About TFO Canada
Board of Directors
Yolanda Banks (Chairperson)
Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility, Export Development Canada
Yolanda Banks is Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s export credit agency. She is responsible for CSR reporting, transactional reviews and management of stakeholder on matters related to CSR. She was previously a member of the Management Advisory Board of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), and part of Canada’s delegation to the International Standards Organization Working Group on Social Responsibility (ISO 26000). She is a frequent public speaker on CSR. Before EDC, Ms. Banks was with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada with postings in London (UK), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), with cross-accreditations to Myanmar (Burma) and Sudan. She holds an MA (International Affairs) from Carleton University, and a MBA from the University of British Columbia.
Anthony Carty (Treasurer)
Vice-President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
With more than twenty years of senior leadership experience in the private and public sectors in Canada and the U.S., in 2015 Anthony Carty joined the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, a Government of Canada Crown corporation created to insure deposits in banks, trust companies and loan companies against loss in case of member failure, as its VP, Finance and Administration and CFO. Prior to joining CDIC, Anthony served as Vice-President, Corporate Services and CFO at the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown corporation created to assist in the development of trade between Canada and other nations and to assist persons in Canada obtain goods and commodities from outside Canada. In that role, Mr. Carty was responsible for managing a diverse portfolio consisting of finance, enterprise risk management, human resources, information technology, facilities, strategy and communications. Previously, Anthony was Senior Vice-President and CFO for i2 Holdings, an IBM Company, where he led a team focused on financial and operational roles, including finance and accounting, information technology and business system functions. Holdings was acquired in 2011 by IBM from Silver Lake Sumeru, a leading private equity investor in technology and related growth industries. Anthony was an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ High Technology Practice in Boston, Massachusetts, where he became a Certified Public Accountant. Anthony holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.
Retail and Sourcing Professional
Mr. Johnston is a respected retail and sourcing senior leader, with over 40 years in retail. Mr. Johnston recently retired from Canadian Tire Corp (CTC) in May 2016 after almost a quarter century with Canadian Tire. He is a newly elected Board member for the Alliance For Bangladesh Worker Safety and will serve as Chair of the Finance Committee. In his most recent role at Canadian Tire, he was the Vice-President of Enterprise Sustainability for Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), one of Canada's leading and most trusted retailers. Mr. Johnston was accountable for leading the Company's Responsible Sourcing and Environmental Sustainability strategy, programs and governance across all banner brands and functions. Mr. Johnston joined the Company in 1994 and has held progressive management roles including serving as VP Home Products Merchandising, responsible for $3 billion in sales, and VP Sourcing Services, a merchandising support role for CTC where his accountabilities included: global sourcing and vendor management (overseeing multiple Asia offices and hundreds of vendors), product quality assurance and reverse flow (factory audit programs), ethical sourcing (supplier code oversight for human rights, bribery and factory working conditions) and all product legislative governance. Mr. Johnston holds a Bachelor of Administration degree, with a major in business and minor in electrical engineering, from Concordia University.
Jean-Michel Laurin (Secretary)
Vice President, Octane Strategies
Jean Michel Laurin has extensive professional experience and policy expertise on manufacturing competitiveness and global business issues. Prior to joining Octane Strategies, he was Vice President, Global Business Policy for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters where he has established himself as a credible advocate and spokesperson for Canadian industry. He holds an MBA from HEC Montreal and a BA in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. Jean Michel is also the Past Chair of RESULTS Canada, non-profit advocating for the eradication of poverty.
Director General – Trade Sectors Bureau, Global Affairs Canada
Cameron MacKay is a senior Canadian diplomat with experience as an Ambassador and as Chief Negotiator for various trade negotiations. He is currently Director General of the Trade Sectors Bureau at Global Affairs Canada, where his teams work with the private sector to provide strategic insight and guidance to Canada’s global network of Trade Commissioners.
From 2013-2015, Cameron was Director General of the Department’s Trade Negotiations Bureau, where he coordinated and supported Canada’s bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiations. Before that he was Director General for China Trade Policy. Cameron was Canada’s Ambassador to Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua (resident in Costa Rica) from 2010 to 2012, leading Canada’s political, security and economic relations with those countries. Prior to that he was Director of Regional Trade Policy, and Canada’s Chief Negotiator for free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with Panama, the Central America Four (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), and Ukraine. From 2001-2006, Cameron served at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva for the first five years of the WTO’s Doha Round of global trade talks. In that role he focussed on areas including intellectual property, technical barriers to trade and government procurement, and concluded Canada’s bilateral WTO accession negotiations with Vietnam. In his first five years in the foreign ministry he supported various bilateral negotiations with the United States, including on economic, border facilitation, fisheries and environmental issues. Cameron sits on the boards of directors for the Fulbright Canada Foundation and the Trade Facilitation Office Canada. In 2015 he graduated from Ottawa University’s two year, midcareer "Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance". He also holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Industrial Relations from McGill University in Montreal (1990), and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto (1996). He speaks English, French and Spanish. He is married and has two teenaged children.
Ken Sunquist is an international strategic business advisor, management consultant and corporate director. He is a former senior official of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development. Most recently he was Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia and Africa, and Chief Trade Commissioner for Canada. His assignments at headquarters included responsibilities for International Business, Global Operations and Trade Communications. He served abroad in a variety of posting as a trade officer and as Ambassador in Jamaica, Yugoslavia, USA, Korea, China and Indonesia. Ken is the Board Chair of CARE Canada and member of the Boards of Directors of TFO Canada, the Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade and the Forum for International Trade Training. He previously was a Director of the Canadian Commercial Corp and Asia Pacific Foundation. He is currently a Senior Fellow of the University of Alberta China Institute, Senior Fellow of the University of Saskatchewan Hanlon Centre for International Business and Senior Advisor to Northstar Trade Finance.
Caroline Tompkins, CAE, CITP
President & CEO, Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)
Caroline Tompkins is the President of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing international business training, resources and professional certification to individuals and businesses. Caroline has been with FITT for nearly two decades. She is steadfast in her commitment to its continued growth as a thriving organization for international trade professionals, and has cultivated relationships with the many industry and government partners fundamental to its success. Caroline’s experience in the educational sector began more than 25 years ago at Simon Fraser University with the Public Policy Programs division in the Continuing Education department. Over the years she has honed her understanding and passion of cross-cultural environments through her work and travels, including working for the United Nations in Bosnia-Herzegovina during 1994 to 1995. Caroline serves as a Director for the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFO) and the National Association of International Trade Educators (NASBITE) in the United States. Caroline has been a member of TEC Canada since 2013. In 2012 she was presented the Queen Elizabeth II 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal for her outstanding contribution to Canada’s trade community.
Wendy Wagner is a partner in Gowlings’ Ottawa office. Her practice focuses on international trade law and media law. Wendy’s international trade law practice encompasses advice on trade agreements such as NAFTA and CETA, export & import controls, all aspects of customs, and investor-state arbitration. She appears as counsel before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court of Canada. In her media and defamation practice, Wendy acts as counsel for the media in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms cases involving freedom of the press and litigates defamation law suits. Wendy also advises clients on all aspects of privacy law and freedom of information legislation. Wendy’s expertise in trade and media law is recognized in: Experts Guides: Women in Business Law/International Trade; The Best Lawyers in Canada: Administrative and Public Law/Trade & Finance; L’expert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers; Canadian Legal L’expert Directory: Defamation & Media Litigation/International Trade; The Legal 500 Canada 2014: International Trade; and Who’s Who Legal: Trade and Customs. Before joining Gowlings, Wendy clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Bastarache of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Wendy is also the current President of the Organization of Women in International Trade – Ottawa chapter (OWIT-Ottawa).