Board of Directors

Robert E. Brown - Chairman since January 1, 2008

Robert E. Brown has been Chairman of the Corporation since January 1, 2008, and was President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE Inc., a provider of simulation and modeling technologies as well as integrated training services for both civil aviation and defence customers, from August 2004 to September 2009. Prior to joining CAE Inc., Mr. Brown was Chairman of Air Canada during its restructuring from May 2003 to October 2004. Mr. Brown joined Bombardier Inc. in 1987 and was responsible for the Bombardier Aerospace sector from 1990 to 1999. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc. (aerospace, transportation and recreational products) from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Brown also held various senior positions in federal ministries with economic vocations, including the position of Associate Deputy Minister in the Department of Regional Industrial Expansion. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Royal Military College and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Brown is a Director of BCE Inc., Bell Canada, Rio Tinto Plc. and Rio Tinto Ltd. He has also received honorary doctorates from five Canadian universities. Mr. Brown is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Officer of L’Ordre National du Québec.

Roman Doroniuk - Director since June 21, 2005

Roman Doroniuk is a consultant providing financial and strategic advisory services to a variety of companies in the healthcare, industrial manufacturing and media industries. Mr. Doroniuk sits on the board of Martinrea International Inc. and acts as the Court appointed special receiver in the matter of the Livent Inc. bankruptcy. Mr. Doroniuk was Executive Vice President of Magna International Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of Magna Entertainment Corp. from January 2003 to October 2003, President of Lions Gate Entertainment from October 1998 to April 2000, and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Communications Corporation from October 1995 to September 1998. Mr. Doroniuk holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Rupert Duchesne - Director since June 21, 2005

Rupert Duchesne is Group Chief Executive of the Corporation. In this role, Mr. Duchesne culminates more than a decade of innovative stewardship of the rapid growth of the organization from its carve-out as a division of Air Canada in 2002. Under his leadership the Corporation has grown from a single loyalty program in a single market to a truly global enterprise with operations in over 15 countries. Prior to his leadership role in creating Aimia, Mr. Duchesne spent twelve years in strategy and investment consulting around the world before joining Air Canada in 1996, where he held the positions of Vice President Marketing, Senior Vice President International and ultimately Chief Integration Officer, overseeing the integration of Air Canada with Canadian Airlines. Mr. Duchesne holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor Honours degree in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds. He is a Director of Dorel Industries and Mattamy Homes, Chair of the Board of the Brain Canada Foundation and a member of the National Council of the CD Howe Institute. A passionate supporter of the arts, Mr. Duchesne is Vice President of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Board of Trustees, a member of the boards of the Luminato Festival in Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the International Festival of Authors.

Joanne Ferstman - Director since June 21, 2005

Joanne Ferstman currently serves as a corporate director. Over an 18 year period until her retirement in June 2012, Ms. Ferstman held a variety of executive positions with the Dundee Group of Companies. Most recently, Ms. Ferstman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Capital Markets Inc., a full service investment dealer with principal businesses including investment banking, institutional sales and trading and private client financial advisory. Prior to January 31, 2011, Ms. Ferstman was Vice-Chair and Head of Capital Markets of DundeeWealth Inc., a diversified wealth management company. Prior to 2009 Ms. Ferstman was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DundeeWealth Inc. and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Dundee Corporation. In these senior financial roles, Ms. Ferstman was actively involved in all corporate strategy, including acquisitions and financings, and was responsible for all public financial reporting. Prior to joining the Dundee Group of Companies, Ms. Ferstman spent four years as Chief Financial Officer for a national securities firm and five years at a major international accounting firm. Ms. Ferstman currently serves as a trustee of Dream Office REIT, and a director of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd., Dream Unlimited Corp. and Cogeco Communications Inc. Ms. Ferstman holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate degree in Public Accountancy from McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

Michael M. Fortier - Director since January 19, 2009

Michael M. Fortier joined RBC Capital Markets (RBCCM) as a Vice-Chairman in October 2010. Prior to joining RBCCM, Mr. Fortier was a partner of Ogilvy Renault LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP) and a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley in Canada since January 2009. Between February 2006 and October 2008, Mr. Fortier held various positions in the Government of Canada, including as Minister of International Trade and Minister responsible for Greater Montreal. Prior to that, Mr. Fortier was active in the investment banking industry, first as a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston (1999-2004) and then as a Managing Director with TD Securities (2004-2006). Mr. Fortier also practiced law with Ogilvy Renault LLP from 1985 to 1999 in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He was based in London (England) for several years during this period. He is a director of CAE. Mr. Fortier holds a Bachelor of Laws from Université Laval.

Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and member of the Governance and Nominating Committee

Thomas D. Gardner - Director since December 1, 2016

Thomas D. Gardner is the former Executive Vice President of Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. (now Trusted Media Brands, Inc.). He spent 15 years at the company in a variety of operating leadership roles, including President of Reader’s Digest International, and President of North American Books & Home Entertainment.  He also served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Vice President of Marketing for Reader’s Digest USA.  Mr. Gardner is currently a trustee of Guideposts, and he previously served as a Director of Dex Media as well as of its predecessor company, SuperMedia.  He is also currently on the Advisory Board of Hope’s Door, a domestic violence agency located in New York, and previously served as a Trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital Center in New York, and Reader’s Digest Foundation.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Gardner held positions at McKinsey & Co., General Foods Corporation (now part of KraftHeinz) and Yankelovich, Skelly and White, Inc.  Mr. Gardner received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Emma Griffin - Director since January 25, 2016

Emma Griffin holds more than 18 years of experience in capital markets and investment banking, with sector expertise in support services, construction and infrastructure, leisure, and technology. Most recently, she was the founder and managing director of Refined Selection, a private-equity-backed holding company created in 2014 for investing in the professional services and recruitment industries. Prior to this, in 2002, Ms. Griffin co-founded and built Oriel Securities, a U.K.-based stockbroking and mid-market investment banking firm, which was sold to Stifel Corporation in 2014. Her early career was spent at HSBC, where for several years she led the top-rated pan-European support services and technology research team. Ms. Griffin also currently serves as director on the board of Golder Associates and strategic adviser to the company, and as the chair of the Catalyst Club, part of Cancer Research U.K. Ms. Griffin trained in corporate finance at Schroders, and holds an MA in Classics from Oxford University.

Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee

Beth S. Horowitz - Director since December 20, 2012

Beth S. Horowitz is Former Chair, President & CEO, Amex Bank of Canada, and Former President & General Manager, Amex Canada, Inc. She spent 22 years with Amex in a variety of leadership roles including Senior Vice President, International Product Strategy & Development, and Vice President, Quality and Reengineering. In 2009, Ms. Horowitz was appointed to the HSBC Bank Canada Board and is a member of its audit and risk committee. She also serves as Trustee on the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)’s Board of Trustees, Advisor on the Schulich School of Business’ Dean’s Advisory Board, member of the Harvard Business School (Global) Alumni Board, Advisor on Catalyst Canada’s Advisory Board, Director on the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto Board of Directors, and Advisor for the Women’s Venture Capital Fund. Ms. Horowitz received a B.A. degree in Medieval and Renaissance European History from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School. She also holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee

David H. Laidley - Director since January 19, 2009

David H. Laidley is a retired partner of Deloitte LLP (Canada), where he served as a partner from 1975 until his retirement in 2007. A chartered professional accountant, he has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning 40 years with Canada’s largest professional services firm, with specialization in its tax and audit practices. He was elected Chairman of the firm in 2000 and served in that capacity until 2006. He currently serves on the boards of CT Real Estate Investment Trust, EMCOR Group Inc. (NYSE) and Input Capital Corp. He is also a director of Aviva Canada Inc. He served on the boards of Biovail Corporation (now Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.) from 2008 to 2010, the Bank of Canada from 2007 to 2013 where he was Lead Director, Nautilus Indemnity Holdings Limited from 2008 to 2013 where he was Chairman and ProSep Inc. from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Laidley is a Fellow of the Québec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee

Bill McEwan  - Director since December 1, 2016

Bill McEwan is an accomplished CEO. He is a member of the Board of Directors of international food retailer Ahold Delhaize and serves as Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Sustainability & Innovation Committee. Mr. McEwan is also a member of the Board of Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd. and Ultima Foods. Between 2000 and until he made the personal decision to step down in June 2012, Mr. McEwan held the roles of President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. Mr. McEwan also served on the Board of Directors of Sobeys’ parent company, Empire Company Limited. At Sobeys, Mr. McEwan was responsible for the leadership and oversight of all aspects of growing the company from a $9 billion to a $17 billion organization by leading the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategic plan and executing Sobeys’ food-focused growth initiatives. Between 1989 and 2000, Mr. McEwan held a variety of progressively senior marketing and merchandising roles in the consumer packaged goods industry with Coca-Cola Limited and Coca-Cola Bottling as well as in grocery retail with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in both Canada and the U.S. Mr. McEwan served as President of A&P’s Canadian operations before his appointment as President and CEO of the company’s U.S. Atlantic Region. Mr. McEwan began his career at Ferraro’s Ltd.’s, Super Valu Stores at age 15, spending 13 years with the company in both B.C. and Alberta in a variety of store, operations, merchandising, procurement and general management roles. Mr. McEwan has played an active leadership role in a number of industry and charitable organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the global Consumer Goods Forum, the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, the Coca-Cola Research Council, the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Foundation, the McEwan Family Foundation and Kids Help Phone.

Douglas D. Port  - Director since July 17, 2007

Douglas D. Port is a retired senior airline executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the airline industry, including 11 years as an executive with Air Canada, where he headed major portfolios such as Airports, International, Marketing and Sales, Sales and Product Distribution, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, Corporate Communications and Customer Service. He also served as Chairman of the Air Transport Association of Canada, Chairman of Galileo Canada and Chairman and CEO of Air Canada Vacations. From 2005 through 2010, he was an executive consultant at an international transportation consultancy. He is Vice-Chairman of the Air Canada Foundation.

Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Alan P. Rossy - Director since July 17, 2007

Alan P. Rossy is President and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Copley, comprised of real estate entities that purchase, develop and lease residential and commercial properties in Quebec and Ontario. Mr. Rossy has served as Executive Vice-President of Store Operations at Dollarama L.P., a national retail chain. His responsibilities included new store growth, sales, merchandising, advertising and human resource consulting. Mr. Rossy is a founding family member of Dollarama and current shareholder. Presently, he is on the Board of Directors of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, the National Arts Center Foundation in Ottawa, and Selwyn House School, a private boys’ school in Westmount, Quebec. In 2012, Mr. Rossy was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions and achievements by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Mr. Rossy graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Arts, majoring in Economics.

Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee