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Board of Governors Members Biographies

Helen Ayre

University Secretary
Secretary of the Board of Governors and the Senate

B.A., McMaster University

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Quentin BroadQuentin Broad

Quentin assumed the role of Managing Director of the Equity Research Department in March 2006. Prior to this Quentin was part of CIBC World Markets Inc.’s North American Financial Services Team covering the Canadian Banks and Property & Casualty Insurance Companies.

Quentin joined CIBC World Markets Inc. in 2000. Previously, he was the Financial Services Analyst at National Bank Financial, where he had research responsibilities for Banks and Insurance Companies. 


MBA, McMaster University, 1988
B.A., McMaster University, 1986


2000 – present: CIBC World Markets Inc., Toronto − Managing Director, Head of Canadian Equity Research

1998 – 2000: National Bank Financial/First Marathon Securities, Toronto − Financial Services Equity Research Analyst

1995 - 1998: Deutsche Bank Canada, Toronto − Vice President and Director

1988 -1995: Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto – Manager, Corporate Lending


  • Board of Directors – CIBC World Markets Inc.
  • Pension and Benefits Investment Committee member – CIBC
  • Board of Governors – McMaster University
  • Chair, Planning and Building Committee – McMaster University
  • Advisory Board, Educational Training Centre, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business
  • GTHL Hockey Coach – Ted Reeve Thunder Minor Peewee A – two-time City Champions

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Lauren CuddySandra Cruickshanks

Sandra is an experienced leader in developing and delivering communications, corporate affairs and human resources strategies. Her work spans several industries and sectors including telecommunications (Bell), ?healthcare (Sunnybrook and Women's, GlaxoWellcome), a government agency (Ontario Trillium Foundation) as well as several years as a senior communications consultant. 

Her professional and volunteer background has given Sandra an excellent understanding of the ?not-for profit sector, regional issues and cultural differences that exist across the province.

In September 2014, she and her husband Tom McCauley launched their own firm, IL Consulting.  IL Consulting offers corporate services that help companies and organizations better manage change and prepare for future success including internal and external communications, strategy planning and implementation, project management, fundraising and philanthropic projects, stakeholder and volunteer engagement initiatives, and reputation and issues management strategies.

As VP Engagement at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a granting agency focused on supporting community-building across the province, Sandra led the combined Human Resources, Volunteer Relations, Communications and Public Affairs teams. She has first-hand experience implementing programs that reflect the critical role that communications, employee, volunteer and stakeholder engagement play in building strong, dynamic and resilient organizational cultures.

In her private sector roles at Bell and GlaxoWellcome she worked with provincial, national and global teams to ensure communications were aligned and supported corporate strategy. Sandra’s experience in consulting included successful business development and the delivery of programs and projects for a range of corporate clients including pharmaceutical companies, healthcare and patient-oriented organizations, associations and provincial government ministries.

In addition Sandra is an engaged community volunteer. She is currently a Board member at McMaster (Vice-Chair, Remunerations Committee) and on the Board of St Christopher House (serving on the Nomination and Fund Development Committees). She is a Past President of the McMaster Alumni Association, a Past Chair of the Casey House Hospice and Foundation, a past Director of the McMaster University Foundation. She is a member of the McMaster Alumni Gallery (inducted May 2012) and has received the McMaster Students Union Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

On a practical level she enjoys the challenge of bringing corporate strategies to life through communications programs, is adept at managing in regulated and government environments and has significant experience in communications that support organizational development and transformation.

 (September 2014)

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Patrick DeanePatrick Deane

President and Vice-Chancellor

Patrick Deane is the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University. He began his five-year term on July 1, 2010.

Dr. Deane came to McMaster from Queen’s University, where he served a five-year term as vice-principal (Academic).

Deane was born and raised in South Africa where he studied English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand. He emigrated to Canada in 1978 and studied English Literature at the University of Western Ontario earning his M.A. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1985. He began his academic career at the University of Toronto but returned to Western to join the Department of English in 1988, the same year he was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature. He was appointed chair in 1997.

In 2001 Deane became the vice-president (Academic) at the University of Winnipeg. He also served for two years as senior university officer for Inter-Universities North, the consortium of three universities delivering post-secondary programs in Northern Manitoba. He became acting-president of the University of Winnipeg in 2002.

He returned to Ontario in 2005, accepting a position as vice-principal (Academic) at Queen’s University providing academic leadership to all seven faculties and schools, the Office of the Registrar, Institutional Planning and Analysis, and Student Affairs.

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Paul Douglas

Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors 2016-2017

Paul Douglas has been a member of the Board of Governors of McMaster University since 2010 and is currently Chair of the Audit and Finance Committees of the board.  He has had an extensive career in commercial, corporate and investment banking at The Toronto-Dominion Bank with extensive experience in real estate finance and insolvency work. He is currently Executive Vice-President, Business Banking for Canada.  Paul is a graduate of McMaster with a B. Comm (1976) and MBA (1978).

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Sean Donnelly

Sean was appointed to the position of President and CEO ArcelorMittal Dofasco and Member of the ArcelorMittal Management Committee in 2014. He has held various leadership positions including Vice President, Manufacturing, Vice President Technology, Director Quality Systems & Manufacturing Technology, General Manager, Market Development and Product Applications, New Product Development Process Owner, Galvanize Technology Business Unit Manager and Operations Foreman.

Sean joined Dofasco in 1981 as a Production Engineer in Galvanize after graduating from McMaster University with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He is a member of several Boards, including McMaster Innovation Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Hana Faidi


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Michelle George

Dr. George's research areas include domestic architecture in Italy and the Roman west and Roman social history, especially the Roman family. Her research has focused on domestic space in Roman houses, interior decoration at Pompeii, and Roman slavery and material culture. She is the editor of the journal Phoenix.

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Rebecca Jamieson

Rebecca Jamieson, Tuscarora, Eel Clan, is the President-CEO Six Nations Polytechnic located in the heart of the most populated First Nation in Canada. Six Nations Polytechnic (established 1993) is centre of excellence for indigenous community-based learning at the post-secondary level. At Six Nations Polytechnic learners gain knowledge and skills needed to be self-sufficient, educated, and employable while learning about Hodenosaunee culture, languages and traditions. The Institute is member of the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium, a coordinating organization for 7 Aboriginal Institutes in Ontario. The Consortium in turn is part of a growing network of Aboriginal controlled post secondary institutions across Canada. Six Nations Polytechnic is also pleased to work in partnership with seven Ontario Universities and two colleges.

Rebecca has been involved at all levels of First Nations education in a wide range of roles including teaching; counselling; policy, curriculum and institutional research and development; teacher education; administration, governance and jurisdictional negotiations. In Ontario, Rebecca has also been actively involved in public postsecondary education, serving as the first Executive Director of the College Standards and Accreditation Council (CSAC), and on the Board of Governors for several Ontario Universities and Mohawk College.

Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto. Rebecca is a member of the College of Teachers and holds Supervisory Officers Qualifications. She is trained in mediation and alternative dispute resolution and is a Graduate of the Carver Institute, Policy Governance. In 2007, Rebecca was honoured with the Order of Ontario for her contributions to Aboriginal Post Secondary Education.

Rebecca continues to develop strategies and partnerships designed to support sustainable community capacity building.

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Delsworth Harnish

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Alison Holloway

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David Horwood


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Suzanne Labarge

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R. Michael LatimerR. Michael Latimer

Michael Latimer joined the OMERS enterprise in 1997, and has more than 40 years of investment experience. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of OMERS in April 2014, and has responsibility for the overall leadership and performance of the enterprise including pension administration, investment activities, and the execution of its strategic plan.
His focus as CEO is on ensuring the people who serve our communities are able to retire with confidence that their pensions are secure and sustainable over the long term.

Mr. Latimer previously served as Chief Investment Officer of OMERS, a role that included full accountability for the strategic, operational and financial leadership of the organization’s investment activities. He has also served as President and CEO of OMERS real estate investment arm, Oxford Properties Group.

Mr. Latimer’s corporate career spans both the private and public markets, commencing with the corporate office of George Weston Limited, followed by Nu-West Development Corporation, Canderel Limited, TrizecHahn Limited, OMERS Realty Corporation, Borealis Capital Corporation and Primaris Retail REIT. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from McMaster University, and serves on its Board of Governors.

In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Latimer was recognized as one of the world’s most influential asset owners globally by Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer Magazine.

He is a former Chair and board member of the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac), and former real estate and infrastructure advisory board member at the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Mr. Latimer’s other achievements include past roles as President and Chief Executive Officer of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games, Chairman of the Sports Celebrities Festival, and Honourary Board of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.

Mr. Latimer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from McMaster University.

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Bradley Merkel

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Rodrigo Narro Perez

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Emechete OnuohaEmechete Onuoha

Eme Onuoha is Senior Director, Government Relations and Public Policy at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). He plays a lead role in government relations and partnership building strategies, both in Canada and globally.  

Prior to joining PSP Investments, Eme held various executive responsibilities with Xerox Corporation, serving as Vice President Global Government Affairs (Canada) and Chief Innovation Officer (industrial, Retail and Hospitality division of Xerox Services).  Within the Canadian operating entity, Eme served as Vice President Customer Experience, Director of Sustainability, and National Account Manager.

Prior to joining Xerox, Eme held several senior positions within the Government of Canada, including: Director of Operations at the Privy Council Office; Vice President of the Canadian Commercial Corporation; Chief of Staff to the Minister of National Defense; and Policy Adviser to the Minister of International Trade. During his tenure in government he received the Merit Award for Team Achievement for distinguished contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of the Privy Council Office.

Eme earned an Honors BA in International Relations from McMaster University, an MBA from Queen’s University and a masters level diploma in strategy and innovation from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the McMaster University Board of Governors as well as the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Eme also serves on the Board of Governors of the Ottawa Community Foundation. In 2010 he was awarded the Top 100 under 50 designation by Diversity MBA magazine.  In 2011 he received Green Living Enterprises’ Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award for the Canadian IT industry. Most recently he was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean50 honorees for 2015 and selected as a member of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

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Jagoda PikeJagoda Pike

Chair of the Board of Governors 2016-2017

Jagoda Pike is an accomplished senior business leader whose career has spanned the private and public sectors as well community and volunteer activities.

After a 22 year career in newspaper and digital media publishing with Torstar Corporation, Ms Pike was tapped in 2008 to lead the efforts to bring the 2015 Pan American Games to Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe. In the capacity of President and COO of the Bid, she led a private and public sector team to a first ballot victory in November of 2009. This victory represents the first successful multi-sport games bid for the Province of Ontario since 1930 and represents the largest investment in sport infrastructure in Ontario history.

During her 22 year tenure with Torstar Corporation, Ms Pike held a broadly diverse portfolio of key leadership positions. Her career at Torstar culminated in the position of Publisher, Toronto Star and President, Star Media Group. She began her career at Torstar in the corporate legal department, but joined the Toronto Star soon after.  Over the next decade, Ms Pike was responsible for such strategic roles as industrial relations, human resources and operations.  In particular, she held the positions of Executive Director of Labour and Employee Relations and Vice-President, Operations and Human Resources. In 1999, Ms Pike was named Executive Vice-President, Torstar Daily Newspaper Group.  In 2000, she was promoted to the position of General Manager of the Toronto Star.

In 2001, Ms Pike was named Publisher of The Hamilton Spectator and Senior Vice-President, Regional Daily Newspapers, Torstar Media Group. In addition to her role as Publisher of The Spectator, Ms Pike was subsequently appointed President of the newly formed CityMedia Group which encompassed daily newspapers as well as numerous community newspapers, magazines, and commercial printing operations.

Her tenure as Publisher of The Hamilton Spectator was marked by a culture of innovation and journalistic excellence. During this period, The Spectator received more journalistic honours than at any time in a generation, including the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Award of Excellence (2005). Also during her tenure, The Spectator earned an international reputation as a leader in innovation and cultural change and in 2005, The Spectator was designated a ‘Learning Newsroom’ by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the American Press Institute – the only Canadian newspaper to receive such a designation.

Ms Pike left CityMedia in February 2006 when she was appointed Executive Vice-President, Newspapers, Torstar, a role that gave her strategic responsibility for all Torstar newspapers.  In October 2006, Ms Pike was appointed President of Star Media Group and Publisher of the Toronto Star - the first woman to hold that position at Canada’s largest daily newspaper.

Ms Pike serves on the McMaster Board of Governors and the Toronto City Summit Alliance’s Diverse City Steering Committee. She has also served as the Chair of the Canadian Newspaper Association, Director of Canadian Press, Director of Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Trustee of Brock University, and Chair and President of the Hamilton Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation (2010 and 2014).

Ms Pike was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award in 2007 and by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women  and Sport as one of the most influential women in sport in 2009.

Ms Pike was educated at the University of Toronto, where she studied economics and, later, at Osgoode Hall Law School, from which she received a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1984. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.

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Robert Pelton

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Rocco Piro

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Stanley E. PorterStanley E. Porter

Stan Porter has taught for twenty years in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the USA, and the UK. His publications include 14 authored books and over 100 authored journal articles and chapters; he has also edited over 55 volumes. He remains a well-known and respected expert in Greek and New Testament studies throughout the world, and has a vision for McMaster Divinity College to become a first choice seminary of academic excellence and exemplary leadership training.


B.A. Point Loma College, San Diego, California
M.A. Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
Ph.D. University of Sheffield, England


  • Principal and Dean, McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • Professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • Head of Department, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Surrey Roehampton
  • Research Professor in New Testament, School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Surrey Roehampton, London, UK
  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC
  • Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Northwest Baptist Theological College and Seminary (Associated Canadian Theological Schools), Langley, BC
  • Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Canadian Baptist Seminary (Associated Canadian Theological Schools), Langley, BC
  • Associate Professor of Greek/Assistant Professor of Greek, Department of Foreign Languages, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • Adjunct Professor of New Testament and Theology, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • Instructor in Bible and Theology, Linguistics, and English, Departments of Bible and English, Biola University, La Mirada, CA


  • Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, Cambridge, England, 1984-
  • Evangelical Theological Society, 1987-
  • Society of Biblical Literature, 1987-
  • American Society of Papyrologists, 1988-
  • Association Internationale de Papyrologues, 1988-
  • American Philological Association, 1989-
  • Institute for Biblical Research (Fellow), 1989-
  • Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 1994-
  • Hellenic Society, 1994-
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, 1994-
  • Egypt Exploration Society, 1999-
  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 2001-
  • Canadian Evangelical Theological Society, 2001-
  • Catholic Biblical Association, 2004-

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Mark Runciman


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Fareen Samji

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Fareen Samji is a highly motivated, productive and efficient entrepreneur who believes in following one’s passion.  Born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, she immigrated to Canada and enrolled in McMaster University at the age of 15. After her undergrad in Psychology and second degree in Kinesiology, she followed her dream of becoming a professional golfer and qualified for her tour card in 1998. Fareen played professional golf in Asia, South Africa and throughout Canada and the US.

She retired from tour play in 2002, lived in California and enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program. Following graduation she became an associate professor for the program. In 2005, she returned to Canada and joined her brother as a partner in Burlington Orthotic Centre. Fareen’s strength in marketing and business development helped with the creation of an orthotic manufacturing company, two more wellness clinics, a mobile safety division and, in 2013, a Supercar automobile membership club.  Her passion for safari drove her to create a custom small group safari company in Kenya that serves to employ local Kenyans as well as provide the opportunity of a lifetime for travellers.

A full-time clinical Pedorthist specialising in optimizing gait efficiencies, Fareen also serves as a Rotarian for the Rotary Club of Burlington North and was instrumental in the success of ‘Pythons’ Pit’ and the ‘Amazing Bed Race’. She is often called upon to organize and emcee events of various magnitudes, and is a motivating and dynamic public speaker.

Although no longer competing on tour as a professional golfer, she did discover the sport of Long Drive and in 2012 won the ILDC Canadian Women’s Championship with a drive of 312 yards and finished 4th in the World Championships.

Fareen is an entrepreneur with financial acumen and ability to motivate people, optimize efficiency and develop new opportunities from passionate ideas.

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Herbert Schellhorn

Dr. Herb Schellhorn is a Professor in the Department of Biology and is associate member of Biomedical Engineering. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc in Microbiology from the University of Guelph and subsequently conducted his Ph.D studies at North Carolina State University. He has served several terms on the McMaster Senate and on McMaster Faculty Association Executive as chair of the Remunerations Committee and the University Joint Committee. He developed the Biology Genetics Co-op program, a summer Molecular Genetics techniques course and he coordinates the McMaster/Innsbruck International exchange program.

His principal interests are the study of bacterial adaptation and natural environment focusing on Escherichia coli—a pathogen that continues to be an important human health problem. His work focuses on large transcriptome studies to simultaneously examine the expression of thousands of genes that contribute bacterial adaptation and virulence.
More recently, he has led a McMaster-based water research group funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the MacWater Diagnostic Research Initiative (, to develop new environmental sensors and to evaluate new DNA marker for monitoring pathogens in the environment.

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Neil Skelding


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Sandra Stephenson

Ms. Stephenson received her LL.B. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 1981 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1983. She is a partner in the firm Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP in Hamilton and specializes in wills, trusts, estate administration, corporate/commercial transactions and mediation. Ms. Stephenson is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and a Past President of the Hamilton Law Association. She has extensive community involvements including her roles as a Past President of The Rotary Club of Hamilton, a Past Chair of St. Peter's Health System, a trustee of Chedoke Health Foundation, a Past Chair of Hamilton Community Foundation and a Past Chair of the Hamilton Club. In 2009, she was honoured by the Hamilton Law Association as the recipient of the Emilius Irving Award, the highest honour which can be given to a Hamilton lawyer. In 2011, she was inducted into both the McMaster Alumni Gallery of Distinction and the City of Hamilton Gallery of Distinction. She is a frequent speaker on estate planning and administration matters and corporate reorganizations.

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Connie Stefankiewicz


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Emőke Szathmáry

Dr. Szathmáry is President Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, having served 12 years as its president and vice-chancellor. As well, she is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in the Department of Anthropology, and is retired from the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics.

Dr. Szathmáry was born in Hungary and emigrated to Canada in 1951. She grew up in Welland, Ontario, and studied Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where she earned her honours B.A. in 1968, followed by a Ph.D. in 1974. Her research has focused on the genetics of the indigenous peoples of North America, with emphasis on the peoples of the subarctic and arctic. 

In 1975 Dr. Szathmáry joined McMaster University, where she spent 14 productive, happy years as a member of the professorate, served a term as Chair of the Department of Anthropology, was briefly a member of the University’s Senate as well as its Board of Governors, and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Association. In 1989 she became Dean of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario, and returned to McMaster University in 1994 as Provost and Vice-President (Academic). In 1996 she was appointed President of the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Szathmáry serves on the boards of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. She is a Member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and is a director of Power Corporation of Canada and several of its Canadian subsidiaries.

In 1998 Dr. Szathmáry was named Distinguished Lecturer by the American Anthropological Association. In 2004 the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business named her one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2005, and has received six honorary doctorates, including one in 2008 from McMaster University. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba. 

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David Williamson

David WilliamsonDavid Williamson is responsible for CIBC's Canadian Retail and Business Banking operations, with more than 23,000 team members focused on helping over 11 million of our clients across the country prosper and grow. He is also responsible for leading CIBC’s bank-wide focus on innovation, as well as CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, with 2,700 team members serving clients in 17 countries including Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica.

David joined CIBC as Chief Financial Officer in January 2008, a position he held until being appointed Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Retail and Business Banking in 2011. He assumed oversight responsibility for FirstCaribbean International Bank in 2014, and added responsibility for innovation across CIBC in 2015.

Prior to joining CIBC, David was President and CEO of two publicly-listed companies in addition to holding senior executive positions with other financial services institutions, and was a management consultant serving financial institutions based in England, Switzerland and Denmark.
David has dedicated his time to several public, private and not-for-profit boards, and is currently serving as a governor on the boards of McMaster University and Crescent School and as a member of the United Way Toronto and York Region Campaign Cabinet.

David is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1983, and was selected by the School of Business for the Governor General’s Gold Medal and the Chancellor’s Gold Medal awards. David lives in Toronto with his wife, Margot, and two teenage boys.

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