MBA, PhD, ICD.D, MIoD, FCIS
David is the founder of The Anderson Leadership Group and The Anderson Governance Group, two complementary advisory firms serving an international clientele of corporate leaders. He serves as board and CEO advisor for public, crown and private organizations, including some of the world’s most respected financial institutions based in Canada.
David writes on governance and leadership for publications in Canada, the UK and the US, and is widely republished in other countries. His scholarly articles have appeared in Corporate Governance: An International Review, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly. David served as Special Advisor to the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluation in 2001 and to five subsequent Commissions. NACD’s Directorship magazine named David to its “Directorship 100 – People to Watch” list of the most influential thinkers and practitioners in US corporate governance in both 2010 and 2011.
David holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Western University, where he instructed Organizational Behaviour, an MBA from The University of Toronto and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada. David has chaired two not-for-profit boards.
Hear David talk about governance and management – and the challenges of bridging these two worlds.
Henryk Krajewski is an expert in the psychometric assessment of leadership talent. He serves as a consultant, facilitator and leadership coach to senior teams and CEOs in public, private and not-for-profit firms in North America, Europe and Australia. Henryk assists boards and executive management teams build sustainable stakeholder value by focusing on intangibles like leadership team effectiveness, decision making, risk management, culture, strategy, and talent management system alignment.
A sought after expert, Henryk shares his thought leadership and provocative views on podiums and at leading institutions interested in the application of behavioural science to leadership challenges. His thoughts have been captured in many popular media articles and interviews published in sources such as Profit, the Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, HR Reporter, the Ottawa Business Journal, and HR.com.
Henryk remains active in research and has published in peer-reviewed industry journals such as Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Psychology, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Henryk holds a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Western University and is an organizing member of Mensa™ International.
Discover Henryk’s insights on what leads to bad decisions.
MSC, CFA, DSA, CAIA, FRM, CFE
Pierre Saint-Laurent is a Senior Advisor with The Anderson Governance Group and President of AssetCounsel Inc., a financial services consultancy. Pierre was vice-president and shareholder of Canadian mutual fund firms, where he spearheaded the development of asset allocation software and was closely involved in the management and deployment of the first widely available hedge fund in Canada. Pierre also acts as expert witness in financial services matters.
Pierre holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from the University of Montreal, with doctoral studies in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a DSA (Diploma in Business Administration) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designatio; he is currently a member of the CFA Institute’s Candidate Curriculum Committee and Disciplinary Review Committee Hearing Panel Pool. He also holds the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst), FRM (Financial Risk Manager) and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) designations. He has lectured at both the University of Montréal and (currently) at HEC Montréal.
Professionally, Pierre is Co-Chair of the Quebec Committee of AIMA Canada, the Canadian chapter of the worldwide Alternative Investment Management Association. He is Canadian Chapter head of CAIAA, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association, and served as Quebec Regional Director of the Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals. He is a frequent contributor to Advisor’s Edge Report, Objectif Conseiller and Avantages, three trade publications, and participates actively in other industry publications, industry conferences and events as a writer, speaker, moderator, and chair.
Listen to Pierre’s insights on how to use risk management for growth.
Bruce Stewart is an internationally-recognized expert on the issues of IT Governance and Strategy, and the responsibilities of senior executives and board directors toward information technology related strategic issues and risks. He has held management roles in IT of increasing responsibility, ending as CEO of a publicly-traded software company. He was a senior analyst and manager of analysts at Gartner, Inc., and META Group, Inc., and has been a management consultant for over a decade.
Bruce holds a BA in Philosophy from St. Michael’s College and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, where he has also undertaken doctoral studies. He also holds a practitioner accreditation in the complexity science-derived practices and methods of Cognitive Edge. He is currently a regular columnist for CIO Canada, Computerworld Canada and syndicates columns on competitiveness and economics which have appeared in newspapers in seven provinces and one territory. He also writes a daily political column for the Beacon News, which operates local news services in 26 Alberta and BC cities and towns. He has also been published by Computerworld in seventeen different countries, and in Architecture & Governance Quarterly, and is the author of over 400 different research reports.
Bruce has served on a number of different boards and three times been appointed as an instructor (Rotman School of Management, UBC Graduate Faculty of Education and University of Toronto Graduate Faculty of Information). He is a frequent speaker, moderator and chair.
Hear Bruce discuss how to transform your business to beat the competition.
Neha Kotak is a Senior Advisor with over 15 years of international consulting experience. As an advisor, Neha partners with leaders to drive results at the individual, team and organizational levels.
With expertise in leadership assessment and development and executive coaching, her recent engagements include coaching CEOs, alignment of a senior team, and development of high potentials leaders.
Neha holds a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration from Nagpur University, India. She is a member of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology. She is also an Associate Faculty at University of Toronto.
Discover Neha’s insights on what it takes to win on a global scale.
Steve is a professional certified coach, trained in a process certified by the University of Toronto. He’s a dynamic facilitator and a presenter who works with clients globally, from Toronto to Moscow. He is sought out as a “leader’s coach,” and is known for being both challenging and compassionate with his clients. The cornerstone of his process is based on the client’s own experience and strengths as a focal point for their growth. This is supported by his relentless focus on action.
Steve recognizes that traditional educational and training processes don’t always achieve the required outcomes. Steve creates high impact, teachable moments and high levels of accountability for leaders and groups, with improved performance as the result. In addition to coaching corporate leaders, he regularly works with teams and facilitates classroom sessions and virtual development programs. Recent clients include leaders, teams and learning groups in companies from various sectors across North America and Europe including: Citibank, TD Canada,PepsiCo, Maple Leaf Foods, ExxonMobil, ESSO, and GSK.
Learn Steve’s secrets to driving better organizational results through middle management.
LLB, MA, PhD
Jonathon Kovacheff specializes in corporate governance, change/conflict management, strategic planning, strategic human resource planning, executive assessment and coaching, and leadership performance management. Dr. Kovacheff has advised over 120 for profit and not-for-profit organizations and has worked extensively with over 2000 executives. He is actively involved in the area of leadership development and effectiveness, and has diagnosed and developed new governance structures for many corporations and organizations including financial institutions, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial organizations, and IPOs.
Dr. Kovacheff has developed many corporate retreats and corporate director education programs in the areas of leadership and teamwork. He has also lectured at several institutions in Human Resources, Organizational Behaviour, Business Ethics and Statistics. He held the position of assistant professor at Western University’s Centre for Administrative and Information Studies and was a Research Associate on the Corporate Governance Project at the Ivey Business School’s National Centre for Management Research and Development. As a consultant with Ernst & Young, he developed a governance practice model that is used in both national and international settings.
Dr. Kovacheff has written and presented extensively on a variety of topics including director dissent, leader assessment and selection, business ethics, effective corporate governance, building a good board, legal issues in personnel selection, organizational justice, and governance of insolvent debtors.
Nicola Johnson is an Executive Coach to a national clientele of Corporate Leaders in the public and private sector. She has assisted individuals and teams build strong working relationships, communicate with impact, increase productivity and achieve their own definition of success. Her expertise is in Leadership Assessment and Development and Executive Coaching.
Nicola’s 25 years of experience in business, with 6 years as a leadership development and executive coach, give her an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge of organization and interpersonal dynamics combined with a profound understanding of life as a leader.
High in energy, highly observant and highly skilled at connecting with individuals and getting them out of their comfort zone Nicola encourages her clients to recognize their strengths and learning edge for the purpose of elevating them to greater accomplishments as a leader. Her recent assignments have included accelerated leadership development coaching for high potentials, developing coaching competency in leaders, Individual competency development, and coaching leaders evolving into a new role.
Nicola holds a Masters Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. As a certified practitioner with Herrmann International in the administration of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, Nicola is skilled at applying brain-based theory for the purpose of authentic leadership development. Nicola is also certified with PDI Ninth House as a 360 degree feedback facilitator.
Mike Dover is a recognized research authority on the interplay of social media, technology and innovation in corporate strategy.
Mike is the co-author of Wikibrands: Reinventing Your Company in a Customer-Driven Marketplace and led the research that formed the basis for Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World. Wikibrands won the Silver Medal for Marketing Book of the Year for 2011 by Expert Marketeer and was named one of the top ten Business Books by Booklist Magazine.
He is a Professor of Marketing at Humber College in Toronto and the Managing Partner of Socialstruct Advisory Group, a boutique research firm.
HBA, CHRL, CHRE
Michael Debonis has built a unique portfolio of client-side executive Human Capital leadership experience in the Consumer/Retail, Industrial/Manufacturing, Medical Products/Healthcare, and Energy markets building high-performing organizations. As a passionate, driven business executive he has significant North American and international experience leading complex organization challenges in multiple startups, strategic business transformations and M&A transactions. Michael has been successful in these environments by aligning people, process, structure, and technology that yielded short-term gains and positioned multiple organizations for long term value creation.
Michael holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto, is a graduate of the Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, the Advanced Strategic Change Management Program, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management, as well as a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE). The CHRE is a designation reserved for the Human Resources profession’s proven, high-impact leaders. Mr. DeBonis is also proud to be an Arbor Award recipient from the University of Toronto for outstanding service to the university and a Top 40 Alumni of the University of Toronto at Mississauga.
Leverage our Anderson Leadership WISER Network™ for your success
The Anderson Leadership WISER Network™ comprises accomplished leaders drawn from the highest ranks of business, education and politics with a distinguished record of service. These luminaries share our mission to build leadership capacity within our commercial and social enterprises, and to contribute to the wealth and health of society through ethical, sustainable business practices.
We are honoured to count Bill Dimma, William Thorsell and Shann Turnbull among our many WISER Network™ members.
Senior Fellow, Governance House
Former CEO, CUSO International
Former Deputy Secretary General, Amnesty International
Derek G. Evans is trained ethicist with a 30 year career dedicated to leadership in education, human rights and community development. Derek has an extensive background in senior management and governance in the non-profit and charitable sectors, having led national and international organizations based in Canada, the UK and US. He is recognized for his strategic leadership, and his ability to build inclusive and effective partnerships in socially and politically diverse and conflicted situations, including organizational mergers.
Derek was commissioned as a minister of the United Church of Canada in 1979, and served in policy, teaching and leadership roles in British Columbia during the 1980s. In 1990 he joined the London HQ of Amnesty International and served through the 1990s as Deputy Secretary General, leading the organization’s global research, policy and advocacy work. From 2000 to 2005 he was Executive Director of the Naramata Centre for Continuing Education, one of Canada’s foremost experiential learning institutes.
Derek was appointed an Associate of the Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in 2005 and served concurrently as Principal of an independent consultancy providing strategic policy and planning services, largely in support of UN and other international agencies dedicated to advancing the Millennium Development Goals, notably in relation to HIV/AIDS.
In 2008 Derek became the founding CEO of Cuso International, an international development organization based in Ottawa and supporting programs in some 40 countries. He successfully led the organization in mergers and the creation of strategic partnerships that doubled the size and impact of Cuso’s programs and established it as a global leader in inclusive, community based economic development, notably with youth and other marginalized groups. In 2014 Cuso International was recognized by the Financial Post as one of the top 25 charities in Canada.
Derek serves as a Peer Reviewer with the Standards Program of Imagine Canada, the premier accreditation agency for non-profits and charities in Canada. He regularly undertakes organizational evaluations focussed on impact and effectiveness, most recently for the international Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (Dublin). In 2015 he joined the Anderson Leadership Group as Senior Fellow of Governance House in Toronto.
Derek has served as a mediator and peace negotiator in numerous civil conflicts, and has led more than 70 international delegations in all world regions. He is the author or co-author of 14 books on human rights and international development. as well as drama and poetry. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work in human rights, reconciliation and inter-faith dialogue, and a Vision Award for strategic leadership and organizational effectiveness.
Executive-in-Residence, WISER Network™
Former CEO, Royal Ontario Museum
Former Editor-in-Chief, Globe and Mail
William Thorsell is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
For the decade of the 1990s, William served as Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail, repositioning the newspaper to survive in a fast-changing business environment and contributing significantly to the major public policy debates of the era.
William most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum until 2010, leading the venerable cultural institution through a decade of remarkable transformation.
William holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Alberta and a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from Princeton University. The University of Alberta recognized William’s contribution to the intellectual life of the country with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Dean, WISER Network™
Former Chair, Home Capital Group Inc
Former Director, Brookfield Asset Management
Former CEO, Royal LePage Ltd
Former Dean, Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University
Bill Dimma has served in executive capacities as the Dean of York University’s Faculty of Administrative Studies, President of Torstar Corporation and Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd, and Chief Executive Officer of Royal LePage Ltd. and A.E. LePage Ltd. He has served as director on over 100 boards, many in the capacity of Board Chair, including Home Capital Group Inc., Trilon Financial Corporation, Brascan Financial Corp and Brookfield Asset Management Inc., Swiss Re Life & Health Canada and Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada, Trizec Corp., Union Carbide Canada Ltd., Torstar Corp., Magellan Aerospace Corp, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and Canadian Council for Native Business.
Bill is the author of “Excellence in the Boardroom” and “Tougher Boards for Tougher Times”, and has been awarded numerous honours, including the Order of Canada, Order of Ontario and Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Bill holds an Engineering Degree (BASc) from the University of Toronto, an MBA from York University and DBA from Harvard University. He is also a P.Eng and an ICD.D.
Professor-in-Residence, WISER Network™
PhD, MBA, BSc, Dip. Elec. Eng, FAICD, FGIA, FAIM, FSA
Principal, International Institute for Self-Governance
Shann Turnbull is a global thought leader in management and corporate governance. His writings are included among those of leading scholars in the Corporate Governance volume of The History of Management Thought, published by Ashgate Publishing. Shann is the author of a number of books including A New Way to Govern: Organizations and Society after Enron.
Shann has wide-ranging experience in a leader in capitalist enterprises: a CEO, chair and non-executive director of publicly traded corporations; a private equity partner in which he took control and re-organized a dozen publicly traded corporations ; as an entrepreneur, establishing many new enterprises, three of which became publicly traded with two others being public mutual funds; a shareholder activist and non-executive director of the Australian Shareholders Association; and an advisor to the UK-based, institutional investor Hermes Asset Management Limited.
Shann holds an MBA from Harvard and a PhD from Macquarie University, has been a member of the International Corporate Governance Network, and is a current member of the International Corporate Governance Society and the European Corporate Governance Institute.