Board of Directors
Robert Todd, John Rayner, Phil Charko, Basia
Ruta (replaced by John Gordon), Michael Mace, Allen Kilpatrick, Karin Zabel, Andrew Campbell and Roger Leclaire
Tradex is governed by a ten member Board of Directors. Nine of the Directors, including the Chair, serve in the spirit of volunteerism and are completely independent of management. These nine individuals are all current or retired senior public sector or quasi-public sector professionals. The Board meets at least seven times per year.
In addition, the Directors receive an extensive briefing package each month.
Director and Treasurer, is Chief Executive Officer of Nunavut Trust, an investment fund administering more than $1 billion in assets. Between 1973 and 1993, he held various senior financial positions at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), including Pension Fund Manager from 1984 to 1993. Andrew has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Director and Secretary, has extensive experience in the fields of pensions, benefits, and compensation and played a significant role in the establishment of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Before retiring in December 2008, he was the Assistant Secretary, Pension & Benefits Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada. He has a postgraduate degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University and a PhD in Political Studies from Queen's University. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has received ICD.D certification.
President and Chief Executive Officer (see Management Team)
Director, retired in May 2012 after 6 years
as National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada,
6 years as National Vice President of the PSAC and more than 30
years of union activism. John Gordon first
joined PSAC in 1974 as a tradesperson with Public Works Canada.
In the 1980s he was a board member and Secretary-Treasurer for
the Labour Council of Toronto. He also was on the Anti-Racism
committee and other committees in the Ontario Federation of
Labour. From 1982 to 1999 he was the National President for the
now defunct Union of Public Works Employees, which is now part
of the Government Services Union.
Director, retired in 2001 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Prior to joining AECL, he was Canada’s Deputy Minister of International Trade and prior to that was Deputy Minister of Western Economic Diversification. From 1988 to 1991 he was Canada’s High Commissioner to Australia. He has also served as a Director on a number of Boards, including Export Development Corporation and the Asia Pacific Foundation. A native of Saskatoon, Allen is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan.
Director and Chair, served as a lawyer for the Department of Justice during his 34 year career with the public sector. From 1990 until his retirement, he was counsel in the Tax Litigation Section and appears regularly before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal representing the Canada
Revenue Agency. He obtained his LLB degree from the University of Ottawa. From 1995 to 2004, Roger served as a Director of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, which operates the Royal Ottawa Hospital and the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. In February 2007, he was appointed to the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario.
Director, retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2002 following seven postings abroad over his 35 year career. His appointments include Ambassador to Turkey (1996-99) and to Chile (1987-90). He also served as Director General for Central and Eastern Europe (1991-93) and as the Department's Inspector General (1999-2002). He now works as a foreign policy and management consultant. Michael is a graduate of Queen's University.
Director and Vice-Chair, retired in 1997 following a 35 year career in the federal public service. After holding senior management positions in the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board Secretariat, he served his last 13 years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Today, he runs an active consultancy business and is also the CEO of a local real estate development company. John is a Rhodes Scholar with an M.A. degree from Oxford University.
Director, retired from Human Resources and Social Development Canada in July 2008, where he was a Senior Adviser in the Office of the Corporate Secretary. Prior to this, he joined Infrastructure Canada as Senior Coordinator, Intergovernmental Operations in May 2004 after having served 3 years in Industry Canada as the Chief Adviser in the Office of the Ethics Counselor. Before Industry Canada, he served 28 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including postings to Peru, Morocco, Moscow and Brussels. Robert is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Director and Chair of the Audit Committee, is
a Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors.
From 1998 to 2009 Karin was a Vice-President, of the Canadian Tourism Commission,
including being the Chief Financial Officer of the
Commission. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University.
She has also served as President of Big Sisters of Ottawa and President of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Ottawa Chapter. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has received ICD.D certification.