Members of the Canada Infrastructure Bank Board of Directors - Biographies



Janice Fukakusa

Janice Fukakusa, Chairperson, Canada Infrastructure Bank

Janice Fukakusa
Chairperson, Canada
Infrastructure Bank

Ms. Fukakusa is a corporate director and former Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Royal Bank of Canada, from which she retired in January 2017 following a distinguished 31-year career.

Ms. Fukakusa currently serves on the boards of a number of corporate and not-for-profit organizations, including Cineplex, General Growth Properties, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and Wellspring Cancer Foundation. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University.

In 2007, she was inducted into Canada's Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame and, in 2016 she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker magazine for the fourth consecutive year. She was also selected as Canada's CFO of the Year by Financial Executives Canada, PwC and Robert Half in 2014.

Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Fukakusa worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she obtained the professional designations of Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University of Toronto and holds a Master of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business.

Kimberly Baird

Kimberly Baird

Kimberly Baird

Ms. Baird is the founder of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and former elected Chief and Strategic Initiatives Director of the self-governing Tsawwassen First Nation.

Ms. Baird currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Public Policy Forum, the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping and the Vancouver Board of Trade. She also served on the Board of BC Hydro for six years. Ms. Baird holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In 2016, Ms. Baird was awarded the Order of British Columbia after being named a Member of the Order of Canada two years earlier. She is also a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Indspire Award, and, in 2008, was awarded Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

Jane Bird

Jane Bird

Jane Bird

Ms. Bird is a Senior Business Advisor with the Vancouver office of Bennett Jones LLP, a large Canadian law firm where she provides advice to private and public sector clients on matters related to the development and execution of infrastructure projects.

Jane has been directly involved with large projects for more than 20 years, including the development and construction of the Canada Line rapid transit project in Vancouver, the construction of the Waneta hydroelectric generating station in southeastern BC and the redevelopment of Canada House in London, U.K. Jane serves on the boards of several Canadian companies.

Ms. Bird has received several awards; Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award and the Vancouver Board of Trade Sprit of Vancouver Outstanding Leadership Award. Most recently, Jane received the 2017 National Outstanding Leader Award from the Women's Infrastructure Network.

Ms. Bird holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Dave Bronconnier

Dave Bronconnier

Dave Bronconnier

Mr. Bronconnier is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Interloq Capital Inc. and former Mayor of Calgary, where he served three consecutive terms between 2001 and 2010. Following his third term as Mayor, Mr. Bronconnier was appointed Alberta Envoy to the United States where he served between 2011 and 2012.

Over the course of his career Mr. Bronconnier has been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Golden Jubilee Medal and the World Leadership Award for Environmental Excellence from the World Leadership Forum in London, UK. He was also made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and was twice-awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the Canadian Military.

James Cherry

James Cherry

James Cherry

Mr. Cherry is the former President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal and has served in numerous leadership positions within the Aerospace, Defence and Transportation sectors, including as President and Chief Operating Officer of Alstom Transport and of CAE Electronics Ltd., as President and General Manager of Bombardier Inc.'s Amphibious Aircraft Division, and as President of Oerlikon Aerospace Inc.

Mr. Cherry is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. In 2003, Mr. Cherry was named a Fellow of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec. He is also a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded in 2012.

Michèle Colpron

Michèle Colpron

Michèle Colpron

Ms. Colpron currently serves on the boards of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, the Professional Insurance Liability Fund of the Barreau of Quebec, and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

Prior to these appointments, Ms. Colpron served 12 years with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in the roles of Senior Vice-President of Financial Management, Vice-President of Investment Administration, and Vice-President of Finance and Administration – Private Equity. She has also held senior positions in overseas banks, serving as Chief Financial Officer of both Merrill Lynch Bank (Suisse) S. A. and Standard Chartered Bank (Switzerland) S. A.

In 2016, Ms. Colpron was named Fellow of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Quebec (FCPA, FCA). She is also a qualified corporate director duly accredited by Laval University. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montréal.

Bruno Guilmette

Bruno Guilmette

Bruno Guilmette

Mr. Guilmette currently serves as President of the Plan A Capital Advisory Committee. He previously served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association and as the Senior Vice-President of Infrastructure at PSP Investments.

Prior to his appointment with PSP Investments, Mr. Guilmette served as the Senior Director of Investments/Infrastructure, Services and Distribution at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He has also served on the boards of other organizations, including AviAlliance, Isolux Infrastructure, Transelec, Southern Star and Myria/NGPL.

Mr. Guilmette holds a Bachelor of Commerce from HEC Montréal, along with a Master of Business Administration from McGill University and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Guilmette is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Christopher Hickman

Christopher Hickman

Christopher Hickmank

Mr. Hickman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marco Group of Companies. He currently serves on the boards of a number of other organizations, including Nalcor Energy, Labrador Island Link Operating Corporation, Muskrat Falls Corporation, Swilers RFC and the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council. He is an honorary Life Member of the Royal St. John's Regatta Committee. Prior to his appointment as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marco Group, Mr. Hickman served as Vice-President of Finance at Marco Group and as President of MarcoProperties Limited and Marco Developments Limited.

Mr. Hickman holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been named one of Atlantic Business Magazine's Top 50 CEOs for five consecutive years, securing a spot in the magazine's Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame in 2011.

Poonam Puri

Poonam Puri

Poonam Puri

Ms. Puri is an experienced corporate director and professor of business law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She is also a practising lawyer and affiliated scholar at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Ms. Puri recently completed a nine-year term on the board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and currently serves on the boards of several public and private companies. She has served as a director of Women's College Hospital, and she now sits on the Board of Trustees of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.

In 2015 and 2017, Ms. Puri was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. She has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and she is a past recipient of Canada's Top 40 under 40 Award.

Ms. Puri earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto, and she holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Mr. Smith is the Co-Founder, Chair, and Chief Executive Officer of First National Financial LP. He also serves as Chair of the Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company and as a board member of various organizations, including Empire Life Insurance Company and the C.D. Howe Institute. He is a member of the Business Council of Canada.

Mr. Smith also served for ten years as a board member of Metrolinx Inc./GO Transit, both as Vice-Chairman and as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University and a Master of Economic Science, with a specialization in the Economics of Industry, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Patricia Youzwa

Patricia Youzwa

Patricia Youzwa

Ms. Youzwa is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of SaskPower. She is the current Chair of the Pooled Funds Advisory Committee for Greystone Managed Investments, the Saskatchewan Vice-Chair of the Canada West Foundation and the RBC Woman Executive in Residence at the Hill School of Business, University of Regina.

Ms. Youzwa has served as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and as Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines for the Government of Saskatchewan. She has also served as a director on numerous boards and has held policy advisory roles at the national level with such organizations as the Canadian Electricity Association, the Energy Council of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada, the Canada Alberta ecoEnergy Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage and the Minister's Advisory Council on Energy Science and Technology.

Ms. Youzwa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2011, received the Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

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