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Members of the Board of Directors – Biographical Notes

(Updated: June 25, 2013)

Marc A. Courtois

Marc A. Courtois

Montréal, Quebec

Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Member since: October 12, 2007
Independent

Member of all Committees

Marc A. Courtois holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University and a master of business administration from the University of Western Ontario. He has more than twenty years of experience in capital markets. He has particular expertise in the areas of financing, mergers and corporate acquisitions. He worked for RBC Dominion Securities Inc. from 1980 to 2001. Mr. Courtois is an independent member of the Board of directors of TVA Group, GLV Inc., the GBC America Growth Fund Inc and Chairman and Director of NAV CANADA. He is also a past Chairman and current Director of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. He was the Chairman of the Best Care for Children campaign which successfully raised $100 million for the construction of the new Montreal Children’s Hospital.


Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

North York, Ontario

President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Member since: February 2011
Not an independent member being part of the Canada Post executive team (see notes at bottom of biographical notes)

Member of the Board of Directors

The President and CEO sits on the Board of Directors of Canada Post Corporation, and chairs the Strategy and Priorities Meeting, which manages the vision, strategies and priorities for Canada Post and the Canada Post Group of Companies, as well as the public policy framework targets set by the Government of Canada.


Thomas Cryer

Thomas Cryer

Etobicoke, Ontario

Chairperson of the Audit Committee
Member since: October 12, 2007
Independent

Member of the Pension Committee

Thomas Cryer, Fellow Chartered Accountant, is a retired partner of Deloitte and Touche LLP and its former Chairman and chief executive officer. Some of Mr. Cryer's other professional activities have included involvement in various businesses and charitable organizations, such as the Canadian Council of CEOs, Canadian Mental Health, and St. John Ambulance. He is currently on a number of boards of directors including St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, Gennum Corporation and Skyservice Investments Inc. Mr. Cryer holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of British Columbia and was recognized, in Ontario, for his professional contributions by being designated as a Fellow Chartered Accountant.


A. Michel Lavigne

A. Michel Lavigne

Montreal, Quebec

Chairperson of the Pension Committee
Member since July 30, 2008
Independent

Member of the Audit Committee

A. Michel Lavigne is a corporate director and was, until May 2005, President and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Montréal, as well as Chairman of the Board of Grant Thornton Canada. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of Grant Thornton International. Mr. Lavigne is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1973. Michel Lavigne is a director of several companies such as the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Québecor Média, Groupe TVA Inc and he is the Chairman of Primary Energy Recycling Corporation and TeraXion Inc and, in March 2013, he completed an eight-year term on the Board of Directors of the “Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec”.


Honourable Stewart McInnes

The Honourable Stewart McInnes, Q.C.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Member since: June 19th, 2009
Independent

Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Member of the Strategic Initiatives Oversight Committee

Mr. McInnes was senior partner with McInnes Cooper in Halifax from 1961 to 1999. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1984 where he served in several key portfolios. He was involved in many organizations and institutions throughout Nova Scotia, covering a wide range of issues, including Dalhousie University, the United Way of Halifax, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Hearing and Speech Clinic and Tall Ships Nova Scotia. Since 1973, Mr. McInnes has actively participated in fundraising activities throughout the province. He is the recipient of both regional and national awards that pay tribute to his distinguished law career as well as his generous volunteer activities.


Sian M. Matthews

Siân M. Matthews

Calgary, Alberta

Chairperson of the Strategic Initiatives Oversight Committee
Member since: August 23, 2007

Independent
Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Siân Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1985. She is a tax lawyer and her practice focuses on personal tax planning, trusts, estate planning, charity law, wealth management and wealth preservation. Ms. Matthews has a national profile in the areas of tax planning, trust and charity law. She writes regularly for legal journals, and speaks at national and international conferences on tax law. She has been a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. Ms. Matthews also sits on the boards of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, the Calgary Opera Association and Heritage Park Society.


Andrew Paterson

Andrew B. Paterson

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Member since: March 1, 2012
Independent

Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Andrew B. Paterson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Paterson GlobalFoods Inc., a diversified corporation with holdings in Agribusiness, Transportation, Chemicals and Fertilizer, Construction, Finance and Real Estate. Under Mr. Paterson’s leadership the company has grown substantially through acquisitions, internal growth and vertical integration.

Mr. Paterson presently serves as Chairman of the Western Grain Elevator Association and the Alliance Grain Terminal Inc. He is a Director of the Paterson Foundation and the Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company. Mr. Paterson holds Director Emeritus status from CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and the Kenora Lake of the Woods Foundation. He presently serves as Campaign Chairman for the Momentum Campaign at Red River College in Winnipeg, funding their culinary institute, and is a Honourary Colonel with the Canadian Armed Forces.


Iris G. Petten

Iris G. Petten

Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador

Member since: May 19, 2008
Independent

Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee


Ms. Petten has been a corporate board member within private, publicly traded, crown and not-for-profit corporations. She is a senior executive with more than 20 years experience in the fishing industry. Ms. Petten has served as corporate director of Ocean Choice International, Canship Ugland Ltd., Canada Post Corporation, and Oceanex Income Trust. Her work and volunteer experience with many organizations, including Kids Eat Smart, Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network, and Easter Seals illustrate her versatility and adaptability within a variety of organizations. Ms. Petten currently serves as Chair of the Board of Regents of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Alain Sans Cartier

Alain Sans Cartier

L’Ancienne Lorette, Québec

Member since: March 1, 2012
Independent

Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Pension Committee

Alain Sans Cartier is a specialist in strategic management with more than 25 years experience in the field of public affairs. Throughout his career, Mr. Sans Cartier has worked at all levels of government. He has worked as Chief of Staff for the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and with the mayor of Montreal. Mr. Sans Cartier started his career with the federal government as a special assistant to the Minister of Labour. He also has solid experience in the private sector where he has been an advisor in strategic communication with decision makers for more than seven years. Mr. Sans Cartier holds a Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Montreal and is currently responsible for the Communications and Community Relations for the Port of Québec.


William H. Sheffield

William H. Sheffield

BSc., MBA, ICD.D
Vancouver, British Columbia
Chairperson Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Member since: August 23, 2006
Independent

Member of the Pension Committee
Member of the Strategic Initiatives and Oversight Committee

William (Bill) Sheffield holds a bachelor of science with honours in chemistry from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and a Master's degree in Business Administration from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He has completed an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD business school in France, and has graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors’ governance college, earning the designation ICD.D. Mr. Sheffield has more than 20 years of senior management experience for major manufacturers and marketers in the private sector. He was formerly CEO of Sappi Fine Papers (UK, South Africa), Executive Vice-President of Abitibi Consolidated (Montréal), and started his career in the Canadian steel industry. In addition to Canada Post, he is currently a Board member of Ontario Power Generation (Toronto), Velan Inc. (Montréal, TSX), and Houston Wire & Cable (Houston, Texas, NASDAQ). He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (USA).


Donald Woodley

Donald Woodley

Mono, Ontario

Chairperson of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
Member since: August 23, 2006
Independent

Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Member of the Strategic Initiatives Oversight Committee

Donald Woodley is retired from his career in the Information Technology industry where he had more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, and general management. He was ranked 15th in the “Top 30 Canada’s IT Movers and Shakers” in Computing Canada Magazine in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey School of Business). Mr. Woodley is a current Board member of TELUS Corporation Inc., and Steam Whistle Brewing Inc.

Among other board positions, he has in the past served as Chair of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Chair of the Canadian Arts Summit, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of the SickKids Hospital Foundation and Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

Notes

  1. A majority of the members of the Board shall be independent in accordance with the Corporation’s Standards of independence. The Corporation’s Board is fully compliant with these rules.
  2. Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post is not an independent member being part of the executive team, though the Canada Post Corporation Act gives direction that there shall be a Board of Directors consisting of the Chairperson, the President and nine other directors appointed as provided in the Act.