Barbara Amsden

Lead, Communications, Canadian Capital Markets Association (CCMA)

Barb has over 25 years’ experience in Canada’s financial services industry.  She worked for the CCMA between 2015 and 2018 on work related to shortening the securities settlement cycle from T+3 to T+2.  She works or has worked for the Canadian RegTech Association, Grand Challenges Canada, CIBC Mellon, Smarten Up Institute, IFSE, and Learnedly.  As Managing Director at the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC), she addressed a range of issues relating to the advancement of Canadian capital markets, including implementation of the client relationship model (CRM) and red tape reduction, as well as retirement savings, tax, regulatory, and operational efficiency improvements.

Previously, Barb held senior positions at the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, Canadian Depository for Securities Limited (CDS) and, on secondment while at CDS, the CCMA.  Before working at CDS, Ms. Amsden had a 12-year career at the Canadian Bankers Association, with her final role being Vice-President – Information, Finance, Services and HR.  She previously was employed by Chase Manhattan Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Barb has an MBA in international business and finance from McGill University, as well as a double Russian/French bachelor’s degree and K-5 teacher’s certificate from Middlebury College, Vermont.