Members of the Board of Directors – Biographical Notes

(Updated: July 16, 2015)

Sian M. Matthews

Siân M. Matthews

De Winton, Alberta

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

Independent 
Member of all Committees

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 lawyer and her practice focuses on governance matters and private wealth management. She writes regularly for legal journals, and speaks at national and international conferences. She has been a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. Ms. Matthews also sits on the boards of Tricon Capital Group Inc. and The Calgary Foundation.


Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

Ottawa, 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

Rosseau, 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.


Michèle Desjardins

Michèle Desjardins

Montréal, Québec

Member since: June 18, 2015 
Independent

Michèle Desjardins is a Certified Management Consultant and a chartered administrator. She has extensive consulting and executive experience. She is President of Koby Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm.

Ms. Desjardins is also a senior associate of Lansberg Gersick & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in family enterprises, she has consulted internationally to family owned or controlled enterprises on issues such as governance policies and structures, succession and leadership development, coaching for executives and successors and shareholder development.

Ms. Desjardins sits on the Board of Directors, the Governance Committee and the Human Resource committee of the Board of the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec, a global fund manager whose clients are mostly Québec public and private pension funds and insurance plans. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the ADF Group Inc., a publically traded steel manufacturing company (TSE: DRX), where she chairs the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee and sits on the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors of Polycello, a Nova Scotia private manufacturing company where she chairs the Nomination and Governance committee and sits on the Pension committee and on the Board of Directors of Cinémania, a non-profit film festival in Montréal.

Ms. Desjardins holds forest engineering and MBA degrees. She is a Fellow in the Family Firm Institute and holds their Certificate in Family Business Advising. She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an institute-certified director (ICD.D).


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, Groupe TVA Inc and he is the Chairman of 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.


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.


Alain Sans Cartier

Alain Sans Cartier

L’Ancienne Lorette, Québec

Member since: March 1, 2012 
Independent

Member of the Pension Committee
Member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
Member of the Strategic Initiatives Oversight 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).


Sharon Sparkes

Sharon Sparkes

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Member since: March 26, 2015
Independent

VP, General Counsel

Sharon Sparkes has held a number of senior executive positions over the last 26 years. As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, she is responsible for its financial management and its Regulatory Services Division. She has been Chairperson of the Association of Liquor Licensing Authorities of Canada. Previously, Ms. Sparkes was Corporate Controller at Stratos Global Corporation. A Chartered Accountant, Ms. Sparkes has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


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 holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. In addition to Canada Post, Mr. Woodley is also a current Board member of TELUS Corporation Inc.

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.