The Board


Anthony Carty (Chairperson)
Senior Financial Professional
Ottawa, ON

Anthony Carty is a senior C-suite executive with more than twenty-five years of leadership experience in the private and public sectors in Canada and the U.S., including serving as CFO for the last twenty years. Currently Anthony is the CFO of Allyant, a leading provider of accessibility solutions ensuring equitable access to digital, document and printed information for people with disabilities. Anthony’s prior experience in the private sector includes his role as CFO at Versaterm Public Safety; i2 Holdings (acquired by IBM in 2011); Renaissance Lighting; OEM Group; and CMC Wireless Components. In the public sector, Anthony worked with two Government of Canada Crown corporations: he was the CFO and VP, Finance and Depositor Solutions for the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation; and he was the CFO and VP, Corporate Services at the Canadian Commercial Corporation.

Anthony was an Audit Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers 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. Anthony completed his ICD–Rotman Directors Education Program in 2021.


Susanne LaPerle
Orillia, ON

Susanne Laperle has led Human Resources and Communications portfolios on behalf of a number of well-known Canadian organizations during her career.  Prior to retiring from the corporate world, Susanne was the Senior Vice President Human Resources and Communications with Export Development Canada (EDC).  She has been a valued, trusted advisor and resource for Boards of Directors and Compensation (HR & Pension) Committees.  Susanne is an active volunteer and is currently serving on several not-for profit Boards.

Susanne is a graduate of Rotman School of Business (University of Toronto) with a Masters of Business Administration.  She completed her ICD – Directors’ Education Program at Rotman in 2007 and her   undergraduate studies were at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Sir George Williams (Concordia). Mrs. Laperle brings deep experience from the service (primarily retailing) and financial services sectors, encompassing both national and international aspects.

Tiéoulé Traoré
Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM Canada

A multifaceted government relations professional with more than a decade of experience in and around the “Ottawa bubble”, Tiéoulé has successfully cultivated and nurtured a network of stakeholders, public officials and political staffers that can be mobilized to the benefit of actors eager to improve to collaborate with decision-makers in the nation’s capital.

Tiéoulé recently joined IBM Canada, on the heels of a successful three-year stint with NATIONAL Public Relations—Canada’s largest PR Firm—where he had the privilege of crafting and executing lobbying campaigns for some of the country’s most successful companies, all the while providing strategic counsel to deepen their relationships with elected and public officials.

As a Manager of government relations for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association—the lobbying arm of companies that provide services and products across the wireless sector—Tiéoulé helped craft and execute an aggressive engagement push, helping the sector advance key files (the rollout of 5G technology, connectivity in rural and remote areas, net neutrality and taxation parity between Canadian and foreign digital service providers).

Tiéoulé also helped the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada in their efforts to earn a significant regulatory victory: the recognition that communications between IP agents and their clients should be considered as “privileged.”

Prior to that, Tiéoulé also had a brief stint on Parliament Hill (2012–2014), where he worked for a Quebec-based member of parliament.

Fluently bilingual, Tiéoulé holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree from Quebec City’s Laval University.

Dale MacDonald
Retired Retail and Procurement Professional
Brampton, ON

Dale MacDonald is a retired retail and procurement executive with over 32 years food retail experience. Prior to his retirement in 2017, he worked for Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor, Dale held progressively senior procurement and merchandising roles since joining Sobeys in 1985. In his most recent role at Sobeys, he was Senior Vice President National Procurement and was accountable for the company’s national procurement function, including national vendor arrangements, fresh procurement, non-resale procurement and private label. Mr. MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Kimi Walker 
Associate Vice President Product Stewardship, Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd
Toronto, ON

As the Associate VP Product Stewardship at Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., Kimi leads a team on responsible enterprise, responsible sourcing, product safety and compliance, product environmental stewardship and product sustainability. Since joining Canadian Tire in 1994 she has held several progressive roles including Sourcing, Business Intelligence, Retail Strategy, and Financial Systems and Analysis.

Kimi is a member of many boards and councils. Currently she is the Director on the Board of the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association. Furthermore, she is an active member of Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) on the Responsible Sourcing and Environmental Committees.

Kimi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Business Administration, International Business from McMaster University.

Peter Nesbitt

Managing Partner, Welch Capital Partners
Ottawa, ON

A dynamic and experienced banker, Peter brings more than 30 years of professional experience in international trade, commercial, corporate and investment banking.  Peter is currently a Managing Director with Welch Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank headquartered in Ottawa that focusses on corporate advisory, M&A, and private equity in growth-oriented companies across various sectors and regions in Canada.

Before joining Welch Capital Partners, Peter was the President of Elevate Capital, a working capital solutions provider that focused on Canadian SMEs doing business internationally.

Peter lived in Asia for 26 years and worked for BMO Capital Markets, Scotiabank, Peregrine Capital and Export Development Canada and CARE International.  Eight of those years were in India, seven in Bangladesh, and twelve in Singapore.

Peter holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Dalhousie University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton University.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers

N.Lynn McDonald 

Director General, International Economic Policy, Global Affairs Canada
Ottawa, ON

Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Ms. McDonald is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic in the United Kingdom (IB, 1987) as well as of the University of Toronto’s Trinity College (BA High Distinction, International Relations & Economics, 1991) and Faculty of Law (LLB, 1994). She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995 and joined Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in 1996.

During her time in Ottawa, Ms. McDonald worked in the Legal Bureau, the Trade Law Bureau, and the Trade Policy Bureau of GAC. Prior to her most recent assignments abroad, she served as Director of the Intellectual Property Trade Policy Division where she oversaw the negotiation of the intellectual property provisions of Canada’s bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Her positions overseas include: Legal Advisor at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland; Counsellor & Head of the trade policy section at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.; and Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao. Most recently, Ms. McDonald served as Canada’s High Commissioner to Singapore from 2016-2021.

She assumed her current position as Director-General, International Economic Policy, at GAC in September 2021.


Johane Séguin

Director – Canadian Corporate Business Development Team, Export Development Canada (EDC)
Ottawa, ON

Johane leads a dedicated business development group servicing large Canadian clients that are pursuing significant growth in international trade. Her portfolio of Canadian flagship companies is active in sectors of the future, including agri-food, cleantech, communications technology, advance manufacturing, infrastructure, and transportation.

Joining EDC in 1996, Johane worked for more than eight years as a financing manager. She led negotiations for complex financing transactions in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Subsequently, she served as EDC’s Chief Representative in Ottawa leading her team in support of EDC’s efforts in the entire Latin America region. She then followed the trend and became EDC’s Chief Representative for Mexico at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City, a position she held for five years until returning to Ottawa and becoming Sector Vice-President for the Extractive, Resources and Light Manufacturing sectors under the Global Trade team.

In addition to her business duties, in 2016, Johane launched the Women@EDC Employee resources group and led the committee for five years. The vision was to create the right internal conditions for the next generation of bright and ambitious women working at EDC to achieve their full potential.

Prior to joining EDC, Johane worked for two years as a project manager in Burkina Faso (West Africa) supporting development projects for women involved with micro-enterprises.

Johane holds an MBA degree in Finance and Small & Medium Enterprise from the Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), an affiliate of the University of Montreal, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business and Economics from Concordia University.