Colleen is Chief Client Officer at Osler. She is responsible for implementing Osler’s client-focused business development strategy. Colleen works closely with the Managing Partner and the members of the firm’s Client Relations Committee to deepen and strengthen existing client relationships and also provides advice and guidance on new markets and business development opportunities.
Colleen has extensive experience building successful companies and valuable brands. She is a respected business leader with senior management experience in financial services, technology, business and web-based services. Colleen has held a variety of corporate leadership positions and has a deep understanding of business development strategy in the services sector.
Colleen has had a long successful career in the financial services industry that spans over 30 years. She began her career at Merrill Lynch and CIBC. Colleen was a co-founder and President of E*TRADE Canada – building the firm from its pioneering roots as an e-commerce start-up to its position as the largest independent on-line investment firm in Canada. She also served as Vice President and General Manager of E*TRADE Financial Global Corporate Services. In her role as President and CEO of Nexient Learning Colleen successfully restructured and recapitalized this company, transforming it into Canada’s leading corporate learning and skills development provider. As Entrepreneur in Residence at the private equity firm Signal Hill Equity Partners she worked to identify and evaluate new Canadian mid-market investment opportunities and also assisted portfolio companies with strategy execution. Prior to joining Osler, Colleen was Head of Marketing at East Coast Fund Management, a hedge fund firm launched by the former heads of TD Securities and Scotia Capital.
Colleen is a Chair of the Board of Merrco Payments and past Chair of the Governance Committee and Board member of Solium Capital (SUM-TSX). She also participates in the early stage ecosystem through iNovia Capital Board of Advisors, Creative Destruction Lab Strategic Advisory Board and 111 Advisory Committee.
Colleen is the editor of the best selling leadership book, Collective Wisdom of High - Performing Women, Leadership Lessons from the Judy Project, published in 2019. The book features personal stories from 70 Canadian women business leaders, highlighting their perspectives on the leadership characteristics of great leaders.