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Appointee Biographies

University of Toronto Governing Council


Brian Lawson is a Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Brookfield Asset Management, responsible for Brookfield's global finance, treasury, risk management and technology functions. He also sits on several its investment committees. Since joining Brookfield in 1988, Mr. Lawson has held several senior management positions in Brookfield’s investment and finance operations before assuming his current role in 2002. Mr. Lawson is a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and a director of the Community Food Centers Canada. He and his wife are founding sponsors of the Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition at the University of Toronto.


Danielle Skipp is a chief operating officer and general counsel for BloombergSen Investment Partners, and a Co-Founder and former chief operating officer for SW8 Asset Management Inc. Danielle’s community involvement includes serving as a Chair of the parent committee, sports committee and fundraising for the Cottingham Junior Public School.


Lara Zink is a senior capital markets leader with over two decades of experience in Global Public Equities. She was a former managing director and account manager at RBC. Her community involvement includes serving as a Member of the LIMITLESS Committee for Special Olympics Canada.


Rajiv Mathur is a public account firm partner, business advisor, and independent director with over 30 years of professional services experience working with private and public enterprises. He is a retired senior partner from Deloitte. Mr. Mathur has also previously held faculty positions at four Canadian Universities, where he taught finance and accounting courses. Mr. Mathur has served as a director on the board of the Canadian Franchise Associate and TiE Toronto (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship). Mr. Mathur is a CPA, CA, with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, he holds an MBA from Queen’s University and bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology


Sameer Lal is an associate director with group risk management at Royal Bank of Canada. He worked more than 12 years as managing partner of Public Accountant firm in India and 20+ years in financial industry in Canada. He is Chartered Account (CA) from India and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from USA. He is also Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from India.


Janet Ecker is a former President and CEO of Toronto Financial Services Alliance, a former Member of Provincial Parliament and served as a Minister in multiple portfolios including Finance. Her community involvement includes serving as a member on the board of directors at the University of Toronto, Metrolinx, Toronto Global, Ontario Centre of Excellence, Post Media, Vector Institute and Global Risk Institute.


Kikelomo Lawal is a practicing lawyer residing in Mississauga, Ontario. She has practiced law for over 25 years in both Canada and the United States. She has a unique mix of both litigation and corporate commercial experience, gained in law firm and corporate law department settings.


Sandra Hanington is the former President & Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Canadian Mint, a global manufacturing and marketing business, where she led a multi-year strategic and operational turnaround. Prior to that, she had deep experience in the financial services sector and served in several progressively senior roles in Canada and the U.S. Culminating as Executive Vice-President and member of the Management Committee of BMO Financial Group. Ms. Hanington currently serves as a corporate director and Chair of the Quality and Risk Committee for Extendicare Inc. which provides care to seniors across Canada in long term care homes, retirement homes, and through quality home care. She also serves as a Director for Almia Inc. an investment holding company with investments in public and private companies on a global basis and Chairs its Governance and Nominating Committee. She is a co-founder and has served as a director of, a Canadian youth mental charity, since 2010 and is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross from the office of the Governor General for her work with the organization. Ms. Hanington received her ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a licensed professional engineer. She holds a BASc from the University of Waterloo in Systems Design Engineering and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.


Ryan Teschner is the Executive Director & Chief of Staff of the Toronto Police Services Board, which governs the fourth-largest municipal police service in North America. In this role, Ryan provides executive leadership and strategic advice to assist the Board in improving the delivery of police services in Canada’s largest municipality. Previously, Ryan served in several executive roles within the provincial government where he successfully architected and led high-profile policy and legislative initiatives. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School and began his legal career in 2006, where he held legal counsel roles at two international law firms and appeared before various courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Ryan was a finalist for the Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada in 2018 and 2019.


Janet Cloud is an accomplished global senior technology and operations executive with banking, securities, consulting, B2B relationship management, market research, and IT experience. As VP Ops & Tech and board director at Advantage Group International, she delivered digital products world-wide. She spent 10 years as EVP at TNS Canada/U.S. (TNS Global) running Ops, Tech, and transformational cross-border initiatives. Janet has served 15+ years on government, corporate, healthcare and charitable boards. Janet volunteers as a tutor with the “Beat the Street” program at Frontier College and donates her time to consult with non-profit agencies on their digital strategy and risk management. Janet attained a BSc in Biology and an MBA in Operational Research and Management Information Systems from McGill University. She holds the internationally recognized Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation and obtained her ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Business at U of T.


Ann Curran is the Executive Director of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum; and President of Curran Corporate Advisors Inc., a business consulting and international marketing firm. She has also been President of T.F.C. Inc., a global sourcing and distribution company. Ms. Curran was a Board of Director and President of The Empire Club of Canada, Canada’s oldest and prominent speaker’s forum of record. She has an honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa.


Maureen Harquail serves as a member (part-time) for the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre Corporation, and Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Registrar for the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. Her community involvement includes serving as President of the Loretto Alumnae Association.


Robert Cooper is a Staff Physician for Dufferin St. Clair Community Clinic, a Physician at Humber River Hospital, a Medical Director for Blossom Group, and a Council Member for Canadian Medical Protective Association. Robert’s community involvement includes serving as a board member for Ontario Long Term Care Clinics.


Mary Agnes Wilson is an Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nurse Executive for Mackenzie Health and a former Vice President Professional Practice and Associate Chief Nurse Former Executive for Sinai Health System.


Dawn Wickett graduated from Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology with a Social Service Worker diploma. She is currently a part-time Member with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board until June 5, 2017. Ms. Wickett is a former Youth Counsellor and Mobile Crisis Worker with Algonquin Child and Family Services where she provided mental health intervention to youth within the school setting. Prior to this, Ms. Wicket was employed as a Crisis Intervention Counsellor at North Bay General Hospital. She has extensive training in Trauma, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, Domestic Violence, Victim Issues/Treatment/Intervention, Management, and Developmental Assets. Ms. Wicket's community involvement includes having served as a Team Member for Wrap Around Community Resources.


Joanne McNamara is currently Principal at Santis Health. Her former employment includes roles as Chief, Member Relations, Advocacy and Communications for Ontario medical Association as well as Executive Officer for University of Western Ontario. She also served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada (2014). Her community involvement includes serving as a board member for St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation and St. Joseph's Hospital.