Benita is a seasoned executive with a wealth of senior-level experience, both strategic and operational. She is experienced in dealing at a leadership, executive and board level, with considerable knowledge of governance issues. Former senior managing director and chief financial officer of Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board, Benita was responsible for all aspects of finance, risk, performance, tax, internal audit and legal. Over her nine years at CPP Investment Board, she was also responsible for technology, data and investment operations. Benita previously held senior leadership positions with Northwater Capital, Canada Development Investment Corporation and KPMG.
Benita is currently active on several boards, including Methanex Corporation, SNC-Lavalin, Crestone Peak Resources, 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 from Queen’s University. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered 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. In 2017, Benita was given a CFO Special Recognition Award for Social Responsibility and Mentoring. Benita has also been selected by the Canadian Board Diversity Council for its first ever Diversity 50, which recognizes qualified, diverse candidates for board of director appointments.