Board of Directors
The role of the Board is to provide governance and stewardship to George Weston Limited.
Its role is to review corporate strategy, assign responsibility to management for
achievement of that strategy, establish limitations on the authority delegated to
management, and monitor performance against approved objectives. In fulfilling this
role, the Board regularly reviews management’s strategic plans so that they
continue to be responsive to the changing business environment in which the company
The Board oversees Weston’s approach to corporate governance, succession planning,
risk management activities, internal control over financial reporting, disclosure
controls and procedures, and information systems to ensure that we accurately and
fairly report information to shareholders, other stakeholders and the public.
In addition, the Board is required to appoint corporate officers, and ensure the
integrity, ethical and legal conduct of senior management and the company as a whole.
W. Galen Weston, O.C., B.A., LL.D.
Executive Chairman of the Corporation; former Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited; Chairman, Holt, Renfrew & Co., Limited, Brown Thomas Group Limited and Selfridges & Co. Ltd.; President, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
President and former Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation; director of Loblaw Companies Limited; former Chief Restructuring Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Nortel Networks; former Chief Financial Officer and Director of Hanson plc. and Marconi Corporation plc.; former Executive, Diageo plc.
A. Charles Baillie, O.C., B.A., M.B.A., LL.D.1,3
Corporate Director; Former Chair, Alberta Investment Management Corporation; Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Dominion Bank; Director, Canadian National Railway Company and TELUS Corporation; Chancellor Emeritus, Queen’s University; President, Authors at Harbourfront; Director, The Royal Conservatory of Music; Director, Luminato Festival; Former Chair and President, Art Gallery of Ontario’s Board of Trustees; former Chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
Anthony R. Graham, LL.D.3,4
Vice Chairman and Director, Wittington Investments, Limited; President, Selfridges Group Limited; President and Chief Executive Officer, Sumarria Inc.; former Vice-Chairman and Director, National Bank Financial; Director, Brown Thomas Group Limited, Graymont Limited, Grupo Calidra, S.A. de C.V.; Holt, Renfrew & Co., Limited, Power Corporation of Canada, Power Financial Corporation, Selfridges & Co. Ltd.; Director, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Trans Canada Trail Foundation and Luminato; Chairman, Ontario Arts Foundation and the Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Foundation.
John S. Lacey, B.A.
Consultant to the Chairman of the Board of the Corporation and Loblaw; Chairman of the Advisory Board, Brookfield Private Equity Group; former Chairman, Alderwoods Group, Inc.; former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Oshawa Group (now part of Sobeys Inc.); Director, Loblaw Companies Limited, TELUS Corporation; Chairman, Doncaster Consolidated Ltd.
Isabelle Marcoux, B.A., LL.B.2*
Chair, Board of Directors, Transcontinental Inc.; Director, Rogers Communications Inc. and Power Corporation of Canada; former member, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal; former member, Selection Committee, Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
Sarabjit (Sabi) S. Marwah 1
Corporate Director; Former Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Bank of Nova Scotia; Director, Cineplex Inc.; former Director, Torstar Corporation; Trustee, Hospital for Sick Children; former Chair, Humber River Regional Hospital; former Member of the Board, the C.D. Howe Institute.
Gordon M. Nixon, C.M., O.Ont.1
Corporate Director; Board of Directors, BCE Inc.; Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Bank of Canada; Former Chief Executive Officer, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.; Advisory Board, KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund; Chairman, MaRS Discovery District; Chair, Queen’s University Capital Campaign.
J. Robert S. Prichard, O.C., O.Ont., LL.B., M.B.A., LL.M., LL.D.2,3*,4
Non-Executive Chair, Torys LLP; Chair, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx; Chair, Bank of Montreal; former President and Chief Executive Officer and former Director, Torstar Corporation; President Emeritus, University of Toronto; Director, Onex Corporation; Trustee, Hospital for Sick Children; Member, Ontario’s Economic Advisory Panel.
Thomas F. Rahilly, B.A., M.A., LL.B.2,3,4*
Corporate Director; Retired Vice-Chairman, RBC Capital Markets; former Director, Wittington; former Chairman, Board of Trustees, Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
Barbara Stymiest 1*,3,4
Corporate Director; Chair and Director, Blackberry; Director, SunLife Financial Inc.; Chair, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Trustee, University Health Network; former Member, Group Executive, Royal Bank of Canada; former Chief Executive Officer, TSX Group Inc.; Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, BMO Nesbitt Burns and former Partner of Ernst & Young LLP; Chair, Advisory Board for the Ivey Institute for Leadership; active with, United Way Campaign Cabinet, and the Royal Ontario Museum.
1 Audit Committee
2 Environmental, Health and Safety Committee
3 Governance, Human Resource, Nominating and Compensation Committee
4 Pension Committee
* Chair of the Committee