Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> March 19, 2013

Interview with the CFO and Group Head: TD Bank Group (TD)

Johnston, Colleen
Colleen Johnston is currently Group Head of finance, sourcing and communications, and Chief Financial Officer of TD Bank Group. Ms. Johnston joined TD Bank Group in March 2004 as Executive Vice President, Finance Operations, after spending 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions. She began her career in 1982 with Price Waterhouse. Ms. Johnston graduated from York University in Toronto in 1982 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. Ms. Johnston has received numerous top industry honors 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 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. Most recently, in 2012, she 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. Ms. Johnston is the past Chair of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario and continues to serve on both the national and Ontario boards. She previously served as 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 at York University and is also a member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council. At TD Bank Group, she is actively involved in promoting diversity in the workplace and chairs the bank’s Women in Leadership Committee. Profile
TWST: Please start by introducing our readers, so to speak, to TD Bank Group with a brief history and an overview of your business today.

Ms. Johnston: We're a large Canadian bank.