Lili-Ann Foster is the founding President of Renaud
Foster Management Consultants and internationally recognized for
her leadership in the fields of Executive Search, Corporate Governance
and Leadership Development.
Ms. Foster is the recipient of the 2010 Businesswoman of the Year
Award - Entrepreneur from the Women’s Business Network.
Ms. Foster has led executive searches and governance assignments,
in the public and private sectors, including Board governance reviews
and retreats, as well as advising the Auditor General of Canada
and the Privy Council Office. Ms. Foster is well known for the development
and delivery, from 2003 to 2008, of the governance education program
for Canada’s 46 Crown Corporations. In addition, from 2006
to 2008, Ms Foster was Program Director, Crown Corporation Governance
at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto and she is currently
a guest lecturer on governance at the Rotman and Telfer schools
of management in the MBA and EMBA programs. Her international governance
work has taken her to such locations as South America, Morocco,
Asia, Central America, Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East.
Ms. Foster was re-appointed in 2009 by the Lieutenant Governor
to the Public Accountants Council of Ontario and is the Chair of
its Governance Committee. She is also the Chair of the Institute
of Corporate Directors Advisory Council (ICD, Ottawa Chapter) and
was previously the Chair of the Board for the Deposit Insurance
Corporation of Ontario (DICO). In that role, she was instrumental
in introducing a model of corporate governance that gained national
attention and for which DICO received the first award for Best Practices
in the public sector (2001). Ms Foster’s board experience
ranges from profit to non-profit organizations here and abroad.
Ms. Foster has spoken on governance at a number of conferences
including: The World Council of Credit Unions, the Regards Croisés
sur la Gouvernance in Paris, The International Alliance for Women
(TIAW) in Europe and the U.S., The Institute of Corporate Directors
(ICD), The Schulich School of Business, The Conference Board of
Canada, the Canadian Institute, and she is a member of the Washington-based
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She has also
led the Governance Orientation Program for all international board
members of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural
Research (CGIAR) over the last five years.
Ms. Foster is a Certified Management Consultant, Certified Executive
Coach and holds a B.Sc. from Concordia University. She is fluent
in English, French and conversant in Spanish.
Her community involvement includes: being a founding member of
Women For Mental Health (2011), organizing and leading a major panel
on “Breaking Down Stigma and Transforming Mental Health Care”
(2011), being a judge for the Philanthropy Awards (2007-2011), as
well as organizing and hosting private concerts for Opera Lyra.
Her hobbies have included: aerobatic flying, motorcycling, scuba
diving, and hot air ballooning.