Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor

Chair, Altas Partners

Katie joined Altas Partners as Chair in 2019 after serving as a member of the Altas Advisory Board for four years. She also served on the board of MyEyeDr., an Altas portfolio company, until its sale in 2019.

Katie is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24-year career with Four Seasons, she held a number of senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building its global brand and its international portfolio of luxury properties.

Katie currently serves on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards. Principally, she is Chair of the Board of the Royal Bank of Canada, where she has been a Director since 2001 and Board Chair since 2014. She is also a Trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children, one of the world’s leading paediatric healthcare organizations, Co-Chair of the hospital’s $1.3 billion Capital Campaign, and a board member and former Chair of its Foundation board. In addition, Katie is the Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group of Zurich and a Director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Air Canada.

Katie has been the recipient of the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2011, 2014, and 2016 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2016, Katie received the Governance Professionals of Canada Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award. The following year, the Report on Business Magazine named Katie among the 50 most powerful people in Canadian Business. She is a Fellow of both the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada and of the National Association of Corporate Directors in the U.S.

Katie holds a Master of Business Administration and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto. In addition, Katie was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Laws from McGill University and Trent University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Katie is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council, where she co-chairs the Human Capital Policy Council. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business and on the Principal’s International Advisory Board at McGill University.