Business Advisory Council

Dave Mowat

Dave Mowat

Dave Mowat

President and Chief Executive Officer

ATB Financial
Edmonton, Alberta

Dave Mowat is the President and CEO of ATB Financial, which, with assets of more than $43 billion, is Alberta’s largest, provincially-based financial institution.  ATB employs almost 5,300 team members in 244 communities, providing personal, business, agriculture, corporate, and investor financial services to more than 710,000 Albertans and Alberta-based businesses.

Mr Mowat is an Albertan by birth: he was born in Calgary and raised in Sherwood Park. And he is an Albertan by choice: after getting a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and serving VanCity credit union as its CEO, he returned to Alberta, and now lives in Edmonton.

Over the last three decades, Mr Mowat has shaped and been shaped by every aspect of the banking world: venture capital markets, credit, retail, corporate, investments, and banking tied to each sector of the Alberta economy.

The thread that connects the various chapters of his financial services career is a commitment to using his banking expertise and his networks to serve the greater good.

This is visible in the boards that Mr Mowat sits on: STARS, TELUS Community Foundation, Alberta Blue Cross, Citadel Theatre and the National Music Centre. And in the causes—he has served the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region as its campaign chair—he gives his time to. And it is apparent in the unique, community-building ventures that he and ATB help bring to life including Empower U (a partnership that equips women with financial literacy skills), the ATB Financial Land Legacy Fund (a program that provides capital for purchasing land for habitat restoration before resale), and Light The Bridge (a citizens-led drive to raise $2.5 million to purchase and install LED lights on Edmonton’s High Level Bridge).

That instinct for uplifting the community is reflected by the honours conferred both on Mr Mowat and the company he leads. He is Alberta Venture’s Business Person of the Year. He has held the Charles Allard Chair in Business at MacEwan University. SAIT Polytechnic has awarded Mr Mowat an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was named to the Edmonton Journal’s list of the city’s Power 30 group. ATB was named one of the 2015 Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Place to Work, one of 2015 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt, and one of the Most Engaged Workplaces in North America by Achievers.

In business, in banking, in community, Mr Mowat helps open Alberta to the world of its potential.

In 2015, Mr Mowat was named chair of the Alberta Royalty Review panel.