Throughout Katie Taylor’s remarkable career she has broken through barriers, maintained the highest ethical standards and driven positive change throughout the Canadian business community. In her speech, Katie will share advice and insight to inspire this next generation of Canadian leaders.
Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is Chair of the Board of RBC. She has served on the Board since 2001, where she has chaired the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committees, and served on the Audit and Risk Committees. She is also Chair of the Board of the Sick Kids Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children. Ms. Taylor is a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where she serves on the Audit and Human Resources Committees, a director of the Adecco Group, where she serves on the Audit Committee, and a director of Air Canada where she serves on its Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, the Pension Committee, and the Governance and Corporate Matters Committee. Ms. Taylor is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24-year career with the iconic global company, she held a number of senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building the firm’s global brand and its international portfolio of luxury properties. Her many accolades for business achievement include the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2011 and 2014. In 2016, Ms. Taylor was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Ms. Taylor has an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Schulich School of Business, a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto. Ms. Taylor is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business, a member of the Principal’s International Advisory Board of McGill University and a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council where she co-Chairs the Human Capital Policy Council. Ms. Taylor lives in Toronto with her husband and has three grown children.
Morgan and Jackson Wyatt are brothers and University of Toronto alumni who channeled their passion for scientific research and product design into an entrepreneurial venture. Following graduating from U of T, Morgan completed a Masters in Biomedical Research from Imperial College, London and a PhD in Chemical Biology from McMaster University. Jackson followed his passion of product development and design and entered the Humber/Guelph Industrial Design program. Together the brothers have developed Greenlid, the world’s first compostable compost bin. After a highly successful pitch on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, the Greenlid is now available in stores across Canada, and the US, including some residences at U of T. They have now developed their patented leak-proof material into other products, including Biotraps, which are now being deployed globally to combat mosquito-borne disease and were used during the Rio Olympics to help protect Canadian athletes from the Zika virus.
For more information on Morgan and Jackson Wyatt, please visit their Alumni Portrait.