BOARD OF DIRECTORS


HEATHER REISMAN, C.M.

CEO, INDIGO
CO-CHAIR, CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERACY FOUNDATION

Heather Reisman is the founder, Chair and CEO of Indigo, Canada’s largest book, lifestyle and specialty toy retailer, and co-founder of Kobo, a leading global eReading company. Ms. Reisman was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University. For the first 16 years of her career Ms. Reisman was Managing Director of Paradigm Consulting, the strategy and change management firm she co-founded in 1979. Paradigm was the world’s first strategic change consultancy and pioneered many organizational change strategies still in use today. Read More...

HEATHER MUNROE-BLUM, O.C., O.Q., PhD., F.R.S.C.

CHAIRPERSON, CANADA PENSION PLAN INVESTMENT BOARD (CPPIB)
CO-CHAIR, CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERACY FOUNDATION

Chairperson of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Director of both the Royal Bank of Canada and CGI Group, Dr. Munroe-Blum also is a member of the boards of several academic and scientific organizations. From 2003-2013 she served as the Principal (President) of McGill University — the first woman to hold this position — and from 1994-2002 as Vice-President (Research and International Relations) of the University of Toronto. Read More...

NAOMI AZRIELI

CHAIR AND CEO OF THE AZRIELI FOUNDATION
Naomi Azrieli is Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation. In this capacity since 2002, she has overseen the growth of the foundation into the largest public foundation in Canada. She has been the strategic driver behind numerous initiatives, programs and partnerships including: the Azrieli Fellows Program, the Azrieli Institute for Educational Empowerment, the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program (for which she is Publisher and Senior Editor) and the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program (with Brain Canada). Read More...

JORDAN BANKS

FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER,
THUNDER ROAD CAPITAL

Named one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business magazine, as well as one of the 25 Most Influential Innovators in Canada by Financial Post magazine, Jordan is a well-respected leader in Canadian business and philanthropy. Most recently, Jordan spent seven and a half years as the Managing Director of Facebook and Instagram, Canada, where he was responsible for leading and managing all of Facebook and Instagram’s commercial operations in Canada. Read More...

CHRIS HADFIELD, O.C., O.Ont., M.S.C., C.D.

ASTRONAUT,
FIRST CANADIAN COMMANDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation whose video of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” — seen by over 75 million people online — was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created,” by Bowie himself. Acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions, and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon, Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. Read More...

ELLIS JACOB, C.M.

PRESIDENT AND
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CINEPLEX
TREASURER, CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERACY FOUNDATION

Ellis Jacob was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s largest motion picture exhibition company, Cineplex, in October 2005. His 31 years of leadership in the motion picture exhibition industry have transformed the movie-going experience for Canadians. Mr. Jacob is also an active philanthropist. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s Baycrest Centre for Geriatrics. At Baycrest, Mr. Jacob recently opened the Jacob Family Theatre and helped construct similar auditoriums at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital. Read More...

DR. ALIKA LAFONTAINE

MEDICAL DIRECTOR (INDIGENOUS HEALTH),
ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES NORTH ZONE

Alika Lafontaine is an award-winning physician, speaker, alignment consultant, and the first Indigenous physician to be listed by The Medical Post as one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors. He is recognized internationally as an expert on Indigenous health systems, institutional bias, racism and reflective practice. Alika is Medical Director (Indigenous Health) for Alberta Health Services North Zone, an Assistant Professor with the University of Alberta, College of Medicine and practices as an anesthesiologist. He is a member of the council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, chair of the governance committee of the Canadian Medical Association Journal and past-president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.

Dr. Lafontaine joined the board of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation in 2018.

DANIEL LAMARRE, O.C.

PRESIDENT AND CEO,
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Daniel Lamarre has an exceptional talent for global business development. This outstanding ability will be his ticket to a long career in creation and innovation. Fascinated with the world around him, Daniel’s greatest strength is his knack for finding the right solutions and positive outcomes for everyone involved, thanks to his heightened sensitivity and unifying leadership. As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Daniel maintains the fine balance between the company’s overall strategy, stability and financial growth, as well as the integrity of its culture and its corporate values. Read More...

PETER MANSBRIDGE, O.C.

JOURNALIST
Peter Mansbridge is an award-winning journalist, a Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a member of numerous boards and committees. He is best known for his five decades of work at the CBC where he was Chief Correspondent of CBC News and anchor of The National for thirty years. He has won dozens of awards for outstanding journalism, has thirteen honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the United States, and received Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, in 2008.

Peter Mansbridge joined the board of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation in 2018.

DAVID WALMSLEY

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF,
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

David Walmsley is the editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail. He is also the Chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that represents journalists across the country and works to enhance the reputation and importance of journalism in all walks of life. David is on the global steering committee of thetrustproject.org, a US-based global initiative developing transparency standards to help readers easily assess the quality and credibility of journalism. He has worked at a range of news organizations in Canada and across the UK. He believes literacy unlocks the windows on life.

David Walmsley joined the board of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation in 2018.

MARYANNE WOLF

DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR DYSLEXIA,
DIVERSE LEARNERS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE,
UCLA

Maryanne Wolf is Visiting Professor and Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA. She is the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (14 translations; HarperCollins, 2007); Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (HarperCollins, 2018). Dr. Wolf is also the former John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the Chapman University’s Presidential Fellow (2018-2020) and past Fellow (2014-2015) and Research Affiliate (2016-2017) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Read More...