CIGI Founder and Chair of the CIGI Board of Directors
In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Centre for Digital Rights, Arctic Research Foundation and co-founder of the Council of Canadian Innovators.
Co-Founder and Former President of Wealhouse Partners, and Treasurer of the CIGI Board of Directors
Scott Burk is a chartered financial analyst and the co-founder and former president of Wealhouse Capital Management, a Toronto-based investment management firm. He has been a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors since 2007 and serves as the treasurer.
Ahmed Galal joined CIGI’s former International Board of Governors in 2003, and now serves on CIGI’s Board of Directors. Currently, he is managing director of the Economic Research Forum. Ahmed served as Egypt’s finance minister between July 2013 and March 2014.
Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada
Elissa Golberg is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and the assistant deputy minister for Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada. She is also currently the department’s champion for innovation and experimentation, and head of performance management and results.
Melissa Hathaway is president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC and a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors.
Managing Director, Sustainable Investing and Innovation, OPTrust
Alison Loat is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and is the managing director, sustainable investing and innovation, at OPTrust, a Canadian public pension plan.
Former President, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Maureen O’Neil is the former president of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).
The Honourable Kevin Rudd AC joined CIGI’s Board of Directors in 2020. He served as Australia’s twenty-sixth prime minister (2007–2010, 2013) and as foreign minister (2010–2012).
Assistant Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Paul Samson is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and is assistant deputy minister at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He is the departmental champion for innovation and digital strategy.