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Canada Institute Advisory Board

The Canada Institute is unique in its dedication to producing actionable ideas that integrate new research into policy issues of bilateral importance. The Institute relies on its Advisory Board for insight, agenda-setting, and guidance. Comprised of proven leaders in business, diplomacy, public policy, and scholarship, the Advisory Board meets formally twice each year. Membership in the Advisory Board enables your organization to be an active participant in the ongoing dialogue between Canada and the United States, and provides access to a marketplace of ideas where we convene today’s brightest minds to discuss the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the policy community.

Corporate Circle 

  • Rona Ambrose, Deputy Chairwoman, TD Securities
  • Gerry Bruno, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority
  • João Castro Neves, Senior Director, International Government Relations, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • David Culver, Vice President, Canopy Growth Corporation
  • Chris Doornbos, President and CEO, E3 Metals
  • Heather Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Ontario Power Generation
  • Mike Fernandez, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Enbridge
  • Sean Finn, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer, Canadian National
  • Nicole Foster, Head of Amazon Web Services Global AI and Canada Public Policy, Amazon
  • Victor Gomez, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Sun Life Financial 
  • Paul Hill, Chairman, President, and CEO, Harvard Developments, Inc., Hill Companies
  • David Jacobson, Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group; former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
  • Dave Lye, Vice President, External Affairs, Ovintiv
  • Elise Maheu, Business Director, Government and Public Affairs, 3M Canada
  • Monica Masciantonio, Vice President, Government Affairs, Scotiabank
  • Ben Nicholson, Vice President, Washington Operations, CAE
  • Tom O'Brien, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Driscoll's
  • Randy Pettipas, President and CEO, Global Public Affairs
  • Lisa Raitt, Vice-Chair and Managing Director, Global Investment Banking, CIBC
  • Jorge Rincón, Manager, Country Risk and Government Relations, Newmont Corporation
  • Lyle Trytten, Manager, Development, Giga Metals Corporation
  • Alexandra Valderrama, Manager, Western Hemisphere, Chevron Corporation
  • Omar Vargas, Vice President and Head of Global Public Policy, General Motors Company
  • Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Peter Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Public Affairs, Manulife Financial

Policy Circle

  • Hon. James Blanchard, Partner, DLA Piper; former Governor of Michigan and former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
  • Hon. Jean Charest, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP; former Premier of Quebec (2003-2012); Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
  • Hon. Raymond Chrétien, Strategic Advisor, Fasken Martineau; former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
  • Dr. Charles Doran, Andrew Mellon Professor of International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Dr. Alice Enders, Director of Research, Enders Analysis
  • Drew Fagan, Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto 
  • Hon. Gordon Giffin, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge; former U.S. Ambassador to Canada
  • Hon. Michael F. Kergin, Senior Business Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP; former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
  • Hon. David MacNaughton, President of Palantir Canada; former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Hon. Sergio Marchi, Corporate Board Director; former Minister of International Trade
  • Hon. David H. Wilkins, Partner, Nelson Mullins; former U.S. Ambassador to Canada