Women On Board

Director Profile

Christa C. Wessel C.Dir. LLB

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel ClearView Strategic Partners

Board Value Proposition: 

A seasoned senior executive and director with cross-functional leadership skills and experience across a wide variety of industries.
 

Board Leadership

  • As a board member, have extensive experience relating to operations, strategic planning, corporate development, substantial capital investments, and all aspects of relationship with CEO and senior management, including compensation, succession planning, and board renewal.
  • Worked closely with boards and audit and HR committees at Siemens and McCain, to formulate strategy and implement substantial transformational projects in addition to regular reporting and engagement.

International Strategic Planning, Execution, and Corporate Development

  • Implemented a new vision and strategic plan; established project management office; led broad-based stakeholder engagement addressing McCain’s purpose, employee value proposition, global branding, and social mission; increased revenues by $1.5 billion; harnessed critical assets and capabilities to deliver innovative products, state of the art manufacturing processes, and leading-edge capabilities for the global business.

Human Resources, Executive Compensation, Benefits, and Pensions

  • Led transformation of McCain’s global human resources (19,000 employees in 130 countries), including redesigned international incentive programs with a value of over $50 million; updated global compensation and benefit programs, reducing annual costs by more than $15 million; implemented HR information systems, resulting in streamlined HR process and reduced costs. 

Industry Experience: 

  • Automobiles & Components
  • Capital Goods
  • Industrial Conglomerates
  • Commercial & Professional Services
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas Equipment & Services
  • Food, Beverage, & Tobacco
  • Utilities
  • Electric Utilities

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

Lallemand Inc. 2016 to Present
Remuneration Human Resources Committee
Horizon Utilities Corporation 2015 to Present
Human Resources and Governance Committee
Hamilton Utilities Corporation 2014 to Present
Chair, Human Resources and Governance Committee
Siemens Canada Limited 2006 to 2008
Member
Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. 2006 to 2007
Chair, Strategic Direction Committee
Stan-Canada Limited 1989 to 2002
Member
Lada Canada Inc. 1989 to 1998
Member
Siemens VDO Automotive Limited 1988 to 1995
Member

Additional Boards:

Export Development Corporation, Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Board 2016 to Present
Member
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health 2015 to Present
Vice-Chair
Resources Committee
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers Centre for Leadership, Advisory Group 2012 to Present
Member
Oakville Christian School 2003 to 2006
Co-Chair, Capital Campaign Committee, 2004
Member
Halton Healthcare Services Corporation 1998 to 2001
Chair, 1999–2001
Vice Chair, 1997–1999
Chair, Governance Committee, 1998–2001
Finance Committee, 1998–1999

Biography: 

ClearView Strategic Partners 2017 to Present
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
The Change Alliance 2015 to 2017
Advisor, Boards and Leadership
The Directors College 2010 to Present
Faculty Member
McCain Foods Limited 2010 to 2014
Executive Vice-President, Global Business Practices and Chief Legal Officer
Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer
Chief Legal Officer
Growing Lafluer Henderson LLP 2008 to 2010
Partner, Business Law Group
Siemens Canada Limited 2002 to 2008
Regional General Counsel and Compliance Officer
McCarthy Tetrault LLP 1992 to 2002
Partner, Business Law Group

Education: 

ERM, University of Toronto, 2016
CIC.C, Certified In-House Counsel, University of Toronto, 2015
C.Dir., The Directors College, McMaster University, 2010
Called to the Bar, Province of Ontario, 1986
LL.B (cum laude), University of Ottawa, 1984
BA (Econ.), York University, 1981