Beth S. Horowitz
Corporate Director; Former President & CEO, Amex Canada Inc.
Beth Horowitz is an authentic and visionary leader who has been an unwavering advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace. Over the course of her career, she has brought courage, authenticity, and compassion to all her work—motivating her colleagues to build diverse, inclusive, and high-performing teams and demonstrating that successful leaders nurture and develop emerging talent.
Beth is former President & CEO, Amex Bank of Canada, and former President & General Manager, Amex Canada, Inc. In 2009, Beth was appointed to the HSBC Bank Canada Board and completed her term at the end of June 2022. Beth also served on the Aimia board from 2012 to 2017, and on the People Corporation board from 2019 until their acquisition by Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking in 2021. In late June of 2021, Beth was appointed to the board of Canada Jetlines, which has been reborn under new management. In January, 2022, Beth was appointed to the Advisory Board of Northland Properties. Beth has 20 years of not-for-profit and corporate board experience, including sitting on the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board since 2003.
Also among Beth’s current boards are the Art Gallery of Ontario, Coralus (formerly SheEO), which is creating a new ecosystem for women and non-binary entrepreneurs, and the Women’s Venture Capital Fund in the US.
Beth has sat on many corporate and advisory boards, bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience to contribute to their success. Along the way, she has mentored many individuals—knowing the importance of investing time in the development of talent and the rewards of doing so—a practice she continues.
Beth has seen first-hand that when women participate on corporate boards, they can help broaden the perspectives of the board and better represent their customer base. Having more gender diversity on boards can help bring to light biases that have persisted and push boards to focus on talent development, compensation review, and succession planning with a gender equity lens. Beth believes that board members also serve as role models to senior leaders within the organization.
Beth is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and serves on the Cornell President’s Council of Cornell Women. From 2015 to 2018, she served on the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board. In 2013, Beth was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, in the Corporate Board category. Beth received a BA in Medieval and Renaissance European History from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.