Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 29, 2019
Location: Fairmont, Imperial Room
Topic:  Corporate Governance
Host: Brian Westlake

As President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of over 13,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits.  
Mr. Bhardwaj currently serves on the boards of Metrolinx, a provincial agency developing and implementing an overall transit strategy for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and the Rideau Hall Foundation, supporting the office of the Governor General of Canada as it connects, inspires and honours Canadians, as well as Community Foundations of Canada (past chair).
He was chair of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, the first multi-sport games to be held in Toronto, and was co-chair of TO2015 IGNITE, a program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games as well as past Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. Other past board commitments include Upper Canada College, George Brown College, Stratford Festival of Canada and United Way Toronto, among others.  
Prior to joining the ICD, Mr. Bhardwaj was president and CEO of the Toronto Foundation, where he focused on engaging philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Toronto. He was also vice president of the Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid and, as part of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Fiscal review panel in 2008, Mr. Bhardwaj was involved in identifying efficiencies for the City of Toronto.
In 2012, Mr. Bhardwaj’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was recently named to the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School, the Quadrangle Society at Massey College and The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter. His vision for Toronto and Canada has made him a popular presenter and speaker locally, nationally and internationally, particularly on issues relating to leadership and governance.
Mr. Bhardwaj holds a BA (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He has completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.