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
Greg Weeres retired as President of Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. in March 2016 after over 17 years with the company. Prior to joining Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. in 1998 he was with BC Gas Utility Ltd. and its predecessor company Inland Natural Gas Ltd. for 15 years. Mr. Weeres began his career in Vancouver for Inland Natural Gas in the design engineering area in 1983. Two years later he relocated to Prince George BC to take over the engineering responsibilities for the northern part of Inland's operation. From 1989 to 1995 Mr. Weeres resided in Kelowna and held a number of different positions including Operations Manager, District Manager, and Manager Customer Services. These positions continued to broaden his experience in the areas of Engineering, Construction, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales, Government Relations, and Regulatory Affairs. In 1995 he moved back to Vancouver to lead the Customer Service function throughout the province for BC Gas.
Mr. Weeres was born in Stettler, Alberta in 1961. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree (civil engineering) from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute of Management.
Mr. Weeres was appointed to the CSA Group Board of Directors in 2007 and most recently served as Chair of the Human Resources Compensation Committee, and a member of the Standards Policy Board.
Richmond (“Dick”) Graham has been active in CSA Standards development since 1995 and is the former Chair of the CSA PNGIS Strategic Steering Committee. He is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with over 30 years’ experience in the energy and resources sector. Mr. Graham holds a Dipl.Tech. (SIAST), B.Eng. (Lakehead University), and an MBA (Royal Roads University). He was recently appointed President & CEO, Regina Airport Authority. Prior to that, he was President, MMI Nexus Consulting Group and Vice President, Distinct Resources Corp., President & CEO, Banyan Gold Corp, Vice President, AltaGas, and Vice President, Landis Energy Corporation. In addition to his senior executive experience on private and publicly traded companies, Mr. Graham also sits on the Board of Directors of public and private energy, mining, and product technology companies.
Mr. Graham was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, NWT and Nunavut. He and his family have called Regina, SK home for the past 23 years while his work has taken him across Canada to Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Whitehorse, and across the US, Africa, UK and South America.
In addition to his history of active involvement in the industries he has enjoyed serving, Mr. Graham has applied and continues to apply his knowledge and experience on matters of strategy, stakeholder engagement, finance, building a sustainable business and corporate governance on the Boards and Committees of many charity and community groups. He is very proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Science Centre and other organizations that are community and member-centric focused.
Appointed to the CSA Group Board of Directors in January 2015, Mr. Graham is Chair of the CSA Standards Policy Board, and a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of the Board.
Dr David Fung
Dr. Fung is the Chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group of companies. He has founded or co‐founded 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 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), vice‐chair of the Canada China Business Council, past‐chair of national board and current chair of national policy committee of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association, and board member of Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Network and CentrePort Canada, Inc. Dr. Fung is a strategic advisor of Cycle Capital Management Inc., an Investment Champion for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and a member of the Selection Committee for the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Industry Canada, the Regulatory Advisory Committee of Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada and the Gateway Performance Table of Transport Canada. 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, a regional university on the North Shore of Vancouver on June 2, 2014.
Dr. Fung was first elected to the board of CSA Group in 2009, served as Vice-Chair of the Board from 2013 to 2016, and is currently a member of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee.
Evan R. Gaddis
Evan R. 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 imagining. Domestic shipments of electrical products produced by NEMA members exceed $120 billion.
NEMA has approximately 100 staff, a vigorous government relations program, and industry statistics and forecasting business, and a technical standards program with a portfolio of nearly 500 standards for the manufacture of electrical equipment. The organization has an international presence with offices in China and Mexico. Along with the National Association of Electrical Distributors, NEMA owns the industry Data Exchange Association, a joint venture electronic commerce service provider.
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 $401 million 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, an 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 currently a member of the Electrical Manufactures Club; serves 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.
Dr Roland Hosein
Roland Hosein, retired Vice-President, Environment, Health and Safety, General Electric Canada, is a native of Trinidad who took his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of London, and completed his Ph.D. at Western University. He did research on epidemiology of lung diseases at Yale University (1972), and later led a team in Occupational Health for the Government of Alberta (1975).
Dr. Hosein started the graduate program in Occupational and Environmental Health with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (1978) and today is Adjunct Professor. He has made over 100 presentations to peer groups. He is holder of the CSA’s John Jenkins Award, the Occupational Hygiene Association of Ontario’s Hugh Nelson Award, the Distinguished National from Trinidad and Tobago in Canada Award, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award.
In his former role as VP at GE Canada. he had corporate responsibility for health and environment for Canada, and supported Latin America and India. He is recent Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee on Environmental Management Systems and headed the Canadian Delegation on ISO 14000. He is Chair the Standards Council of Canada Committee on Nanotechnology and is Head of Delegation to ISO TC 229. He is on the Board of Prime Mentors Canada, he is recent Chair of the Board of the Institute for Work and Health and member of the Research Advisory Panel of the Ministry of Labour. He is co-chair of the Members Group at the CFI, and was on the expert panel on Innovation at NSERC. He was a member of the Canadian Strategy on Cancer Control, and is on the Ontario Steering Committee to the Occupational Cancer Research Center.
He is involved in a number of charitable projects and has funded the building of a technology wing of his primary school in his native Trinidad.
Dr. Hosein was elected to the Association Board of Directors in 2007, was Chair of the Board and Chair of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee, 2013-2016, and is currently a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
Mr. LaValley joined Brimstone Consulting Group as a Senior Partner in 2008 after retiring from Waste Management as the head of Human Resources. Mr. LaValley brings a 30 year background in the Human Resources field helping clients, Executive Teams and Boards to develop and implement programs that align human capital with business strategy. In 2010, Mr. LaValley joined Integrated People Solutions as a Principal where he actively participates in identification and placement of senior executives in key positions.
Previously, as Waste Management’s Senior Vice President, People, 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 also worked closely with Waste Management’s Board to develop a systematic process for selecting a new CEO and conduct formal assessments of the three internal candidates. Following his selection, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mr. LaValley helped develop and implement the company’s one and three-year business strategies. These efforts resulted in significant, consistent improvements in productivity, safety, profitability and share price performance.
Mr. LaValley joined Waste Management from Covad Communications Group, Inc., where he was Executive Vice President of Community Relations. Prior to Covad, Mr. LaValley was Executive Director, Human Resources, for US WEST Communications where he led a team of 200 professionals who handled the company’s staffing, recruiting, relocation and management development programs. Mr. LaValley began his career with US WEST in 1979.
Mr. LaValley earned a BA in pre-law and criminal justice from Northeastern Oklahoma State University. Appointed to the CSA Group Board of Directors in 2013, Mr. LaValley is a member of the Human Resources Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee. On April 1, 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.
David MacKinnon is former Former President of the Ontario Hospital Association and Past Chair of West Park Healthcare Centre, a 316 bed hospital in Toronto). He also served on the board of the Standards Council of Canada and as a member of the Governing Council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons. Mr. MacKinnon currently serves on the boards of Quinte Healthcare and Loyalist College in Belleville. He had previously been a member of the CSA board and is now rejoining it.
Mr. MacKinnon has an MBA from York University (obtained by study at Harvard University, Oxford University, the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) and York. He also has a BA (Honours Economics) from Dalhousie University. He has served on several boards including the Canadian Comprehensive Audit Foundation, the Change Foundation, ORTECH Corporation and the Ontario Hospital Association, as well as the board of the Standards Council of Canada.
He served as a public member of the Governing Council of the Ontario College of Physicians and was a member of its Executive and Complaints Committees as well as Chair of the Finance Committee. In addition, Mr. MacKinnon is Chair of the Board of West Park Healthcare Center, a large rehabilitation hospital in Toronto. He is a frequent commentator on issues related to the fiscal relationship between Ontario and the rest of Canada.
Mr. MacKinnon was first appointed to the Association Board of Directors in June 2007 and after a brief departure rejoined the Association Board of Directors. He currently is a member of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee and the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.
Norma McCormick is founder and principal of Corporate Health Works, Inc. and works with companies and communities to detect, assess and control safety and health risks in the workplace and the environment. She has worked in the fields of human services, systems evaluation, and planning, health promotion, occupational safety and health, and environmental management since 1967. Norma holds a Bachelor of Arts (1967) and in 1990 received certification in Occupational Safety and Health through the University of Manitoba. She has completed coursework 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.
Ms. McCormick is a member of CSA’s Strategic Steering Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. She is a member of the CSA Technical Committees responsible for the development of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard (CSA Z1000-14), Emergency and Continuity Management Program (SA Z1600-14) and Incident Investigation (CSA Z1005). She chaired CSA TC Z1004 -12 responsible for developing a General Workplace Ergonomics standard. At the international level, she chaired 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 for developing ISO 45001 an Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard. 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.
Ms. McCormick was elected to the Association Board of Directors in 2013 and is currently a member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating 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, member of the ABB Group, a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure. She took on this role in 2015 and is an active member of the Executive Committee of ABB Americas.
Prior to being appointed to this position, she served as President of Thomas & Betts in Canada from 2008 to 2015, 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 the Low Voltage Products Division for ABB in Canada. As this division’s head, she brought innovation, operational excellence and customer service to the forefront of achieving leadership in the Canadian marketplace.
Recognized as a business leader in Canada, she holds over twenty years of experience in manufacturing and distribution of products for the energy sector that improve reliability and efficiency for the utility sector, industries and for infrastructure. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2011 as well as receive in 2015, the Leadership Award by the Association of Women in Finance highlighting achievements by women in business and finance.
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 has served on the Board of Directors of Electro-Federation Canada, Conseil du Patronat du Québec and Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters.
Ms. Pilon was appointed to the Association Board of Directors in 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee.
Wendy Tilford is a former Deputy Minister with the Province of Ontario. As Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Ms. Tilford led the Ontario Government’s effort to build consumer confidence and strengthen consumer protection in the market place. She was also accountable for nine delegated administrative authorities; the Electrical Safety Authority, Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Film Authority, Travel Industry Council of Ontario, Bereavement Authority, Ontario Motor Vehicle Council, VQA Ontario, Tarion, and the Real Estate Council of Ontario. Under Ms. Tilford’s leadership, the ministry was responsible for Service Ontario’s more than 300 retail offices, online services and call centres that provide Ontarians with official documents and services. She was responsible for a wide range of enterprise internal services including Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits, Financial and Business Services and Procurement as well as lead for the government’s initiatives on Inclusion, Accessibility and Records Management through the Archives of Ontario. Her work included policy, programs and regulation.
As Deputy Minister of Research and Innovation, Ms. Tilford was responsible for the government’s research portfolio for health and post-secondary education. Her ministry oversaw the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and Ontario’s Network of Small Business Enterprise Centres and managed Ontario’s research partnerships with other jurisdictions around the world particularly China, India and Israel.
As the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Ms. Tilford was responsible for marketing to and attracting businesses to Ontario. She managed Ontario’s International offices around the world that support both foreign direct investment and trade opportunities for businesses. Also included in this ministry were several of the governments programs to support job growth and youth employment.
Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Ms. Tilford held senior executives leadership positions in large, complex organizations, start-ups and mid-size companies. These included 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. QMI audited to numerous standards including Quality, Environment, Health and Safety and several sector specific standards. At Norigen she was the Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Operations and at Bell Canada she held five Vice President positions in the areas of Marketing, Product Management and Regulatory Strategy.
Previous professional and board positions include the Ontario Public Service Executive Development Committee and Public Service Commission, Ontario Capital Growth Corporation, National Research Council Emerging Technologies, Toronto Financial Services Alliance, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, and Darome Canada Inc.
Ms. Tilford was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2014 by the Women’s Executive Network. She was elected to the CSA Group Board of Directors on November 1, 2015 and appointed to the TSSA Board of Directors March 9, 2016.
Anne Whelan is President and CEO of Seafair Capital Inc., a diversified holding company with business interests in health and community care, industrial, hospitality and real estate.
Ms. Whelan has been recognized as a business leader in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has received numerous awards and recognition for entrepreneurship and leadership in both volunteer and business capacities. In 2014, she was recognized as CEO of the Year in Atlantic Canada, as well as being named to the
Diversity 50 by the Canadian Board Diversity Council. In May of 2015, Ms. Whelan was inducted into the Atlantic Canada Business Hall of Fame, and in 2017, Ms. Whelan was named one of Canada’s most powerful women by the WX network.
In addition to serving on the CSA board, Ms. Whelan is currently a board director with BDC – Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs. She also chairs Newfoundland Power, a regulated electric utility in Newfoundland. An active community volunteer, Ms. Whelan is regional vice-chair of the board of directors of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, as well as volunteering with a number of local charities and community service initiatives. In 2012, Ms. Whelan was honored with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to home and community care, in part for her work with Accreditation Canada in developing the Qmentum accreditation program.
Ms. Whelan has a Master in Business Administration and a BA from Memorial University; and an Advanced Studies in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Directors’ Education Program at Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.
Ms. Whelan was appointed to the Association Board of Directors in 2015 and is currently a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.
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