Board of Directors

Robert J. Gunn

Robert J. Gunn is an independent business consultant and corporate director. Mr. Gunn is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of our Northbridge subsidiary and served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of our Northbridge subsidiary from 2004 to 2014. Mr. Gunn previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Royal & SunAlliance plc, a diversified insurance company in London, England, from 2002 to 2003 and 2001 to 2002, respectively. He also served as Group Director, Americas, of Royal & SunAlliance from 1998 to 2001. From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Gunn held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer at Royal & SunAlliance Canada.

The Right Honourable David L. Johnston

The Right Honourable David L. Johnston is a corporate director. Mr. Johnston has held a number of distinguished management and leadership positions in academia and government, including acting as the 28th Governor General of Canada from 2010 to 2017. Mr. Johnston has held a number of academic positions, including as principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University for fifteen years and as the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. Mr. Johnston has also served on numerous provincial and federal task forces and committees, acted as president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada) and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. Mr. Johnston is a member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to companion, the Order’s highest level, in 1997. Mr. Johnston was also the first non-U.S. citizen to be elected chair of Harvard University’s board of overseers. Mr. Johnston holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and Queen’s. Mr. Johnston is also a director of The BlackNorth Initiative and our publicly traded subsidiary, Dexterra Group Inc.

Karen L. Jurjevich

Karen L. Jurjevich is Principal of Branksome Hall, a leading private International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for girls located in Toronto and is also the Chief Executive Officer of Branksome Hall Global. Prior to joining Branksome Hall in 1998, Ms. Jurjevich was a Principal in the Toronto District School Board and, from 1988 to 1992, taught at Havergal College in Toronto, Ontario. Prior thereto, Ms. Jurjevich held a number of teaching positions and was previously a member of the Board of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools, the Board of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario, the International Baccalaureate and North American Independent Schools Task Force. Ms. Jurjevich graduated from the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

R. William McFarland

R. William McFarland is our Lead Director. Mr. McFarland is a director of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. and our publicly traded subsidiaries, Dexterra Group Inc. and Farmers Edge Inc. Mr. McFarland previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Conference Board of Canada. Mr. McFarland was the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Canada) from 2011 to 2018. Prior to that, Mr. McFarland was a member of the executive team at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Canada) from 2005 to 2011, having been admitted to the partnership in 1992 and having led the Greater Toronto Area audit practice from 2002 to 2005. Mr. McFarland is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Christine N. McLean

Christine N. McLean is a corporate director. Ms. McLean previously held the position of Director of Research at Sprucegrove Investment Management Ltd., a private investment advisor that provides discretionary investment management services to institutional investors. Ms. McLean joined Sprucegrove in 2004 as an Investment Analyst, specializing in global equities. Ms. McLean holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Richmond, Virginia. Ms. McLean is the daughter of V. Prem Watsa.

Timothy R. Price

Timothy R. Price has been the Chairman of Brookfield Funds, a division of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. since 1997 and was Chairman of Brookfield Financial Corporation until December 2004. Mr. Price serves on the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation Board and the Dean's Advisory Board at the Schulich School of Business. Mr. Price previously served as a director of Canadian Tire Corporation from 2007 to 2018.

Brandon W. Sweitzer

Brandon W. Sweitzer is the Dean of the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, St. John's University. He is a director of our subsidiaries Odyssey Group Holdings, Inc. and Falcon Insurance Company (Hong Kong) Limited and also serves on the Board of the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, St. John's University. Mr. Sweitzer was a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2011, and an Advisor and Senior Fellow from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Sweitzer became Chief Financial Officer of Marsh Inc. in 1981, and was its President from 1999 through 2000. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Sweitzer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Guy Carpenter & Company.

Lauren C. Templeton

Lauren C. Templeton is the Founder and President of Templeton and Phillips Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ms. Templeton received a B.A. in Economics from the University of the South. She is the Founder and former President of the Southeastern Hedge Fund Association; was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Finance Advisory Board of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and served on the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Ms. Templeton is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the John M. Templeton Foundation and is a member of the Templeton World Charity Foundation and a Trustee of the Templeton Religion Trust. Ms. Templeton currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Baylor School, an independent Director of Canadian Solar Inc and our publicly traded subsidiary, Fairfax India Holdings Corporation.

Benjamin P. Watsa

Benjamin P. Watsa is President and Founder of Marval Capital Ltd. ("Marval"). Mr. Watsa has over two decades of experience in the investment industry. Prior to Marval, Mr. Watsa was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Lissom Investment Management Inc., spent five years in New York as an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group at Banc of America Securities and at Cochran Caronia Waller. Mr. Watsa also serves as a director of Fairfax India Holdings Corporation, the advisory board of Impression Ventures, and holds the position of director emeritus for his work and contributions as a director and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee for the Rideau Hall Foundation. Mr. Watsa is the son of V. Prem Watsa.

V. Prem Watsa

V. Prem Watsa has been the Chairman of our Board of Directors and our Chief Executive Officer since 1985. Mr. Watsa is the Vice Chairman of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd. since 2019, after serving as Vice President since 1984. Mr. Watsa is the Chairman of our publicly traded subsidiary Fairfax India Holdings Corporation. Mr. Watsa is also a director of Blackberry Limited and The BlackNorth Initiative. Mr. Watsa formerly served as Vice President of GW Asset Management from 1983 to 1984 and in various positions, including as a Vice President with Confederation Life Investment Counsel from 1974 to 1983.

William C. Weldon

William C. Weldon is a corporate director. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CVS Health Corporation and HeartFlow, Inc. and serves as the Chairman of Board of Trustees for Quinnipiac University. Mr. Weldon was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson from 2002 to 2012. Mr. Weldon is a former member of the Board of Directors of ExxonMobil Corporation, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and The Chubb Corporation.