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Tony Gaffney

President and CEO

Tony Gaffney is the President and CEO of the Vector Institute. He serves on the Government of Canada Advisory Council on AI, is a member of the OECD.AI network of experts (ONE.AI) task force for AI Compute and Climate Change, and is a member of the World Economic Forum AI Governance Alliance working group, an initiative focused on responsible generative AI.

An internationally experienced CEO, Tony is a former member of the Global Executive Committee of Aon Hewitt and served as the CEO of Aon Hewitt Canada. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Tony was a Managing Partner at Accenture, a Global executive with MCI Telecommunications, President and CEO of BellNexxia, and CEO of BCE Emergis.

Tony is also an experienced Corporate Director (iNED), focused on governance with impact. He understands the economic and social significance of AI and is passionate about the critical role that boards and CEOs play in AI foresight, governance, and the responsible use of AI. He led the “High Performance in the Boardroom” initiative; in collaboration with 30+ leading board chairs focused on the future of governance. He also served for 12 years as a Corporate Director with Altus Group Limited (AIF.TO), an AI-enabled global provider of intelligence as a service to the commercial real estate sector.

Tony has served on many other boards, including Loblaws, the Bishop Strachan School, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the Toronto United Way Cabinet, and more. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.A.I.) degree and M.A. from Trinity College Dublin and is a graduate of the Rotman Corporate Directors program (ICD.D).