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Pamela Jeffery, Founder, Canadian Board Diversity Council

Pamela Jeffery is one of Canada’s top diversity experts and well-versed in corporate governance. She began her career as a government relations and communications strategist. Pamela served as a Political Advisor in the Ontario government of David Peterson, a Senior Consultant at a Toronto-based lobbying firm (1988-1994) and served as Ontario Communications Advisor to Prime Minister Martin in the 2004 federal election. She founded and ran a successful public affairs firm with a search practice from 1994-2006 and taught government relations strategy in the MBA and Executive MBA Programs at the Rotman School of Management from 1992-2001. Pamela is the Founder of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), Canada’s national network for women in management, executive, professional and board roles across Canada. Since its founding in 1997, WXN has grown to 19,000 select women. In 2003, she founded Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, now Canada’s preeminent awards for women in leadership. Initially based in Toronto, WXN has expanded to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Mississauga, Ottawa and Montréal. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland – its first step towards creating an international community of female leaders. In 2012, Pamela was the only resident Canadian named as a charter member of Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women in the leadership category which recognizes 60 women from around the world for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls. Other Charter members include Hilary Clinton and Melinda Gates.

In 2009, she founded the Canadian Board Diversity Council with a mandate from the federal government to increase the board representation of women, members of visible minority groups and Aboriginal peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Pamela’s commitment to public policy and corporate governance is well-demonstrated. In 2000, Pamela was appointed by Ontario Conservative Finance Minister Ernie Eves to the Ontario Business Tax Review Panel to develop recommendations on future corporate, property and personal income tax policy. She is a past member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Finance and Taxation Committee. In 2004, Pamela was appointed by Ontario Attorney-General Michael Bryant to the Democracy Renewal Advisory Committee. In 2011, she was appointed as an Advisory Committee member of the Toronto Prosperity Initiative. In 2013, she was appointed as an ex-officio member of the Government of Canada Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards.

Beginning in 1991, she has served on 10 not-for-profit and public sector boards, including chairing three nominating/governance committees. She currently serves as a Director of Hincks-Dellcrest. She is a past Governor of Trent University where she chaired the nominating/governance committee, a past Director and President of the National Club, and a past Director of the Canadian Opera Company, Casey House Foundation, The Donwood (now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Richard Ivey School of Business Alumni Association, and the University of Western Ontario Alumni Association. In addition, she has served on the Governance Committees of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Toronto Board of Trade. She is also a member of the Ivey Entrepreneurship Council, and a past member of the Sick Kids Connection and TELUS Toronto Community Advisory Boards.

Pamela holds an MBA and an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her husband Norman Inkster and is the proud mother of two sons Stephen and Samuel. She enjoys cooking, reading, yoga and swimming.

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