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Gary Comerford

Vice Chair
President and CEO, CMC Global

For over 40 years Gary Comerford has been actively involved in dealing with the enormous changes that have taken place in the financial services industry and has worked extensively in both the Individual and Group insurance market .

Gary first entered the financial services business in 1977 as a Branch Manager for Canada Permanent Trust Company (TD Canada Trust) and rose to become its Vice-President of Marketing. In 1986, he joined Sun Life of Canada as Vice President of Marketing, and worked in a number of roles including General Manager for India, retiring as Senior Vice-President, International. In 2009, he joined Reinsurance Group of America as Executive Vice President and was later appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. In 2014 Gary incorporated CMC Global, a consulting company specializing in International Expansion. Throughout his career Gary has written for a variety of industry publications, and has spoken extensively at industry seminars about the future of the financial services industry. In 2013 Gary became Chairman and CEO of the Pacific Insurance Conference Limited.

Gary is currently a Director of Novelis and is a Past Director of Aditya Birla Minacs; Director of the International Insurance Society (IIS); and a past Director for Birla Sun Life Insurance, Birla Sun Life Asset Management and Birla Sun Life Distribution in India’ and is past President and CEO of The Canada India Business Council. In 2008, Gary received the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)’s President’s Award for his role in strengthening the trade relationship between Canada and India. In addition, he is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and in 2001 received the Alumni Award of Distinction from King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario. In 2016 Gary was award the IIS Kenneth Black, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

Gary is also an active member of his community. He is a past President of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society Foundation of Toronto, and Past President of the Rotary Club of Oakville. He was also Co-Chair for The Learning Partnership’s 2007 and 2008 Tribute Dinner. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant achievement and remarkable service. In 2013 he also was appointed as Chair of the Advisory Council of the Pacific Insurance Conference. Gary is a Past Member of the Board of Directors of TV Ontario, Ontario’s public educational media organization, and is immediate past Chair of The Shaw Festival Board. In 2014 Gary was appointed as a member of Brock University’s Board of Trustees and serves on its Executive Committee. In 2017, he was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees of Brock University.

Gary received his Bachelor of Arts, History (Honours) degree in 1973 and his Master of Business Administration in 1975 from the University of Western Ontario. In November 2006, he received the Institute of Corporate Directors’ ICD.D. certification through the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Gary and his wife, Catherine, have two grown children. His hobbies include carpentry and running half-marathons.