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Nancy Russell was Senior Vice-President, Chief Internal Auditor, Great-West Lifeco from 2017 to 2023. As the Chief Internal Auditor, Nancy led the independent Global Internal Audit function with the primary objective of assisting the Boards of Directors, through the Audit Committees, in carrying out their corporate governance responsibilities. This was also aligned with assisting management and staff in the achievement of their goals and objectives in a way which was adequately controlled and effectively managed.

Nancy started her career with London Life as Manager of Internal Audit in 1999. Other roles she has held included Senior Vice-President/Chief Compliance Officer, Great-West Lifeco; Senior Vice-President of New Business, Individual Insurance for Canada Life; and Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for the former Quadrus Investment Services Ltd (a mutual fund dealer firm and previous subsidiary company of London Life and Great-West Life.

From a community perspective, Nancy currently serves on:

  • YMCA Southwestern Ontario – member of the Board and Audit sub-committee since 2020
  • Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes – member of the Board and Finance & Audit sub-committee since 2023; previously a community member of the sub-committee (2020).

Nancy obtained her Honours B.Comm. (1987) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is a Chartered Accountant (1991) and Certified Internal Auditor (2021), who also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) (2021).