Annette Verschuren is Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an energy storage technologies venture. Formerly she was president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, overseeing its growth from 19 to 180 stores (1996-2011) and entry into China, and president and co-owner of Michaels of Canada, the country’s largest chain of arts and crafts stores. Ms. Verschuren began her career with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, a coal mining operation in Nova Scotia.
Ms. Verschuren holds board positions with Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH) and the Conference Board of Canada. She chaired the Federal Government’s Expert Panel for the Venture Capital Action Plan. She is Chancellor of Cape Breton University, and chairs fundraising efforts for the University’s new Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & the Environment (VCSEE).
Ms. Verschuren was appointed as an Officer of The Order of Canada (2011) for her contribution to the retail industry and Corporate Social Responsibility. She was honoured by the Public Policy Forum in 2014.
Ms. Verschuren holds five honorary doctorate degrees and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Francis Xavier University.