Annalisa King is one of the most respected business executives in the country. In 2012, she was recognized by BIV with a BC CFO Award for her work with Best Buy Canada Ltd. King has been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Hall of Fame.
UBC Board of Governors
Following a distinguished career in finance, Nancy McKenzie lends her expertise to a number of organizations as a professional corporate director. She was elected chair of the University of British Columbia’s board of governors in 2020, and serves as vice-chair of Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union.
Tower Beach Capital
John Montalbano is the former vice-chair of RBC Wealth Management and CEO of RBC Global Asset Management. He currently serves as a director with organizations including AbCellera, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Aritzia and Rideau Hall Foundation. He serves as chair of White Crane Capital, Canalyst Financial, St. Paul’s Foundation and more.
HOMETOWN: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories GREATEST SUCCESS: “With a great management team, growing RBC GAM, Canada’s largest money management firm, into a global leader, never losing focus on the client and maintaining a culture of integrity and ethics.” BEVERAGE OF CHOICE: “A negroni.” LAST MEAL: “A bit of everything on Vij’s menu.”
Andrew Petter is president emeritus of Simon Fraser University, where he served as president for a decade, and a professor in SFU’s School of Public Policy. In addition to his role as board chair of Innovate BC, he acts as associate counsel with Arvay Finlay LLP, and sits on the board of trustees of the University of Central Asia.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “When everyone thinks alike, no one thinks much at all.” – B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennet FUN FACT: “I am an authority on Marx: Groucho, Harpo and Chico.” SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE: “Joseph Gosnell: a visionary and courageous leader whose tireless work and advocacy moved Canada towards greater recognition of Indigenous rights and of the need for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.”
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Judith Sayers serves as a strategic adviser to First Nations and corporations. She was the elected chief of the Hupacasath First Nation for 14 years, and the nation’s chief negotiator for 15 years. Sayers has an extensive background practising law for 18 years in both British Columbia and Alberta. She was installed as chancellor of Vancouver Island University in 2020 and currently serves on the boards of BC Ferries and the BC Achievement Foundation.
FORMER CANADA CHAIR
After many years in television journalism, Carole Taylor was elected municipally and provincially, and served as B.C.’s minister of finance from 2005 to 2008. She has held positions on more than two dozen public and corporate boards, including TD Bank, Fairmont Hotels and CBC/Radio-Canada. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Audain Art Museum, as a governor of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and as chancellor emeritus at Simon Fraser University.
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