Director Profile

Sharon Ranson CA CPA ICD.D MBA

President The Ranson Group

Board Value Proposition: 

Financial Expertise and Audit Committee Chair Experience

  • Instrumental in interpreting financial and public markets impact for all decisions, including reporting, write-offs, M&A activities, and restructurings based on financial expertise in accounting, capital markets, and investments.
  • Founding director and audit committee chair for two start-up banks and a fintech start-up.
  • Advised a financial institution to successfully become a bank. Helped navigate regulatory environment and create required infrastructure.

HR, Compensation Planning, and Maximizing Performance

  • Experience in key people-related matters such as hiring and firing CEOs, succession planning, implemeting a transformational compensation plan (as Committee Chair ), and working with senior leaders to maximize performance.

Strategic Advisor, Coach, and Consultant

  • Strategic adviser to numerous companies and executive leaders who have gone on to successfully navigate changing industry landscapes 

Industry Experience: 

  • Banks
  • Diversified Banks
  • Regional Banks
  • Commercial & Professional Services
  • Research & Consulting Services
  • Diversified Financials
  • Asset Management & Custody Banks
  • Consumer Finance
  • Diversified Capital Markets
  • Investment Banking & Brokerage
  • Insurance

International Experience: 

  • India
  • Singapore
  • United States

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

Sprott Inc. 2014 to Present
Chair, HR and Compensation
Audit Committee
Echelon Insurance 2015 to Present
Audit Committee
Investment Committee
Borrowell Inc. 2014 to Present
Audit Committee
Continental Bank of Canada 2013 to Present
Chair, Audit Committee
Central Gold Trust 2015 to 2016
Lead Trustee
Chair, Special Committee
Audit Committee
CI Investments Inc. 2004 to 2014
Audit Committee
Western Financial Group Subsidiary Companies 2002 to 2011
Bank West, 2002-2011: Chair, Audit and Risk Committee; Governance and Compensation Committee
Western Financial Insurance, 2010–2011: Chair, Audit and Risk Committee; Investment Committee
Western Life Insurance, 2005–2011: Chair, Audit and Risk Committee; Governance and Compensation Committee
MEGA Brands 2009 to 2010
Chair, Governance Committee
Audit Committee
Independent Committee

Additional Boards:

Ontario Government Expert Investment Advisory Committee on Hydro One Investment 2015 to Present
Queens’ University, Smith School of Business, Board of Advisors 2008 to Present
The Ticker Club President 2015 to 2016
The Children’s Book Bank 2009 to 2015
Integra (Children’s Mental Health Centre) 2002 to 2006


The Ranson Group 2002 to Present
Queen’s University School of Business 2011 to 2014
Adjunct Professor, Master of Finance
TAL Global Asset Management 1999 to 2001
Vice President and Portfolio Manager
Goepel McDermid and BMO Nesbitt Burns 1995 to 1999
Vice President and Director, Institutional Equity Sales
RBC Dominion Securities Inc. 1992 to 1995
Vice President and Director; Financial Services Analyst
BBN James Capel Inc. 1988 to 1992
Financial Services Analyst
McNeil Mantha Inc. 1987 to 1988
Financial Services Analyst
BMO Financial Group 1984 to 1987
Corporate Banking and Treasury
Peat Marwick Mitchell 1980 to 1984
Audit and Tax


ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2006
Certified Executive Coach (CPCC), Coaches Training Institute, 2004
MBA (With Distinction), York University, 1987
CPA, CA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, 1982
BComm (Hons.), Queen’s University, 1980