Paul G. Smith was appointed PLC’s Chairman of the Board in February 2020 and has been a director of PLC since May 2016. Over his career, Mr. Smith has held the positions of CFO, CEO, director and Chairman. He was Chair of VIA Rail Canada’s Board of Directors from 2010 to 2014 after having joined the board in September 2006 and was President and CEO of Equity Financial Holdings Inc. (TSX: EQI), a Canadian financial services firm he co-founded whose principal subsidiary is an OSFI-regulated deposit-taking institution. Mr. Smith is a director of several companies and, before joining the private sector, served as Executive Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (France), a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University, and undergraduate degrees (Accounting, Political Science) from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Smith completed the Directors’ Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and holds the ICD.D designation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Andrew Clark has been a director of PLC since July 2011. Mr. Clark joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer in September 2011 after leading a group of investors in the acquisition of approximately 15% of the Company. He was appointed as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in July 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Clark founded a successful tourism and hospitality business which grew from only two employees in 2002 to become a leader in its field with operations and staff in the UK, Canada and the US. The business was ultimately merged with Canada’s largest privately held travel company in 2008 and Mr. Clark was bought out in 2011. Prior to his experience in the travel industry, Mr. Clark worked in the financial analysis and relationship management roles in the mid-market commercial lending business of TD Bank.
CFO & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph Leeder has been a Director since April 2013, and Chief Financial Officer of PLC since July 2013. Mr. Leeder is a Chartered Accountant and was a Partner in the Toronto office of KPMG LLP from 1990 to 1997. After leaving KPMG, Mr. Leeder held the position of Chief Financial Officer at two publicly listed companies.
Timothy Powers has been a director of PLC since January 2015 and Lead Independent Director since August 2016. Mr. Powers is the Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies and the Managing Director of Abacus Data, an opinion research company, both headquartered in Ottawa. He has served as an advisor to both national and provincial party leaders, as well as federal cabinet ministers. Mr. Powers has also provided strategic advice and counsel to many of North America’s top corporations and organizations. Mr. Powers is also the Chairman of Rugby Canada and was a trustee at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Master of Arts degree (Atlantic Canada Studies) from St. Mary’s University, and a Master of Sciences degree (Media and Communications) from the London School of Economics. He is a graduate of ICD-Rotman Directors Education program and has obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D designation. Mr. Powers has also studied Public Sector Management at Harvard University. Mr. Powers is also the Chairman of Rugby Canada and was a trustee at the Centre of Addition and Mental Health (CAMH). He is also one of the owners of the Dominion City Brewing Company located in Ottawa.
STEVEN R. SCOTT
Steven R. Scott has been a director of PLC since April 2014. Mr. Scott is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of StorageVault Canada (TSXV: SVI) and an owner and Chief Executive Officer of The Access Group of Companies. He has over 20 years of experience in the ownership, acquisition, development and management of self storage, residential and commercial real estate in Canada. Mr. Scott serves as an Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair of both Timbercreek Financial Corporation (TSX: TF) and Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC). Mr. Scott serves as Director and Treasurer of the Canadian Self Storage Association (CSSA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and the CPA and CA designations.
John Ward has been a director of PLC since August 2013. Mr. Ward is a fourth generation Funeral Director and co-owner at Ward Funeral Homes Limited, a highly respected independent funeral operator in the Greater Toronto Area, and is actively involved in the funeral industry in Ontario.
Deborah Robinson is the founder and President of Bay Street HR, an outsourced human resources service provider to small and mid-sized financial and professional service firms. Prior to founding Bay Street HR, Ms. Robinson was Executive Director at CIBC World Markets, where she oversaw human resources for global Investment Banking, Merchant Banking and Loan Products. She also held senior HR positions at Fidelity Investments and American Express in Boston and New York City. Ms. Robinson sits on the board and is the Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee of Canada Jetlines Ltd. (TSX-V: JET). She previously sat on the board of Frontline Technologies Inc., a TSX-listed company, and was also a member of the Human Resources Committee, of which she was later named Chairperson. From 2014-2017 she was a board director and committee member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance, Risk, and Strategy Committee of VIA Rail Canada Inc. Ms. Robinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree and is also a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a ICD.D designation.
Ms. Craighead has been a director of PLC since May 2019 and currently serves as the Chair of the Investment Committee. Jane was a Senior Vice President in Global Human Resources at Scotiabank prior to her retirement. Her corporate experience also includes similar roles at Alcan and Rio Tinto. She is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and worked for many years in practice and in consulting. She holds a PhD in Management from McGill University. She is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Regents at Mount Allison University and previously served as Chair of the Investment Committee for the University’s endowment. Ms. Craighead is a director and chairs the Human Resource Development and Compensation Committee for Clearwater Seafoods, one of North America’s largest vertically integrated seafood companies. She is also a director of Jarislowsky Fraser, one of Canada’s leading independent investment firms. Ms. Craighead has many years of experience on the HR side of mergers and acquisitions as well as post transaction integration. Ms. Craighead has published research on executive compensation and corporate governance. She has also been awarded one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
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