Anna is a Managing Partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette and leads the firm's national academic executive search practice and our Atlantic Canadian executive search practice. An experienced professional consultant, Anna’s consultative style and pragmatic approach have delivered exceptional results to leaders and organizations across Canada, including those in academic, public, not-for-profit and private sectors. She is an established and trusted advisor on strategy, governance, leadership development, operational effectiveness, and organization design. Prior to joining Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, Anna was a consulting partner and principal with two large public accounting firms, and held senior leadership roles within the Nova Scotia public sector. Her past experience as a senior leader and as an advisor to leaders within the academic, public, and private sectors, has given her first-hand insight into the rewards and challenges of leadership in broadly-accountable organizations. Anna is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a Fellow Certified Management Consultant, and has a Masters of Business Administration Degree in Health Administration. She is also a Director on the Nova Scotia Health Authority Board, the former Chair of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax Board of Governors, and a former Chair of Brigadoon Children’s Camp.
Dr. Ramona Lumpkin joined Mount Saint Vincent University as President and Vice-Chancellor in 2010 and retired from her position on June 30, 2017. Her previous roles included Principal of Huron University College and Vice President Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University. Dr. Lumpkin began her university career in Kentucky where for 13 years she held a variety of positions in higher education that included institutional planning, continuing education, faculty development and university teaching. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and is a former Fulbright Scholar to England. Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has been actively engaged in advocacy on behalf of women’s issues, in promoting the role of women in higher education, and in enhancing access to education for adult and Aboriginal learners. She is Past Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Past Chair of IWF (Atlantic Region), Past Board member for Universities Canada, Board member of Women Active Nova Scotia, and Chair of Engage Nova Scotia. In 2014, Dr. Lumpkin was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership in post-secondary education, her promotion of community-based learning initiatives, and her support for the advancement of women. In October of 2017 she received the Governor General’s Persons Case Award for her advocacy on behalf of women’s rights.
Michele Williams is the regional managing partner of the Atlantic Canada practice of Grant Thornton. Michele leads the management, client service, business development and resource management of Atlantic Canada. In addition, she directs the execution of the practice’s business plan and budget annually. Over the course of her career, Michele has been a part of numerous boards and committees, including the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and Dalhousie Board of Governors. Michele enjoys mentoring youth and others in the business community, and focuses on building Atlantic Canada’s future leaders.