Strategic Leadership Cabinet
The Strategic Leadership Cabinet at the Telfer School of Management comprises prominent leaders of the business community in Canada who have held, or currently hold, Chief Executive positions. Each member has signed on to serve a 5-year term to work with Dean Stéphane Brutus in order to advance our Vision for a Better Canada. All cabinet members bring years of experience leading some of the biggest and most influential businesses in Canada.
The Strategic Leadership Cabinet’s mandate is to advise the Telfer School with regard to its strategic choices and to provide information that will permit the evaluation of the relevance, quality, and effectiveness of its current and upcoming programs. The Cabinet also assists in identifying the ways in which the business community and the public sector can contribute to the strengthening of the School.
At the Telfer School of Management, we believe that business has a critical leadership role to play in solving some of the most pressing socio-economic challenges facing our country and the world. Together with the Strategic Leadership Cabinet, we can contribute to a Greener, Healthier, Happier and Wealthier Canada for all.
Meet Our Cabinet
Rob Ashe, Chair of the Strategic Leadership Cabinet
Lead Director of MSCI, Lead Independent Director at Shopify, Executive Partner at Bridge Growth Partners, and Director of ServiceSource International
Telfer BCom ‘82
Dean of the Telfer School of Management
Chief Executive Officer, Canada
Intact Financial Corporation
Telfer MBA ‘97
Louis Gagnon has been with Intact Financial Corporation, the largest provider of Property & Casualty Insurance in Canada, since January 2007. Mr. Gagnon has served in many key executive roles beginning with Senior Vice President, Quebec, and including President, Intact Insurance; President and Chief Operating Officer; President, Service & Distribution; and, President, Canadian Operations. In June 2021, Mr. Gagnon was appointed Chief Executive Officer, Canada. In his current role, Mr. Gagnon is responsible for all Canadian-based business entities and operations including Intact Insurance, belairdirect, BrokerLink and Johnson Insurance. Prior to joining Intact, Mr. Gagnon headed a successful Insurance Brokerage with offices in Quebec and Ontario and was very active in provincial and national brokers associations. Mr. Gagnon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, member of the Telfer School of Management Dean’s Strategic Leadership Cabinet, member of the “Comité Consultatif International du recteur de l’Université de Montréal” and member of the Board of Directors of the CD Howe Institute. He has been an active board member and volunteer of many charitable organizations and is specifically very proud to have been involved with United Way for over 30 years.
Chairman and Founder of WeShall Investments Inc.
Wes Hall is the Executive Chairman and Founder of WeShall Investments Inc, a private equity firm with a diverse portfolio of companies predominantly supporting BIPOC entrepreneurs. His first business, Kingsdale Advisors, became Canada's most preeminent shareholder advisory firm. Wes' expertise was invaluable on the dispute between Toronto-based Goldcorp and Nevada-based Glamis Gold from 2004 to 2006, Xstrata PLC's USD 18-billion takeover of Falconbridge in 2006, and the $19-billion merger between Suncor and Petro-Canada in 2009. Wes is deeply committed to community upliftment. He founded the successful BlackNorth Initiative to help end systemic anti-Black racism in Canada. He has instructed a first-of-its-kind Black Entrepreneurship & Leadership course at the university level. Wes is the vice-chair of the Board of Governors at Huron University College, a member of the Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, and sits on the board of directors for SickKids Foundation, TIFF, and Pathways to Education Canada. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Canadian Business Leader of 2022. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from five outstanding postsecondary institutions, including the University of Ottawa.
President & CEO, Farm Credit Canada (FCC)
Telfer MBA ‘04
Justine Hendricks is the first female President and CEO of FCC. FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $44 billion. Mrs. Hendricks has held various positions at Export Development Canada (EDC) over the past 16 years. She was named EDC’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer, Sustainable Business and Enablement in 2019. Her leadership in advancing the organization’s 10-year strategy ensured EDC continued to be a leader for Canada and its customers on environmental, social and governance principles. Mrs. Hendricks also designed and executed EDC’s Net Zero 2050 strategy. She received a R. Trudeau Medal in 2017 from Telfer in recognition of her leadership, initiative and contributions to the business world.
Regional President, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
Personal & Commercial Banking - Ontario North and East
Marjolaine Hudon joined Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) over 30 years ago. She progressed through increasingly senior leadership roles within Personal and Commercial Banking. She worked in several provinces across Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Alberta) as well as in different lines of business, including Regional Banking, Operations, Risk Management, Human Resources, and Employee Ombudsman for RBC. As supporting youth mental health is close to her heart, Marjolaine is on the Board of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation and is chair of RBC Race for the Kids. She is also on the board of the National Arts Centre Foundation. Marjolaine is an advocate for giving back to the community. RBC was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as Ottawa’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year (2020) and by the Best Ottawa Business Awards for Deal of the Year in Tourism (2021).
Chairman and CEO at Canada Goose