Gil Bennett Award

The Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award was named in honour of former Canadian Tire Chair, Gil Bennett. Since 2006, the annual award has been presented to a Directors College graduate who demonstrates dedication to raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through his or her progress in the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program. Award recipients are selected by a committee comprised of key faculty who carefully consider all candidates who meet criteria.

Award Criteria

  • score in the top 10 percent of final exam
  • positive contribution to class discussion
  • constructive behaviour as a director during the board simulation in Module 5

2023 Recipient

  • Uma Gopinath, Chief Information Officer, Metrolinx

Previous Recipients

  • Nancy Lum-Wilson, Board Director, SRx Health Solutions
  • Uma Gopinath-Wilson, Chief Information Officer, Metrolinx
  • Gia M. DeJulio, Energy Management Consultant, Gia M. DeJulio Consulting Inc., 2021
  • Meredith Low, Principal, Meredith Low Consulting, 2019
  • Philip Twyford, Assistant Deputy Minister, British Columbia Public Service, 2018
  • Jeff Lehman, Mayor, City of Barrie, 2017
  • Carol Hunter, Independent, Independent, 2016
  • Franca Gucciardi, CEO, Loran Scholars Foundation, 2015
  • Brian Friedrich, Principal, friedrich & friedrich Corporation, 2014
  • Dr. Richard Florizone, President, Dalhousie University, 2013
  • Reena Sagoo, Executive Vice-President, Finance, Borealis Infrastructure, 2012
  • Jim Adamson, Director, Com Dev International, 2011
  • John Ryan, CEO, Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, 2010
  • Andy Poprawa, President and CEO of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO), 2009
  • Adam Cooper, Former Chair of the Board of Directors, Educators Financial Group, Inc., 2008
  • Michael MacBean, Managing Director, TriWest Capital Partners, 2007
  • Don McCreesh, Corporate Director and President, The Garnet Group Inc., 2006

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