Board of Directors

The role of the Board is to provide governance and stewardship to George Weston Limited which consists of reviewing corporate strategy, assigning responsibility to management for achievement of that strategy, establishing limitations on the authority delegated to management, and overseeing 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 operates.

The Board oversees the Company’s approach to corporate governance, succession planning, capital structure and finance matters, risk management activities, compliance matters, internal control over financial reporting, disclosure controls and procedures, and information systems to ensure that the Company accurately and fairly reports information to shareholders, other stakeholders and the public.

In addition, the Board is required to appoint corporate officers, and satisfy itself as to the integrity of senior management, ensure that the Company engages in ethical and legal conduct and that senior management maintains a culture of integrity throughout the Company.

Galen G. Weston, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Weston is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation and Chairman and President of Loblaw Companies Limited. He previously held several senior executive positions with Loblaw Companies Limited and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Loblaw, he was an investment banking analyst for Salomon Brothers in the U.K.

Mr. Weston graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. and from Columbia University with an M.B.A.

Mr. Weston is Chairman of Wittington Investments, Limited and is also the President of the Weston Family Foundation. Mr. Weston is the former Chairman of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and President’s Choice Bank.

M. Marianne Harris

Ms. Harris is a corporate director. Ms. Harris serves as a director of Loblaw Companies Limited and Sun Life Financial Inc. and is former director of Hydro One Limited/Hydro One Inc. In addition, Ms. Harris has been a director on the board of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, a Crown Corporation, since December 2020. Prior to 2013, she was the Managing Director and President of Corporate and Investment Banking for Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and Head of Financial Institutions Group Americas, Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith. Prior to Merrill Lynch, she held various investment banking positions with RBC Capital Markets from 1984 to 2000.

Ms. Harris holds an M.B.A. degree from the Schulich School of Business, a J.D. degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a B.Sc. (Honours) from Queen’s University. Ms. Harris is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business, and the Advisory Council of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law. Ms. Harris is a former Chair of the board of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Nancy H.O. Lockhart

Ms. Lockhart, a corporate director, is the former Chief Administrative Officer of Frum Development Group and a former Vice President of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation.

Ms. Lockhart is currently a director of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation and previously served on the boards of Loblaw Companies Limited, Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. and Barrick Gold Corporation. In addition to her public board memberships, Ms. Lockhart is a director of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Ms. Lockhart is also Chair Emeritus of the Crow’s Theatre Company and Chair of the Board of Alignvest Student Housing. She is a former chair of the Ontario Science Centre, former President of the Canadian Club of Toronto and a former chair of the Canadian Film Centre. Ms. Lockhart is also a former director of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation and the Loran Scholars Foundation.

Ms. Lockhart has an Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D certification.

Sarabjit (Sabi) S. Marwah

Mr. Marwah is a Senator with the Senate of Canada. He is the former Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Bank of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Marwah has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Economics (Honours) from the University of Calcutta and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.

In addition to serving as a director of Cineplex Inc., Mr. Marwah served as the past Chair and trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children. He was past Chair of the Humber River Regional Hospital and a past member of the boards of directors of the C.D. Howe Institute and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Gordon M. Nixon

Mr. Nixon is the Chair of BCE Inc. and the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Bank of Canada, a position he held from August 2001 to August 2014. Mr. Nixon first joined RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in 1979, where he held a number of operating positions, one of which was as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Nixon earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University and holds Honorary Doctorates of Laws from Queen’s University and Dalhousie University. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

In addition to serving as a director of BCE Inc. and BlackRock, Inc., Mr. Nixon sits on the Advisory Board of KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund, L.P., is a director of MaRS Discovery District and is a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Barbara G. Stymiest

Ms. Stymiest, a corporate director, is a former member of the Group Executive of Royal Bank of Canada responsible for the overall performance of the bank. Ms. Stymiest is a former Chief Executive Officer of TMX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at BMO Capital Markets and Partner of Ernst & Young LLP.

Ms. Stymiest obtained her H.B.A. from Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant.

In addition to serving as a director of BlackBerry Limited and Sun Life Financial Inc., Ms. Stymiest is also a director of President’s Choice Bank, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Advisory Council for the Ivey Institute of Leadership. She is also Vice Chair of the University Health Network.

Cornell Wright

Mr. Wright is President of Wittington Investments, Limited. Mr. Wright joined Wittington in 2021 following a 20-year career at the law firm of Torys LLP, where he was a leading corporate lawyer. Mr. Wright served as Chair of the firm’s Corporate practice and former co-head of the firm’s M&A practice. Mr. Wright has a broad range of experience in complex transactional, securities, private equity, regulatory, governance and compliance matters. Mr. Wright is a Fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel.

Mr. Wright is a director of Loblaw Companies Limited, Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and BCE, Inc. In addition to his public board memberships, Mr. Wright is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada, a Trustee of University Health Network and Executive in Residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Mr. Wright holds J.D. and M.B.A degrees from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from McGill University.


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