Bob Astley, F.ICD, was honoured as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2014 in recognition of his contributions to good governance in the private and not-for-profit sectors.
 
As board chair in 2006, Bob conceived and led a landmark emergency fundraising campaign for the K-W Symphony engaging the entire community ; the campaign raised $2.5million in 30 days, averting bankruptcy and closure. He chaired the board at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he led the presidential search committee which brought Lorna Marsden to Laurier. He received an Honourary Doctorate from Laurier. He served on the board of several other not for profit organizations.
 
Bob served six years as Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, ten years as a board member of the Bank of Montreal where he chaired the human resources committee, and served on other corporate boards including Sun Life Financial, Clarica Life Insurance Company, Perigee and CI Financial. In his executive business career, he was President and CEO of Mutual Life of Canada, which demutualized in 1999 to become Clarica. He served as President, Sun Life Financial Canada from 2002-2004 after the merger of Sun Life and Clarica.
L. Robin Cardozo, FCPA, ICD.D, joined SickKids Foundation in April 2012 as Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Robin’s responsibilities include Finance, Legal, Information Technology, Human Resources, and support to the President on governance and strategic issues. Other than government, SickKids Foundation is the largest funder of child health research in Canada.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Robin served for twelve years as Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada’s largest grant-making foundations with a mission to help build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and during Robin’s tenure more than $1 billion in grants were made to deserving not-for-profit organizations across the province.

For a decade before that, Mr. Cardozo served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Way Toronto. During those years, Mr. Cardozo’s leadership earned him the United Way movement’s highest national honour, the André Mailhot Award.

Mr. Cardozo was born in Pakistan, and was educated in Pakistan and in Britain. He was trained as a Chartered Accountant in the 1970’s, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCPA) in 2000. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Mr. Cardozo currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Nonprofit Network, as vice-chair. He recently ended terms on the Boards of Centennial College and Bridgepoint Active Health. He is a frequent speaker and writer on governance-related matters. In 2013, he was awarded the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.
Melanie Debassige, MBA, ICD.D – Melanie Debassige, principle owner of MSD Management has over 17 years of experience in Aboriginal Economic Development.  She is currently employed with the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations as the Chief of Staff.  She obtained a Diploma in Native Management and Economic Development from Trent University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.  She also has a certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and is a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers.

Melanie held the elected position of Councillor with the M’Chigeeng First Nation Chief and Council for eight years and was appointed as a police commissioner with the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin Police Services for seven years.  She also holds a position as Director on the Mother Earth Renewable Energy Board that oversees the for-profit wind turbine corporation that is solely owned by M’Chigeeng First Nation. Melanie has also served on the Great Spirit Circle Trail Board of Directors, a not-for-profit destination marketing organization. Melanie was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to the Ontario Clean Water Agency Board of Directors, a provincial Corporate Crown Corporation in October 2013 where she leads the provincial First Nations Task Force.

Melanie completed the Director’s Education Program at the Rotman School of Management and is now a certified corporate director.  She also has a Master’s in Business Administration.  Melanie was just recognized by the Canadian Board Diversity Council in the Diversity 50.  This nomination recognizes fifty Board ready candidates across Canada.
Jeanette Dias D’Souza, ICD.D, CPA, CA, is a strategic leader with experiences that span the public, broader public and private sectors.  She is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.  In her previous role at the University of Toronto she worked on establishing the new Institute for Management & Innovation.  Jeanette was formerly the VP Finance and Administration at a large Toronto College.  Her former positions include being Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario government, serving in a number of portfolios including Energy, Infrastructure, Consumer Services and Research & Innovation.  Her past experience involves work in the portfolios of Business Transformation, Alternate Service Delivery, Information Technology, Investments, and large - scale procurement. Jeanette’s interests focus on matters of governance, risk and accountability.  A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) by profession, Jeanette also holds an ICD.D Corporate Directors’ designation. 

Ms. Dias D’Souza is a member of the Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors Ontario Chapter, and she was past Chair of the new ICD branch in York Region. She chaired a working subcommittee of the ICD Ontario Chapter, focusing on enhancing governance resources for not for profits.  Jeanette is currently a member of the audit committee of the Public Guardian and Trustee (Ontario), and was appointed to the Health Professionals Regulatory Advisory Council to provide independent advice to the Minister of Health.  Her past Board experience includes being Board Treasurer with St. John’s Ambulance (York Region) and Member, Information Markham.

Jeanette graduated with her M. Ed, and she obtained her B. Com from the University of Toronto.  Jeanette’s passion for supporting and mentoring young adults has led her to become actively involved in the creation of CPA Canada’s national financial literacy program for Canadians.  Jeanette is sought after as a speaker, and she shares her knowledge on the topic of audit committees for CPA Canada.
The Hon. Frances Lankin, PC, CM, LL.D (HC), is the former President and CEO of United Way Toronto. She was the Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York and held posts as provincial Minister of Government Services, Chair of Management Board, Minister of Health, and Minister of Economic Development and Trade. 
 
Ms. Lankin has served on not-for-profit and Crown Corporation Boards including Metrolinx, Security Intelligence Review Committee, the Ontario Hospital Association, the Literary Review of Canada and the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Business Assets. She is currently Chair of the National Newsmedia Council, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors of Hydro One.
Born in Gascons, Quebec in 1944, John LeBoutillier, CM, F.ICD, received his undergraduate degree from the Séminaire de Gaspé, his law degree from Université Laval and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario (now The Richard Ivey School of Business).  He is a member of the Quebec Bar.
 
Mr. LeBoutillier was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sidbec-Dosco Inc. (now ArcelorMittal Montreal Inc.) from 1983 to 1996 and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Iron Ore Company of Canada from 1996 to 2000.  He is Chairman of the Board of Industrial Alliance, Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and of Groupe Deschênes Inc., Vice-Chairman of TechnoCentre éolien Gaspésie-les Îles (Wind Energy TechnoCentre) and a director of several companies including Mazarin Inc., Semafo Inc and Stornoway Diamond Corporation. He was a director of St.Laurent Paperboard Inc. (1995-2000) and of Société générale de financement du Québec (1996-2010).  He was Chairman of the Board of the Conseil du patronat du Québec (2006-2010).  He is Chairman of the Board of Tennis Canada and a director of several organisations in the health, education and culture fields.
 
He was a member and director of various Canadian, North American and international industry associations.  In 2000, he was a member of the Quebec Commission of Inquiry into Health and Social Services (Clair Commission) and, in 2001, a member of the Canadian Democracy and Corporate Accountability Commission (Bennett/Broadbent Commission).
Denise Turner, ICD.D, is a successful entrepreneur and business executive with broad experience in finance, strategy, deal structure and contract negotiations, and business operations in both publicly traded and privately owned commercial real estate investment, development and property management companies in Canada and the United States. 
 
As an Institute Certified Director, Turner also has a long history of board experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  She currently serves on the boards of DIRTT Environmental Solutions (TSX:DRT); Surrey City Development Corp.;  Musqueam Capital Corp. and the Vancouver Board of Trade.  Previous board positions include Board Chair of the Provincial Crown Corporation, Community Living BC; Vice Chair of the Board of the BC Provincial Health Services Authority; Board Chair of YWCA Metro Vancouver; Member of the Board of Governors of Emily Carr University; and Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, among others.
 
Turner now brings together her extensive business and board experiences which span a variety of sectors to provide organizations with comprehensive project leadership for organizational strategic initiatives; sophisticated executive services on an interim or time-limited basis; and insightful governance advisory and coaching services.
 
As a passionate advocate of good governance, Turner has spoken on behalf of organizations such as the Pacific Business and Law Institute, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the Sauder School of Business.  She is also a recipient of HRH Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee Award for outstanding service to British Columbia and to Canada.