Sonia Baxendale

President & Chief Executive Officer at Global Risk Institute in Financial Services

Sonia Baxendale

Sonia Baxendale

President & Chief Executive Officer at Global Risk Institute in Financial Services

Career Highlights

Rogers Communications, Inc.
The Independent Order of Foresters
Global Risk Institute in Financial Services

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Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

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Founding Partner at Further Global Capital Management LP

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Former Chief Risk Officer & Executive Vice President at Sun Life Financial, Inc.

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Former Professional at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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Former President, Chief Executive Officer & Non-Independent Director at Laurentian Bank of Canada

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Former Managing Director, Investment Manager Solutions at State Street Corporation

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Former President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at CI Financial Corp.

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President at The Independent Order Foresters USB (Investment Portfolio)

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Chief Executive Officer at Futurevault, Inc.

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Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Foresters Life Insurance Co.

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Sonia Baxendale
President & Chief Executive Officer at Global Risk Institute in Financial Services
Class of 1984

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 82,000* students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 500,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T's influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.

Career History
President-Retail Markets & Senior Executive Vice President
1992 - 2011

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based financial institution. Through their three main business units - Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Capital Markets - CIBC provides a full suite of financial products and services in Canada and around the world.


Part of American Express Co., American Express Canada is a Canadian company involved in personal credit institutions.The company says this about itself: American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. American Express was established in Canada in 1853 and offers a variety of consumer and business products.


Saatchi & Saatchi is an American global communications and advertising agency network with 140 offices in 76 countries and over 6,500 staff. It was founded in London in 1970 but now headquartered in New York. The parent company of the agency group was known as Saatchi & Saatchi PLC from 1976 to 1994, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange until 2000 and for a time, was a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. In 2000, the group was acquired by the Publicis Groupe.

Boards & Committees
Non-Executive Director
2020 - Current

The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd. provides community banking and wealth management business. The firm operates through the following geographical segments: Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, The Bahamas, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The Bermuda and the Cayman Islands segment offers a range of retail and corporate banking services to individuals, local businesses, captive insurers, reinsurance companies, trust companies, and hedge funds. The Guernsey, The Bahamas, and Switzerland Bank segment provides wealth management only. The United Kingdom segment gives wealth management to individuals, family offices, and institutional and corporate clients. It also provides residential property lending services. The company was founded in 1858 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Independent Non-Executive Director
2019 - Current

With a 300-year heritage, RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational insurance groups. Today, we employ around 23,000 people, serving 17 million customers in around 140 countries. While our origins lie in London, RSA is a global company with businesses in both mature and emerging markets. We have major operations in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Canada, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Our focus on general insurance delivers strong, profitable performance, even in the most challenging market conditions. In 2011, for example, our net written premiums were £8.1bn

2016 - Current

Laurentian Bank of Canada engages in the provision of financial services. It operates through the following segments: Personal Operating, Business Services, and Capital Markets. The Personal Operating segment caters to the financial needs of retail clients. The Business Services segment caters to the financial needs of business clients, small and medium-sized enterprises, and real estate developers such as leasing solutions, investment, cash management, and international services. The Capital Markets segment provides a range of services, including research, market analysis and advisory services; corporate underwriting for debt and equity; and administrative services. The company was founded by Monsignor Ignace Bourget on May 26, 1846 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Chair, Board of Directors
2007 - Current

SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. SickKids Foundation is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. SickKids Foundation was established in 1972.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior - 2016

Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s leading cultural institutions. It was founded by a group of Toronto musicians and Viennese-born conductor Luigi von Kunits. The New Symphony Orchestra, as it was then called, gave its first performance in April 1923 at Massey Hall. The name Toronto Symphony Orchestra was adopted four years later.

Member, Audit & Compliance Committee
2012 - Prior

The Independent Order of Foresters engages in the provision of insurance services. It offers life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, education savings, advisory, retirement planning, and electronic payroll solutions. The company was founded in 1874 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Awards & Honors
Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award
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