Dr Heather Munroe-blum, OC, OQ, PhD, FRSC

Dr Munroe-Blum is Chairperson of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Principal (President) Emerita of McGill University where she served for over a decade and was the first woman to hold this position. Prior to this, she was Vice-President (Research and International Relations), the University of Toronto. She currently serves as Director, Royal Bank of Canada and of the Gairdner Foundation, where she serves as Chair of the Board. She is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation (CCLF), a Member of the Advisory Boards of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), McGill’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI), and the Trilateral Commission. Some of the other corporate boards Dr. Munroe-Blum has served on include: CGI Group, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Alcan Inc., the Canada Forum of Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., Yellow Media Inc. and Hydro One (Ontario) as well as the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations.

Dr Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic leader and administrator and an outstanding scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. Holding a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction), she is the recipient of numerous Canadian and international awards and honorary degrees in recognition of her leadership in health, research, science and innovation, higher education, and governance. She has extensive experience in risk management, finance, governance, human resources and talent development, international business and technology development. Dr Munroe-Blum is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec, and a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.