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Alizabeth Calder LI

Alizabeth Calder

SVP - HomEquity Bank


Alizabeth Calder is a seasoned CIO, COO and CEO, with proven success delivering innovation to a new generation of business leaders.  She has enabled business strategy and lead execution in companies that include CP Rail, TD Bank, Airmiles, CML Healthcare and IBM. As the CIO at CML Healthcare, Alizabeth led the team to develop and deliver three technology-based products as accretive growth opportunities. Her proactive work with the business and the Board enabled best-in-class business capabilities, facilitating research initiatives with MARS and other sector innovators, and supporting proactive B2B and B2Government success in new market segments.  Her work directly contributed to a competitor buyout of CML at $10.75 per share on a $7.50 market value. At CP Rail, Alizabeth led the design and execution of a 3-year, enterprise-wide SAP implementation to transform operational functions across all parts of the business.  The resulting capabilities enabled the exponential growth in data that the railway needed to make better informed real-time decisions, and directly supported strategic innovation to open new markets and reach new customers. As COO for IBM Global Services Alizabeth delivered the operational transformation required to support 45% annual growth, including successfully leading the outsourcing operations through the power outage and SARS in 2003. Alizabeth is a Certified Member, Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D), a member of the adjudication panel for the ITAC Innovation Awards, and participates in both the Catalyst Women on Board  and the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC) Diversity 50 program.  She is also a bestselling author, with  Growing Up; Practical Strategies for Sustainable Business Growth published in 2009.  She is a Certified IBM Consultant and earned a master degree in business administration (MBA) at the Richard Ivey School of Business in 1982.