World's Challenge ChallengeWestern University

World's Challenge Challenge Emcee & Judges

Carol Stephenson (Emcee)

Carol Stephenson, O.C.Carol Stephenson is a Corporate Director. From 2003 to 2013, she was the Dean of the Ivey Business School at Western University. She was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lucent Technologies Canada from July 1999 to February 2003. Prior to that, she held a number of executive positions with Bell Canada and BCE Media, and from 1995 to 1998, she was CEO of Stentor Resource Centre Inc.

Carol is a Director of General Motors Company, Intact Financial Services Inc., and Maple Leaf Foods Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, has completed the Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. In 2000, Carol was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering from Ryerson Polytechnic University and in 2016, an honorary doctorate from Western University. She has also received several industry awards, including induction into Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame and induction into the London and District Business Hall of Fame.

In 2009 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Lina Bowden (Judge)

Lina BowdenLina is committed to creating vibrant and caring communities through her work in social innovation, social enterprise and social finance. The catalyst behind VERGE, a community-led collaborative that promotes and creates local investment for local impact, her work has led to the launch of Southwestern Ontario’s first impact investment fund. She also played a leadership role in the creation of Innovation Works, a social innovation shared space hosted by Pillar Nonprofit Network.

After nearly 30 years of holding leadership positions in financial services and the investment industry, Lina began pursuing a Masters of Arts in Community Development in 2010. She has been recognized by the Society of Management Accountants as a fellow, by the City of London on the Mayor’s Honour Roll and by the Ontario Government as a June Callwood Award recipient.

Rick Konrad (Judge)

Rick ConradA science graduate of Western (1975), Rick earned his MSF from Northeastern University and completed the Harvard Business School Executive Program on behavioral investing. He earned his CFA charter in 1988 and his CFP® designation in 2004. A member of Western’s investment committee since 2008, Rick has served on the Board of Governors since 2014 and has chaired its Property and Finance Committee. He is currently the Vice-chairman of the Board of Governors.

After beginning his investment career as a portfolio manager, Rick became director at Sceptre Investment Counsel and a partner at Lincluden Management. In 2002, he founded Value Architects Asset Management in Hoboken, New Jersey and is the firm’s Managing Partner.

Rick has a long-standing interest in education as an adjunct instructor in retirement planning and investments at New York University, and has been actively involved in education programs in CFA Societies both in New York and Toronto. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee to The Center for Corporate Reputation Management at Drexel University.

David Simmonds (Judge)

David SimmondsAs Senior Vice-President, Communications and Public Affairs, at McKesson Canada, David is responsible for media relations, internal communications, corporate and content marketing, corporate social responsibility, and government relations. David serves as President of Western’s Alumni Association – Western University’s global alumni network. David is a Director at: Action Against Hunger Canada, Casey House, The Canadian Club of Toronto and is a Government of Ontario’s appointee to the Board of Directors for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In 2015, the Diversity Advancement Network named David to their list of the Top 100 Black Canadians.

A sought-after public speaker, David’s commentary can be found in a variety of media including the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and CBC News: The National, where he served as a regular news contributor.