Barbara Amsden

Chair, Communications and Education Working Group

Canadian Capital Markets Association (CCMA)

Barb has over 25 years’ experience in Canada’s financial services industry.  She is the Chair of the Communications and Education Working Group (CEWG), working for the CCMA, among other clients.  She previously worked as Managing Director at the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) where 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 the 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 the Chase Manhattan Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Barb has an MBA in international business and finance from McGill University and a double Russian/French bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, Vermont.