Past Presidents

Over its long history, the strength, vibrancy and activity of the branches of the Canadian International Council are reflective of the leadership and many hours of volunteer work which their executives have given to them.

In recognition of that leadership and service to their local branch communities and to the CIIA and now CIC as a whole, below is a list of past presidents of the Toronto branch.

Please note that this page is being expanded to include all past presidents of the Toronto branch in its long and illustrious history from the the founding CIIA to the current CIC.  In addition, we are working to create an additional page listing all past executives and are working in collaboration with the national office to populate both pages.

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Jo-Ann Davis


Ex Officio Member

Jo-Ann Davis is a Senior Associate with Leman Group, a Toronto-based management consulting firm, specializing in the delivery of critical initiatives and big one-time changes like M&A integrations, turnaround and organizational transformations for North America’s leading firms, as well as government ministries and agencies.

Jo-Ann holds a BA in Political Science from St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, a Masters in Chinese Government from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), and was a PhD candidate in the Government department at the London School of Economics (LSE) until taking a leave from studies to pursue professional goals.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Jo-Ann’s long standing interest in public policy and international affairs is reflected in her memberships and leadership roles with policy-focused organizations both in Canada and abroad, including the CIC, the Fabian Society, the European Movement, and the National Council of Fair Vote Canada.  Currently, in addition to her professional career and leadership of the CIC Toronto branch, Jo-Ann is an elected trustee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (St Paul’s, Toronto Centre and Trinity-Spadina), on the Board of HelpAge Canada, and Co-Founder of Unlock Democracy Canada.   Jo-Ann has lived in London and Hong Kong, and has traveled extensively.


 Keith Martin
Ex Officio Member

Keith Martin is Director of Client Services and Business Implementation at Centract, a real estate closing firm that is part of the Brookfield group of companies. He has taught at Ryerson University’s Business School, focusing on “Concepts of E-Business.” Keith is a member of the Board of Directors and a past president of the Club canadien, a French-language speakers club in Toronto, and he is active in numerous other volunteer and community activities. He holds a BA in Economics (Honours) from McGill University, a Masters of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.


Larry Herman

Lawrence L Herman B.A., LL.B., is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law Faculty (1969) and a member of the Saskatchewan and Ontario bars. He served in the Canadian Foreign Service in the 1970’s in a variety of posts, at the United Nations representing Canada in numerous international conferences and meetings. Prior to leaving the External Affairs Department in 1980, Mr. Herman was the head of the Department’s Economic and Treaty Law Section in the Legal Bureau.  Currently, Mr. Herman concentrates on international trade and international business transactions.

Mr. Herman is currently chair of the Trade Policy Committee of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and a member of the Executive Board of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute, the International Affairs Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the C.D. Howe Institute, and several other business and government trade policy organizations. He was an op-ed columnist on international trade and business for the Financial Post (Toronto) from 1993 to 1998 and contributes frequently to the Globe & Mail and other newspapers as an op-ed columnist.

Together with numerous articles in legal and business journals, Mr. Herman has written three books, Canadian Trade Remedy Law & Practice (1997), Canadian Trade Law (Thomson-Carswell, 2008), and Export and Import Controls, Sanctions and Other Trade Restrictions (2010).  In his charitable and community work, Mr. Herman has been on fund-raising committees of the Toronto Metro YMCA, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the University of Saskatchewan Centennial, among others.  He is currently Vice-Chair of Jazz FM 91.


Ron Clarke Ron Clark

Ron Clark is a partner at Aird & Berlis and a member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Group and Energy Team.  Ron’s corporate/commercial practice includes advising corporations, financial institutions, municipalities and individuals on commercial agreements, asset and share purchase transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and secured lending transactions.

Ron’s energy practice has involved counselling stakeholder groups, retailers, distributors and generators on legislative and policy matters relating to electricity markets. He has been retained in connection with power procurement arrangements, development of generation and cogeneration facilities and the Ontario government’s clean energy supply and renewable energy supply RFPs and contracts. He has been involved in electricity restructuring in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Albania, Macedonia and the Regional Southeast European market. He has also chaired the Ontario Energy Association’s Task Force on Ontario’s proposed electricity legislation.

Ron previously served as a diplomat with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Ottawa and Brussels.