Members of the Canadian Chapter of the A4S CFO Leadership Network

Learn more about the Canadian members of the A4S CFO Leadership Network.

The Network brings together a group of leading Canadian CFOs from large businesses seeking to embed the management of environmental and social issues into business processes and strategy. Find out more about the members of this group.

Steve Roder, co-chair

Steve Roder

Steve joined Manulife Financial in June 2012 as senior executive vice-president and chief financial officer, and he is the co-chair of the Canadian Chapter of the A4S CFO Leadership Network. He is responsible for the global financial affairs of the company, including actuarial and capital management, treasury, controllership, taxation, investor relations and reinsurance activities. He is a member of the company’s senior executive management committees.

Steve has more than 20 years of executive experience in Asia’s insurance and financial services sector, where he worked not just as a CFO but as an auditor, advisor and consultant, providing advice to CEOs, CFOs and boards.

Prior to joining Manulife, he was CFO of AIA Group Ltd., based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he headed KPMG’s financial services practice in Asia.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FHKICPA).

Lawrence E. Davis

Lawrence Davis

Lawrence is the senior vice-president of Finance at bcIMC, one of Canada's largest institutional investors within the capital markets.

Lawrence has served as a board member and audit committee chair for several Canadian reporting issuers. He is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA), Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors holding the ICD.D designation.

Lawrence is active in several professional and not‐for-profit activities including being an advisory member of CPA Canada’s Financial Reporting and Accounting Conference, a member of CPA Ontario’s Professional Conduct Committee, a guest lecturer at the Rotman School of Management and a board member of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, whose mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases.

Patrice Impey

Patrice Impey

Patrice is the chief financial officer and general manager of Finance, Risk and Supply Chain Management for the City of Vancouver. She oversees all aspects of finance, accounting, treasury, risk and supply chain management for the city.

Patrice holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s in Business Administration degree, and has over 20 years’ experience in senior financial and operational management positions in the private and public sectors.

Brian Lawson

Brian Lawson

Brian joined Brookfield Asset Management in 1989 and became chief financial officer in 2002. Prior to becoming CFO, Brian held roles in the firm’s finance, investment and restructuring operations. He began his business career with Deloitte, which he joined in 1983.

Brian serves as a governor of the University of Toronto. He and his wife, Joannah, are actively involved with several organizations that are focused on improving nutrition, including the Centre for Child Nutrition at UofT and Community Food Centres Canada.

Robert Siddall

Rob Siddall

Robert Siddall is Chief Financial Officer at Metrolinx. Robert has over 35 years of senior management experience, covering a wide range of strategic and financial functions in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to Metrolinx, Robert was Chief Financial Officer for Waterfront Toronto and previously held the position of Provincial Controller with the Province of Ontario. While at the Province, Robert was responsible for introducing the first risk management policy and for developing risk management training as part of the Modern Controllership initiative.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and is a FCPA, FCA. Robert is a board member of CPA Canada’s Sustainability Advisory Board and member of the Public Sector Accounting Board Discussion Group.

Jonathan Simmons

Jonathan Simmons

Jonathan Simmons is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer at OMERS in January 2014. Founded in 1962, OMERS is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, with more than $85 billion in net assets and more than 470,000 members as at December 31, 2016. Prior to joining OMERS, Jonathan was a Partner at PwC for more than a decade, where he led PwC Canada’s insurance practice. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.

Jonathan also serves as a director at a number of organizations, including United Corporations, a TSX-listed investment company and Futurpreneur Canada, a national non-profit that provides coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring for youth aged 18-34 to help start a business.

Pamela Steer

Pamela Steer

Pamela Steer, FCPA, FCA, CFA is chief financial officer of Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), one of the largest insurance organizations in North America. She is also vice chair of the CFA Society Toronto, treasurer of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is on the Advisory Board of the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance.

Pamela holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo, is accredited as a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Pamela lives in Toronto with her husband and young son.

Benita M. Warmbold

Benita Warmbold

Benita joined Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board in 2008 as senior vice-president and chief operations officer, and in 2013 became senior managing director and chief financial officer. As CFO, she is responsible for the finance and legal functions, including corporate and investment finance, treasury, performance, enterprise reporting, investment risk, tax, internal audit, governance, legal risk, corporate secretarial, and compliance. The CPP Investment Board invests the funds not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay current benefits. The CPP Fund was $298.1 billion on December 31, 2016.

Benita is currently active on several boards, including Methanex Corporation, Canadian Public Accountability Board, Queen's University Board of Trustees and Women's College Hospital. She is also chair of the Smith School of Business Advisory Board (Queen's University).

Benita holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University. A Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and ICD.D, she has been recognized three times as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100, and in 2016 was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame.

P. Bruce West

P. Bruce West

Bruce joined The Co-operators Group in June 2007 as executive vice-president, Finance and chief financial officer (CFO).

Bruce’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (1980), Chartered Professional Accountant designation (1981), FLMI designation (1985) and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Wilfrid Laurier University (2005). In 2009, he obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute of Canada.

Bruce is on the board of directors for a number of companies within The Co-operators Group. He is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honouree of the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo.