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Commission member biographies

Ministry of Finance

Don Drummond, Chair

Don Drummond is currently Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Queen's University. Mr. Drummond was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, where he graduated from the University of Victoria. He subsequently received his M.A. in Economics from Queen's University. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Queen's University.

Mr. Drummond joined the federal Department of Finance upon completing his studies at Queen's. During almost 23 years at Finance, Mr. Drummond held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy. His last three positions were, respectively, Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy and Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In this latter position Mr. Drummond was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations. In particular, Mr. Drummond coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Drummond served as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, TD Bank. Mr. Drummond led TD Economics' work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies which influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies.

Dominic Giroux, Commission member

Dominic Giroux became Laurentian University's ninth President in April 2009, following the unanimous recommendation of an 11-member presidential search committee composed of representatives of the Board of Governors, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Prior to his appointment at Laurentian, Mr. Giroux was assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, where he lead a team of 1,200 employees from the two ministries in 10 cities including Sudbury, North Bay, Thunder Bay and Barrie.

He led the government's efforts in securing the renewal of over 400 collective agreements in education expiring in 2008.  With his colleagues, Mr. Giroux successfully facilitated four-year collective agreements between 22 unions and school boards' associations covering all of the sector's collective agreements.

Mr. Giroux also brought to the job a renewed focus on collaboration and outcomes in French-language schools which contributed to measurable improvements in student achievement and retention, as well as synergies between secondary schools and postsecondary institutions.  He oversaw significant capital approvals at all educational levels as well as the decision-making process leading to the full autonomy of the French-language broadcaster TFO.

Prior to serving in government, Mr. Giroux was chief of staff to the CEO and later CFO of a new district of 45 French-language schools in southern Ontario from 1998 to 2001, and CFO of a school board in eastern Ontario from 2002 to 2005, where he led an ambitious capital expansion.

A member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Mr. Giroux has a bachelor's degree in social sciences and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Ottawa.  He also holds an MBA from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HÉC) in Montreal.

Susan Pigott, Commission member

Susan Pigott is the Vice President, Communications and Community Engagement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

She trained as a nurse at the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto and then worked as a registered nurse for 10 years in Toronto and in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

In 1978, Ms. Pigott earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Toronto. Since then, she has worked in the non-profit human services field for over 25 years. Prior to CAMH, she was the Chief Executive Officer of St. Christopher House, a community-based, multi-service agency that operates in the west end of Toronto. Prior to that, she spent seven years at the United Way of Greater Toronto, first as Allocations Director and then as Vice President of Fundraising. In 2006-07, she took a leave of absence from St. Christopher House to serve as the Executive Lead for Citizen Engagement, supporting the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform.

An active volunteer, Ms. Pigott has served on several boards including the Community Social Planning Council, the Hospital for Sick Children and Soulpepper Theatre Company. Currently, she is a board member of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, the Change Foundation, and Workman Arts.

Carol Stephenson, O.C., Commission member

Carol Stephenson is the Dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario, as well as the Lawrence G. Tapp Chair in Leadership. 

Since joining Ivey in 2003, Carol Stephenson has led the drive to re-shape the teaching of business education. As a widely respected CEO, she brings more than 30 years of progressive experience in marketing, operations, strategic planning, technology development, and financial management to Canada's premier business school.

Ms. Stephenson currently serves on several boards for top Canadian companies and on important government committees. She is a Director of Intact Financial Services Corporation (formerly ING Canada) and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc..  Carol served as a Board of Directors member for GM Canada, until she was appointed by the Governments of Canada and Ontario to serve as a Board Member for General Motors Company. Ms. Stephenson is Chair of the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board, and Chair of the Federal Government's Advisory Committee on Senior Level Retention and Compensation. In November 2006, she was appointed by the Federal Government to serve on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC). She has earned significant recognition for her community work, and industry involvement. Notably, in December 2009, Carol was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.



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