Board of Directors

Tradex is dedicated to following best practices in corporate governance. We are governed by a 10 member Board of Directors – 9 of whom, 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 and the Directors also receive a separate extensive quarterly briefing package.


PHILLIP CHARKO

Director and Chair, 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.

BOB BALDWIN

Director, is an Ottawa-based pension consultant. He is a director of Addenda Capital and chairs the board of trustees of a multi-employer pension plan. Past assignments include Director of the Social and Economic Policy Department at the Canadian Labour Congress, Director of PSP Investments and member and Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Advisory Board. He is a frequent author and speaker on pension issues. Bob has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from University of Western Ontario.

MONIQUE COLLETTE

Director and Treasurer, retired from the Public Service of Canada after a career spanning 37 years. She has a vast experience in the fields of economic and social development and management. A translator by profession, she rose to the highest rank of the Public Service of Canada, that is that of Deputy Minister and her last postings were Senior Advisor to the Privy Council of Canada and President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Monique is the former Chair of the Public Service Pensions Advisory Committee, has ICD.D certification, holds 2 Honoris Causa degrees from U de M and UPEI and is an officer of the Ordre national du mérite de la France.

PATRICIA HASSARD

Director and Secretary, retired in 2013 after a 30-year career in the federal Public Service. After holding senior management positions with Emergency Management and National Security Branch, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, she spent her final 6 years as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office. Patricia obtained her Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Ontario after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, History and Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University.

BLAKE JOHNSTON

Director, is President of Diligence Public Affairs Inc. and has over 18 years of experience in politics and public affairs. He spent 6 years as an advisor to federal cabinet ministers in three portfolios, and over a decade since in public affairs with a focus on regulatory policy and risk management communications, primarily for clients in the health, life-sciences and agri-food sectors. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History from Acadia University and also studied journalism prior to starting his career as a staffer on Parliament Hill.

DAVID PLUNKETT

Director, retired from the Public Service of Canada after a 34-year career. David joined the Foreign Affairs and International Trade as a Trade Policy Officer and went on multiple postings to Geneva, Washington, D.C., and London. In his last posting in Brussels he served as Ambassador of Canada to the EU until his retirement in 2015. David has a Bachelor of Arts from University of British Columbia and Master of Arts from University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

HANNY TOXOPEUS

Director, retired in 2013 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX). For the previous 16 years of her public service career she was responsible for major international governance projects which were designed to share Canadian public sector expertise. Hanny is a graduate of Carleton University and of the University of Toronto.

TOM MACDONALD

Director, retired from Global Affairs Canada in 2016 after 41 years. His appointments included Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, (2012-2015), Canadian Consul General, Sydney, Australia (2007-2011), Director General, Central, Eastern & Southern Europe (2004-2007), Ambassador to Argentina & Paraguay (2001-2004), Minister (Commercial/Economic) at the Canadian High Commission in London & Canada’s Alternate Director at the European Bank for Economic Development (1996-2001) and Director General, Canada-US Trade & Economic Relations (1994-1996). Tom earned his MA in Latin American History from U of Calgary after obtaining his Hon. BA in History/Political Science from Queen’s University.

KARIN ZABEL

Director, Vice-Chair 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.

BLAIR COOPER

President and CEO, Blair was appointed President and CEO on January 1, 2010. He joined Tradex as a Vice-President in August 2000, following years of increasing responsibilities with the Bank of Montreal. At the time of leaving the bank, he was Community (Group) Manager in the North Bay area. Blair is a CFA Charterholder. He is an MBA graduate from Queen’s University (1987) and also holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Western Ontario.

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