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Anne Golden

President and CEO, Conference Board of Canada

Anne Golden, Ph.D., C.M., has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada since October 2001. Previous to that, Dr. Golden served as President of the United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years.

Dr. Golden gained national recognition for her role in the public policy arena through chairing two influential task forces: one in 1996 for the provincial government on the future of the Toronto area, and another in 1998 for the City of Toronto and the federal government on homelessness. Both of her reports, Greater Toronto: Report of the GTA Task Force and Taking Responsibility for Homelessness: An Action Plan for Toronto, remain relevant and are still referenced today in academic courses. Also noteworthy is her work on The Canada Project, the largest public policy project undertaken by The Conference Board of Canada, for which she co-authored Volume III: Mission Possible: Successful Canadian Cities.

Author of numerous publications on public policy issues, Dr. Golden has held research positions including Director of Policy Research for the Ontario Liberal Party (1981-82), Special Advisor to the Provincial Leader of the Opposition (1978-81), and Research Coordinator for the Bureau of Municipal Research (1973-78).

In 2003, Dr. Golden’s commitment to social justice was recognized in her appointment by the Governor General as a Member of the Order of Canada. She has received honorary doctorates from University of Western Ontario (2008), Royal Roads University (2005), the University of Toronto (2002), York University (2000) and Ryerson Polytechnic University (1997), as well as an honorary diploma from Loyalist College (2005). In 2011 she will receive honorary doctorates from the University of Calgary and from McMaster University. In 2004 she received the Urban Leadership Award for City Engagement from the Canadian Urban Institute, as well as the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: The Top 100 Award. In 2003 and in 2002, the National Post’s annual ranking of Canada's brightest and best women executives named Dr. Golden among the elite of Canada's businesswomen. In August 2000, she was named one of the “City of Toronto’s Top 10 Power Brokers” by the National Post; and in 1993 she was chosen by Toronto Life magazine as one of the “Eight Best People in Metropolitan Toronto.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Golden has gained considerable knowledge of governance matters. As President and Chief Executive Officer of both The Conference Board of Canada and the United Way of Greater Toronto, she has worked with Canada’s most senior corporate and community leaders who comprised her Boards of Directors. As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada, she has helped to create and currently supervises the Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University. Her governance experience includes three corporate Boards, the University of Toronto Board, and not-for-profit Boards.