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Annette Verschuren

Independent director since November 2012

Annette Verschuren is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of NRStor Inc. The company develops and manages energy storage projects. From 1996 to 2011, Ms. Verschuren was President of The Home Depot Canada where she oversaw the company's growth from 19 to 179 Canadian stores and led its entry into China. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Ms. Verschuren was President and co-owner of Michaels of Canada, a chain of arts and crafts stores. Previously, Ms. Verschuren was Vice President, Corporate Development of Imasco Ltd. and Executive Vice President of Canada Development Investment Corporation.

Ms. Verschuren is a director of Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group and Saputo Inc., and is Chair of both MaRS Discovery District and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). In addition, she serves as Chancellor of Cape Breton University and is a director of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment in Cape Breton, and supports numerous non-profit organizations, including the CAMH Foundation as a board member. She is a founding member of the Rideau Hall Foundation. She co-chairs the Smart Prosperity Initiative, which is mapping out a course to a stronger, cleaner economy for Canada. In 2011, Ms. Verschuren was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contribution to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility and in 2019 became a companion in the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

Ms. Verschuren holds honorary doctorate degrees from ten universities including St. Francis Xavier University where she also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.