Board & Advisory

Jean-François Tremblay

Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services

Jean-François Tremblay

Jean-François Tremblay

Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services

Jean-François Tremblay was appointed Deputy Minister, Infrastructure and Communities on March 2, 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TIC) between July and March 2016.

Before joining the TIC portfolio, Mr. Tremblay was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations), Privy Council Office, since April 22, 2013.

Previously, he was with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, where he held the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Treaties and Aboriginal Government, from 2012 to 2013. From 2010 to 2012, he was Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Strategic Direction.

Before joining Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Mr. Tremblay worked with the Privy Council Office, serving as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning, from 2007 to 2010. Between 2006 and 2007, he worked in the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat, where he held the positions of Director General, Sectoral Analysis, followed by Assistant Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Operations.

Between 2003 and 2006, Mr. Tremblay held several positions at Health Canada, including Director General, Policy Coordination and Planning in the Health Care Policy Directorate, and Executive Director, Health System Development, Strategic Policy, Planning and Analysis Directorate in the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

Mr. Tremblay joined the federal public service in 2000 as a policy analyst with the Privy Council Office, holding a variety of responsibilities with Intergovernmental Affairs and the Social Development Policy Secretariat.

Mr. Tremblay holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Université Laval.

Martine Durier-Copp, PhD

Director, Centre for Advanced Management Education, Dalhousie University

Martine Durier-Copp, PhD

Martine Durier-Copp, PhD

Director, Centre for Advanced Management Education, Dalhousie University

Originally from Montréal, Martine graduated from McGill University with her PhD, having obtained two Master’s degrees (Université de Montréal, McGill).

Martine has been in managerial and leadership positions for many years. She began her career with the Canadian Red Cross Society (Toronto) and the American Red Cross in Washington, DC, leading international development and humanitarian relief projects. She then moved to Ottawa to take up a Senior Policy position with the Canadian International Development Agency, where she was also invited by the Minister for External Relations to be part of a five-member Special Ministerial Task Force on Official Development Assistance.

Following her move to Nova Scotia, she was appointed Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Health Care, which conducted a major review of NS’s health care system, and presented its reform agenda for a transformation of the health system. She was subsequently invited by the Minister of Health to head the Provinces’ Reform Implementation Working Group, and then became the founding Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Provincial Health Council. In 1992, she founded North South Group, which managed large international projects, with multidisciplinary teams, in Bolivia, the Russian Federation, Baltic and Eastern European countries, together with multiple projects for Health Canada and Nova Scotia Department of Health.

She has been teaching in the School of Public Administration since 1996, and in 2010 became Director of the Centre for Advanced Management Education.  She has also directed several international projects at Dalhousie, including three major Cuba projects focusing on strengthening the public policy and management capacity of Cuban public officials. She is the recipient of a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Knowledge Synthesis grant, and has published in the field of e-leadership. She teaches in the Master of Public Administration (Management) program, and her courses include Government Structure and Organisation, and 21st C Public Sector Leadership.

Colin McKay

Head, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Canada

Colin McKay

Colin McKay

Head, Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Canada

Colin is responsible for setting strategy and implementing advocacy campaigns for Google in Canada on issues related to innovation, internet regulation, data protection and trade policy, among many others.

He previously worked on privacy, innovation, transportation and immigration policy with the Government of Canada, including at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

He is a past member of the Government Advisory Committee on Open Data and is Vice Chair of the Board of MediaSmarts, the national digital literacy organization. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Board at the Information Technology Association of Canada, and is on the board of the Canadian American Business Council.

Brian Bost FCPA, FCA, CIA, CGAP, CRMA

Partner, Risk Consulting

Brian Bost FCPA, FCA, CIA, CGAP, CRMA

Brian Bost FCPA, FCA, CIA, CGAP, CRMA

Partner, Risk Consulting

As a Partner in the Ottawa Risk Consulting practice, Brian Bost has over 29 years of experience focused on the provision of risk management, internal audit, external audit, costing and other advisory services gained during his employment with KPMG. In addition to KPMG Brian has also been employed with the Department of National Defence, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. Brian specializes in the provision of advisory services to the Canadian federal government, Crown corporations and other not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. Brian obtained his Fellow from CPA Ontario in 2016. Brian is the national Risk Management Leader for KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice.

Brian has led numerous projects to facilitate the development of leading practices locally, nationally and internationally within Costing, Internal Audit, Internal Control and Risk Management. Brian has co-developed various tools and methodologies, including KPMG’s Management Control Framework Evaluation tool and KPMG’s Risk Management Diagnostic Tool, and has been an active presenter Internationally, providing presentations on various topics including Internal Audit, Risk Management, Performance Measurement and Sarbanes-Oxley for the IIA, Federated Press, KPMG International, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and Financial Management Institute. Brian has written and published many articles and guides on a variety of costing, internal audit, interna;l control, and risk topics.

Brian is an active member of the professional community. Brian is past Chair of the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation (formerly CCAF), having held previous positions of Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. In addition, Brian is the past President of the Ottawa Chapter of the IIA, having held other chapter leadership positions in certifications, member services and past-president. Brian was also a member of the International Internal Audit Advisory Committee for Treasury Board, providing Internal Audit advice to the Controller General and Assistant Controller General on various Internal Audit matters. Brian has also been the Events Chair and Director of the Ottawa Rotary Home for over 10 years, Brian is also the KPMG Ottawa Community lead for our community work with WE and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (Gloucester High School and formerly Rideau High School).

David Morrison

Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister

David Morrison

David Morrison

Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister

David Morrison is currently the Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister at the Privy Council Office (since January 7, 2019). He is also the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative for the G7.

Prior to that, Mr. Morrison was Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He previously served as Assistant Deputy Minister (Americas) and Chief Development Officer at Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Senior Vice-President at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

David began his career with the UN Development Programme in North Korea in the late 1980s. He served as a political officer at the Canadian Embassy in Havana (1991 – 94), and as a Director and Member of the Executive Board at the World Economic Forum in Geneva (1995 – 99), where he was responsible for the program of the annual summit in Davos.

From 1999 – 2012 David held several positions in the UN system in New York, including Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund, and Spokesperson and Director of Communications for the UN Development Programme. He was also Founding President of NetAid, a partnership between the UN and Cisco Systems to use the Internet to fight global poverty.

Mr. Morrison holds a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. He has been a Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy Magazine and a consultant for the Mexico Business Summit, the UN Foundation and the World Economic Forum. He lives in Ottawa with his two children.

Aurèle Thériault

Co-President, Interlocus Group

Aurèle Thériault

Aurèle Thériault

Co-President, Interlocus Group

Aurèle has over 25 years of experience in the field of management consulting, having founded, managed and acted as senior consultant for PGF Consultants Inc., which he sold 3 years ago. He has acted as lead consultant for over 500 projects with various institutions, governments and non-profits, in all provinces and territories. He has also worked with various clients in over 20 countries across the world.

His areas of expertise are project management, strategic planning, change management, organizational development and capacity building , as well as providing strategic advice and coaching.

Prior to his tenure with PGF, Aurèle’s career path included management positions within government and in the non-profit sector, at both the provincial and national levels.

He is fluently bilingual in both official languages.

Malcolm Brown

Senior Strategic Advisor with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown

Senior Strategic Advisor with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

After nearly 31 years as public servant and a decade at the Deputy Minister level, Malcolm Brown retired from the federal Public Service on April 24th, 2019. He is currently a Senior Strategic Advisor with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He also sits on the Board of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington, DC based think tank and is a Distinguished Fellow at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Prior to his retirement he served as the Deputy Minister of Public Safety between 2016 and 2019. In this role he led major policy and legislative initiatives in the areas of national security, cyber security, emergency management and corrections reform and ensured coordinated actions across the Public Safety Portfolio.

Julie Di Lorenzo

President, Diamante Urban Corp.

Julie Di Lorenzo

Julie Di Lorenzo

President, Diamante Urban Corp.

Julie Di Lorenzo is the President, Diamante Urban Corp. Julie is a leading Toronto builder and developer. She has served as President of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association (now called BILD) and has served on the Board of The Ontario New Home Warranty Program now known as Tarion. The Homebuilders/BILD awarded Julie the Lifetime achievement award in 2017. In 2011, she was the first woman to win the Business Excellence Award from The Italian Chamber of Commerce.

Julie is a past Board Member of the Ontario Science Centre, Canadian Urban Institute, Canadian Club and The Harbourfront Centre,‎ the Board of Havergal College and CISEPO and Waterfront Toronto and Salt and Light and just completed 9 years on the St. Michael’s Hospital Board.

Julie has advised various levels of government in her 30-year career in Toronto from the Mayor's Office, to advising the Minister Responsible for Women's Issues and The Minister of Economic Development and with the Provincial Minister of Infrastructure on Growth Management.

Julie has two children at The York School - Chiara - Grade 8 and Robert - Grade 4. Julie is Co-Chair of The York School Board of Directors and Chair of the Advancement Committee.

Shingai Manjengwa

Chief Executive Officer of Fireside Analytics Inc.

Shingai Manjengwa

Shingai Manjengwa

Chief Executive Officer of Fireside Analytics Inc.

Shingai Manjengwa is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fireside Analytics Inc., a data science education solutions company that develops customized programs that teach digital and AI literacy, data science, data privacy, and computer programming. Clients include corporates, governments, non-profits, higher education institutions, and high schools. Data science courses by Fireside Analytics have over 450,000 registered learners on platforms like IBM’s CognitiveClass.ai and Coursera.

A data scientist by profession, Shingai is the Technical Education Specialist at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto where she translates advanced AI research into educational programming to increase AI capacity and, drive AI adoption and innovation in industry. She also serves on the advisory council for, "Accelerating the adoption of AI in health care," a program by the Michener Institute of Education at UHN and the Vector Institute to build a front-line healthcare workforce with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to power AI-enabled health practices, organizations, and systems.

Shingai has taught Business Analytics and Big Data Applications at a college level and she is the founder of Fireside Analytics Academy, a program that helps high schools develop and deliver data science education. Shingai’s book, ‘The Computer and the Cancelled Music Lessons’ teaches data science to kids from ages 5 to 12.

Prior to her work in technical education, Shingai worked as a data scientist specializing in business analytics in the consumer packaged goods sector (CPG), serving multiple blue-chip clients including Colgate, Wal-Mart, Clorox, Kimberly Clark, Wrigley, Kraft/ Cadbury, Mars, and McCain. Shingai holds a Master's degree in Business Analytics from New York University's Stern School of Business and she is this year's recipient of the Public Policy Forum, 'Emerging Leader' award.

Ilona Dougherty

Managing Director, Youth & Innovation Project, University of Waterloo

Ilona Dougherty

Ilona Dougherty

Managing Director, Youth & Innovation Project, University of Waterloo

Ilona is the Co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She is an award-winning social innovator and a regular voice in the Canadian media advising business, civil society and government on how they can tap into the value and unique abilities of young people. She has extensive leadership and governance experience having co-founded several successful organizations. In 2004, she Co-founded Apathy is Boring, a non-partisan social enterprise that educates Canadian youth about democracy and encourages them to vote. Ilona was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009, was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015.

Aneeta Bains

Vice President, Technology and Digital Transformation at Economical Insurance

Aneeta Bains

Aneeta Bains

Vice President, Technology and Digital Transformation at Economical Insurance

Aneeta is an Experienced Leader in the area of Financial Services and Public Sector Transformation. As Vice President, Technology and Digital Transformation at Economical Insurance, she lead the creation of one of the first Digital P&C Insurance offerings in Canada named Sonnet.

She then had the privilege to join the Federal Public Sector as the Chief Digital Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to support the transformation of Digital Services to Business both from a policy and technology framework.

Aneeta is now a Trusted Advisor to many of her colleagues and clients. She recently joined IBM as a Partner and works with her team to lead the services required to support the Public Sector on their journey to Digital Government.

She speaks about the power of critical policies on big data, agility of cloud and the responsible use of artificial intelligence and many other disruptive technologies. She is also laser focused on creating an inclusive and diverse ecosystem of leaders and partners.