Caribbean Canada Emerging Leader's Dialogues (CCELD)
Planning Committee Members
Mrs. Lisa Bell, Chairperson
Managing Director at National Export Import Bank of Jamaica
Mrs. Lisa Bell is a qualified and proven professional with over twenty years of experience in providing financial, analytical and managerial expertise in both the private and public sectors.
Having held key management positions in the Jamaican financial services sector and with Jamaica's National Investment and export promotion agency (JTI) and now as Managing Director of the National Export Import Bank of Jamaica, she brings to bear a unique combination of technical skills needed to provide expertise at the macro, meso and micro-level in areas relating to the business environment and improvement in the overall competitiveness of the country.
Having worked in the United States and with other multinational and multilateral organizations she brings to bear an international perspective relevant to providing benchmarks and best practices required for business competitiveness.
With sound interpersonal and communication skills and a positive public and professional image Mrs. Bell has been successful in developing, maintaining, and leveraging strategic private and public sector stakeholder relationships.
Captain Antonette (N) Wemyss-Gorman
Jamaica Defense Force
Captain (N) Antonette Wemyss-Gorman was born in the parish of Manchester and attended the Knox College Complex of schools. She Joined the Jamaica Defence Force In August 1992 and received her commission in March 1994. She was posted to the JDF Coast Guard as the first sea going female officer to serve in the Jamaica Defence Force. She served as Navigating Officer onboard HMJS Paul Bogle from 1994 to 1997.
She has served on secondment to the Ministry of Transport and Works where she was appointed the Deputy Director of Marine Transport. She is a founding member of the Women in Maritime Association of the Caribbean and an active member of the Women's Leadership Initiative group in Jamaica which is a Sub-committee of the United Way. She has held a number appointments at the JDF Coast Guard including Ship Captain, Operations Officer, Diving Officer and Officer Commanding Shore Base. She also served at the JDF Airwing as Second in Command 2009 2012. She was awarded the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service in 2006 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Capt (N) Wemyss-Gorman holds a Master of Science degree with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from the University of the West Indies. She presided over the establishment of the Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre in 2012 and served as the Commandant until November 2013 when she was appointed the Acting Commanding Officer of the JDF Coast Guard. She is the first female to attain the rank of Captain (N) and command a unit in the Jamaica Defence Force. In August 2018 she assumed the responsibility to establish a new structure in the Force which will encompass the Coast Guard, Air wing and Cyber Unit.
Capt (N) Wemyss-Gorman is a member of CCELD 2015 cohort and is a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Kingston. She is married and has one son.
Chief Officer Risk Management & Compliance at EXIM Bank