Annette was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Formerly a development officer with the Cape Breton Development Corporation, she worked with the Canada Development Investment Corporation and Imasco Ltd. before co-founding Michaels in Canada. Annette is well known as the past president of Home Depot in Canada and Asia. She is currently the Chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an industry leaders in the commercializations of energy storage technologies. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Stan Shibinsky.