With an equal balance of business and post-secondary leaders, BHER represents major sectors of the economy, regions of the country and the diversity of Canada’s higher education community. Three?co-Chairs provide strategic direction, establish BHER’s vision and spearhead its initiatives.
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is the eighth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary. Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Cannon served as dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. Dr. Cannon is a Professional Engineer, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering.
Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Canada Research Knowledge Network, Vice-Chair of Universities Canada and of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, as well as a member of the federal Minister of Industry’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council.
An expert in geomatics engineering, Dr. Cannon’s research has been on the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984 in both industrial and academic environments, and she has commercialized technology to over 200 agencies worldwide.
Dr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University as well as a BSc, MSc and PhD in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, and has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Acadia University.
Dave McKay is President and CEO of RBC, Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization. Dave is credited with helping transform the bank’s retail division and introduce new technology that has enabled RBC to adapt and evolve to rapidly-changing consumer demands. Appointed President and CEO in 2014, the following year he led the acquisition of City National Corporation, creating a platform for growth with institutional, corporate and high net worth clients in the U.S.
Dave started his career at RBC in 1988 as a computer programmer before moving to the organization’s retail banking arm. He then held progressively senior roles in Canada and Japan in retail and business banking, group risk management, and corporate banking, ultimately becoming Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking in 2012. Dave was named ‘Retail Banker of the Year’ in 2012 and 2015 by Retail Banker International.
An unwavering champion for Canada’s innovation ecosystem, Dave is leading RBC’s support for and partnerships with universities, start-ups and accelerators, particularly in transformational technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. He is also a passionate advocate for youth, promoting the benefits of work-integrated learning and supporting the development of RBC Future Launch, a 10-year, $500 million commitment to help young people build the skills and capabilities required to succeed in a changing world.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) and is a member of the U.S. Financial Services Roundtable Board, the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, the Business Council of Canada, and the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board. In 2016, Dave chaired the United Way Toronto and York Region’s record-breaking fundraising campaign.
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A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development.
Beyond her role at George Brown, she also sits on the boards of numerous organizations, which give her a 360-degree perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA.
Ms. Sado received one of the country’s highest civilian honours in June 2013 when she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. She was also recognized as one of YWCA’s 2012 Women of Distinction in Education, and became the first college president to be inducted into the Women’s Executive Network? Hall of Fame after being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Ms. Sado holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering. A past chair of Polytechnics Canada, she was also awarded a Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto in June 2011.