Chair, Global Risk Institute
Mark Hughes is the chair of the Global Risk Institute. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG as well as the chair of the Risk Committee. Previously, he was the Group Chief Risk Officer of Royal Bank of Canada and retired in 2018 after 37 years with RBC. He serves on the boards of a number of industry associations and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Hughes is also a Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Co associated with the risk practice and he is a frequent lecturer at Universities of Leeds and Manchester in England.
President and CEO, Global Risk Institute
Sonia Baxendale was appointed President and CEO of GRI in January 2019. The Global Risk Institute is the premier organization that defines thought leadership in risk management for the financial industry globally. It brings together leaders from industry, academia and government to draw actionable insights on emerging risks globally.
Ms. Baxendale is a Director on the Board of Laurentian Bank, Foresters FinancialTM, and RSA Group PLC. She is Chair of the Board of SickKids Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children.
Prior to joining GRI, Ms. Baxendale was President of CIBC Retail Markets where she led the Retail and Wealth Management businesses from 2005 to 2011.
From 1992 to 2011, Ms. Baxendale played a key role in developing strategy and direction for CIBC and held various leadership roles including Senior Executive Vice-President, CIBC Wealth Management, Executive Vice-President, Asset Management, Card Products and Collections, and Executive Vice-President of Global Private Banking and Investment Management Services. Prior to CIBC, Ms. Baxendale held various positions with American Express Canada and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Ms. Baxendale is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she was named University of Toronto, Victoria College Alumni of Distinction in 2017. She was named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” for three years in a row and then joined the ranks of the Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2000, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Group Head and Chief Risk Officer, TD Bank Group
Ajai Bambawale is Group Head and Chief Risk Officer, TD Bank Group. In his role, he is accountable for oversight of Risk Management for TD's Global operations.
Previously, he served as Chief Risk Officer for TD Bank. Prior to his U.S. appointment, Ajai was Vice Chair and Head of the Europe and Asia-Pacific Division, where he was responsible for overseeing the capital markets and banking activities of TD Securities in the region.
Ajai’s career with TD spans more than 25 years and has included roles in the Commercial Bank, Risk and the Corporate and Investment Bank. He was Chief Operating Officer for TD Securities, and was also Head of Credit Risk for the Investment Bank and the Managing Director and Country Head, India, for TD.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with honors from Delhi University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. He has also attended the Advanced Risk Management Program at the Wharton School (2011).
Craig Broderick presently serves on the Board of Directors of Bank of Montreal, which he joined in 2018. He retired from Goldman Sachs in January 2018 after 32 years, having served most recently as the firm’s Chief Risk Officer from 2008-2018, responsible for the firm’s credit, market, operational, model and independent liquidity risk, as well as insurance. He was a member of GS’s Management Committee and chair or co-chair of its most senior risk committees. He remains affiliated with GS as a Senior Director. He also serves as a Director of RMG Group, and as a senior advisor to the Stone Point private equity firm, and to the Credit Benchmark alternative credit risk data solutions business. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Broderick worked at the Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Broderick holds a BA (Econ) from The College of William and Mary, in Virginia, and has been active with his alma mater including serving for eight years until 2017 as a Trustee, and as chair of its Investment Committee. He is active in a variety of non-profit organizations.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation
Alister Campbell was named as CEO of the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) in February of 2019. He is a 30-year insurance industry veteran and over the last decade has served as CEO of two leading Canadian insurers (Zurich Canada and The Guarantee Company of North America) where he built a long track record of successfully driving company profitability and executing on customer-focused plans for growth and market/segment leadership. Over the course of his career, he has held senior executive positions in a range of capacities within the property-casualty, life and travel insurance industries including general management, marketing, brokerage distribution strategy, financial services, investor relations and digital commerce.
Alister has previously served the Canadian P&C industry as Chair of the Board of Directors of PACICC and as Deputy Chair of the Board of the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). He is the incoming Chair of the International Forum of Insurance Guarantee Schemes and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services. Alister also serves on the Advisory Boards of several digital start-ups and as a Senior Fellow at the CD Howe Institute.
Alister holds a BA (Hons.) from the University of Toronto, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania. He is married to Colleen Mahoney and they have two university-aged sons. They live in Toronto.
Executive Vice President, Risk Management, Desjardins Group
Francine Champoux is Executive Vice President, Risk Management at Desjardins Group. She was appointed Chief Risk Officer of Desjardins in 2013. As part of her mandate, she is responsible for enterprise-wide risk management including credit, market, and operational risks. She is also responsible for implementing the Basel Accords, operationalizing risk management activities and supporting the caisses and business sectors in this regard. Francine, who joined Desjardins Group in 1997, has held successive leadership positions in corporate banking, capital markets, and credit risk management.
Prior to joining Desjardins Group, she worked in a variety of business activities and management roles within the banking industry. She holds an MBA in Finance.
Michelle L Collins
President, Cambium LLC (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.)
Ms. Collins is President of Cambium LLC, a business and financial advisory firm since 2007. In 1997, she co-founded Svoboda, Collins LLC, a private equity firm, where she served as Managing Director from 1998 to 2006; she is now a member of the firm’s Advisory Board. From 1992 to 1997, she was a principal in the Corporate Finance Department at William Blair & Company, LLC, where she focused on specialty retail, direct-to-consumer and distribution businesses.
Ms. Collins is a member of the boards of Health Care Service Corporation, Ulta Beauty, Inc., Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, CIBC Bancorp US, Inc. and Strategic Marketing, Inc. She previously served on several other public and private company boards.
Ms. Collins is a member of the boards and executive committees of the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. Professional affiliations include The Chicago Network, National Association of Corporate Directors, Black Corporate Directors and Global Risk Institute. She also serves on several non-profit boards, including Chicago Public Library Foundation, National Louis University and the Museum of Science and Industry.
Director, Canadian Public Accountability Board, Canada’s audit firm regulator, and the Dubai Financial Services Board
Julie Dickson is currently a director of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, Canada’s audit firm regulator, and the Dubai Financial Services Board. From 2014 until 2017 she was a member of the European Central Bank’s Single Supervisory Mechanism, which supervises Europe’s largest banks. Between 2007-2014, Julie was Superintendent of Financial Institutions, having joined OSFI in 2000. Prior to that Julie held various positions at Finance Canada over 15 years, focusing on financial institution policy.
Julie has represented Canada on the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision and the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and also chaired the FSB’s Supervisory Intensity and Effectiveness Committee. She has also been on the Boards of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Toronto Leadership Centre. Julie is a recipient and member of the Order of Canada, having been recognized for her work related to financial supervision and regulation in Canada and globally.
Senior Strategic Advisor, McMillan LLP
Dwight Duncan serves as a Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan LLP, one of Canada’s largest and most respected full service law firms. At McMillan, Mr. Duncan is, or has been engaged, by some of Canada’s largest and most influential pension funds, private equity firms, insurers and gaming companies. Mr. Duncan currently serves on the Board of Travelers Insurance Canada, The Dominion General Insurance Company, Crown Crest Trust, The Global Risk Institute, the MS Society of Canada Scientific Research Foundation, the Management Advisory Board of the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor, and is Chair of the Board of the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority.
Prior to joining McMillan, Mr. Duncan had a distinguished career in public service that spanned close to 25 years. During his time as a Member of the Ontario Legislature he served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet, Chair of Cabinet, Government House Leader, Minister of Energy, Minister of Revenue, Minister of Government Services and Opposition House Leader. Mr. Duncan delivered six budgets and authored historic reforms to Ontario's tax, pension, insurance, and energy regimes. He played a leadership role in formulating the Province's response to the economic recession of 2008.
Janet L. Ecker
Janet L. Ecker is the former President and CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), a concept she turned into a growing and influential public-private partnership dedicated to building Toronto as an international financial services centre. With government and industry support, she also established the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services to leverage the sector’s global reputation for stability, as well as the Centre of Excellence in Financial Services Education to capitalize on the region’s talent advantages.
Ms. Ecker was formerly the Minister of Finance for Ontario and was the first woman to deliver a budget in the province. During her political career, she delivered significant public policy reforms as Minister of Education, Minister of Community and Social Services and Government House Leader. Before entering public life, Ms. Ecker was the Director of Policy for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the doctors’ regulatory body, the first non-physician to hold the position. She currently sits on a wide range of public and private sector boards, agencies and government advisory committees.
In 2016 she received the Order of Canada for public service, in recognition of her public service contributions in the financial sector and in her political life. A frequent public speaker and media commentator, she received the “Excellence in Leadership” award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership and Innovation in 2014, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service in 2012 and was recognized as one of the “Most Influential People in the World’s Financial Centres” by Financial Centres International in 2010. She also received one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award” from the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2003. Ms. Ecker is one of the founders of Equal Voice, a national, multi-partisan organization working to elect more women.
Chief Risk Officer, Royal Bank of Canada
As Chief Risk Officer, Graeme oversees the strategic management of risk on an enterprise-wide basis. He is a member of Group Executive, which sets the overall strategic direction of RBC. He was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2018.
Graeme joined RBC in 1997 as an analyst in Group Risk Management, focusing on foreign exchange products. In 2001, he took on the role of Vice President for GRM's Portfolio Management team focused on loan portfolio risk analysis, economic capital and policy. Graeme moved to New York in 2004 to become Head of Market Risk for the Capital Markets trading businesses in the U.S. In 2011, Graeme moved to London to take on the role as Chief Risk Officer for Europe & Asia.
Most recently, Graeme was EVP, Retail & Commercial Credit Risk, where he led a number of teams that provide the primary risk management support to RBC’s Insurance, Wealth Management and Personal and Commercial Banking (P&CB) businesses.
Graeme is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst and has a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.
Chief Risk Officer, Manulife
Rahim Hirji is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Global Leadership Team and is responsible for Manulife’s Enterprise Risk Management framework, including the independent oversight of risks across the organization.
Rahim Hirji is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Global Leadership Team and is responsible for the Company’s Enterprise Risk Management framework, including the independent oversight of risks across the organization.
Prior to his appointment in 2011 as Chief Risk Officer, Mr. Hirji was the Chief Financial Officer for the Canadian Division and previously headed Manulife’s Global Asset Liability Management Operations. He has also held various financial and actuarial roles in various operating divisions.
Mr. Hirji holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from University of Waterloo, is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the Society of Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Group Head & Chief Risk Officer, Scotiabank
As Group Head & Chief Risk Officer for Scotiabank, Daniel Moore is responsible for global management of risk, including enterprise, credit and market risk. Prior to his appointment in March 2019, he was Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Market Risk Officer.
Daniel is a member of the Bank’s operating committee, as well as the senior risk policy, asset liability, market risk, and credit committees.
Daniel joined Scotiabank in 1997 and has held progressively senior roles in Toronto, Europe and Asia. Prior to becoming Chief Market Risk Officer in 2016, Daniel ran the Global Banking and Markets business in Asia- Pacific. He brings a strong focus in developing risk management strategies that align with the Bank's risk tolerance, business objectives and customer focus.
Daniel holds a D. Phil. in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University and a B.Sc. from Queen’s University.
He and his wife Deborah have three daughters.
President & Chief Executive Officer, AIG Insurance Company of Canada
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Oldfield leads AIG Insurance Company of Canada in executing the company’s vision to be its customers’ most valued insurer. Lynn joined AIG in 1991as an underwriting manager and since that time she has held a variety of management positions encompassing underwriting, client and broker relationship management as well as sales and marketing before assuming the role of President in 2008. Lynn holds a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has earned both her Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations. Lynn is the inaugural recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University’s J. Alex Murray Alumni Award, the highest honour given by the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics in recognition of her leadership, initiative, and significant contribution to the business world, the community, and her alma mater.
In 2017, Lynn was awarded the Fellow of Distinction from the Insurance Institute of Canada. In 2015, Lynn was named one of twenty-five Women to Watch by Business Insurance magazine and one of thirty-five Women of Influence by Insurance Business Canada magazine. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Established Leader Award from the Chartered Insurance Professional Society.
Lynn holds board positions with AIG Insurance Company of Canada, the Laurier Campaign Cabinet to Build Canada’s Best Business School, the Insurance Institute of Canada (Chair in 2017/2018), and the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation. Lynn also serves as a committee member of the Wilfrid Laurier University Audit and Compliance committee of the Board, and the Governance and Human Resources Committee of Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation Board. She is past chair of the Academic Council of the Insurance Institute of Canada.
Group Head and Chief Technology Officer, Scotiabank
As Group Head and Chief Technology Officer at Scotiabank, Michael has responsibility for the advancement of Scotiabank’s overall technology strategy while planning jointly the digital strategy. His mandate includes overall responsibility for Information Technology & Solutions (IT&S), globally.
Before joining Scotiabank in 2014 as Senior Vice President & Head, Risk Management Information Technology, Michael held senior positions in IT, including President and Chief Operating Officer at Algorithmics and Vice President, Risk Analytics at IBM. Most recently, he was Chief Technology Officer and prior to that appointment, Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Information Technology, Enterprise Technology. He was also instrumental in building Scotiabank’s initial digital blueprint and launching the Digital Factory.
Michael holds a Master of Science in Social and Economic Sciences in Commerce, a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and on the Advisory Board of the Creative Destruction Lab through the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Michael is married and has three children
President and Chief Executive Officer, University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP)
Barbara Zvan is the Inaugural President and Chief Executive Officer of the University Pension Plan Ontario (UPP) and former Chief Risk and Strategy Officer for the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Recognized as a leading voice on sustainable investing and an ambassador for defined benefit pensions, Barbara is known for her efforts to bring institutional strength to complex challenges and forge new collaborative pathways for innovation and growth.
She serves on the boards of various global institutions and associations focused on pension management, risk and responsible investing, including the Global Risk Institute, Responsible Investment Association and the advisory board of the Institute of Sustainable Finance at the Smith School of Business. She was appointed to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance, is a member of the Advisory Committee for the new ‘Investing to Address Climate Change’ Charter and played a significant role in creating the G7 Investor Leadership Network.
Barbara is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a holder of the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) and has a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. She is an honouree of Canada's 2020 Clean50 and Canada's 2008 Top 40 Under 40.