Members of the working group
Donald A. Stewart is Chief Executive Officer of Sun Life Financial Inc.
Originally from Scotland, Mr. Stewart joined Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in London, England, in 1969. He emigrated to Montreal in 1972.
In 1974, Mr. Stewart left the Company to pursue a career in the area of benefits consulting in Toronto. He returned to Sun Life Financial in 1980 to head the Canadian Group Retirement Services Division. From 1987 to 1992, he assumed overall responsibility for Information Technology. In September 1992, he was appointed head of Sun Life Trust Company. In 1996, he became President and Chief Operating Officer and, in 1998, became Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Mr. Stewart is a member of the Board of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association and the international aluminum products company Novelis Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors. the Geneva Association, a think-tank and a world-class research institution in the field of insurance.
Born in 1946, Mr. Stewart was educated at the University of Glasgow where, in 1968, he obtained a degree in Physical Sciences with honors.
L. Jacques Ménard is Chairman of the Board of BMO Nesbitt Burns, one of Canada’s largest securities companies. He is also President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec. In this capacity, he oversees the operations of BMO Bank of Montreal and its subsidiaries, which have approximately 170 branches and 5,000 employees.
Mr. Ménard is currently a director of Claridge Inc., the Montreal Heart Institute, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Alouettes. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Quebec Section) and an Associate Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc., in addition to serving on the Canadian International Advisory Council. HEC School, Advisory Board, Glendon School of Public Affairs, York University, and Macdonald Stewart Foundation Board of Trustees.
Mr. Ménard also chaired the Working Committee on Financing and Sustainability of the Quebec Health and Social Services System, set up by the Government of Quebec in December 2004. In 2008, he published a first book entitled Si we put ourselves in it …, in which he proposes ten major projects with proposals for concrete actions to revive Quebec. In the crowd of this book, he created the Action Group on Perseverance and Academic Success, made up of 28 members from Quebec government ministries, the business community and organizations working in fields related to school perseverance. The Group unveiled its action plan in March 2009.
In 2009, Mr. Ménard was one of four recipients of the annual Public Policy Forum Honors Awards.
Mr. Ménard is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (MBA 1970), Loyola College (1967) and Collège Sainte-Marie (1966).
Laurie Campbell is Executive Director of Credit Canada / Credit Counseling Service of Toronto.
M Campbell held r gradually with increasing responsibilities at Credit Canada since his arrival in 1990; she became a member of the senior management team in 1993 as program director. His responsibilities included the management of the organization’s education department, which offers seminars on money management and credit issues; more than 10,000 people take part in these seminars each year.
M Campbell is President of the Credit Association of Greater Toronto. She is an authoritative source of credit counseling information and is highly recognized by the media in this area, responding on a daily basis to inquiries. She gave interviews to several leading books in the field of finance and has conducted reviews of the financial literature for organizations like MasterCard Canada, Visa Canada, the Investment Funds Institute and the Investor Education Fund. She has also served on the advisory committee established for the Maxed Out television show. She played an important role in support of the Canadian Credit Information Week; this initiative, which is in its third year,
M Campbell was part of the board of directors of the Ontario Association of Credit Counseling Services and the Canadian Association of Credit Counseling Services, Community Service charitable nonprofit that helps consumers by providing information on the credit, advisory services on budgeting, and orderly debt elimination programs. She is also a member of various committees, including the United Way Financial Literacy Committee, the Habitat for Humanity Selection Committee and the Council for Investor Education.
Marcel C? Te is a founding partner of SECOR Conseil. During his nearly 30-year career in consulting, he has specialized in strategic consulting with senior management companies in Canada and France.
Mr. C? Té holds an MSc in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) and is a Fellow of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He taught at the Université de Sherbrooke and the Université du Québec à Montréal, before founding SECOR in 1975. Today, Mr. Cééé acts mainly as an advisor to the senior management of large companies on strategic issues in Canada and Europe
Mr. C? Te is also recognized as an expert in economic growth policy, a subject on which he has written several books. During his career, Mr. C? Té finally acted as adviser to the government. From 1986 to 1988, he worked as an economic advisor to the Premier of Quebec. In 1989 and 1990, he was Director of Strategic Planning and Communications at the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada.
He is a director of Intact Insurance and Empire Ltd. He is also active in Montreal at the community level, particularly at the Foundation of Greater Montreal and the Marie Chouinard dance company, where he chairs the boards of directors, and at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the YMCA.
Patrick C. Foran is an award-winning author and journalist who has been part of the CTV News team for 23 years. He runs Consumer Alert, a popular consumer protection column that airs in the evening on CTV News in Toronto. It also reports on consumption on CTV’s national morning broadcast, Canada AM.
Through his investigative and informative work, Foran has helped consumers recover hundreds of thousands of dollars; he has updated frauds, issued warnings about unsafe products and offered the public a wealth of tips to save money. The thousands of phone calls, e-mails and letters it receives from the public confirm that there is a very high demand for reliable and well-founded consumer information. Foran is promoting better financial education for young Canadians to help them save money and avoid debt.
Foran is the author of Canadian Consumer Alert – 101 Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Money, The Smart Canadian Guide to Building Wealth and The Smart Canadian Guide to Saving Money.