Andrea Rosen

Cape Breton University is delighted to honour and recognize an accomplished executive leader in the Canadian Financial and Banking Sector and a trailblazer for equality and equity in the business world, Mrs. Andrea Rosen.

Andrea earned her MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School as a participant in the joint MBA/LL.B program. After graduation, she entered the male-dominated world of finance and banking – often as one of the only women in the room. She rose through the ranks of both CIBC Wood Gundy and TD and  was Vice Chair of TD Bank Financial Group and President of TD Canada Trust from 2002 to 2005.

Not only was Andrea a newcomer to Canada from the United States, she was often one of the very few female vice-chairs in the domestic banking industry in Canada. Previously, she was Executive Vice President of TD Commercial Banking and Vice Chair of TD Securities. Andrea also served as Vice President of Varity Corporation from 1991 to 1994. Between 1981 and 1990, she held a variety of roles at Wood Gundy Inc. (later CIBC Wood Gundy), eventually becoming Vice President and Director, the first female to be appointed as a partner in the firm.

In addition to being a long-serving Director at Nova Scotia based Emera Inc., she is also a Director of Manulife Financial Corporation.

She is also a Director on the Boards of Ceridian HCM Holding Inc., Element Fleet Management Corp., and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Andrea is a former director of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and of Hiscox Ltd.

Her accomplishments are many and her connections to Cape Breton are deep through her father-in-law, as well as her 16 years of working with Emera in the province.

Andrea is a proud wife and the mother of two young women. Andrea hopes that through her work and dedication in advocating for women in the workforce, she has inspired her daughters to seek more and blaze their own trails.

Today, Cape Breton University confers the degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa, a role model for all aspiring leaders, especially women, for her her ongoing passionate support for diversity, advocacy , and inclusion at every organization she is involved with, Mrs. Andrea Rosen.