David D. Hay


Mr. Hay was the CEO of New Brunswick Power Corporation for six years ending January 2010. Mr. Hay and his team, using various private sector management techniques, executed a turnaround of the corporation. Prior to NB Power, Mr. Hay ran his own consulting company, Delgatie Incorporated which orchestrated the IPO financing for Star Choice Communications, and the TSX public takeover of Champion Road Machinery by Volvo. From 1984 to 1996 Mr. Hay worked for Merrill Lynch in Toronto and London England with the bulk of his career spent in European Mergers and Acquisitions ending up as Managing Director. On his return to Canada, Mr. Hay was a Senior Vice President and Director responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions.

A lawyer by training, Mr. Hay started his career at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto, was a Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Ontario and taught part time at both the University of Toronto and University of New Brunswick.



David Brennan


Chief Financial Officer



As a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience within accounting, finance, and human resources, David Brennan is currently the CFO at ecobee.  ecobee, is a leader in the evolution of the helpful home that introduced the world’s first smart Wi-Fi thermostat to help millions of consumers live better and save money, while being good for our planet.


There are few industries he hasn't touched: Software as a Software (SaaS) with Achievers and LiveHive Systems, hardware and software with PixStream and Intercon Security, banking with BMO and AT&T Capital, and public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand. He is proud to have worked with great teams that have leveraged passion and intelligence to drive innovation and build companies that are making a difference.


Beyond numbers, David is also passionate about all the diverse and unique individuals who make up the team focusing on the best ways to recruit, engage, and retain top talent.  He is currently writing a book titled “People First, Results Follow” which provides insights into maximizing people performance to scale and grow organizations.  

A proud PEI native, David is a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.



Simone Cavanaugh


Co-Founder and Director of Pivot International


Simone Cavanaugh is a young international human rights and disability advocate passionate about the intersection of human rights, government policy and corporate social responsibility.

Simone recently graduated from McGill University’s Law Faculty with an LL.B./B.C.L. and a Major in International Human Rights and Development. She continues to contribute part-time to research on human rights with professors in the faculties of Law and Medicine.

Simone is the Co-Founder and Director of Pivot International, a non-profit organization that provides sustainable access to adapted equipment and promotes the rights of children with disabilities in Nicaragua. Diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at the age of six, Simone was a wheelchair user for seven years and has since spent her life working with and advocating for children with disabilities around the world. She has been the Arthritis Society’s Childhood Arthritis Spokesperson for over a decade and worked or volunteered with organizations such as Amnesty International, MABMackay School and Handicap International.

Simone is also a motivational speaker and a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council where she advises Prime Minister Trudeau on issues pertaining to the rights of women, children, and people with disabilities in Canada. She recently attended the Conference of States Party to the UNCRPD in New York as part of the official Canadian delegation where she chaired a panel on youth leadership.



Peggy Cunningham


Dean, Faculty of Management
Dalhousie University


Dr. Peggy Cunningham joined Dalhousie in 2009 as the director of the School of Business after 19 years as a faculty member at Queen’s University. She became acting dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie later that year and was officially appointed dean in 2010.


Dr. Cunningham brings both marketing and academic experience to the Faculty of Management. Her research background in ethics, corporate social responsibility and marketing partnerships informs her leadership of what she describes as a “values-led” faculty. As dean, she has strengthened the Faculty of Management’s reputation for expertise in sound management practice, information management, entrepreneurship, public administration and sustainability.



Ray Gosine


Associate Vice-President (Research)
Professor and J.I. Clark Chair
Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation
Memorial University


Following completion of an undergraduate degree (co-op) in Electrical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Dr. Gosine attended Cambridge University in England where he completed a Ph.D. in robotics.

Subsequently he held teaching and research positions at Cambridge University, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Memorial University of Newfoundland. These appointments included an NSERC Chair in Industrial Automation at UBC and the J.I. Clark of Intelligent Systems for Operations in Harsh Environments at Memorial University.  He is currently Associate Vice-President (Research) at Memorial University, and he is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and J.I. Clark Chair.

Dr. Gosine’s research is in the areas of telerobotics, machine vision and pattern recognition for applications in the resource industries (i.e. mining, oil & gas, aquaculture and fisheries, and forestry).  His teaching activities have covered a range of electrical and mechanical engineering topics including of electric circuit concepts, kinematics and dynamics, robotics and engineering design projects. Dr. Gosine has also taught graduate courses in the area of robotics and automation, computer vision and adaptive pattern recognition.

Dr. Gosine is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL) and he is a Fellow of Engineers Canada.  He serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations and companies involved research and technology development.  He also serves on the Boards of several community organizations.



Dylan Jones


Deputy Minister

Western Economic Diversification Canada


Mr. Dylan Jones was appointed Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) on June 20th, 2016. 


Mr. Jones was President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that, he served in various roles in the federal and Saskatchewan governments, including Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs for Saskatchewan.

Mr. Jones’ academic credentials include degrees from McMaster and the University of British Columbia and a masters degree in law from Oxford. He is a Wesbrook Scholar and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Premier’s Award for Excellence (Leadership).


Lois Norris





An experienced financial executive, Lois joined InvestorCOM in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer. Lois brings with her over 25 years of financial leadership experience. 


SHAD is not the first time Lois has been part of the innovation ecosystem. Prior to joining InvestorCOM, she was Chief Financial Officer & Vice-President Corporate Services at blueRover and prior to that Chief Financial Officer of Communitech Corporation, an industry-led innovation center that supports, fosters and enables technology companies in the Region of Waterloo.  Her career also includes 15 years in senior financial roles at food manufacturing companies.  Over the course of her career, Lois has held diverse roles spanning financial management, treasury, governance, information technology, investor relations, human resources, procurement, facilities management and all aspects of strategic, business and financial planning. 


Lois obtained her Chartered Accountant designation at KPMG and she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she earned the Alumni Gold Medal.  She is Treasurer and a Director on the Board of Directors for both the Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and SHAD.


Although Lois doesn’t have a long history with SHAD prior to joining the Board, she wishes that she had known about the program when she was in high school. Lois believes there is a great possibility it could have changed the direction of her career, and helped guide her at a much younger age.



Michele Romanow




SHAD Fellow 2003


Michele Romanow (SHAD Fellow 2003) is a serial entrepreneur and a Canadian television personality, who is passionate about building technology companies and says she wouldn’t be where she is today if not for SHAD. 


Michele was named one of the top 100 – Canada’s Most Powerful Women.  She is the only Canadian on Forbes “Milennials on a Mission” list.  She is also the youngest member of CBC’s popular television series Dragons’ Den and has been recognized as one of this country’s leading entrepreneurs.


Michele recently co-founded Clearbanc, building financial services for the millions of freelancers.  Prior to that, she co-founded SnapSaves, a mobile saving platform that was acquired by Groupon.  She also co-founded and was a partner in Buytopia.ca, one of Canada’s leading e-commerce companies.  Early in her career, Michele founded the Tea Room while studying civil engineering at Queen’s and Evandale Cavier after completing her Queen’s MBA.


Michele attended SHAD while in high school and says it had a profound impact on her life.  She met other SHADs at that time who were already doing university research, who were as driven as she was and who motivated her to get going.  She says SHAD comes at a critical time when youth need it most -- the transition from teenager to adult.  At that time, she says it is so important to see you are not alone.  She says  the traditional system of education drags everyone into the middle.  SHAD, on the other hand, chooses students and challenges them to strive to be the best and to make an impact.


She made many life-long friends at SHAD and has maintained a strong connection to the organization, serving on the Board with a goal to make sure SHAD is no longer one of Canada’s best secrets.



Darren Rough


SHAD Fellow 1986


Darren currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  From 2013 to 2018, he was the President of Generation Capital, a privately owned wealth management company focused on family assets, located in Toronto, Canada.


Prior to Generation Capital, Darren lived in Boston, MA, where he was a Managing Director and head of Corporate Development at Mariner Investment Group, a fixed income alternative asset manager.  Prior to joining Mariner, he was an Associate in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, working in London and New York, during which time he also worked on firm strategic initiatives in asset management and technology.  


Darren earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in 1999, a JD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from Western University. 


Darren is a SHAD Fellow ’86.   He says being part of the SHAD network has proven to be very important for him over the years.  A fellow SHAD who worked at Goldman Sachs helped introduce him to the company in the late 1990’s.


Darren thanks a science teacher for letting him know about SHAD in high school.  He reconnected with SHAD at an alumni gathering at Harvard, organized by SHAD President, Barry Bisson.


Working for many years outside of Canada has taught Darren that there are many bright young people, from all over the globe, who compete on the world stage for economic opportunity. He serves on SHAD’s board because he believes we need to ensure our most competitive people have a shot at great careers, which in turn benefits the whole country.



Sharon Rudy



Spencer Stuart


Sharon Rudy leads Spencer Stuart's Human Resources Practice efforts in Canada and is part of the firm’s global Board Practice, specializing in diversity and inclusion. Sharon also helped build the Education, Nonprofit & Government Practice in Canada and continues to lead select CEO searches for the country’s top nonprofit organizations. She has developed a specific expertise in advising board search committees in CEO succession and recruitment. Sharon served on the firm’s global nomination committee for two years and is a recipient of the firm's Lou Rieger Quality Award in recognition of her quality work on behalf of the firm's clients.

Focused on leadership selection and board recruitment:

She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Queen's University in Kingston and a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from the University of Waterloo.



Elizabeth Watson





Elizabeth Watson has over 30 years experience as a lawyer and over 10 years advising boards, committees and CEO’s from all sectors on governance and board recruitment issues. Liz works closely with the corporate governance community in Canada and is a sought after speaker and contributor on governance and recruitment issues.

Liz currently serves on the board of St. George's School and previously served as Chair of Choice School for Gifted Children and director of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, the BC Cancer Foundation, Women in the Lead Inc. and as a member of the Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Advisory Board.

In 2012, Liz was was named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by WXN. She was chosen as one of the inaugural Top 100 Influential Women of British Columbia in 2010 and an Influential Woman in Business (Vancouver) in 2007. Liz holds an LL.B from the University of British Columbia and completed executive education in the areas of governance and finance at Harvard University and Ivey Business School respectively.



Don Wilson


Don Wilson

Managing Partner
MLT Aikins LLP


Don Wilson left his business law practice to serve as managing partner of MLT from 2002 through 2016, and effective January 1, 2017 was named the first managing partner of MLT Aikins. Most of Don's time is now dedicated to firm management duties, but he still provides corporate governance advice to a limited group of clients.


Don has acted as counsel for the formation, organization and operation of a number of government and industry sponsored mega-projects in the mining, oil and gas, steel, commodity and heavy equipment industries.


He has advised borrowers on project and operating capital financings of various sizes involving lenders in both the Canadian and US markets. He is experienced in matters of corporate restructuring, refinancing and the acquisition and disposal of commercial assets, and has completed many syndicated financing arrangements.


Don has worked closely with, and has served on, a number of public, private and not-for-profit boards and other governing bodies, recommending best practices for effective governance and oversight, efficient process, proper due diligence, regulatory compliance, and meeting reporting and disclosure requirements.


He has extensive experience as secretary/counsel to boards of directors of various public and private companies including Saskatchewan Potash Producers Association Inc. and RLG International Inc.


Non-voting Members


Tim Jackson

SHAD President & CEO


Tim joined SHAD in July 2016 after serving as an Executive Vice-President  at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs.


Tim has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and business leader. He has served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology startups and was a Vice President at the University of Waterloo. He co-founded Tech Capital Partners (an early-stage venture capital firm), and served as CFO and CEO at Waterloo based technology firm PixStream (sold to Cisco Systems).


SHAD brings together two of Tim’s passions – supporting innovators and entrepreneurs and building community. Throughout his career Tim has balanced his day to day work with being an active member of the community. He believes SHAD provides the best of both worlds – working every day to ensure Canada has a strong group of inspired young people who will focus on “changing the world”.


Born in the UK, Tim grew up in Oakville and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting. He met his spouse through student government while in university – Tim was President of the Ontario Federation of Students and Jane was President of the Canadian Federation of Students.


Tim has been an active volunteer in his community chairing the boards of organizations such as The Waterloo Public Library, The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Centre in the Square Theatre. He has cofounded two charitable organizations and believes SHADs are as likely to transform Canada’s non-profit sector as they are to build the corporate sector.


In his spare time Tim is an amateur magician and an avid poker player. 



Jessica Cohen

Program Director Representative

Coordinator, Scholars Programs, University of Calgary;
Program Co-Director, SHAD Calgary


Jessica Cohen is the Scholars Academy Coordinator at the University of Calgary and responsible for the First Year Scholars Program. In these roles, she works with high achieving students as they transition from high school to post-secondary, and advises students who are considering graduate and professional school, or major awards and scholarships.
Jessica completed her Master’s and Doctorate degree at the University of Oxford, specializing in educational policy borrowing, and studies in comparative and international education. She also holds Bachelor degrees in arts and education from Queen’s University and subsequently taught in Nunavut, France and The Gambia. While in the UK, Jessica was Residential Director at Oxford Royale Academy and was previously Assistant Director at Camp B’nai Brith in Quebec, both residential summer programs.


Jessica has been involved with SHAD Calgary since 2013 both as a faculty member, and since 2014, has been Program Co-Director. She became the Program Director’s representative on the SHAD Board in 2018.