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Colleen Johnston
Special Advisor
TD Bank Group

Colleen Johnston is currently Special Advisor, TD Bank Group as of November 1, 2017. Prior to this, she was Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate & Public Affairs, TD Bank Group. Colleen also spent over ten years as Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group.

Colleen began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse. She spent 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions, including CFO of Scotia Capital. She joined TD in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations, and was promoted to the senior executive team a year later in November 2005 as a Group Head and CFO.

Colleen graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor of business administration. She 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, recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.

Colleen 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. Colleen was named “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. In 2012, Colleen was recognized 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, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category.

Colleen is Vice Chair of the newly integrated health network that includes St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre and Providence Healthcare, a member of the Shaw Festival Board of Governors, the Advisory Board for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business. She previously served as Chair of the Board for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Bridgepoint Health and the ShareLife Corporate Campaign. At TD, she is actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as a founding member of the Women in Leadership Committee.

Born in Vancouver, Colleen currently resides in Toronto with her husband. She enjoys travelling, reading and an active lifestyle.