S. Grace Kerr - London, ON
S. Grace Kerr has been Chair of the AGCO Board since May 2017, having first joined the Board as a member in 2007 and also serving as the Board’s Vice Chair from 2013 to 2017. As Chair, Ms. Kerr looks forward to working closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the staff of the AGCO to continue to modernize the operations of the AGCO and to provide a high standard of service to the AGCO’s clients and stakeholders.
Ms. Kerr’s public service also includes being a Member and Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board (1998-2003) and a Commissioner of the Ontario Racing Commission (2015-2016). In keeping with her belief in giving back to one’s community, she has worked extensively with the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, the University of Western Ontario’s Law Alumni Association, and London Lawyers Feed the Hungry, amongst other things.
Ms. Kerr holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K., with distinction, as well as a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Science (O.T.) degree (cum laude) from the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Kerr was a partner with Lerners LLP.
Eric Anthony Clear (Tony) Williams – Alton, ON
Eric Anthony Clear (Tony) Williams was first appointed to the AGCO Board in 2015. He is a lawyer and was the Crown Attorney for the County of Dufferin for 22 years. Mr. Williams is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association. He was Senior Litigation Counsel for the Ontario Racing Commission from 2007 to 2012 and Vice Chair from 2013 to 2016.
Mr. Williams holds a LLB from Queen`s University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from York University.
Elmer Buchanan – Havelock, ON
Elmer Buchanan was first appointed to the AGCO Board in 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Buchanan served as Ontario’s Minster of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from 1990 to 1995. Before that, he spent 25 years as a secondary school Principal, Vice-Principal and teacher with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. In 2013, he was appointed Chair of the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission, where he drew on his past experiences as a farmer, a Consultant for the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel, and a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.
Mr. Buchanan’s community involvement includes serving as Chair of Celebrate Havelock, Director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, past Director of the Greater Peterborough Economic Development Corporation and past Director of the Hastings Children’s Aid Society. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University and a Certificate from Peterborough Teacher’s College. He is the current Board Chair and Manager of the Havelock Farmers and Artisans Market.
Dave Forestell – Toronto, ON
Dave Forestell was appointed to the AGCO Board of Directors in December 2018. Mr. Forestell serves as Vice President, Office of the President and CEO, at a major bank. He has held senior positions in government and private sector. He worked overseas in Chile and Venezuela and speaks fluent Spanish. While in Chile, Mr. Forestell led corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility for several mining projects and served as Chair of a Joint Venture Board of Directors. He is currently serving as an at-large board member of the Canadian Council for the Americas. Mr. Forestell obtained his B.A. and LLB from Western University.
Kam Va (Philip) Leong – Oakville, ON
Philip Leong was appointed to the AGCO Board in January 2019. Mr. Leong is currently a Vice President and Director at Scotia Capital. Prior to this, Mr. Leong held senior positions in investments over the past 15 years, including senior positions with BMO Nesbit Burns and RBC DS. He has an extensive background in managing investment portfolios for clients from Canada and overseas. He travels regularly to expand the Canadian market in the Asian Pacific and South America regions and was Canada’s Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council representative from 2012 to 2015.
Mr. Leong is also a highly engaged and involved member of the Chinese community in Toronto and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.