Annette Verschuren is Division President of The Home Depot’s Canadian operations, and also oversees The Home Depot’s operations in China. She joined the company in 1996 and has overseen the rapid expansion of The Home Depot Canada and is responsible for the company’s leadership position in the home improvement retail industry.
Ms. Verschuren began her career as a development officer with the Cape Breton Development Corporation (coal mining) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She went on to work with Canada Development Investment Corporation as Executive Vice President privatizing various crown corporations. She then joined Imasco Ltd. (Canadian holding company) as Vice President of Corporate Development. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Ms. Verschuren was President & co-owner of Michael’s of Canada (arts & crafts stores) from 1993 to 1996.
She has been honoured with a Doctorate from both Mount Saint Vincent University and St. Francis Xavier University, and was recently honoured as Wilfrid Laurier University’s 2006 Outstanding Business Leader. In 2005 Annette was awarded with Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year by the Retail Council of Canada. A native of North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ms. Verschuren was recently appointed to the newly created North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) as part of the Security & Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) by Prime Minister Harper. Ms. Verschuren also serves as Chancellor of Cape Breton University and she is currently on the board of Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Chair of Habitat for Humanity’s National President’s Council and is spearheading the Corporate Council on Volunteerism.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.