Leadership Team

Our management team are very experienced and accomplished executives in the financial industry.

Shirley Chen Expand/Collapse

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Chen is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of financial management experience. Most recently, Ms. Chen held the Treasurer role at Mogo Finance Technology Inc. (TSX: MOGO), one of Canada’s fastest growing financial technology companies. She led Mogo’s financial strategies and policies as it related to the Company’s finance and treasury management, including funding strategy, forecast and analysis, and financial reporting. Ms. Chen has held progressively senior positions in the areas of finance and treasury, having served as Vice President, Treasury at Street Capital Financial (TSX: SCB), and Director, Finance at ING Direct Bank of Canada.

Ms. Chen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, she holds a MBA (Finance) from Nankai University.

John Guido Expand/Collapse

Vice President, Operations

Mr. Guido is a results-driven leader with over 25 years of experience and a record of significant achievement in Operational Management, Financial Administration, Customer Service and Human Resource Management, primarily within the insurance and leasing sectors. An individual who has led and directed multiple teams tasked with complex key strategic corporate initiatives to integrate and manage acquisitions and wind-down joint venture concerns worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Among his prior leadership roles, Mr. Guido was Senior Vice President Canadian Operations at CIT Group Ltd.

Mr. Guido holds a Bachelor of Arts – Commerce and Criminology from the University of Toronto.

Paul Akey Expand/Collapse

Vice President, Credit and Risk Management

Mr. Akey is a financial services executive with 20 years of credit and risk management experience. His leadership roles have included a number of senior positions at Scotiabank in Risk Management, Sales and Services, and Finance, with a proven record of growing mortgages, credit cards and indirect automotive lending products. Acknowledged as an expert in risk management for consumer and small business lending as well as infusing analytics across acquisition, account management and recoveries.

Mr. Akey holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph and a MBA from Dalhousie. He is active in his community and serves on several advisory boards and is frequently invited to participate in industry roundtables and discussions.

William (Bill) McNeill Expand/Collapse

Vice President, Legal, Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer and Ombudsman

Bill is a business counsel with experience as a member of a wealth management business team at BMO Nesbitt Burns (focus on regulatory compliance), as general counsel at Richardson Greenshields and as a law firm corporate/commercial/securities partner at Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais). He has consulted to the financial services industry and has taught Canadian business law in the Business School at Humber College. Bill takes a common sense and proactive approach to regulatory compliance and governance, risk management and training and development. He supports business growth while protecting the interests of a firm and its clients and employees.

Bill holds a BA and a LLB from Queen’s University and a LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.