In this virtual session, you'll learn the keys to engaging your network to secure board opportunities. Panelists will provide practical and actionable insights for using your network to identify opportunities and obtain board interviews with organizations that are looking for your board skills and expertise. Throughout the discussion, learn how to:

1. Identify board opportunities through your network

2. Engage and build your network to find opportunities

3. Develop a stand-out board resume and LinkedIn profile


4 PM - 4:10 PM
Land Acknowledgment, Welcome & Introduction
Deborah Rosati - Founder & CEO of Women Get On Board Inc.
4:10 PM - 4:45 PM
Panel Discussion
Featuring 2022 BMO Celebrating Women on Boards Honourees, Judith Athaide and Robyn Tingley, and Cheryl Ferguson of BMO Capital Markets.

Moderated by Allison Pepler.
4:45 PM - 5 PM
Q & A
5 PM - 5:05 PM
Thank You & Closing Remarks
5:05 PM - 5:30 PM
Breakout Groups


  • Allison Pepler (Senior Investment Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns)

    Allison Pepler

    Senior Investment Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns


    Allison has over 25 years experience as an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager. She currently leads a team of investment professionals at BMO Nesbitt Burns servicing high net worth individuals and pension funds. As a member of the BMO Nesbitt Investment Advisory Council, Allison worked with the leadership team on strategies to improve the client experience.

    A passionate supporter of women in business, she has been involved with the BMO Alliance for Women, Junior Achievement’s Women’s Leadership Council, the Business Development Bank of Canada’s National Women Entrepreneurship Forum and the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

    For many years, Allison sat on the Board of Directors for Connections Counselling and Consulting Foundations, a Calgary non-profit supporting parents with cognitive challenges.

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  • Cheryl Ferguson (Managing Director,  Capital Markets of BMO)

    Cheryl Ferguson

    Managing Director, Capital Markets of BMO


    Cheryl is a senior financial structuring executive with over 25 years of progressive experience in developing and implementing derivative sales strategies to drive growth and profitability.

    Currently she is leading a team of foreign exchange and interest rate derivative specialists for Bank of Montreal‘s corporate client base. Cheryl has overall accountability for business development, direct responsibility for product development, sales, client management and marketing. Cheryl is a Director on the Board of the National Ballet of Canada.

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  • Judith Athaide (President & CEO of The Cogent Group Inc)

    Judith Athaide

    President & CEO of The Cogent Group Inc


    Judith Athaide is a certified corporate director (ICD.D), professional engineer (P.Eng.) and the President and CEO of The Cogent Group Inc.. She is currently a Director of Computer Modelling Group, HSBC Bank Canada, Kiwetinohk Energy, NB Power, Sustainable Development Technology Canada and TriSummit Utilities.

    With more than three decades of experience in the energy and utilities sectors, she has honed her understanding of strategy and risk, technology as an enabler for transformation, and ESG.

    Ms. Athaide is a passionate life-long learner. She holds a B. Comm (Honours) from the University of Alberta, a MBA and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, a Certificate in Nuclear Governance from Emory University, a Certificate in
    Innovation Governance from the DeGroote School of Business, and a Certificate in the Business Implications of Artificial Intelligence from MIT. She is an instructor in, and examiner for, the ICD Director Education Program. She has been recognized for her
    contributions to governance by being named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the Corporate Directors Category and one of Directors & Boards 2022 Directors to Watch.

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  • Robyn Tingley (Founder & Principal of GlassSKY Inc.)

    Robyn Tingley

    Founder & Principal of GlassSKY Inc.


    Robyn Tingley is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of New Brunswick. She is also an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a founding member of Women for 50%- an initiative that encourages more women in the provincial assembly.

    Through her management consulting firm GlassSKY, she blends her experience as a top global executive for a Fortune 100 with her passion to help progressive employers build modern and inclusive workplaces. Her work to advance gender equality has been recognized with awards by government and business in Europe, the United States and Canada.

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