Gail Harding, QC
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Canadian Western Bank Group
Gail Harding is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Canadian Western Bank Group where she has responsibility for legal services, governance and mergers and acquisitions. Canadian Western Bank Group is a diversified financial services organization providing specialized service in business and personal banking, equipment financing and leasing, trust services, and wealth management for businesses and individuals. With over $23 billion in assets and its head office in Edmonton, Canadian Western Bank is the 7th largest Schedule I bank in Canada in terms of market capitalization.
Prior to 2004, Ms Harding was a partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and commercial law. She has also held various positions with the Alberta Stock Exchange and the Alberta Securities Commission.
Ms Harding is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. She holds the ICD D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and was awarded the Queen’s Counsel designation by the Province of Alberta. Ms. Harding sits on the board of directors of the Workers' Compensation Board (Alberta). She is also a member of the CD Howe Financial Services Policy Council and the Legal Committee at the Canadian Bankers Association.
Ms Harding was born in Edmonton and received both her Bachelor of Education and LLB degrees from the University of Alberta. She lives in Calgary and is married with two children.