The Empire Club of Canada Announces
2021-22 Board of Directors
July 22, 2021
The Empire Club of Canada is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for its 118th season.
As Canada’s go-to forum for conversations that matter, the Empire Club of Canada’s Board of Directors play an integral role in supporting the organization’s mission through the development and production of over 40 events annually, including its signature “Nation Builder of the Year Award”.
On Thursday, June 24th at the Empire Club’s Annual General Meeting, 35 Directors were elected to the 2021-2022 Board, including a new President, Kelly Jackson.
“Public dialogue has immense power to connect people to ideas and each other. For more than a century, the Empire Club of Canada has been a platform for critical conversations and as a club of record continues to uniquely chronicle this public discourse,” said Jackson. “I am excited to see how the diverse experiences and perspectives of our Board members will help build on that legacy and create new opportunities for Canadians to engage on the important issues of our time.”
The past season offered virtual events only due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, engaging audiences across the country and abroad. The Club is optimistic that the upcoming season will see its virtual events complemented with the return of in-person events as soon as it is safe and viable.
Board of Directors 2021-2022 Season
Manager, Indigenous Relations, Hydro One Networks
Managing Partner, Sussex Strategy Group
Carrie Bois, Treasurer
Chief Executive Officer, C+B Consulting
Director of Public Affairs, Red Bull Canada
CEO, Canadian Securities Exchange
Radio Host, TSN 1050
Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
Senior Vice-President, Public Affairs, Fleishman Hillard HighRoad, Ottawa
Jenna Donelson, Secretary
Public Affairs Manager, Humber College
Principal, Valorem Insights
Dr. Mohamad Fakih
President & CEO, Paramount Fine Foods
Kulvir Singh Gill, 3rd Vice-President
Senior Strategist, Clareo
Kelly Jackson, President
Associate Vice-President, Government Relations, Marketing and Communications, Humber College
President and CEO, Jesson Communications
John J. Kirton
Director, G7 Research Group, G20 Research Group, BRICS Research Group; Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto
Director of Sales, Power Transmission & Distribution, Ontario, Siemens Energy Canada
Director of Project Development, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
Dr. Gordon K. McIvor
President, Empire Club Foundation
President & Chief Executive Officer, Burlington Chamber of Commerce
Fundraising and Strategic Consultant, Arts & Culture Sector
Lead Account Partner, IBM
Sal Rabbani, 1st Vice-President
Managing Partner, BDC Advisory Services, Business Development Bank of Canada
Director, Communications, Radical Ventures
Vice-President, Strategic Communications, Global Public Affairs, Ontario
Vice-President, Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Senior Vice-President, Public Affairs, Edelman
Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
Vice-President, Rubicon Strategies
Antoinette Tummillo, Immediate Past President
President, Antoinette Tummillo & Associates Inc.
CEO, Home Care Ontario
Michael Van Soelen
Managing Principal, Navigator Ltd.
Jan Westcott, 2nd Vice-President
President & CEO, Spirits Canada
William (Bill) F. White
Chairman, IBK Capital Corp.
Paul M. Yeung
Director of Public Affairs, JTI-Macdonald Corp.