Honorary Members of the Board
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin, The Robber Bride, The Edible Woman, Surfacing, Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale. Her numerous awards and citations include the Governor Generals Award, Companion of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best Science Fiction, the Dashiell Hammett Award for crime writing, and The Giller Prize. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Bonnie Brooks is a department store executive who is former vice-chair, Hudson Bay Company. As its first female CEO, Bonnie led HBC through sweeping changes that revitalized one of the planet’s oldest brands. She is a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for philanthropy, and in October 2014 she became the first woman to receive the Ivey Business Leader of the Year Award. Bonnie is a member of the Board of Directors for Chico’s FAS, Inc., Rogers Communications and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and was Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Trustees and a Board member at Abercrombie & Fitch.
Helen Burstyn lived in Orillia as a child and has had a long and distinguished career in civil society and public service. She has served as chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and special advisor to the Government of Ontario on social enterprise. Her volunteer portfolios have included service as Chair of Waterfront Toronto, Chair of Evergreen Canada and serving as a director of TIFF, the Canadian Opera Company, the Walrus Foundation and the Learning Partnership. She is also a co-founder of the Pecault Centre for Social Impact and currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Professor for Social Enterprise at Ryerson University.
Maureen Kempston Darkes
Maureen Kempston Darkes, O.C., O. Ont., D. Comm., LLD., was General Motors Corporation Group Vice President and President GM Latin America, Africa and the Middle East from 2002 to her retirement in 2009. Prior to this she was President and General Manager of GM Canada. Maureen currently serves on many boards and committees and served as former chair for major gifts for Women’s College Hospital fund-raising campaigns and co-chaired BC Cancer Foundation’s Millennium Campaign. She is a former Director of Bridgepoint Health Foundation. Maureen holds a BA in history and political science from Victoria College, University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the U of T Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975.