Killam Trustees

Under the Last Will and Testament of the late Dorothy J. Killam, four Trustees are in office at any one time. The four original Trustees, all now deceased, were: Donald N. Byers, QC, Managing Trustee and Mrs. Killam's personal solicitor; Conrad F. Harrington, Chairman of the Royal Trust Company; G. Arnold R. Hart, President of Bank of Montreal; and Major General the Hon. E.C. ("Johnny") Plow, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. 

The Trustees presently in office are: 

Bernard F. Miller QC, Halifax ~ Managing Trustee

Bernie Miller is the Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts. During his 30-year career, Mr. Miller has been a lawyer, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Public Servant.

Mr. Miller is currently in public service as the Deputy Minister, Office of Strategy Management, and Deputy Minister of Business for Nova Scotia. Mr. Miller was appointed to Nova Scotia’s Office of Strategy Management in October 2017 and Deputy Minister of Business in January 2018. 

From 2006 to 2013, he was the Managing Partner/CEO of McInnes Cooper, one of the 20 largest law firms in Canada with offices throughout Atlantic Canada and had overall responsibility for strategic planning and operational leadership of the firm. While in private practice Bernie was recognized by Chambers and Partners Global as a leading lawyer in environmental law and featured in Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Practical Law Company and Who’s Who Legal as a leading lawyer in business, energy, aboriginal and environmental law. Prior to entering the public service he served as corporate secretary of Twin Rivers Paper Company of Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Bernie is an Institute-certified Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors from the Rotman School of Management and served on the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council Board of Governors and on the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Atlantic Regional Board. He also was on the Advisory Board of the 4Front Atlantic Conferences developed by fellow Trustee Kevin Lynch and former Managing Trustee, George Cooper.

He currently serves on the following Boards: Research Nova Scotia Inc., Events East Group, Onside, Innovacorp, Develop Nova Scotia, and Tourism Nova Scotia.

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, PC, OC, PhD, LLD, Toronto 

The Honourable Kevin Lynch was Vice Chairman of BMO Financial Group from 2010 to 2020.  Prior to that, he was a distinguished former public servant with 33 years of service with the Government of Canada.  He served as the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, which is the most senior position in the federal public service, as well as Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Industry and Executive Director for Canada at the International Monetary Fund.

Dr. Lynch chairs the Board of Directors of SNC Lavalin and is a director of CN Railway and a trustee of the Killam Trusts.  As well, Dr. Lynch is a Director of Communitech and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Previously, Dr. Lynch served on the boards of the Bank of Canada, CNOOC Limited, Empire (Sobeys), Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC), the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), BMO China and the Cape Breton Development Corporation.  As well, he served on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations including: the Governor General’s Rideau Hall Foundation, the Ditchley Foundation of Canada (Chair), the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (ASOC), the Ontario Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, the Gairdner Foundation, and the Perimeter Institute.

Dr. Lynch is the past Chancellor of the University of King’s College, the past Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and a Senior Fellow of Massey College.  Since retiring from government, he has written over 140 policy Op Ed’s and articles and speaks frequently at conferences in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Lynch earned his BA from Mount Allison University, a Masters in Economics from the University of Manchester and a doctorate in Economics from McMaster University.  He was made a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 2009, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011, has received 11 honorary doctorates from Canadian Universities and was awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for public service.

Jim Dinning, C.M., F.ICD, LLD, Calgary   

Jim Dinning is a business executive and former politician. He serves as Chair of Russel Metals Inc and The Western Investment Company of Canada Ltd, both TSX-listed companies. Mr. Dinning is Chair of Heritage Royalty’s Advisory Board, an OTPP-owned entity. For the last twelve years, he has served as the lead faculty member of the Max Bell Public Policy Training Institute.

Mr. Dinning was Chancellor of the University of Calgary from 2010 to 2014 and was honored with the Chancellor Emeritus designation as he completed his four-year term. 

Prior to his business career, Jim served in the Alberta government as a deputy minister and staff person. Elected MLA in 1986, he served as a cabinet minister for eleven years including four plus years as Minister of Education and later as Provincial Treasurer. 

In 2015, Mr. Dinning was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Brenda Eaton, MA, ICD.D, Victoria

Brenda Eaton is an experienced corporate director, serving on the Boards of a number of private, public and not-for-profit Boards. She is currently on the Boards of Westland Insurance, LifeLabs, Transelec, BC Ferries, and Victoria’s Wastewater Treatment Project Board.

Prior to becoming a corporate director Ms. Eaton was a senior leader in the BC Government. From 2001-2005 she was Deputy Minister to Premier Gordon Campbell. Prior to that she held executive positions in the BC Government, including Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board; Energy and Mines; and Social Services. For several years she was Chief Financial Officer of a Health Authority.

Ms. Eaton has also been active in the non-profit sector. She is currently Chair of the Max Bell Foundation, Vice Chair of BC Alzheimer’s Society and on the Board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She is also a Juror for the Donner Award.

Ms. Eaton is certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and has received several recognition awards including the Queen’s Jubilee Award for community contribution, University of Victoria’s Distinguished Alumni and WXN’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.

Ms. Eaton has a Master’s Degree in Economics.

Trustees' Dates of Service:

Donald N. Byers, QC, Managing Trustee - 1965 - 1993
Conrad F. Harrington, OC, LLD - 1965 - 1987
G. Arnold R. Hart - 1965 - 1981
Major General the Hon. E.C. ("Johnny") Plow - 1965 - 1983
Robert Wyman, CM, LLD - 1987 - 2007
John Matthews, LLD - 1981 - 2012
Ann McCaig, CM, AOE, LLD - 1993 - 2014
George T.H. Cooper, CM, QC, LLD - 1983 - 2017

John S. Montalbano, CFA - 2007 -2019