The experts shaping our vision, upholding our legacy, and ensuring our excellence
With a longstanding reputation for unrivaled service and quality, CSA Group is led by our industry’s brightest experts. The CSA Group Leadership Team and Board of Directors guide our continued success by bringing together unmatched knowledge, understanding, and experience.
Board of Directors
Jane Peverett is a corporate director. Currently, she serves on the boards of CP Rail, where she chairs the Audit Committee, CIBC (previous chair of the Audit Committee), NW Natural and Capital Power. Previous boards include Encana, where she chaired the Audit Committee, HydroOne, where she chaired the Governance Committee, BC Ferries Authority, where she chaired the board, Postmedia, and Aegis Insurance. Not-for-Profit boards include The Stratford Festival, Junior Achievement BC, The United Way of the Lower Mainland, The Canadian Gas Association and the Canadian Electricity Association.
Jane was the President & CEO of BC Transmission Corporate from 2006 to 2009, and CFO from 2003 to 2006. She was the President & CEO of Union Gas Limited from 2001 to 2003 and CFO from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that, Jane held a series of increasingly senior roles within Westcoast Energy, including VP Finance.
Jane received a B. Commerce from McMaster University and an MBA from Queens University. She is a certified professional accountant and was made a fellow of the society in 1993. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, serves on the Advisory Board of the BC Chapter and completed the Institute’s Director Education course.
Dr David Fung
Dr. Fung is the Chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group of companies. He has co‐founded or restructured more than 30 business ventures in North America, Europe and Asia. He obtained his Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from McGill University and completed the senior business executive program at Queen’s University. Dr. Fung has completed the Chartered Director, Audit Committee Certified and Human Resources & Compensation Committee Certified programs at the Directors College.
Dr. Fung’s community experience includes chancellor, board of governors and senate of Capilano University of British Columbia, chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada (2013‐14), president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (2006‐7), co‐chair of the Members of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (2009‐14), chair of China Committee of International Science and Technology Partnership Canada (2007‐13), a member of the Selection Committee for the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (2014-6), the Regulatory Advisory Committee of Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (2015-7), board member of CentrePort Canada Inc. (2009-2015), an investment champion of Global Affairs Canada, a member of the Gateway Performance Table of Transport Canada, Management Board of National Zero Waste Council of Canada and the Steering Committee of Metro Vancouver Prosperity Initiative, vice‐chair of the Canada China Business Council, past‐chair (2007-9) and current national board member of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association and Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Network. Dr. Fung is a venture advisor of Cycle Capital Management Inc. He was awarded the 2009 Canadian Asian of the Year (business and public service category) by Asia Network Canada and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2012. Dr. Fung was conferred the degree, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by Capilano University in 2014.
Dr. Fung was first elected to the board of CSA Group in 2009 and is currently a member of the Audit, Finance and Risks Committee.
Evan R. Gaddis
Evan Gaddis is the past president and chief executive officer of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) serving from September 2005 to November 2014. NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electrical manufacturers. Founded in 1926, its approximately 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity and medical imaging. Domestic shipments of electrical products produced by NEMA members exceed $120 billion.
Previously, Mr. Gaddis served as the president of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA) from 2001 to 2005. GAMA, a national trade association, represented over 200 manufacturers of residential, commercial, and industrial heating appliances, water heating equipment, and components, as well as manufacturers of equipment and providers of services used in the production, transmission, and distribution of fuel gases.
Mr. Gaddis had a successful career in the United States Army retiring as a Major General. In his last assignment, as commanding general of the U. S. Army Recruiting Command, he managed a multimillion dollar recruiting organization with more than 12,000 employees charged with an annual recruiting objective of 122,000 new people. Earlier he commanded the Army’s Community and Family Support Center, a billion-dollar agency responsible for For-profit businesses and family programs and resources, and the Army’s hotels and resorts world-wide. His earlier career included over 20 years in army combat arms assignments. During his time in the United States Army, he served in many domestic and international assignments and received numerous awards and decorations.
Mr. Gaddis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, and a Master of Business Administration from National University, San Diego, California and an Honorary Doctorate from National University. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and The National War College.
Mr. Gaddis is a former a member of the Electrical Manufactures Club; served on the advisory board of the U. S. Army Recruiting Command and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Smart Grid Advisory Council. He was previously a member of the U. S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and U. S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100.
Previous professional board positions include: America National Standards Institute; Council of Manufacturing Associations, National Association of Manufacturers; Electrical Safety Foundation International; Industry Data Exchange Association; Army and Air Force Exchange Service; and Army Emergency Relief.
Mr. Gaddis was appointed to the CSA Group Board of Directors in 2015 and is currently a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.
J. Ian Giffen
Ian Giffen is currently Chairman of Kinaxis Inc. (KSX.TSX) and a Director of a number of private companies including Desire2learn Inc. In addition, he is active in the not for profit sector and currently serves on the Boards of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.
Ian has previously served as a Director of over 25 public and private companies including Macromedia Inc., (1997 – 2005) until it was sold to Adobe Systems Inc. for $4 billion. He has served as Chair of Audit for most of those companies and is known for his business acumen, broad financial perspective and unyielding commitment to value for shareholders. With extensive Board experience in both public and private M&A, Ian has led a broad range of transactions as Chair of the Special Committee and been involved in the sale of a number of public companies, more than 12 major transactions in all, with a total valuation of approximately $10 billion.
Ian was previously Chairman of Descartes Systems Group Inc. (2004 – 2011), Vision Critical Inc., and 724 Solutions Inc. He holds Chartered Accountant and Corporate Finance designations and was recently awarded the distinction of Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
Richmond (Dick) Graham
Richmond (Dick) Graham retired as President and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority (YQR) in 2017 after a long career in President/CEO and senior mgmt roles in oil&gas, pipelines, mining, and air transportation industries. He has served on many international and Canadian private and publicly traded Boards since 2001 and remains active on the Boards of private for-profit companies and not-for-profit registered charities. In addition to these Board activities he is Chair of the Board of the Saskatchewan Science Centre that recently approved a strategic plan that, among other outcomes, has committed to deliver STEM education throughout northern communities.
Mr. Graham grew up in Canada’s far north and a grain farm and cattle ranch in NW Sask. He has made Regina, SK home for 25 years while working in seven provinces and territories. Dick and his wife, Danelle, together have 5 children. He is of European and Native North American ancestry and embraces diversity.
He holds a Diploma of Technology (SK), Bachelor Engineering (ON), Masters of Business Administration MBA (BC), and has studied International Trade Law (UK). Mr. Graham is a Professional Engineer and also holds CMC, PMP, and ICD.D (Corporate Director) designations.
Dick has been active in Standards development since the early 1990’s and developed standards on CSA TCs, served as chair of the CSA PNGIS Strategic Steering Committee, chaired the CSA Standards Policy Board and CSA Standards Development Council and has served on the CSA Board of Directors since 2015. While on the Board of Directors he has held the position of Vice Chair and served on the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee, and the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee. Dick is currently a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee. He has great admiration for the dedication, commitment and hard work of all current and retired CSA contributors, a keen appreciation for the rich 100 year history of our great membership organization, and understands the value that the business of Testing, Inspection and Certification brings to the Association.
Jimmy LaValley is the owner and CEO of JLV Consulting, LLC. He is a retired executive with over 35 years of experience in Human Resources for Mountain Bell, US WEST and Waste Management. Previously, as Waste Management’s Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Mr. LaValley was responsible for starting up and overseeing all human resource functions, including compensation, benefits, recruitment, development, retention, performance management and succession planning. He is widely considered an accomplished Human Resources leader, consultant, executive search expert and accomplished Board member.
Mr. LaValley has extensive knowledge and demonstrated accomplishments in all Human Resources disciplines, as well as a broad understanding of hi-tech and telecommunications industries. He is regarded as a high energy impassioned advisor and strategic business partner with a capacity for driving sustained optimal individual, team, and organizational performance, as well as promoting enhanced business development and operational effectiveness.
Mr. LaValley was appointed to the CSA Group Board of Directors in 2013. In April, 2015, he was appointed by the Board to lead the Interim Office of the Chief Executive and act as a facilitator to the Board during the CEO search process. Mr. LaValley is currently the Chair of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee.
Norma McCormick is founder and principal of Corporate Health Works, Inc. She has worked in the fields of human services, systems evaluation and planning, health promotion, occupational safety and health and environmental management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and certification in Occupational Safety and Health through the University of Manitoba. She completed course work in Health Care Administration in the Independent Studies Program of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. In 1990 she was elected a Member of the Manitoba Legislature and served until 1995.
Norma was a member of CSA’s Strategic Steering Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and is now on the Public Safety Strategic Steering Committee. She participated on several CSA Technical Committees: CSA Z1000 - Occupational Health and Safety Management System, Z1600 - Emergency and Continuity Management, and Z1005 Incident Prevention and Investigation. She chaired Z1004 responsible for developing a General Workplace Ergonomics standard. At the international level, Norma was Chair of ISO’s Consumer Policy Committee (ISO COPOLCO) from 2010 - 2013 and now heads the Canadian Delegations to two ISO Technical Committees: TC 292 - Security and Resilience and PC 283 that developed ISO 45001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management System. She is now Convenor of TC 283, Working Group 2, now working on ISO 45003, Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. For her volunteer contribution to standards development to CSA, Norma received CSA’s Award of Merit in June 2006. She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977.
She was first elected to the CSA Board of Directors in 2013 and is currently a member of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee.
Dr Robert (Bob) Page
Bob Page was formerly a Director on the board of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Assessment Agency, and formerly a Director for the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
Dr. Page is known nationally and internationally for his work on energy and the environment in areas such as climate change, emissions trading, bio-diversity, and protected spaces, environmental impact assessment, and policy and regulation. He has served the Government of Canada in international negotiations on the Conference of the Parties for Kyoto, the NAFTA negotiations, and trade and the environment. Dr. Page has given expert testimony on social, technical, and environmental issues before Canadian
Parliamentary and US Senate Committees. He is a frequent speaker in Canada, the US, and EU at business conferences such as International Energy Agency in Paris and IHS CERAWeek in Houston.
He was Chair of the Government of Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and Chair of the management committee for the International Standards Organization 14000 series of international environmental standards, which develops standards for adoption by industry and government (Geneva). From 1997 to 2007, Dr. Page was the Vice-President Sustainable Development at TransAlta Corporation. He is a Member of the joint Canadian- American task force designing geological storage standards for carbon capture and storage, is a member of the board of directors of the ENMAX Corporation, a Governor and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a Board Member of the Canadian Water Network, and a Board Member of Pollution Probe. Dr. Page is chair of the management committee for the ISO 14000 series (international environmental standards) working with CSA who provide the secretariat.
Dr. Page holds honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degrees from Queen's University and a doctorate (international relations) from Oxford University. He also received an ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management - Institute of Corporate Directors Institute Certification as professional Director. Dr. Page was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contribution to environmental management.
Dr. Page was appointed to the Association Board of Directors in 2013 and is currently a member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.
Nathalie Pilon is President of ABB in Canada and member of the Executive Board of ABB Americas since October 2015. Prior to her appointment, she was President of Thomas & Betts Canada since 2008, where she had been with the company since 1996 as Vice President, Finance and Information Technologies. Following the acquisition of Thomas & Betts by ABB in 2012, she was appointed Vice President of ABB in Canada’s Low Voltage Products Division. As leader of the largest manufacturing supplier of electrical products in Canada, she brought innovation, operational excellence and customer service to the forefront, achieving leadership in the Canadian marketplace. Prior to joining Thomas & Betts, Ms. Pilon served as Senior Manager, Professional Practice for KPMG LLP.
A nationally recognized business leader in Canada, Ms. Pilon brings twenty years of experience in industry and manufacturing, and a keen ability to bring people and technology together to drive Canada’s innovation ecosystem. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2011. In 2015 she received the distinguished Leadership Award by the Association of Women in Finance, and in 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University for her innovation in business.
Ms. Pilon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales at the University of Montréal and is a member of the Québec Order of Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA). She is a board member of the Business Council of Canada, and sits on the Board of Directors of Electro-Federation Canada, the CSA Group and the Montreal Port Authority.
Ms. Pilon was appointed to the CSA Group Board of Directors in 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee.
Karl Smith is a retired executive who worked for over thirty years with Fortis Inc., a diversified utility holding company with operations across North America as well as the Caribbean and Central America. Fortis is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and at the time of Mr Smith’s retirement had a market capitalization of approximately $20 billion Canadian. Mr. Smith’s last role at Fortis was as EVP and Chief Financial Officer, a position that he held for four years. Prior to that Mr. Smith was CEO for two Fortis operating subsidiaries, Newfoundland Power and Fortis Alberta. He served in these capacities for approximately ten years. Mr. Smith has served as the Chairman of the Canadian Electricity Association and as Treasurer of the Western Energy Institute and is a retired member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Smith is a dedicated contributor to his community and currently serves on the Boards of Young Adult Cancer Canada, Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador, Team Broken Earth and Chairs the Advisory Board of the School of Business at Memorial University. Mr. Smith also serves on the Board of Clearwater Seafoods, a sustainable seafood harvesting company that trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Wendy Tilford is a former Deputy Minister, Ontario Government, at the Ministries of Government and Consumer Services, Economic Development and Trade and Research and Innovation. Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service in 2010, Ms. Tilford held senior executive positions in public and private companies, large complex organizations, start-ups and mid-size companies including Bell Canada, Norigen Communications and CSA Group. Ms. Tilford served as the President of QMI, a former division of CSA Group and North America’s leading management system registrar.
Previous professional and board positions include the Ontario Public Service Executive Development Committee and Public Service Commission, Vice Chair of the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation Board, a member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance Board and a member of the National Research Council for Emerging Technologies.
Ms. Tilford was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014 by the Women's Executive Network. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a graduate of the Institute’s Director Education course. Wendy is currently a board member of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
She was elected to the CSA Group Board of Directors in 2015 and is a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee.
Originating from Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ms. Whelan is principal shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Seafair Capital, a growth-focused company with investments in community and behavioural health, wellness and safety. Guided by the core values of integrity, entrepreneurship, community, action, and fun, the Seafair team aims to ‘do well while doing good.’
In addition to leading her group of companies, Ms. Whelan chairs the board of directors of Newfoundland Power, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS). She is also a director of CSA Group, and the Bank of Canada. She has previously served as a board director for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Newfoundland & Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (NOIA) and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Ms. Whelan brings her down-to-earth style and entrepreneurial passion to every conversation, contributing her time and talent to various other regional boards and community service initiatives.
Ms. Whelan has received many accolades for entrepreneurship and leadership at the national level. In 2017, she was named Startup Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year for an outstanding impact in Canadian entrepreneurship and was awarded the P.J. Gardiner Entrepreneurship Award from Memorial University. She was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2016, named Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2014, and inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to home care.
Ms. Whelan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Memorial University. She also completed advanced studies in Alternative Dispute Resolution and holds the ICD.D designation from the Directors Education Program of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.
Ms. Whelan was appointed to the CSA Group Board of Directors in 2015 and is currently the Chair of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.
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