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.