President and CEO, Global Risk Institute
Sonia Baxendale is currently a Director on the Board of Laurentian Bank, Foresters FinancialTM, Hospital for SickKids Foundation and Toronto Artscape Inc. She has previously served on a number of other corporate and not-for-profit boards.
Sonia Baxendale was previously the President of CIBC Retail Markets. She led the Retail and Wealth Management businesses from 2005 to 2011.
From 1992 to 2011, Sonia 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, Sonia held various positions with American Express Canada and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Sonia 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. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she was named University of Toronto, Victoria College Alumni of Distinction in 2017.
From July 2017 to January 2018, Sonia served as Co-Interim President and CEO of Foresters FinancialTM .
Senior Research Fellow
Managing Director, Research
Executive in Residence
Senior Fellow, National Pension Hub
Executive in Residence
Michael Stramaglia was appointed as the Global Risk Institute’s first Executive in Residence in January 2014. He is the President and Founder of Matrisc Advisory Group Inc. (a risk management consulting firm) and serves as Program Director for the SEEC Centre of Excellence in Governance, Risk Management and Control at the Schulich School of Business.
He serves as an independent corporate director for the Equitable Bank, the Economical Insurance Group, Foresters Financial and Munich Re Canada.
Mr. Stramaglia has over 30 years of professional and leadership experience, including over 10 years with Sun Life Financial (SLF) where he served as a member of the International Executive Team and led the development of one of the insurance industry’s leading ERM practices as Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer for SLF’s global operations. He joined SLF in 2002 following its acquisition of Clarica, where Mr. Stramaglia held the position of Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer and was also head of the International Reinsurance Business. Prior to joining Clarica, Mr. Stramaglia worked for over 13 years with the Canadian operations of the worldwide Zurich Financial Services Group, where he held a number of senior executive positions including Chief Actuary, CFO and President & CEO of the Zurich Life Insurance Company of Canada. His consulting experience includes an extended mandate serving as the acting Chief Risk Officer for one of Canada’s largest credit unions.
Mr. Stramaglia is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics Degree from the University of Waterloo.
Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Executive in Residence
Lois Tullo has been an Executive in Residence since January 2017. She is CRO & CCO at BlockMine Development Inc. BMD is a new issuer of Security Token Offerings (STO’s) on the Blockchain. She has been teaching risk management and financial services at the Schulich School of Business for the past 20 years at the executive, MBA, and undergraduate level. She is the author of “The Global Risks and Trends Framework” and “Risk Management – Canadian Best Practices, How did they get there?” Schulich has awarded her the John Peace Prize for outstanding contribution to teaching.
Ms. Tullo was CFO at CIBC Finance Inc, responsible for Finance, Treasury, HR and interim risk management. Before that Ms. Tullo was Director of HR, Finance and Business Process Redesign at Unitel Communications. She was a management consultant at Nolan, Norton Canada/KPMG where she consulted on the link between business strategy and information technology architecture. Ms. Tullo worked in Ethiopia with Food for the Hungry, a relief and development organization. At TCPL, she provided systems design and data analysis. Ms. Tullo is a CPA,C.A., and she articled with Clarkson Gordon Toronto (E&Y) and PWC in Calgary, she has an EMBA from The Ivy School of Business, a B.Comm from the University of Saskatchewan, and holds her ICD.D. Ms. Tullo is currently the Chair of Urban Promise, Jlt & Associates, VC of The Richview Residence Foundation, and a former BOD for Jameson Bank, The Boulevard Club, and the Girl Guides of Canada.