The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C.
Governor General of Canada, 2010-2017
Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation
The Right Honourable David Johnston was Canada’s 28th governor general. During his mandate, he established the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), a registered charity that supports and amplifies the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians.
Today, he is actively involved as Chair of the RHF Board of Directors, and serves as an Executive Advisor at Deloitte. Prior to his installation as governor general, Mr. Johnston was a professor of law for over 30 years, and served as President of the University of Waterloo from 1999 to 2010. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CRÉPUQ).
He was the founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and chaired the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council. He has served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the boards of a number of public companies.
Maureen Boyd has been a member of the Parliamentary Centre’s Board of Directors since 2013 and has served as Chair since 2018.
As Director of the Carleton Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement, she provides outreach and policy orientation to parliamentarians and diplomats for Carleton University where she is a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. In addition to the orientation provided to newly-elected Members of Parliament following the 2011, 2015 and 2019 elections, she provides an annual orientation to newly-arrived foreign diplomats to Canada and has organized more than 35 policy events for both communities. She is also a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
Having lived in Vancouver, New York, Hong Kong, Ottawa, Los Angeles and Washington, Maureen has worked in politics, the media, at Rideau Hall and in government, including as a senior political staffer, national political and current affairs reporter and host for television news, communications advisor and public policy analyst. As chair of the national nonprofit organization HIPPY Canada, she led its transition to the Mothers Matter Centre and is now its founding and past chair. She is a member of Politics and the Pen, and she has also served as vice-chair of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and chair of the Ottawa Public Library Foundation literary evenings.
In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities Award in 2016. Maureen has a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in New York and an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.
Yaroslav Baran is a Principal at Earnscliffe, leading its communications practice, dedicating his energies to strategic communications mapping, executive speech writing, and crisis management. He also leads Earnscliffe’s media training practice in Ottawa. He advises many clients on government relations and is also Earnscliffe’s senior parliamentary advisor with an esoteric, unique understanding of House of Commons procedure.
Mr. Baran served as Director of Communications in former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership campaign. He also directed the Conservative Party’s communications and media relations during the 2004, 2006 and 2008 national election campaigns as Senior Communications Advisor and Director of War Room Communications.
He started his career managing parliamentary procedural matters in the Office of the Chief Opposition Whip, before becoming legislative assistant to a senior Ontario Member of Parliament. He was later appointed Senior Communications Manager in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition under Mr. Harper.
He joined Earnscliffe in 2007 and was asked a year later by the prime minister to help the government by serving as Chief of Staff to the Government Whip, and subsequently, as Chief of Staff to the Government House Leader. He rejoined Earnscliffe in 2010. In addition to his governmental and public affairs work, Mr. Baran has also helped lead a number of democratic development projects, from Eastern Europe to Africa to Southeast Asia.
The Hamilton native is a frequent media commentator on federal political affairs.
David Goldfield has over 35 years of experience in international finance and development, private equity, venture capital and marketing management and has held senior positions in banking, energy, infrastructure, defense and real estate and film and T.V. industries. Mr. Goldfield was posted to Caracas Venezuela in an Executive interchange with Foreign Affairs as a Trade Commissioner from 1992 to 1995.
Mr. Goldfield co-founded Southern Bridge Capital in 2007, located in Panama and raised three private equity funds for investments in infrastructure and affordable housing in Latin America. He now serves as President of Goldfield & Associates Inc., providing advisory and consulting services to companies for venture capital, private equity issues, and international finance in Latin America. He has special knowledge and experience with over 25 years living and working in Latin American, including as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at Export Development Canada, EDC, from 1999 to 2007. From 1984-1999 he worked in senior capacities with Babcock & Wilcox International and Raytheon International. Prior to that he worked for several years with the Canadian Exporter’s Association and the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa.
Mr. Goldfield is a successful writer and film producer. His books include Into the Volcano; The Ambassador’s Word: Hostage Crisis in Peru 1996-97; and Mumbai Alive (2019 publication).
Mr. Goldfield holds a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University.
Élisabeth Châtillon is a former executive with the Government of Canada. As Assistant Deputy Minister for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, she was responsible for administering the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, the largest class action in the history of the country, as well as providing services to status Indians. Prior to that, as Assistant Deputy Minister, she set up the Operations branch of the newly created Service Canada and was responsible for the modernization and automation of Employment Insurance as well as the launch of the new CPP/OAS system.
Previously, she served as Director General of International Relations at the Department of Communications before serving as Assistant Deputy Minister for Canadian Heritage and Parks Canada as well as Assistant Commissioner for the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency for the Quebec region.
Since her retirement in 2013, Ms. Châtillon has served as past chair of the Alliance Française and as a board member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, HIPPY Canada and the Mothers Matter Centre. She also volunteers at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.
Ms. Châtillon holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Ottawa and a doctoral DEA in International Relations from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Audrey O’Brien is Clerk Emeritus of the House of Commons. She served from 2005 to 2015 as the first woman and the eleventh clerk of the House since Confederation. In 2015, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions in the administration of the House of Commons. Her career as a parliamentary public servant spanned more than 30 years, serving seven speakers and members of 10 Parliaments. She worked with Commonwealth parliaments, notably as secretary to the Conference of Commonwealth Speakers.
During her tenure, Ms. O’Brien was the senior adviser on parliamentary procedure and practice to the speaker of the House of Commons, the House and its committees. She was the secretary to the Board of Internal Economy, the all-party body responsible for setting policy and budgets for the support of members in their parliamentary functions. She chaired the Clerk’s Management Group, a committee of the six senior managers; together they provided the range of expertise required to support the institution in procedure, law, security, facilities and service management, finance, human resources and technology.
Ms. O’Brien is co-editor of the second edition of House of Commons Procedure and Practice.
Ms. O’Brien is a member of the Order of Canada.
Graham Fox has served as President and CEO of the Institute for Research in Public Policy (IRPP) since 2011.
Prior to coming to the IRPP, Graham was a strategic policy adviser at the law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain, where he provided public policy analysis and government relations advice in the fields of telecommunications, economic development, international aid, foreign investment, energy and aerospace. Before that he was vice-president of the Public Policy Forum, executive director of the KTA Centre for Collaborative Government, and director of communications at the IRPP.
A policy entrepreneur, Graham’s research interests include parliamentary reform, democratic renewal, citizen engagement and federalism. He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in political science from the London School of Economics. A frequent media analyst, Graham has appeared regularly on CBC News Network, Radio-Canada, CTV NewsNet, TFO and CFRA. His columns and articles have appeared in The Hill Times, the Globe and Mail, the National Post and Policy Options. He is co-editor, with Jennifer Ditchburn, of The Harper Factor (2016), an analysis of the policy impact of Canada’s 22nd prime minister.
He is a member of the board of directors of Le Gesù, a creative arts space in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles, where he serves as chair of the Finance Committee. He also volunteers with the Loran Scholars Foundation, was chair of the Festival franco-ontarien and was a member of the board of directors of the Montfort Hospital and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Fen Osler Hampson is a former Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) (2000-2012). He is currently Chancellor’s Professor and Professor of International Affairs in the School.
Professor Hampson served as Director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) and is the President of the World Refugee & Migration Council.
Professor Hampson holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he also received his A.M. degree (both with distinction). He also holds an MSc. (Econ.) degree (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hon.) from the University of Toronto. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is the author or co-author of 14 books and editor or co-editor of 30 other volumes. In addition, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters on international affairs. His most recent books are Braver Canada: Shaping Our Destiny in a Precarious World (co-author), the Routledge Handbook of Peace, Security and Development (co-editor), Diplomacy and the Future of World Order (co-author), and Master of Persuasion: Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy.
He is the recipient of several major awards, including a Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association, a research and writing award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace. He was recognized as one of the top 50 people influencing Canada’s foreign policy by Embassy Magazine in 2009 and one of the top 80 in 2012 in a list that includes Cabinet ministers, senior public officials, lobbyists and members of the media; and one of the top 8 “thinkers” category in the Hill Times list of the top 100 people influencing Canadian foreign policy in 2014.
He is a frequent commentator and contributor in the national and international media. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Affairs, the National Post, iPolitics and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on the BBC, CBC, CTV, and Global news networks.
Hon. Allan Rock
Allan Rock is President Emeritus of the University of Ottawa, and a Professor in its Faculty of Law, where he teaches International Humanitarian Law (the Law of Armed Conflict) and Appellate Advocacy. He practised in civil, administrative and commercial litigation for 20 years (1973-93) with a national law firm in Toronto, appearing as counsel before courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Allan Rock was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 1993, and re-elected in 1997 and 2000. He served for that decade as a senior minister in the government of Prime Minister Chrétien, in both social and economic portfolios. He was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1993-97), Minister of Health (1997-2002) and Minister of Industry and Infrastructure (2002-03).
He was appointed in 2003 as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York during a period that involved responding to several complex regional conflicts, including those in Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur. He led the successful Canadian effort in New York to secure, at the 2005 World Summit, the adoption by UN member states (unanimously) of The Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing and other mass atrocities. He later served as a Special Envoy for the United Nations investigating the unlawful use of child soldiers in Sri Lanka during its civil war.
From 2008 to 2016, Allan Rock served as the 29th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.
Hélène Laverdière holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Bath, England. After working briefly as a researcher and then as a professor in the Department of Sociology at Laval University, she joined Foreign Affairs Canada in 1992 as a foreign service officer. She was posted in Washington, D.C., Dakar and Santiago, Chile. Throughout her career, Hélène has received various distinctions, including numerous merit scholarships and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Award for her contribution to Canadian foreign policy.
In 2011 she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Laurier-Sainte-Marie under the NDP banner. She was re-elected in 2015 but did not seek re-election in the 2019 election. Over the course of her political career, she has been the NDP Critic for International Cooperation and Foreign Affairs, among other responsibilities. She also sat on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development from 2011 to 2019 and served as vice-chair during her last term. She was elected by her peers in 2017 as the MP most knowledgeable on her issues.
Hélène speaks French, English and Spanish and has a basic knowledge of Mandarin. She lives in Montreal with her husband Germain Bélanger
Shuvaloy Majumdar is a Munk Senior Fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He brings experience in global affairs at its highest levels, and in the foreign policy issues formative to the last decade. In Ottawa, between 2011 and 2015, he served as the policy director to successive Canadian foreign ministers, as well as senior policy advisor to its minister for international development, assisting the prime minister and his cabinet to navigate key issues of international security and the global economy.
Shuvaloy was based in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2010, where he led the International Republican Institute (IRI), a Washington-based nonpartisan organization chaired by US Senator John McCain dedicated to advancing democratic development. He was responsible for the Institute’s largest programs, including a broad range of strategic initiatives designed to engage local and national leaders, to assess public opinion through extensive research, and to strengthen independent media and communications. This overseas experience complemented his co-founding of an anti-human trafficking organization in Southeast Asia between 2000 and 2003, for which he was recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
Bridging practice with theory, Shuvaloy was a visiting foreign policy scholar at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Studies from 2010 to 2012. His research areas included counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism, empowering Arab democrats against extremism, social media and disruptive technology, and US foreign policy in the Middle East and Asia.
Hon. Ross Reid
Ross Reid has been involved in government and politics in Canada since 1975. Mr. Reid served as a Member of Parliament and Minister in the Government of Canada and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Finance and Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister. In the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador he has been Chief of Staff in the Office of two Premiers and Deputy Minister in three branches of the Executive Council.
Ross Reid has participated in and led municipal, provincial and federal election campaigns in Canada. He also served as the National Director of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1997 to 1999.
Since 1994 Mr. Reid has served with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Ukraine, Ghana, Kosova, and Afghanistan. He has advised on and conducted democratic development programs in more than 30 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe with a focus on political parties, elections, parliaments and civil society.
Dr. Lori Turnbull is the Director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. She is a fellow at the Public Policy Forum, a freelance writer with The Globe and Mail, and the deputy editor for Canadian Government Executive magazine. Her research and teaching focus on parliamentary politics and governance, democratic institutions, and public and political ethics.
She has published in Canadian Public Administration, Canadian Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, Canadian Parliamentary Review, How Ottawa Spends, the Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution, and has authored numerous book chapters.
Her book Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government, co-authored with Peter Aucoin and Mark Jarvis, won the Donner Prize in 2011 and the Donald Smiley Prize in 2012. With Oxford University Press, she has edited the forthcoming Politics: An Introduction (third edition) with George MacLean and Duncan Wood.
Farhaan Ladhani is the CEO of Digital Public Square. For over a decade, Mr. Ladhani has been leading efforts on the use of digital tools to connect people. From 2014-2015 he served as the Senior Advisor for Digital in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prior to this, Mr. Ladhani was the Deputy Director for Direct Diplomacy at Global Affairs Canada – an initiative focused on engaging with non-state political actors seeking to increase the openness, inclusiveness and responsiveness of their political systems.
Mr. Ladhani’s foreign assignments include the Head of Section for Strategic Communications in Kandahar where he led a team of Afghan, US, Canadian, and international partners responsible for executing strategic communications and public engagement initiatives throughout Kandahar Province. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Ladhani was based in Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of Canada where he focused on the development of social and new media initiatives.
In 2011, Mr. Ladhani was a Principal at Cloud to Street, a project to connect Egyptian democracy activists with technology expertise and to better understand the intersection between cyberspace and political space in the Egyptian revolution.
Mr. Ladhani is a Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Jennifer Chow is a lawyer at Gowling WLG in Ottawa, where her legal practise focuses on commercial and corporate law.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Jennifer’s legal practice revolved around telecommunications, broadcasting, and energy law. Jennifer articled and worked as in-house counsel for a national not-for-profit organization in Ottawa, where she advocated for the provision of important public services and consumer rights across Canada. Jennifer has appeared before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on high-profile telecommunications and broadcasting matters, negotiated and presented settlements before the Ontario Energy Board, and advised key stakeholders on policy changes in these regulated areas. Prior to her articles, Jennifer interned at the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services, where she worked with colleagues to draft the Annotated Guide to the Wireless Code.
Jennifer brings a pragmatic and informed approach to her work and offers a robust understanding of the industries in which she practises.
Jennifer currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and actively contributes as part of the Ottawa Committee of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Ontario Chapter. Jennifer is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the County of Carleton Law Association.
Jennifer holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethics, Society and Law; Writing and Rhetoric; and Political Science from the University of Toronto.