The Distinguished Leader Lecture Series honours leaders from the business community and offers students the opportunity to learn from these outstanding individuals.
The Distinguished Leader Lecture Series is supported by the D.G Willmot Lecture Fund
2023 Distinguished Leader
President & Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
Michèle Boudria, President & Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, is responsible for the business operations across more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants from coast to coast to coast. A people-first leader, Michèle is focused on driving business results and creating a bigger impact to deliver on McDonald’s purpose of feeding and fostering communities.
As McDonald’s Canada’s first woman President & CEO who started her career behind the front counter more than 38 years ago, Michèle is committed to using the organization’s scale to realize its purpose of feed and foster communities. She will ensure McDonald’s lives up to its promise to be a leader of positive change here in Canada.
Michèle began her career with McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited in 1984 as restaurant crew in Aylmer, Quebec. From there, she moved on to regional, national, and international leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including West Regional Vice President in 2018, and most recently, Managing Director of McDonald’s Netherlands in 2021.
Passionate about DE&I and community, Michèle sits on the Catalyst Canada and Ronald McDonald House Charities Boards. She is the former Chair of the Canadian McDonald’s Women’s Leadership Network and a former Vice-Chair for the US Women’s Leadership Network.
|2021||Margaret Kenequanash||CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power|
|2020||Bonnie Lysyk||13th Auditor General of Ontario|
|2019||Michael Lee-Chin||Founder and Chairman, Portland Holdings, and Chairman and CEO, Mandeville Private Client Inc.|
|2018||Julia Deans||CEO, Habitat for Humanity|
|2017||Deepak Chopra||Former President and CEO, Canada Post|
|2016||Martine Irman||Vice Chair, TD Securities and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group|
|2015||Rossana Magnotta||Founder and CEO, Magnotta Winery|
|2014||Len Pennachetti||President and Founding Partner, Cave Spring Cellars|
|2013||Ned Goodman||Founder and CEO, Dundee Corporation and Dundee Wealth, Chancellor, Brock University|
|2011||Donald Ziraldo||Chairman, Ziraldo Estate Winery|
|2010||Galen G. Weston||Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited|
|2009||Michael McCain||President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.|
|2008||John McCall MacBain||Founder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation|
|2007||Paul House||Chairman, CEO and President TDL Group Corp (Tim Hortons)|