Backgrounder – Biographical notes
Manjit Sharma joined Export Development Canada’s board of directors in October 2020. She brings over 25 years of depth and experience in navigating a wide range of operational matters in a variety of industries. Manjit is Chief Financial Officer for WSP Canada Inc. and a member of the international consultancy’s Canadian Leadership Team. Before joining WSP, Manjit was on the National Executive Team of General Electric Canada (GE Canada), serving as chief financial officer. Her responsibilities spanned strategic planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, tax oversight, risk, governance, diversity and inclusion. She has also served on the board of GE Canada and is past-chair of the GE Canada Pension Trust, overseeing investment strategy. Active in her community, Manjit serves on the board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and has had leadership roles with the Greater Toronto YMCA (past board member), Junior Achievement of Central Ontario (past governor) and FEI Young Luminaries Mentorship Program. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, is a chartered professional, and is an alumna of the Rotman School of Management’s Judy Project for Executive Women in Leadership. In 2019, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
Julian Ovens is a Senior Advisor with Crestview Strategy, based in Ottawa. He has extensive experience as an international corporate development leader, a natural resources executive, and a senior government advisor. Prior to joining Crestview Strategy, Julian was chief of staff to 2 of Canada’s former international trade ministers, François-Philippe Champagne and Jim Carr, as well as a former minister of foreign affairs, Stéphane Dion. He previously worked at BHP Billiton, the world’s largest natural resources company, as Head of Strategy and Development, Potash (formerly Diamonds) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Project Director, Iron Ore Africa, Minerals Exploration, based in Singapore.
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