Bruce West, Executive Vice President & CFO, The Co-operators Group Ltd.

Bruce West joined The Co-operators Group in June 2007 as Executive Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is responsible for the financial management, strategic planning, and corporate development for the group of companies. He brings over 25 years of progressive financial and managerial experience in operations, corporate development, and financial management to this role.

Bruce began his professional career with KPMG. His financial services career began with London Life in 1983; 11 years later he moved to Clarica Life Insurance Company, becoming Vice-President, Finance and Shared Services in 1997.

When Sun Life Financial acquired Clarica in 2002, Bruce was selected as Vice-President and CFO for Sun Life's Canadian business. He played a key role in the integration of the two companies.

Bruce returned to university full-time in 2004. He re-entered the workforce in the high-tech industry as Executive Vice-President, Finance and Business Processes at ARISE Technologies Corporation where he helped engineer a financial turnaround. Before joining The Co-operators, Bruce was Vice-President, Finance for Canadian Tire Financial Services and CFO for Canadian Tire Bank.

Bruce’s educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (1980), Chartered Accountant designation (1981), FLMI designation (1985), and a MBA with a concentration in marketing from Wilfrid Laurier University (2005). In 2009, Bruce obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada).  He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute of Canada.

Bruce sits on the board of directors for a number of companies within The Co-operators Group. He serves on the boards of EGI Financial Holdings Inc. (TSX: EFH), Echelon General Insurance Company, and Credential Financial Inc. He also sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honouree of the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo.