A native of North Sydney, Nova Scotia, ECEC Keynote Speaker Annette Verschuren is no stranger to the East Coast work ethic and lifestyle.
Beginning her career with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation based in Sydney, Ms. Verschuren has continued to build her credentials as a leading business figure in both the retail, and now energy sectors. Among her many notable achievements, Ms. Verschuren played a central role in expanding business operations for the Home Depot between 1996 and 2011. In her role as President for Canada and Asia, Verschuren expanded Canadian operations nearly 1,000 per cent from 19 to 179 stores, and led the company’s entry into the Chinese market from 2006-2009.
Verschuren’s latest venture is NRStor Inc., a Toronto-based energy storage company she co-founded in 2012. NRStor focuses on accelerating the development and construction of industry-leading energy storage technologies. She also helps lead the Smart Prosperity initiative, a coalition keen on keeping Canada’s economy on a stronger, cleaner and more productive path.
Being a member of late Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Economic Advisory Council, Verschuren was a part of an 11-member group of Canadian business leaders tasked with advising the Government of Canada on the global economic crisis. In addition to five honourary doctorate degrees, she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, and was appointed as an Officer of The Order of Canada (2011) for her contributions to the retail industry and Corporate Social Responsibility.
In April, Verschuren published “Bet on Me,” which accounts her inspiring philosophy for what it takes to successfully lead in today’s economy: tenacity, the willingness to embrace risk and an unwavering commitment to remain true to yourself.
Verschuren will join us the morning of Wednesday, June 15 at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre for the East Coast Energy Connection’s Keynote Breakfast. We look forward to having her apply an expansive knowledge of business, finance, operations, leadership and sustainable energy to the challenges and choices faced by the energy sector.
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