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Selection Committee


Bruce Waterman, FCPA, FCA, ICD .D

Corporate Director

Bruce Waterman is a director of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc., Encana Corporation and Irving Oil Limited. He retired in January 2013 from Agrium Inc. as Executive Vice President, having held senior roles as Chief Financial Officer, as well as in Business Development and Strategy since April 2000. Prior to Agrium, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Talisman Energy Inc. from January 1996 to April 2000. Mr. Waterman also has extensive expertise in oil and gas exploration and production operations, having spent 15 years at Amoco Corporation, including Dome Petroleum Limited, a predecessor company.


Mr. Waterman holds a Bachelors of Commerce from Queen’s University and an ICD.D. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He was named Canada’s CFO of the Year™ in 2008. He also serves on the Advisory Board of FEI Canada’s CFO leadership Beyond Finance Program.

John Clappison, FCPA, FCA

Corporate Director

John Clappison is a director of Cameco Corporation, Sun Life Financial Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Summitt Energy Inc. Mr. Clappison was previously the managing partner of the Greater Toronto Area office of PwC, where he spent 37 years. He has lectured on accounting practices at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants School of Accountancy. Mr. Clappison is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.


Mr. Clappison is very active within the community and served on the board of directors of Shaw Festival Theatre from 1977-1989, The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall from 1991-1997 and The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation from 1997-2004. Currently he sits on the board of directors of the Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Foundation, Face the Future Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Endowment Foundation.


Mr. Clappison holds a BA from the University of Toronto.


Maureen Kempston Darkes, O.C., O.Ont., D.Comm., LL.D.

Corporate Director

Maureen Kempston Darkes currently serves on the board of Enbridge Inc., Canadian National Railway Company, Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Irving Oil Co., Balfour Beatty plc and Schlumberger Limited. Ms. Kempston Darkes is the retired Group Vice President and President Latin America, Africa and Middle East, General Motors Corporation. From 1994 to 2001, she was the President and General Manager of General Motors of Canada Limited and Vice President of General Motors Corporation.


Ms. Kempston Darkes received a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Victoria University in the University of Toronto. She also holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Toronto Law School and is called to the Bar of Ontario. She has received honorary doctor of law degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Victoria, McMaster University, Dalhousie University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Law Society of Upper Canada, an honorary doctorate of business administration from Laurentian University and an honorary doctor of commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University.

Gord Nelson, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer, Cineplex Inc.

Gord Nelson joined Cineplex Entertainment in 1988 and has held various successive financial roles since that time. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the predecessor to the Corporation in 2004 and continued in this role following the company’s conversion to the Corporation in 2011. Mr. Nelson oversees the finance, purchasing, communications, risk management and business development areas of Cineplex in addition to overseeing WorldGaming.


He is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an MBA and holds the accounting designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA). Mr. Nelson was named Canada’s CFO of the Year™ for 2016.


Kathleen O’Neill, FCPA, FCA

Corporate Director

Kathleen O’Neill currently serves on the Board of Directors of ARC Resources Limited, Invesco Canada Funds (Invesco Canada Fund Inc. and Invesco Corporate Class Inc. boards, and Invesco Canada Funds Advisory Board and Independent Review Committee), Finning International Inc., Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. Ms. O’Neill was previously the Executive Vice-President, Personal & Commercial Development and Head of Small Business Banking at BMO Financial Group. Prior to joining BMO Financial Group, she was with PwC for 19 years including eight years as a tax partner. Ms. O’Neill is past Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation.


In 2005, Ms. O’Neill was accredited through the Institute of Corporate Directors / Rotman School of Management Director’s Education Program. She is on the Ontario Advisory Council for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Kathleen instructs the audit committee effectiveness course and is a frequent examiner/executive in residence for the ICD. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with Honours) from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. Ms. O’Neill was on the Steering Committee on Enhancing Audit Quality jointly sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and by the Canadian Public Accountability Board. For the past two consecutive years, she was selected as one of Canada’s most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network.

Jane Peverett, FCPA, FCMA

Corporate Director

Jane Peverett currently serves on the Board of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company, Encana Corporation, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Hydro One, Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited, Postmedia Network Inc. and Postmedia Network Canada Corp. Ms. Peverett held the position of President & Chief Executive Officer of BC Transmission Corporation from April 2005 to January 2009, and was previously Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. In addition, Jane was the President and CEO of Union Gas Limited from April 2002 to May 2003 after serving in various senior roles within Westcoast Energy Inc.


Ms. Peverett received a PEAK award honouring women’s excellence in the field of finance in 2005, and in 2009 was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business in Vancouver. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors with the designation ICD.D. Ms. Peverett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University. She is a Certified Management Accountant and a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants.


Jo Mark Zurel, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

President: Stonebridge Capital Inc.

Jo Mark Zurel is the President/Owner of Stonebridge Capital Inc., a private investment company that invests in a variety of businesses including Atlantic Canadian start-up and high-growth companies. Previously he served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of CHC Helicopter Corporation, one of the world’s largest helicopter operating companies. He is currently the Chairman of Newfoundland Power, a director of Major Drilling, the CPP Investment Board, and Highland Copper.


Mr. Zurel is active in the community, supporting many charities and non-profit organizations. Mr. Zurel’s current and recent not-for-profit activities include chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, chair of Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador and chair of its Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame Committee, chair of the Canadian Red Cross Prepared capital campaign, board member with the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, the Institute of Corporate Directors and Propel ICT. He was honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2000 and named Outstanding Philanthropist for Newfoundland and Labrador for 2015. Mr. Zurel holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Accountant.