Frederick W. Gorbet

Frederick W. Gorbet, O.C.

Associate Director, Financial Services Program, Schulich School of Business, York University (Toronto, ON)

October 16, 2014

Fred Gorbet has had an active career as a corporate director and independent consultant, with extensive experience in public policy advice and formulation, particularly with regard to financial institutions and energy policy. During a 25-year career in the Canadian public service, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Department of Energy, Director of Policy for the International Energy Agency in Paris, Associate Secretary to the Cabinet for Strategic Policy and Deputy Minister of Finance Canada.

After leaving the public service, Dr. Gorbet held senior executive positions in the life insurance industry. He served as Executive Director of the MacKay Task Force on the future of the Financial Services Sector of Canada, as Executive Director of the Saucier Task Force on Corporate Governance, as senior policy advisor to Credit Union Central of Canada on the National Initiative, and as the founding chair of the Market Surveillance Panel for administered electricity markets in Ontario. He was on the faculty of the Schulich School of Business at York University from 1999 to 2013, and during that period was the Director of the Financial Services Program and held the CIT Chair in Financial Services.

Dr. Gorbet has extensive experience as a corporate director for both commercial and not-for-profit companies. He currently is a Director of Lawyer’s Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO), where he chairs the Audit Committee. He also chairs the Board of Trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

He recently completed an assignment as Chair of the Ontario Automobile Insurance Anti-Fraud Task Force, appointed in July 2011 by the Minister of Finance for Ontario.

Dr. Gorbet has a BA from York University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000 and promoted to Officer of the Order in 2014.


Role: Panel Member; Panel Chair
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