Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera

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Chair of the Talent Oversight and Compensation Committee
Member of the Technology Committee


Dr. Samarasekera, age 69, brings to the Board a proven record of technical expertise, demonstrated leadership, tangible success in building international relationships and a long standing commitment to R&D/innovation.

Dr. Samarasekera is a corporate director and Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones, LLP. Dr. Samarasekera served as the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta from (2005 2015). She is internationally recognized as a leading metallurgical engineer, including for her work on steel process engineering for which she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Among other things, Dr. Samarasekera was previously a member of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council as well as Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy. She possesses an M.Sc in mechanical engineering (California), as well as a PhD in metallurgical engineering (British Columbia). Dr. Samarasekera has also been elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering in the U.S. She currently serves on the board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Dr. Samarasekera is also a committee member of the TMX Group/Institute of Corporate Directors Committee to Chart the Future of Corporate Governance in Canada.