Guest Speaker: Professor David Beatty, Friday, March 13, 2020
Location: The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic: The Transformation of Corporate Governance
 Host:  Andy Bush
NEW Cost:  Toronto Rotarians and Their Guests: A Lunch Ticket.
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Professor David R. Beatty C.M., O.B.E., F.ICD, CFA
Chair David and Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate
Governance Innovation and Professor of Strategy
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
One of the world’s most experienced corporate directors and educators.
Boards & Governance
Over his career he has served on 39 different boards of directors in Canada, America, Mexico, Australia and England and been chairman of 9 public companies.
On June 26, 2018 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) a grouping of global asset managers with AUMs ~$33 trillion.
He created and still oversees the Canadian Directors’ Education Program a rigorous 12 day series of classes that has now graduated over 6,000 senior Canadian entrepreneurs, directors and family office members.
He was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (2003-2008), an organization that today represents 50 institutional investors with ~C$3 trillion of assets under management.
He has served as McKinsey’s Senior Advisor on JVs as well as Corporate Governance for over a decade. In that capacity he created and then ran the JV Directors course for Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest company.
He now serves as Vice Chairman of SoClean a PE startup and as Chair of FrontFundr a VC startup in crowd funding in the Canadian market.
Executive Experience
David began his executive career in 1979 with George R. Gardiner one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs.
In 1984, he became the COO of Weston Foods a multi-billion food processing company owned by the Weston family. He joined the Weston Board and for 10 years ran Weston Foods and sat next to W. Galen Weston the owner and CEO.
Public Service
In 2013 he was inducted into the Order of Canada (the C.M. above) the nation’s highest civilian honor. He was previously awarded a Queens’ Diamond Jubilee medal.
In 1994 he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (the O.B.E. above) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his services to Papua New Guinea. In Papua New Guinea he was the principal economic architect for Independence in 1975. He was subsequently presented with a 30 year independence medal.
David was the Vice-Chairman of Peter F. Drucker’s Board for “Innovation in the Not-for-Profit Sector” in the USA and brought the award to Canada in 1998.
He has been a Professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto since 1998.