Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Directors and Officers


Norman Steinberg
Canadian Co-Chair, Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum

Norman Steinberg is Chair Emeritus of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. He is the former Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada and the former Global Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright, one of the largest law firms in the world with 4000 lawyers located in 58 cities around the world. His career has focused on M&A, corporate finance and corporate governance and he has led legal teams in some of Canada’s biggest M&A transactions. Norm is Vice Chair of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Vice Chair of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation; Co-Chair of the 2007 Centraide (United Way) Campaign of Greater Montreal; former Chair of the Mount Royal Club of Montreal and the Canadian Club of Montreal; Co-Chair on a recent capital campaign of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Canadian Co-Chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum. Norm holds a B.Sc. (1971) and a B.C.L. (1976) from McGill University. He joined the firm in 1976 and became partner in 1984. Awarded the McGill University’s Faculty of Law F.R. Scott Award for Distinguished Service and received the distinction Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) from the Quebec Bar Association.

Jennifer Westacott

Jennifer Westacott
Australian Co-Chair, Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum

Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors. For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.


Bob Onyschuk
President and Chief Executive Officer, Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum

Bob Onyschuk is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Onyschuk Strategic Advisors and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum. He is a retired partner of Gowlings WLG specializing in real estate development, the Past Chair of the Canadian Urban Institute and the Past Canadian Chair of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on a number of public and private sector boards and foundations in Canada.


Ann Curran

Ann Curran
Executive Director, Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum

Ann Curran is the Executive Director of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum.  She is also President of Curran Corporate Advisors Inc., a business consulting firm and President of T.F.C. Inc., a global sourcing and distribution company.  Prior, she was Vice President, Corporate Relations for AIC Limited, a large privately-held mutual fund company. AIC was a subsidiary of Portland Holdings Inc. until September 2009 when it was acquired by Manulife Financial Corporation. Ms. Curran was the Centennial President of The Empire Club of Canada, one of Canada’s oldest and prominent speaker’s forum of record and was Director, Business Development for Corporate Development International Canada Inc., a global merger and acquisitions consulting firm. She has worked with the Department of Finance in international relations, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and was seconded to the Republic of the Philippines by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Lynda Carpenter

Lynda Carpenter
Director of Events and Development, Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum

Lynda joined the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in October 2013 and is currently the Director of Events and Development. She also owns an event business and has been planning corporate and private events for over 20 years. Lynda has served on many Boards including the Consent & Capacity Board for Ontario Ministry of Health; the Burlington Community Foundation; Transitions for Youth; and the United Way. She was a Founding Director and Past-Chair of the Carpenter Hospice (2001-2015), a residential, palliative care home in Burlington, Ontario. Lynda is a Paul Harris Fellow and was awarded Woman of the Year for Burlington in 2006, recognising her philanthropy and commitment to her community. She holds a B.A. Hons in Economics from Queen’s University.