Maureen Kempston Darkes, O.C., O.Ont., D.Comm., LLD., was appointed G.M.C. Group Vice President and President, GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East and a member of the GM Automotive Strategy Board, effective January 1, 2002, a position which she held until her retirement from G.M. in December, 2009. Prior to this appointment, she was President and General Manager of G.M. Canada.
Maureen Kempston Darkes currently serves on the Boards of Canadian National Railway, Brookfield Asset Management, Irving Oil, Enbridge Inc., Balfour Beatty pic, and Schlumberger Limited. Her Board engagements include participation on Audit, Governance, Human Resources and Compensation, Corporate Social Responsibility , and Environment Health & Safety Committees. She has served as the former chair for major gifts for Women’s College Hospital Fund Raising Campaigns; co-chaired the BC Cancer Foundation’s Millennium Campaign focused on genome science and research into finding cures for and treatment of cancer. She is a former Director of Bridgepoint Health Foundation.
Kempston Darkes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Victoria College, University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975.