Alizabeth Calder | Senior Vice President, CIO and IDC Adjunct | HomeEquity Bank

Alizabeth Calder is a best-selling author, most recently publishing Duty of Care; An Executive’s Guide in the Digital Era.  She is also a contributing writer to IT World Canada, and a sought after keynote speaker.  She focuses on the critical communications strategies that bridge the gap between the technology sector and the leaders who provide the governance and investment needed to succeed.


Alizabeth has been the CIO at firms including HomeEquity Bank, IBM, Loyalty Group (a Division of Alliance Data) and CML Healthcare.  Her more than 35-year technology career includes transformational success in banking, financial services, transportation, logistics, healthcare, analytics and professional services.  Alizabeth is a recognized thought leader on digital oversight and Board engagement, including strategies to close the value gap and deliver the right level of digital maturity to have a long term impact.  Alizabeth has also been an expert in cybersecurity since the 1980’s, providing a unique bridge for Directors and C-Level executives on one of their most critical risk considerations.

Education / Industry Accomplishments

  • Certified director in the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D)
  • Member of the US-based National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
  • CERT certified Director (Cyber Security qualification), Carnegie Mellon University
  • Master of Business Administration, Ivey Business School
  • Certified in IT Strategy and Planning, IBM
  • Adjudicator for the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) CIO of the Year Awards
  • Author of Duty of Care; An Executive’s Guide in the Digital Era and bestseller Growing Up; Practical Strategies for Sustainable Business Growth

CIO Peer Forum 2020, Day 1: Track speaker

Driving Influence and Engaging Up; Successful Communication with the C-Suite and the Board
Successful communication with the C-Suite and the Board can be critical to ensuring that you meet stakeholder expectations — ensuring critical funding, enhancing value, and establishing yourself as the catalyst to face the signs of DX change. Early research suggests that current approaches to developing high-value digital strategies are not working well enough. This session examines how CIOs and DX leaders can improve their impact with the CFO, CEO and the Board, identifying and enabling opportunities and business imperatives that will be recognized by internal stakeholders, shareholders and analysts. Executable strategies can ensure clear communications directed at delivering critical executive support and sponsorship as the foundation for impactful Board governance alignment. Traditional technology-driven communications competencies are no longer enough and must be blended with strategic competencies to engage successfully up to and including the Board.
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