About Saint Mary's
Honorary Degree - Colleen Johnston
5 January, 2016
A recognized visionary in the world of finance and a strong community advocate, Colleen Johnston is Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Real Estate at TD Bank Group.
After graduating from York University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Ms. Johnston began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse. She spent 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions before joining TD in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations. Prior to her current role with TD, she was Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group.
Ms. Johnston received her chartered accountant designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA). The highest designation conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, this recognized her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.
Ms. Johnston has received numerous top industry honours as a senior finance executive. She was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007. She was also recognized as “Best Chief Financial Officer” in October 2009 by Canadian Business magazine, and in 2011, for the third year in a row, was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker. The following year brought recognition as Canada’s CFO of the Year, an award that is presented annually by Financial Executives International Canada, PwC and Robert Half International. In 2013, Ms. Johnston was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category.
A board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Ms. Johnston sits on the advisory board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. She also served as past Chair and President of the Board of Directors for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Chair of Bridgepoint Health, and the ShareLife Corporate Campaign. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business, a member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, and a member of the board of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. In 2015, she joined the board of the Shaw Festival. At TD, she is actively involved in promoting diversity in the workplace, including the bank’s Women in Leadership Committee.
Born in Vancouver, Colleen Johnston currently resides in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.