Forward thinking governance perspectives honed over 35 years from multiple corporate board roles, as well as a purpose-driven entrepreneurial mindset, make Deborah an exceptional trusted advisor, mentor and board member. Deborah’s work ethic is fuelled by passion and over the years she has served each of the six public company boards and eight private company boards with courage, passion and professionalism. Deborah has also inspired, guided and advised multiple entrepreneurs and business leaders through challenge, opportunities and transformation.

Deborah currently serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of TAAL Distributed Information Technologies (CSE: TAAL) (an enterprise blockchain transaction processor) and as Lead Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Khiron Life Sciences (TSXV:KHRN) (a global cannabis medicinal company).

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Deborah was recognized as a 2020 “Director to Watch” and a 2014 “Diversity 50” candidate. In 2012, she was selected as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category.
Board Resume
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Deborah for the last two years.  It is hard to sum up Deborah’s capabilities in a short note.  We both sit on the board of Khiron Life Sciences (V:KHRN), and she is also a Director of TAAL Distributed Networks(C:TAAL) where I serve as President of the company. 
 
First of all she is fearless.   The environment of a growth company is not for everyone, but for others, we would not have it any other way.   Deborah brings passion and enthusiasm to her roles, and is always seen as an open minded problem solver.  When a decision needs to be made, and we need to make sure we employ best practices and governance, we look to Deborah.   At Khiron Deborah, accepted the leadership role of Audit Chair.  She is always ready to lean in when real work needs to be done, and all the time sharing her experience and judgment with management.  She gets stuff done, while raising the level of professionalism every time she is in the room.
 
Often times when we identify a role that needs to be filled or created, usually that is met with an enthusiastic, “ Oh, you know what? I know the perfect person!”  Deborah leverages her rolodex unselfishly at every opportunity. 
 
Good governance and policy can not stand in the way of creativity and entrepreneurship.  Deborah not only finds the balance, she leads the way.
Chris Naprawa, Chair of Khiron Life Sciences and President of TAAL Distributed Networks
As the Chair of the Board of a TSXV-listed marketing company, I had the pleasure of working closely with Deborah in her roles as Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee.  Deborah embodies the ideals one seeks in a corporate director.  She listens to understand and keeps an open mind, builds relationships with internal and external stakeholders, acts with courage, stays informed and is always prepared.  Her commitment to corporate governance and her business judgment are second to none.  Serving on a board with Deborah was a highlight of my career and I count myself lucky to have had the pleasure of serving alongside her. 
Stu Miller, Corporate Director