Janet De Silva, President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade
Ms. Janet De Silva is currently the President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, arole she assumed in January 2015.Ms. De Silva has more than 10 years of leadership experience as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s business in Hong Kong and its Mainland China joint venture. She also co-founded and was CEO, from 2007 until 2010, of Retail China Limited, a company that worked with international retail brands operating their retail stores and managing franchises in China. Prior to her return toCanada, she was the Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and MainlandChina operations of Ivey Business School at Western University. She also serves as adirector on the Board of Blue Umbrella Limited, a due diligence and risk managementservices provider and on the board of the Asian Corporate Governance Association.She has served terms as Chair and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce inHong Kong and Chair of Canada China Business Council, Beijing. In 2006, she wasnamed Asian Business Executive in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, in 2007she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2014 wasrecognized as a ‘‘Woman of Our Time’’ by the South China Morning Post for hercontribution to education in Hong Kong.
Ms. De Silva holds an MBA from the IveyBusiness School at Western University and a Doctor of Law honoris causa fromThompson Rivers University.