Toronto Region Board of Trade

Jan De Silva

Jan De Silva is the President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade. For more than 170 years, the Board has represented Canada’s largest business community, which accounts for 20% of Canada’s GDP, 40% of Canada’s corporate headquarters and 25% of the country’s population.

Since assuming her role in January 2015, Jan has focused her efforts on realizing the Board’s 2020 vision of making Toronto one of the most competitive and sought after business regions in the world with a strategic emphasis on trade, transportation and talent.

Prior to joining the Board, Jan established solid international business experience with a track record for excelling in on-the-ground leadership roles. She was CEO of Sun Life Financial Hong Kong and its Mainland China joint venture. She also co-founded, and was of CEO of, Retail China Limited; which was acquired in 2010. In 2011, Jan took on the role of Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Mainland China operations of Ivey Business School − Western University.

Highly respected for her business advocacy and government engagement efforts, Jan has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, a Woman of our Time by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and made the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s inaugural Diversity 50 list. She has served terms as both Chair and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Chair of Canada China Business Council, Beijing. She currently sits on the boards of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Intact Financial Corporation (TSX:IFC) and Blue Umbrella Limited, an Asia-based due diligence and risk management service provider. Jan holds an MBA from Ivey Business School and received an honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University.

Phone: 416 366 6460
Email: jdesilva@bot.com

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