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.

Black has held Marketing and CSR leadership roles at Cisco Canada since 1999. She has developed and led award-winning programming including the “25 Transformational Canadians” campaign in partnership with CTV and The Globe and Mail; and the “One Million Acts of Green” campaign in partnership with the CBC. In 2014, Black led the development and launch of Connected North, a ground-breaking virtual program that connects students in remote, Indigenous communities to resources and opportunities not available to them locally over high definition TelePresence video technology. The network connects 12,000 students from 55 schools in the north to mentors; experts-on-demand; youth mentoring; virtual field trips; teacher training; youth mental health and wellness services and more. Connected North serves communities in the NWT, Yukon, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

In 2018 Black was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General for outstanding service to Canada. She was the recipient of the 2018 Women in Communications and Technology Leadership Excellence Award for Innovator of the Year; the 2015 Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations; the 2015 Federated Press Woman of the Year; the 2015 Canadian Board Diversity Council’s Diversity 50; and was named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2011.

Black sits on the Board of Trustees for the Gordon Foundation, the Executive Board of the Century Initiative and was a Founding Member of the Children’s Book Bank in Regent Park. She has also participated in many IT industry initiatives including the Canadian e-Business Initiative, the Information Technology Association of Canada InGenious Awards Steering Committee and is a frequent speaker at various industry and association events.

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 Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada

Goldy Hyder was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada, effective October 15, 2018. Founded in 1976, the Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization composed of the chief executives and entrepreneurs of 150 leading Canadian companies, representing every major industry and every region of the country.

From July 2014 to October 2018, Mr. Hyder was President & CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, providing strategic communications counsel to the firm’s extensive and diverse client base. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton in 2001, he 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 Progressive Conservative Party.

In addition to his achievements in business and public policy, Mr. Hyder has an extensive record of service on behalf of the charitable and non-profit sectors, including as chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and as an Executive Committee member of Century Initiative. He is a past co-chair of the United Way of Ottawa Campaign Cabinet and a former member of the Board of Governors at Carleton University. Mr. Hyder also serves as vice chair of Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council a network of the Asia Pacific Foundation.

Mr. Hyder is a regular commentator in the Canadian media on business, politics and public policy. From 2011 to 2018 he appeared weekly as a panelist on CBC Television’s On the Money. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 in recognition of his contributions to Canada. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Calgary in public policy, with a specialization in policy-making during times of crisis.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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Lisa Lalande

Chief Executive Officer, Century Initiative
E: lisa@centuryinitiative.ca

Lisa is the Chief Executive Officer at Century Initiative (CI). Lisa brings to CI more than 20 years of proven experience in policy research and analysis, knowledge mobilization, change management, venture philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and marketing communications.

Most recently, Lisa held the position of Executive Director of the Mowat Centre’s Not-for-Profit Research Hub (Mowat NFP) where she led the development and execution of applied public policy research on structural, foundational, and systemic issues affecting the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada. She has also served on the executive management team at Lift Philanthropy Partners – an organization that focuses on helping non-profits increase their accountability, establish performance metrics, and improve their overall capacity to deliver social impact.

Before this, Lisa held a variety of senior management positions at Habitat for Humanity. She led a cross-functional team in expanding the association’s domestic and international activities, establishing impact measurement approaches, scaling its programs in Quebec and supporting homebuilding efforts in partnership with Indigenious communities across Canada. Lisa’s career also included working in retail banking and wealth management supporting proposed mergers and large-scale restructuring exercises.

Lisa studied at the prestigious Glenn Gould Professional School of Music, the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business, and York University’s Schulich Business School.


Yohana Mebrahtu

Associate, Century Initiative
E: yohana@centuryinitiative.ca

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.

Prosperity, diversity and inclusion.