Marshall Toburen

Sonia Baxendale

Chief Executive Officer and President
Global Risk Institute

Sonia Baxendale is Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Risk Institute. Sonia is on the Board of Laurentian Bank, Foresters Financial, Hospital for SickKids Foundation and Toronto Artscape Inc. She has previously served on a number of other corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Sonia was previously the President of CIBC Retail Markets. She led the Retail and Wealth Management businesses from 2005 to 2011. From 1992 to 2011, she 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. From July 2017 to January 2018, Sonia served as Co-Interim President and CEO of Foresters Financial.