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Susan F. Dabarno

Susan F. Dabarno

Ms. Dabarno is a director of Manulife Financial Corporation. She has extensive wealth management and financial expertise gained from her many years of experience building and leading some of the largest wealth management platforms in Canada. Ms. Dabarno served as Executive Chairman of Richardson Partners Financial Limited (“Richardson”), an independent wealth management services firm, from October 2009 to April 2010, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Richardson from June 2003 to October 2009, during which time she was responsible for leading the firm’s growth strategy. Prior to joining Richardson, she was President and Chief Operating Officer at Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., and prior to that she held various increasingly senior roles with Canada Trust and later Midland Walwyn Inc., until it was acquired by Merrill Lynch in 1999. In each of these positions, Ms. Dabarno was progressively responsible for personal investment management, private equity and alternative investment strategies, while adhering to strict regulatory requirements and governance protocols applied to the industry.

Ms. Dabarno has chaired the boards of Meridian Securities, Canada Trust Insurance Company, Barbados and First Canada Securities International as well as serving as trustee of Canada Trust Investment Income. She served as a director of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (government-funded organization), Bridgepoint Health Foundation (not-for-profit) and People Corporation.

Ms. Dabarno has contributed to the investment industry as a member of the Council of Governors of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada and as a director of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. She has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Investment Industry Association of Canada and honoured by the YWCA of New York City as a Woman of Distinction. Ms. Dabarno is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (FCPA) and holds a Class II Diploma from McGill University.

Ms. Dabarno has been a member of the Cenovus Board since April 2017.

Committee memberships

  • Audit Committee
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee