Elizabeth Wood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. In her role as Associate Dean, Academic Programs at McGill (Faculty of Education) from 2007 – 2017 she was responsible for the design, development, accreditation and governance of academic programs. In her teaching and research Dr. Wood specializes in teacher education, philosophy of education, arts education, and social justice education. She holds undergraduate degrees in music and visual art, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Education in the Arts), a Masters in Philosophy of Education, and a Ph.D. in Aesthetics from McGill.
Mark Thompson is the Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer at Nutrien, the world’s largest provider of agricultural inputs and services. In this role, he has executive leadership over Nutrien’s global corporate development & strategy, mergers & acquisitions, economics, sustainability/ESG and stakeholder relations functions. Mark is also a North American Ambassador for the International Fertilizer Association (IFA).
Mark attended the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce (Finance) and Arts (Sociology). He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations, as well as the SASB Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) credential. Mark was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® award and has had significant involvement as a Board member and volunteer with Special Olympics Alberta.
Roger Straathof is a seasoned and successful business leader with banking-sector experience in both the North American and European markets. He has established relationships and expertise in the energy, technology, infrastructure, emerging markets and government sectors. His roles have spanned from capital markets, to risk management, to corporate and commercial banking, and to the office of the CEO and Chairman of RBC.
Originally hailing from the Netherlands, and now a Canadian citizen, Roger holds a BA in Economics (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), an MBA (Rotterdam School of Management), the ICD.D director designation (Haskayne School of Business), and a Master’s of Public Policy (University of Calgary). He has a lifelong dedication to communities at home and abroad, volunteering and participating on boards for programs oriented towards education, culture, housing and recent immigrants.
Dr. Abhinav Sharma is an Assistant Professor at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and a practicing cardiologist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). He holds an MD from McMaster University and a PhD in Epidemiology from University of Alberta, having also completed fellowships at Duke University and at Stanford. The recipient of numerous international awards, his research focuses on the intersection of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and digital health. Dr. Sharma is also an editorial consultant for the the Journal of the American College of Cardiology – Heart Failure.