Faculty Biographies


David R. Beatty, CM, OBE, F.ICD, CFA

Mr. Beatty spent a decade managing one of North America’s largest food companies. Over his career he has served on 39 different boards of directors in Canada, America, Mexico, Australia and England and been chairman of 9 public companies. Read more
Katherine Bright, MBA, FEA

Katherine Bright serves on a federal board of directors in the marine industry as well as on several not-for-profit boards. As President of IFEA, she has been a leading advocate for advisors to family enterprises, working to expand their community through strong partnerships, sound education and world-class governance models and instruction. Read more
Bob Leonidas

A transformational leader Bob Leonidas has a track record of delivering consistent, sustainable growth and profitability by building brands.

Bob has many years of experience in the in the Food and Beverage industry. He gained significant business knowledge while working at Kraft, General Foods and Nestle. Read more
Paul B. MacDonald

Paul MacDonald is an association management executive currently serving as the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) and its sister organization The Family Enterprise Foundation. CAFE is a national membership association that provides support and assistance to families that own and operate family businesses. Read more
Margaret-Jean Mannix, ICD.D

Margaret-Jean is currently Chairman of a private Family Office where she is responsible for the oversight of the office and the Family Council.  As well, she is Chairman of the family foundation.
 
Margaret-Jean’s business experiences and travels have helped her to develop a keen understanding of international business... Read more
Jeff McCaig

Mr. McCaig, of Calgary, Alberta, is Chairman of the Trimac Group of Companies, a North American provider of bulk trucking and third-party logistics services. Prior to that, he practiced law, specializing in corporate financing and securities. He is Chairman and director of Bantrel Co., an engineering, procurement and construction company, a director of MEG Energy, a director of Potash Corp. and also a director and... Read more
Sandi Mielitz

Sandi Mielitz serves on the board of Richardson International, the largest Canadian agricultural company and sat on the board of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange from 2003 until it was sold in 2007. Ms. Mielitz is a director of the Winnipeg Arts Council and has also served as director and President of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Read more
 
Heather Partridge

Heather is a Principal and Member of the Board of Wescan Capital Inc., which is the sole shareholder of the Bison Transport Group of Companies, Canada’s largest privately held transportation and logistics group. Read more

 
Wendy Sage-Hayward

Wendy is a partner and board director of a U.S. family firm over 130 years old, helping to lead approximately 50 cousin partners from the third through sixth generations. Her background and experience with her own family enterprise motivated Wendy to dedicate her career to the needs of family enterprises as a consultant, educator, author, and adjudicator. Read more
William H. Sheffield, BSc, MBA, ICD.D, FEA

Bill Sheffield is a full time corporate director. Currently he sits on the boards of Canada Post (Ottawa), Velan Inc. (Montreal) where he serves as Lead Director, & chairs Houston Wire & Cable (Houston, Texas). In the not for profit area he focusses on the education sector, sitting on the boards of the Family Enterprise Xchange [FEX] & SHAD which supports our brightest youth. Read more
Paul M. Tellier, PC, CC, LLD, F.ICD

Paul M. Tellier, was President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Bombardier Inc. in 2003 and 2004.  Prior to this, Mr. Tellier was President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), a position he held for 10 years.  From August 1985 until he took up his post at CN in 1992, Mr. Tellier was Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet of the Government of... Read more