Director Profile

Fiona L. Macdonald ICD.D MBA

Board Value Proposition: 

Governance, Executive Compensation, and Talent Management

  • Recruited as an expert to GMP Capital’s board to address shareholder concerns with pay and performance. Over several years, working directly with shareholder advisory groups, the shareholders’ concerns have been successfully resolved. The Committee’s scope has been expanded to include talent management and succession planning.
  • Long history as a trusted advisor to Boards, on highly sensitve and often contentious issues including CEO recruitment and termination, talent management and succession planning, global competitiveness, strategy reinforcement, and performance management.  Deep experience with commodity-cyclical industries.

Extensive Familiarity with Board Dynamics

  • Effective participant in hundreds of publicly traded board and committee meetings, both as a subject-matter expert and as a board member. Known as a clear communicator and independent thinker, able to listen and modify or hold a position, depending on which was the better outcome for an organization.

Business Expertise and Financial Acumen

  • Throughout career, managed and grew successful consultancies in the United States and Canada. Achieved two turnarounds, both in the United States, where new leadership needed to be developed and financial performance improved.
  • Demonstrated ability as a banker and as a management consultant to analyze the fundamental dynamics of a business, understand its growth opportunities and potential risks, and apply a critical lens to business strategy and growth projections in the context of the competitors’ performance.

Industry Experience: 

  • Banks
  • Diversified Banks
  • Commercial & Professional Services
  • Human Resource & Employment Services
  • Diversified Financials
  • Investment Banking & Brokerage
  • Energy
  • Integrated Oil & Gas
  • Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
  • Materials
  • Fertilizers & Agricultural Chemicals
  • Precious Metals & Minerals
  • Utilities
  • Multi-Utilities

International Experience: 

  • United States

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

B.C. Ferry Authority 2016 to Present
GMP Capital Inc. 2013 to Present
Governance and Nominating Committee
Management Resources and Compensation Committee

Additional Boards:

Institute of Corporate Directors, BC Chapter 2008 to Present
Chair, BC Chapter
Executive Committee
Business in Vancouver, Women of Influence in Business Awards 2014 to Present
Chair, Nominating Committee
BCIT Foundation Board


Willis Towers Watson, (and predecessor companies Towers Watson and Towers Perrin) 1995 to 2014
Managing Director, Executive Compensation, Canada and US West Divisions
Managing Partner, National Executive Compensation and Rewards Practice
National Leader, Executive Compensation Practice
Strategic Compensation Associates 1994 to 1995
William M. Mercer, Los Angeles 1989 to 1994
Principal and Head of the Compensation Practice for Southern California
William M. Mercer, Toronto 1986 to 1989
Associate Principal
Bank of Montreal (BMO) Financial Group 1980 to 1986
Commercial Banking Account Manager
Corporate Banking Account Officer


ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2008
MBA, University of British Columbia, 1980
BA, University of British Columbia, 1978