About Saint Mary's
Honorary Degree - Annette Verschuren
22 April, 2016
Annette Verschuren is Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an energy storage technologies venture. Formerly she was president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, overseeing the growth of the company’s Canadian operations from 19 to 180 stores between 1996 and 2011. She also led The Home Depot’s entry into China.
After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Ms. Verschuren began her career as a development officer with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation, in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She then worked with Canada Development Investment Corporation as executive vice-president and with Imasco Ltd. as vice-president, corporate development. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Ms. Verschuren was president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada.
Ms. Verschuren is a board member of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group of Boston, Air Canada, Saputo, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, CAMH Foundation and the Conference Board of Canada. She chairs the Ontario Clean Energy Task Force and the Federal Government’s Expert Panel for the Venture Capital Action Plan and previously served as vice chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and as a member of Finance Minister Flaherty’s Economic Advisory Council.
Ms. Verschuren has received many tributes, including five honorary degrees and induction into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends and the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. She was named an Officer of The Order of Canada in 2011 for her contribution to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility, appointed co-chair of the 2012 Governor General’s Leadership Conference, and recognized by the Retail Council of Canada as distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year.
A champion of community investment and volunteerism, Ms. Verschuren now serves as Chancellor of Cape Breton University and chairs fundraising efforts for the new Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (VCSEE). She is a long-time supporter of numerous charities, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Habitat for Humanity and Volunteer Canada.
Ms. Verschuren and her husband, Stan, live in Toronto. She returns frequently to her familial roots and long-time home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.