The Board of Directors is responsible for the Authority’s governance and overall strategic direction. The Board is accountable for the Authority’s compliance with its mandated objectives and responsibilities under legislation, and the operating agreement with the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.
The Board’s roles and responsibilities include:
- Strategic planning
- Corporate governance and statutory compliance
- Oversight of management and administration
- Oversight of risk management
- Oversight of internal financial and operational controls
- Ensuring the appropriate accounting of financial matters
- Appointing and evaluating the performance of the chief executive officer
- Appointing and evaluating the performance of the registrar
- Oversight of communications with stakeholders
The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks appoints five members to the Board of Directors, and may also appoint the Chair. The Board elects an additional six members to form the full 11-member Board.
Robert was elected Chair of the Authority’s Board on June 24, 2020.
Robert (ICD.D) has his designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves as both a finance and technology executive. He also chairs The Northern Trust Company Canada, a federally regulated subsidiary of a leading global financial services company headquartered in Chicago, and serves as a board director of Metrolinx where he chairs the real estate committee and also serves on the capital oversight committee. Robert was recently the chair of the Toronto Port Authority including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport where he served for almost 12 years and previously as managing director of the alternative investments division at State Street, headquartered in Boston, and as a senior advisor to members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce in Ottawa from 1992 to 1999.
Robert was re-elected to the Board effective October 2021 and his term ends in October 2024.
Tom is the former Chair of the Board for both the Condominium Authority of Ontario, and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. Prior to this Tom served as CEO and Registrar of the Real Estate Council of Ontario and, from 1991 to 1997, he was the Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario. A graduate of Queen’s University Law School, Tom was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975.
Tom was re-appointed to the Board effective January 2021 and his term ends in January 2024.
Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of public and private sector experience in financial management, technology and operations. Ken retired in October 2017 from his position as chief technology and innovation officer at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) where he developed WSIB’s first information technology strategy and IT policy framework.
Prior to joining WSIB, Ken was assistant deputy minister and chief information officer, Enterprise Financial Services and Systems for the Ministry of Government Services, and the chief information officer, Labour and Transportation I&IT Cluster for the Ministry of Transportation. He has also worked for various private corporations including The Cumis Group Limited, Scotiabank and UPS Canada. Ken has served on a variety of boards including Niagara Health, Oakville Arts Council and the Trafalgar Township Historical Society.
Ken was re-elected to the Board effective July 2020 and his term ends in July 2023.
Mary has over three decades of public policy, management and government relations experience gained through a distinguished public sector career. She was formerly an assistant deputy minister and (Interim) Fairness Commissioner in the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Mary also served as an assistant deputy minister with the Ontario Ministry of Intergovernnmental Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal. She has extensive experience with board governance and the administrative authority model, having served on the boards of Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario, the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. She also served as vice-chair of the board of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Mary holds an ICD.D designation.
Mary was re-elected to the Board effective November 2020 and her term ends in November 2023.
Saqib is a Partner with BCM Partners LLP, an accounting and management consulting firm based in Mississauga. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Director. He also holds a Certified Practicing Accountant designation from Australia. Saqib has extensive experience in finance, strategic planning and business management, including as chief financial officer with Specialty Data Systems Inc., a Toronto-based broadcasting management software firm. Saqib also has extensive board experience, including as a director with the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network and as Board Chair of Compassion Society of Halton, a food bank and referral agency. He has volunteered with Futurpreneur Canada as a mentor for young entrepreneurs. Saqib is also member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Saqib was re-elected to the Board effective October 2021 and his term ends in October 2024.
Janet Clark has over 20 years of legal and business experience in the technology and utilities sectors with recognized industry leaders Accenture and Enbridge, as well as 10 years of private practice in downtown Toronto. Twenty years as a Corporate Secretary have given Janet a unique insight into the changing dynamics on Boards in Canada. Janet currently owns and operates a consulting business that helps technology companies to drive revenue and shorten sales cycles through streamlining their contract documents and sales processes. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor, an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto as well as a certificate from Queen’s University Executive Program. Janet is a member of the Law Societies of Ontario and British Columbia. She has extensive volunteer, fundraising and leadership experience in the community and is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International. Janet and her husband Derek have two adult sons, Stuart and Patrick. Janet and Derek live in the village of Palgrave and have been residents of Peel Region since 2004.
Janet was appointed to the Board effective January 2022 and her term ends in January 2025.
Tanweer is an Information Technology professional with 20 years experience in software development and records management. She is currently a Solution Analyst at Hatch Engineering, where she provides expert advice to management and stakeholders, and designs and implements systems solutions. As a project manager and implementation specialist, Tanweer has worked across the engineering, pharmaceutical, hospitality and education sectors.
Tanweer was appointed to the Board effective January 2021 and her term ends in January 2024.
Currently the Executive director of Social Innovation Canada, Andrea Nemtin has spent her career leading complex organizations and initiatives focused on creating positive social and environmental progress through strategic philanthropy, media and arts, and impact investing. These roles have included serving as the CEO of the Inspirit Foundation, Executive Director at Rally Assets, and President of PTV Productions, as well as a board member and advisor to numerous organizations. Andrea is committed to finding innovative ways to support cohesive and prosperous communities and was recognized in 2017 with a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Award for her contribution to inclusion in Canada.
Andrea was elected to the Board effective November 2017 and her term ends in November 2025.
Rajesh has nearly three decades of experience in international finance, specifically in corporate and investment banking products, trade and export finance, risk management, business development and customer management. He is experienced as well in stakeholder engagement and government relations. Rajesh has overseen financing transactions globally, in multiple industry sectors of importance to Canada. Rajesh offers financing and business strategy advice to corporates and SMEs. Rajesh was formerly senior vice-president at Export Development Canada and previously worked with Ontario Hydro International.
Rajesh was elected to the Board effective November 2019 and his term ends in November 2025.
Marnie Silver (MBA, CPA, CA, CBV, CFF, ABV) is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator and Accredited Business Valuator with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of business valuation and damage quantification. Marnie is currently Vice President at Fruitman Kates LLP, a Chartered Professional Accounting firm in Toronto, where she leads the valuation and litigation support practice covering a diverse range of industries including manufacturing, software and technology development, communication and media, pharmaceutical, automobile, retail, professional practices and service firms. Throughout her career, Marnie has prepared and assisted in the preparation of numerous expert reports and has appeared as an expert witness in the Ontario Superior Court at trial and mediation proceedings.
Marnie was appointed to the Board effective May 2021 and her term ends in May 2024.
Jeffrey Steiner (ICD.D) is a senior executive, experienced board director and lawyer resident in Toronto. He is the President & CEO of New Franchise Media Inc., formed to create film & television productions based on the novels of Jeffrey Archer. Mr. Steiner has broad governance experience on private and public-sector boards at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. He recently completed two terms on the Board of Export Development Canada (EDC) and as lead independent Director of FinDev Canada, an EDC subsidiary for development finance which applies a gender-lens to investing. Jeff currently serves on the board of directors of the Toronto Parking Authority (GreenP) and is independent chair of Evanesce Packaging Solutions Inc. Earlier in his career, Jeff was the founding President of the BC Paint Care Association, one of Canada’s first industry-led product stewardship programs.
Jeff was appointed to the Board effective March 2021 and his term ends in March of 2024.
The Board has established the following committees:
Audit and Risk Committee
Assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the corporation’s standards of integrity and behaviour, reporting of financial information, risk management oversight, and management control practices.
Finance and Technology Committee
Ensures effective oversight on behalf of the Board of the financial and technology assets of the Authority.
This Committee oversees the preparation of the annual business plan, operating and capital budgets, and general financial resources management. This Committee is also responsible for ensuring that management has adequate and effective policies and procedures for financial reporting and for monitoring and reviewing financial performance and internal controls.
Governance, Regulatory, and Stakeholder Affairs Committee
Addresses governance issues related to the effective functioning of the Authority, its Board and Board Committees.
This Committee is responsible for oversight on behalf of the Board of corporate governance processes, the policies and protocol of the Board, Directors’ Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest, and Board and Board Committee evaluations. This Committee is also responsible for oversight of the organization’s compliance with the RRCEA, WDTA and Operating Agreement including delivery of the compliance and enforcement function within the context of the Registrar’s independent decision-making responsibility.
Human Resources Committee
Ensures effective oversight on behalf of the Board of the human resources of the Authority. This Committee oversees human resources management and ensures the adequacy and effectiveness of human resource policies and procedures.