Board of Directors

Janice Gross Stein, Board Chair

Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the Massey Lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from four universities and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.



Ahmet Taçyildiz, Treasurer of the Board

Ahmet Taçyildiz is Treasurer of the Board at Halifax International Security Forum. Ahmet has been the founding chairman of Ant Holding and the chairman of GAP Insaat, a global construction company. As an accomplished businessman, entrepreneur and investor, Ahmet has been executing on global strategic opportunities for the holding companies and multiple start-up ventures and NGOs he is leading. Ahmet has been an active member of various Committees and Councils in the past years including the Turkish American Businessmen Association (TABA- AmCham) as the Vice President, the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) of Turkey and Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD). Ahmet holds BA in Business Administration.


Major General (Ret.) Tammy Harris, Board Member

Tammy Harris retired from the Canadian Armed forces in January 2018 as Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and is the first woman to hold the position. Throughout her distinguished 30-year military career, Tammy has been a trail-blazer and champion for women in the military. In 2007, she became the first woman to command an RCAF wing: 9 Wing Gander in Newfoundland and Labrador. This commandment was followed by a deployment to Afghanistan as the commanding officer of the Canadian Element Roto 8 for the commander of the Kandahar Airfield and the chief J5 planner for NATO at the air base. In 2012 she became the first woman to command a major Canadian Armed Forces base: Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario. Along with responsibility for Canada’s largest training base came command of Canadian Forces Support Training Group at Borden. She began her military career in 1987 as an air traffic controller, immediately following her graduation as valedictorian from Acadia University. Tammy is a native Bluenoser and grew up in Kings County, Nova Scotia.

Cindy Hensley McCain, Board Member

Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. As the Chairman of the Board of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, she oversees the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. Cindy also chairs the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. She cares deeply about this issue and is committed to ending human trafficking and supporting victims in Arizona, the United States and around the world. Through her work with the McCain Institute, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem. She also serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking. In addition to her work at the McCain Institute, she serves on the Board of Directors of Project C.U.R.E and the Advisory Boards of Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master’s in Special Education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors. Cindy is the Chairman of her family’s business, Hensley Beverage Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. Cindy is the wife of the late U.S. Senator John McCain. Together, they have four children.