Advisory Board - About Us - Samara

Advisory Board

Isabel Bassett

Former teacher, journalist, MPP and broadcasting executive, Isabel Bassett is a highly regarded pioneer of Canadian broadcasting. As past Chair and CEO of TVO (1999 – 2005) Ms. Bassett refocused the organization to deliver on its educational mandate. Elected to the Ontario legislature in 1995 as MPP for St. Andrew-St. Patrick, Ms. Bassett was appointed Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation in 1997. She has actively campaigned for the YWCA's Toronto Elm Street Centre for Affordable Housing for Women, York University’s Library, and Equal Voice, encouraging women to engage in politics and the boardroom. In 2016, Ms. Basset was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

Heather Conway

Heather Conway is the executive vice-president of CBC/Radio-Canada’s English services. Before becoming a member of CBC/Radio-Canada’s senior executive team, Heather was chief business officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Under her tenure, the gallery saw its attendance increase by 20 percent and achieved its highest membership levels. Prior to the AGO she was CEO of Edelman Canada. She is one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 and is on the board of American Express Bank of Canada, IGM Financial, and the Walrus Foundation.

George Cooper

George, a lawyer by profession is President of the University of King’s College, Halifax. He is also Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts, comprising $400 million for graduate and postdoctoral scholarships and research at five universities and the Canada Council. He is a former Member of Parliament. George, a Rhodes Scholar, holds three honorary doctor degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada. He also serves on the Boards of the CBC and The Canadian Ditchley Foundation. 

Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is the Vice-Chair of the BMO Financial Group. Prior to joining BMO, Mr. Lynch had a distinguished career in the Government of Canada, where he served as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Head of the Public Service of Canada and its 260,000 public servants.

Perry Spitznagel

Perry Spitznagel is a lawyer and vice-chair of Bennett Jones and managing partner of the Calgary office. He is a senior corporate lawyer with over 30 years of national and international experience advising clients in a wide variety of high profile corporate matters and is a director of a number of private and public corporations. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010.

Robert Prichard

Robert Prichard is the Chair of Torys LLP and Chairman of Metrolinx. He was previously President and CEO of Torstar Corporation and he is President Emeritus of the University of Toronto.