Carol Stephenson served as Dean of the Ivey Business School at Western University, Ontario, from 2003-2013. Prior to joining Ivey, she spent 30 years in the telecommunications industry, advancing through a series of management positions to join the executive ranks of Bell Canada in 1988.
From 1995 to 1998, as President and CEO of Stentor Resource Centre Inc., she led the national marketing and technology development center for Canada’s nine telecommunications companies. Then, as President and CEO of Lucent Technologies Canada from 1999 to 2003, she spearheaded the team that succeeded in tripling Lucent’s market share in Canada despite an industry downturn.
Ms. Stephenson is a seasoned Corporate Director. She has over 19 years of Board service, has chaired many Board committees and served 13 Boards, public and private.
Currently, Ms. Stephenson serves on the Boards of several leading companies and is a Director of General Motors Company, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., and Intact Financial Services Inc., Power.
In 2016, the National Association of Corporate Directors honored Ms. Stephenson as one of the most influential people in the boardroom community. The NACD Directorship100™ recognizes those who participate in actual board work and who influence how that work is done.
Previously, she was Chair of the Ontario Research Fund Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC). Currently, Ms. Stephenson serves on the Board of Governors of the Stratford Festival.
She has earned significant recognition for her community work and industry involvement over the years, including: induction into Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame; London’s Business Hall of Fame; Women of Influence’s Top 25 Women of Influence; and the National Post 50 Most Powerful Women. In 2009, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2012 received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.
Ms. Stephenson, a graduate of the University of Toronto, successfully completed the Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, as well as the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She has received honorary degrees from both Ryerson University and Western University.