Under the Last Will and Testament of the late Dorothy J. Killam, four Trustees are in office at any one time. The four original Trustees, all now deceased, were: Donald N. Byers, QC, Managing Trustee and Mrs. Killam's personal solicitor; Conrad F. Harrington, Chairman of the Royal Trust Company; G. Arnold R. Hart, President of Bank of Montreal; and Major General the Hon. E.C. ("Johnny") Plow, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
The Trustees presently in office are:
The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, PC, OC, PhD, LLD, Toronto. ~The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C., Ph.D., LL.D earned a BA from Mount Allison University, a Masters in Economics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Economics from McMaster University. He also holds honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities.
Dr. Lynch began his career in 1976 as an economist with the Bank of Canada. Through a storied career, he served as Deputy Minister of Industry and Deputy Minister of Finance. He then served as Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund until early 2006, when he was appointed the 20th Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and head of the Public Service of Canada. In July 2009, after a long and distinguished career, Dr. Lynch retired from the Government of Canada. In early 2010, Dr. Lynch was appointed Vice‐Chair of BMO Financial Group.
Dr. Lynch was appointed Chancellor of the University of King’s College in July, 2013 and is also past Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and Chair of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation. He serves on several other boards, including those of the Communitech, the Governor General's Rideau Hall Foundation, the Asia Pacific Foundation, CNOOC Limited, Empire (Sobey's) and Canadian National Railway.
The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch was made a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 2009, and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011. He has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
John S. Montalbano, CFA, Vancouver. ~Vice Chairman of RBC Wealth Management.
John Montalbano is Vice Chairman of RBC Wealth Management.
John built his career in asset management, first as an equity analyst and then as an institutional portfolio manager at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. (PH&N). Throughout, he assumed successive leadership roles until his appointment as President in 2005. In 2008, when RBC acquired PH&N, John became CEO of RBC’s newly expanded asset management business, known as RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM). By 2015, when he retired as CEO, the organization had extended its scope to include offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, managing in aggregate more than $370 billion worldwide. Now, as Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, John focuses on business development and special projects, in particular with respect to merger and acquisition opportunities for RBC GAM.
John holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Bachelor of Commerce, with Honours, from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a Leslie Wong Fellow of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation and also holds and Honorary Doctorate from Emily Carr University.
John has recently completed a term as Chair of the UBC Board of Governors and remains a strong supporter of the UBC Sauder School of Business, where he and his wife, Dana, established the Montalbano Professorship in Leadership Studies: Gender and Diversity in 2014. They have also established several fellowships at the University of Victoria in Ocean and Earth Sciences and at UBC in International Relations and Law. As a trustee of the Killam Trusts, in support of graduate studies, he also serves as a member of the Investment Committee for the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2015, John has been appointed Chair for the Vancouver Public Library Capital Campaign and currently serves on the Boards of Junior Achievement British Columbia, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and the Vancouver Police Foundation.
Jim Dinning, CM, F.ICD, LLD, Calgary. ~ With broad, multi-sectoral experience, Jim Dinning is an accomplished business executive and former politician. He serves as chair of Russel Metals Inc and Liquor Stores NA Ltd, both TSX-listed companies. Dinning is chair of Desjardins-owned Western Financial Group and Zag Bank.
He served as board chair of Export Development Canada from 2007 to 2013. He is the past chair of the Canada West Foundation.
Jim served as Chancellor of the University of Calgary from 2010 to 2014 and was honored with the Chancellor Emeritus designation as he completed his four-year term.
He is a director of the Canadian institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). For the last six years, he has served as the lead faculty member of the Max Bell Public Policy Training Institute.
These engagements follow seven years (1997-2004) as executive vice-president of Transalta Corporation, Canada’s largest publicly traded electric power generator.
Prior to his private sector work, Jim had a respected career as both a public servant and an elected politician. By the age of 31, Jim had held a variety of positions in the Alberta government, including Deputy Minister of federal and intergovernmental affairs. He entered provincial electoral politics, representing a Calgary constituency from 1986 to 1997. During this time he served as Minister of Community and Occupational Health, Minister of Education and finally, as Provincial Treasurer from 1992-97.
A graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Public Administration, Jim received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2002. He was honored by Canada’s Public Policy Forum in 2014 when he received the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy.
Jim Dinning will be honored as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors at its June, 2015 meeting in Toronto.
George T. H. Cooper, CM, QC, LLD, Halifax. ~Mr. Cooper was President of the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 2012 - 2016. He is on leave from the Atlantic Canada law firm of McInnes Cooper, where he remains Counsel; formerly he practiced corporate and commercial law in the Firm’s Halifax office. He was Chair of the firm’s Board of Directors from 2006-2012. He is former Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice of Canada.
Mr. Cooper is also Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts, comprising some $400 million in educational and scholarship endowments at several Canadian universities and the Canada Council for the Arts. He currently serves as a Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is a former Director of Canadian National Railway Co. and subsidiaries, and of Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury Ltd. (the Canadian subsidiary of Stora Enso Oyj, the Swedish-Finnish forest industry company).
Mr. Cooper is a past Chair of the Board of the University of King’s College. He was until recently a Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and chair of its Governance and Human Resources Committee. He served as the first Canadian Chair of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (the Fulbright Scholarship). He is a former Nova Scotia Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and is a former Honorary Colonel, 33 (Halifax) Service Battalion, Canadian Army.
Mr. Cooper is a Member of the Order of Canada, holds the Canadian Forces Decoration and was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Mr. Cooper served as Honorary Consul for Sweden in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and in February 2012 he was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, a promotion within the Order from Officer First Class, awarded in 2006.
A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Cooper received his B.Sc. and LL.B. degrees from Dalhousie University and his B.C.L. degree from Oxford University. He holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta and the University of King’s College.
Trustees' Dates of Service:
Donald N. Byers, QC, Managing Trustee - 1965 - 1995
Conrad F. Harrington, OC, LLD - 1965 - 1987
G. Arnold R. Hart - 1965 - 1981
Major General the Hon. E.C. ("Johnny") Plow - 1965 - 1983
Robert Wyman, CM, LLD - 1987 - 2007
John Matthews, LLD - 1981 - 2012
Ann McCaig, CM, AOE, LLD - 1993 - 2014