and is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (USA), World Presidents Organization (WPO), and Canada's Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute.
 
Terry Henderson, CPA, CA, ICD.D, is the COO of Rudsak Inc., a specialty retailer, located in Montreal and a member of advisory boards for companies who operate in the sectors of consumer products, retail, and manufacturing as well as apparel research and innovation center.
 
Terry has a number of years of senior management experience in retail, food and manufacturing as a CEO or senior executive. Additionally, he has been a member of a number of boards with such roles as Chairman, HR committee chair and audit committee chair. He has worked for specialty retailers such as Jacob, Aritzia and Pentagone as well as in food service and manufacturing with the St-Hubert Group. Prior to joining Rudsak he was working with the J.C. Williams group, a retail and consumer product consulting firm as President of the Québec and Atlantic Canada division.
 
Terry holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a certified member (CPA, CA) of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA). He has also completed studies at Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania, McGill Executive Institute, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
 
John M. Thompson, OC, F.ICD, is a corporate director. He is the retired Executive Vice Chairman of the IBM Corporation, where he had responsibility for worldwide technology, manufacturing and business strategy. He also recently retired as the chair of the board of TD Bank Ltd.
 
Previous directorships include Thomson Reuters Corporation, Philips Electronics N.V., Robert Mondavi Corporation and Hertz Corporation. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children and as Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. 

He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Engineering Science and completed executive management programs at the Ivey School of Business and the Kellogg Graduate School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.