Our team consists of 6 Founders, 3 Staff, an Advisory Board and many thought partners and contributors. In all of our efforts we are looking to capitalize on our experience and build a strong knowledge base

We bring exceptional analytics and sound business thinking together with a bias for action to the challenges facing Canada. We continue to build a strong, national, non-partisan network that we convene, ask questions of, and leverage. Our commitment is solid and we believe that small changes today will have a lasting effect on future generations of Canadians.

The Century Initiative is about building a better future for Canada. We know that we do not have all the answers, but we are hopeful that concerned Canadians will engage in shaping our collective future. We hope you will offer your insights and willingness to contribute, help us grow and create the changes that will benefit us all!

Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Managing Director, McKinsey & Co.

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.

He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. He is also a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Dominic is the Co-Chair of the ‘Focusing Capital on the Long Term’ initiative along with Larry Fink (BlackRock), Andrew Liveris (Dow), Cyrus Mistry (Tata) and Mark Wiseman (BlackRock).  The initiative seeks to develop practical structures, metrics and approaches for longer-term behaviours in the investment and business worlds.

Dominic has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide.  Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).

Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived and worked. In February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea and in August 2014 he was awarded the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore).  He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.  Dominic is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

In the year 2100, Canada should be known for its innovative companies, vibrant economy and strong institutions. Most importantly though, Canada should be known for its people – and the inclusive, multicultural, creative, supportive, and resilient society in which they live.

Willa Black

Willa Black

Vice-President, Corporate Affairs – Cisco Canada

As Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and CSR for Cisco Canada, Willa Black is responsible for strategies to drive Cisco’s brand relevance and transformational impact. She leads CSR programming with a focus on Education and Healthcare, building strategic partnerships and reinforcing the company’s commitment to social innovation, working with governments, non-governmental organizations, and communities across Canada. Willa has held Marketing and CSR leadership roles at Cisco Canada since 1999. A 30-year veteran of the public relations and marketing industry, she began her career at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Toronto, and spent 14 years at Royal Trust/Royal Bank where she was Director, Public Affairs for the Wealth Management division, RBC.

In 2014, Willa led the development and launch of Connected North, a ground-breaking virtual program showcasing innovations in the field of learning, and focused on reducing Aboriginal drop-out rates. The program connects students and classrooms in under-served, remote Aboriginal communities with students in Canada’s south via Cisco Telepresence Technology (high definition video) driving cultural exchange and mentoring. Connected North also provides real time Experts-on-Demand in the classroom, virtual fieldtrips, mental health and wellness services and teacher training and support. Connected North is now scaling across Nunavut, the NWT, the Yukon, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Willa has received numerous awards, including: Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence for 2011, the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s 2015 Diversity 50, the Federated Press Canadian Woman Leader of the Year for 2015, and the 2015 Canadian Aboriginal Business Council’s Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations, She has developed and led award-winning programming including the “25 Transformational Canadians” campaign to mark Cisco’s 25th anniversary, and the One Million Acts of Green campaign in partnership with the CBC.

Willa sits on governing boards of the Canadian Club, Toronto Civic Action, the Gordon Foundation, and the Century Initiative, and was a Founding Member of the Children’s Book Bank in Regent Park. She is a frequent speaker at industry and association events.

Willa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Williams College in Massachusetts. She lives in Toronto with her husband, and has three children.

My hope is that we achieve Laurier’s vision – that the 21st century will truly belong to Canada, reinforced by our global standing as an inclusive and welcoming nation who’s great strength lies in the diversity of its citizenry, and its spirit of innovation, imagination and bold thinking.

Goldy Hyder

Goldy Hyder

President and CEO, Hill + Knowlton Strategies Canada

Goldy provides strategic communications counsel to the firm’s extensive and diverse client base. Building on his experience in the public and private sectors, Goldy offers clients an acute understanding of the dynamics of public affairs, government relations and strategic communications, particularly from a reputation and issues management perspective.

Goldy works with a wide array of industries, including banking, insurance, energy, environment, mining, health, international trade, transportation and US-Canada relations. He is a seasoned expert on mergers and acquisitions, having worked on numerous transactions, including for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), in a variety of industries from energy to mining to technology.

With a firm grasp of the public policy process and the issues that face the private sector in dealing with federal and provincial governments, Goldy is able to provide clients with strong representation that generates desired results.

Goldy brought to H+K more than 22 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Goldy served as director of policy and chief of staff to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and former leader of the then federal PC Party.

Goldy holds a master of arts degree from the University of Calgary in public policy with a specialization in policy-making during times of crisis. Goldy is a board and executive member of United Way Ottawa and co-chaired the 2013-2014 community campaign. He is Chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and past-chair of the Communications and Community Investment Committee. Goldy serves on the advisory board of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and is on the advisory board for Century Initiative where he also a member of the Executive Committee.

Goldy is a regular commentator on business and politics in the national media and appears weekly on the Big Picture Panel on CBC’s hit show The Exchange. Goldy received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his distinguished service to Canada.

The most sought after place in the world to live, work and raise a family. A place where the economy is booming, people are productive, innovative and leading the change for the next century.

Tom Milroy

Tom Milroy

Managing Director, Generation Capital Limited

Mr. Milroy is the Managing Director of Generation Capital Limited, a private investment company, and a corporate director. From March 2008 to October 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer of BMO Capital Markets, where he was responsible for all of BMO’s business involving corporate, institutional and government clients globally. Mr. Milroy is a director of Restaurant Brands International Inc. and of Interfor Corporation.

Mr. Milroy also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including as Chair of the CAMH Foundation and as a Trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Mr. Milroy holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Cambridge University, an LLB from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Milroy is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

I would like Canada to be known as a leading nation and a model for 22nd century states – a diverse, pluralistic, creative and socially supportive society which is environmentally healthy and based on a robust outward looking economy which is reliant on the skills and smarts of its people not its historical resource base.

Andrew Pickersgill

Andrew Pickersgill

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.

Andrew Pickersgill is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Toronto office. He has spent 20 years serving clients on a range of corporate strategy, marketing and performance improvement topics. Andrew is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Toronto and resides in Toronto with his wife and three children. Andrew has an honors BA in economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

The most welcoming, pluralist country in the world, offering its citizens the highest standard of living and quality of life.  A destination for global trade and talent, and a country of scale and relevance.

Mark Wiseman

Mark D. Wiseman

Global Head of Active Equities and Chairman, BlackRock Alternative Investors

Mark is Global Head of Active Equities for BlackRock and Chairman of BlackRock Alternative Investors. A Senior Managing Director, he also serves as Chairman of the firm’s Global Investment Committee and on its Global Executive Committee.

Mark joined BlackRock in 2016 from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) where he served as its President and CEO since 2012. Before becoming CEO, Mark was Executive Vice-President, Investments, for CPPIB and was responsible for managing all of the organization’s investment activities. He joined CPPIB in June 2005 as Senior Vice-President, Private Investments.

Prior to joining CPPIB, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He has worked as an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank, and as a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell, where he practiced in New York and Paris. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University as well as a law degree and an MBA from the University of Toronto. He also was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree. Mark is a regular lecturer at the Harvard Business School and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University.

Mark is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which advises the Canadian Finance Minister on economic policies to achieve long-term, sustainable growth. He is also the Chairman of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative, which he co-founded. Mark serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Sinai Health Services in Toronto, the Capital Markets Institute and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Mark is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Canada should be known as a country of 100 million people, living in a prosperous, pluralistic society.  It should be a model for the world.

Naomi Alboim

Naomi Alboim

Chair of the Policy Forum and Adjunct Professor of the School of Policy Studies, Queens University

A diverse, welcoming country of peace and prosperity, which provides equal opportunity for all and is respected around the world.

Francesco Aquilini

Francesco Aquilini

Managing Partner, Aquilini Group

Timothy D. Dattels

Timothy D. Dattels

Managing Partner, TPG Asia

Innovation that has global impact.

Andre Desmarais

André Desmarais

Deputy Chairman, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada

As the champion of a peaceful and just society with an approach to economic development informed by technological innovation and sustainable practices. A country proudly animated by a heart as big as its geography and guided by the principles of generational stewardship, the protection of human rights and social equality.

Howard Duncan

Howard Duncan

Executive Head, Metropolis Project

Canada should be an arts and culture hub of the world.

Stephen Forbes

Stephen Forbes

Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer,
CIBC

For Canada to be recognized as country of economic strength, political importance and social responsibility on the global stage.

Aleema Jamal

Aleema Jamal

Harvard Law Student and Inaugural Executive Director, Century Initiative

A pluralistic nation of global citizens where each individual feels empowered to reach his or her full potential.

Jaxson Khan

Jaxson Khan

Co-Founder, Young Diplomats of Canada and Canada’s Top 20 Under 20

Canada should be known for its unwavering commitment to providing opportunities to all Canadians to succeed and to improve the state of the world.

Richard Li

Mr. Richard Li

Pacific Century Group Chairman and Chief Executive

Canada should be known for a country of great melting pot of talents of highest standing from around the world with a shared value of freedom of speech and religious tolerance, credible rule of law and human rights of the highest standard.

Michael MacMillan

Michael MacMillan

CEO, Blue Ant Media and Chair, Samara Canada

A strong democracy.

Nadir Mohamed

Nadir Mohamed

Chairman, Alignvest Management Corporation and Chairman, ScaleUP Ventures Inc

Founding member and thought leader of the key global institutions that will define the new world order for the 22nd century.

David Naylor

David Naylor

Professor of Medicine and President Emeritus, the University of Toronto

Canada should be known as the smartest nation in the world.

Bryan Pearson

Bryan Pearson

President & CEO, LoyaltyOne

Canada must build on our commitment to diversity and inclusion to achieve our ambitions.  A Canada built on this foundation, that is known for innovation, education, and opportunity is a Canada that will succeed both domestically and as a great partner to other nations.

John Ruffolo

John Ruffolo

Chief Executive Officer, OMERS Ventures / Executive Managing Director, OMERS Platform Investments

Canada should be known as the Innovation Nation by the year 2100!

Natasha Saunders

Natasha Saunders

Academic General Pediatrician and Health Services Researcher

Canada should be known for its diversity, respect for cultural differences, social justice, inclusivity, and equity.

Robert Steiner

Professor Robert Steiner

Director, Fellowships in Global Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

In the year 2100 Canada should be known for turning massive inclusiveness – for every kind of human being – into every kind of opportunity.

Ian Tudhope

Ian Tudhope

Partner, Wessex Capital Partners

In 2100 Canada will be recognized as a global inspiration for leadership, education and prosperity supported by a vibrant and inclusive culture of innovation.

Shari Austin

Shari Austin

CEO, Century Initiative

Shari Austin joined the Century Initiative as CEO in August 2017. She brings deep corporate and charitable sector experience, a broad understanding of social and environmental policy issues, and a passion for Canada combined with a global mindset.

Shari had a twenty-year career with RBC (Royal Bank of Canada), spanning such diverse areas as payments, regulatory compliance, public policy, industry affairs, risk management and corporate citizenship. From 2008 to 2015, she was Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at RBC, and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation, with global responsibility for RBC’s philanthropy, employee volunteerism and fundraising, environmental affairs and social finance. Shari was a member of RBC’s Diversity Leadership Council, chaired by the CEO.

Shari currently serves on several charity and non-profit Boards. In 2016-17, she was a member of the Minister of National Revenue’s Advisory Panel on the Political Activities of Charities.

Shari has a Master’s Degree in Practicing Management from McGill University, an LL.B from the University of Ottawa, and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Political Philosophy and Canadian Studies. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

In 2100, Canada will be prosperous, inclusive and globally influential. We will have set ourselves on a path to social justice and environmental sustainability. Our communities will be we dynamic, diverse and welcoming.

Jasmine

Jasmine Gill

Director (Policy and Programs), Century Initiative

Jasmine Gill joined the Century Initiative as Director (Policy and Programs) in November 2017. Jasmine practiced intellectual property law in the publishing and media industries for several years after graduating from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management. More recently, she has been the Executive Director of World Literacy Canada, in which capacity she has led an internationally-focused NGO devoted to promoting human development and to advancing opportunities for women and children through education.

Jasmine brings to the Century Initiative a passion for education, equality and youth engagement. At World Literacy Canada, she published and launched an educational resource publication written by students of Six Nations titled From the Sky: Stories of Women Who Inspire Us and she serves on the Programming Committee for the Canadian Writers’ Summit.

Jasmine has Juris Doctor and M.B.A degrees from the University of Toronto and a Bachelors of Arts & Science (Honours) from McMaster University. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of California, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

By 2100, Canada will mean much more than diversity, tolerance and opportunity, it will mean a shared Canadian experience of peace, prosperity and pluralism celebrated not just in Canada but in the entire world.

Yohana

Yohana Mebrahtu

Associate, Century Initiative

Yohana is an Associate at the Century Initiative where she is responsible for everything from media requests to event planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Humber College. Yohana is a co-lead of Youth of East Africa, a group dedicated to community-building in Toronto.

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