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Episode 189: Lesley Antoun says inclusivity in strategy development needs to be planned and not done as an afterthought

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Today on the Take on Board podcast I’m speaking with Lesley Antoun about strategy, strategic decision making and board dynamics.

Lesley is on the boards of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges, Inc.; Wainbee Ltd.; The Canadian Real Estate Association and Concordia University Alumni Association.

She was previously on the board of Literacy Unlimited.

Lesley is a successful executive, leadership coach, consultant and speaker with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, program and risk management, partnership development and stakeholder management with multinationals, private corporations, governments, First Nations organisations and non-profits. Her expertise has benefited organisations in various industries, including infrastructure, passenger rail, aerospace and manufacturing.

Ms Antoun is also an active member of several professional associations, including the Institute of Corporate Directors and Women Corporate Directors. Her contributions include numerous speaking and writing engagements. Whilst serving on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of one non-profit board, and chairing the Human Resource Committee of the board of a small privately held company, she authored an article for the National Association of Corporate Directors – which, for Australian listeners is the equivalent of our AICD – on diversity and inclusion in the boardroom, drawing on her past experiences as a new board member as well on research into the topic.

Lesley is fluently bilingual. She holds a mechanical engineering degree from the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science and an MBA from McGill University. In 2022, she was named one of Concordia University’s Top 50 Under 50 Shaping Tomorrow.

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