CIGI Founder and Chair of the CIGI Board of Directors
In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the Centre for Digital Rights and the 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.
Alison Gillwald (PhD) is the Executive Director of Research ICT Africa (RIA), an African digital policy, regulatory and governance think-tank that works across 20 African countries.
Elissa Golberg is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and the Ambassador of Canada to Italy, Albania, Malta, San Marino, and Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN Agencies in Rome (IFAD, FAO, WFP). Prior to this, she was Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy at Global Affairs Canada (2017-2021), the department’s Champion for Innovation and Experimentation, and Head of Performance Management and Results.
Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade and Finance Branch, Canadian Department of Finance
Patrick Halley is a member of CIGI’s Board of Directors and the assistant deputy minister of the International Trade and Finance Branch at the Canadian Department of Finance.
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.
Roopa Purushothaman is the chief economist and head of policy advocacy at the Tata Group. She is the co-author of the book Bridgital Nation: Solving Technology's People Problem. She has also contributed to a number of publications on globalization and development.