Find out more about each CEO participating in the 2018/2019 edition of the program:
CEO, First Gulf
CEO of First Gulf, David Gerofsky is a respected leader with 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.
President & CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Howard Eng has been President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) since 2012.
President, IKEA Canada
As President of IKEA Canada since February 2017, Marsha Smith is committed to securing IKEA as a leader in Canada’s retail landscape and as a Great Place to Work.
President & CEO, Plan International Canada
Caroline Riseboro is President & CEO of Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in over 70 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights.
Vince De Palma
President & CEO, Softchoice
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Vince De Palma is responsible for the implementation of Softchoice’s strategic plan, as well as the growth and success of Softchoice people and the business as a whole.
Jan De Silva
President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
As President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Jan is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world.
President & CEO, Cirque du Soleil
As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel maintains the fine balance between the company's overall strategy, stability and financial growth, as well as the integrity of its culture and its corporate values.
CEO, Ivanhoe Cambridge
Nathalie Palladitcheff is CEO of Ivanhoe Cambridge and is responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of the company’s global strategy and for supervising the alignment of its investment and corporate activities.
Mayor, City of Montreal
First elected as city councillor in Saint-Marie district in 2013, Projet Montréal members chose Valérie Plante to lead the party in 2016. Her contagious passion and energy has helped her rally people around her progressive vision.
President & CEO, WSP Global
Alexandre L’Heureux is the Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. L’Heureux joined the Corporation as Chief Financial Officer in July 2010, and held this role until transitioning to the role of President in October 2016.
Vancouver & Victoria
CEO, BC Pension Corporation
Laura joined BC Pension Corporation as chief executive officer in December 2008. Under Laura’s leadership Pension Corporation received “Gold” recognition from Excellence Canada which demonstrates it is one of the best managed organizations in Canada.
Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV
Shahrzad Rafati is the Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV (BBTV), a digital entertainment company that exists to empower creators and inspire audiences.
Co-Founder & CEO, Skoah
Andrea Scott is the co-founder and CEO of skoah, a Vancouver based company with 15 locations in Canada and the USA.
Calgary & Edmonton
President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development
CEO, Olympic Bid 2026
Mary became President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development in June 2015 and under her leadership there has been a greater focus on Calgary’s competitiveness in the new economy including in the areas of talent development, innovation, placemaking and being a business friendly city.
President & CEO, Servus Credit Union
Garth has been a member of the Servus Credit Union family for 37 years, starting as a personal banker and advancing through roles of increasing responsibility, up to and including Chief Operating Officer.
President & CEO, Hydro Ottawa
Bryce Conrad has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro Ottawa, the largest municipally owned generator of clean, green energy in Ontario, since 2011.
CEO, Mindbridge Analytics Inc.
Eli is the cofounder and CEO of MindBridge AI, a company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to uncover errors in financial data.
President & CEO, Rideau Hall Foundation
Teresa Marques is the President and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation, an independent and charity established to amplify the Office of the Governor General, and established during the mandate of His Excellency, the Honourable David Johnston.