Business Advisory Council

Dave Mowat

Dave Mowat

Past President and Chief Executive Officer

ATB Financial
Edmonton, Alberta

Dave Mowat was the President and CEO of ATB Financial for 11 years, which, through more than 5000 team members in 247 communities, provides a full range of digital, mobile, personal, business, corporate, and investment services to more than 725,000 customers. ATB has grown to assets of more than $48 billion and is the largest, provincially based financial institution in Alberta.

Under his leadership, ATB transformed into a technology leader, committed to make banking work for people. It also became a bank obsessed with its customers and the experience they received. Community involvement and support for numerous community causes were a hallmark of ATB. As a leader, Mowat brought a strong commitment that growing team member engagement and customer advocacy were the most sustainable and successful ways to a strong bottom line.

In 2017, ATB achieved Great Place to Work Canada’s #2 ranking in the large and multinational organization category. ATB was also named one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Workplaces for Women in 2016, and made the Aon Hewitt list of Canada’s 50 Best Employers in 2015.

ATB developed a reputation for innovation that has grown from the successful implementation of a new, industry-leading core banking system in 2011 through to ATB’s being chosen by Apple Pay as one of only a few financial institutions in Canada featured in its mobile pay expansion in 2016 and by Google as Android Pay was introduced in 2017. ATB was the first financial institution in Canada to make a cross-border payment using blockchain technology, and the first full-serve financial institution in North America to successfully facilitate payments using chatbot technology on Facebook Messenger. Mowat himself was named Canada’s #1 CEO in 2016 by Glassdoor. He also made the list of Alberta’s Top 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture Magazine (2016), was named the Inspired Leader of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators (2015), and was honoured as Business Person of the Year in 2014 by Alberta Venture. In 2017, Mowat was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Mowat used his convocation address to introduce Pepper, a robot ATB purchased to explore using artificial intelligence to support ATB team members and customers.

In 2016, Mowat headed Alberta’s Royalty Review panel that, after months of study and consultation with stakeholders and the public, the province adopted the panel's recommendation of an innovative new approach to Alberta’s oil and natural gas royalty structure.

Mowat used his banking expertise across venture capital markets, credit, retail, corporate, and investments to enrich the service he provided to numerous boards, including Telus, STARS, Alberta Blue Cross, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and the National Music Centre in Calgary. He was also involved with Dogs With Wings, and in 2016 was accompanied everywhere by Vaughn, a black lab service puppy who was part of the agency’s program to train service dogs to make life better for blind and autistic children.

Mowat and wife Sandy have raised three children and now enjoy travelling, golf and riding road bikes together.