Canada’s Chartered Directors
The Directors College is pleased to present Canada’s Chartered Directors. The graduates listed below have completed The Chartered Director Program, an intensive individual examination, and have met the other requirements to become a Chartered Director (C.Dir.)
The Directors College and the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) of Université Laval have a reciprocal agreement, whereby their respective designations – Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and Administrateur de sociétés certifié (ASC) are recognized as equivalent.
To see the ASC Graduates who also hold the Chartered Director designation please click here.
Ms. Karen Higgins, C.Dir.
Vice President, Finance, Co-operators Group Limited
Karen Higgins is a Senior Finance Executive with over 20 years progressive experience in corporate financial reporting, strategic and operational planning, governance, internal controls, risk and financial management, primarily in the financial services industry.
Karen is an effective leader with demonstrated ability to build strong performing teams, particularly during times of significant change, with focus on motivation and execution. She is recognized for effective client relationship management and her networking and influencing capabilities. She has demonstrated project leadership and implementation of corporate initiatives.
Karen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts. She has also completed the Change Management Program at the Wharton Business School and the Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.
Karen joined The Co-operators Group in April 2008 as Vice President, Corporate Finance. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of external financial reporting, internal management reporting at the Group level, financial planning and analysis, accounting policy, including overall leadership for the company’s implementation of IFRS, pension management and shareholder services. In 2011, Karen became VP, Finance for the Property and Casualty operations and is responsible for financial analysis of the organization and in support of business strategies, initiatives and operations. Financial reporting, budgeting, planning, acquisition support and strategic implementations are key areas of her accountability.
- Module 3: Oversight and Finance in Vancouver, BC (September 12-14, 2019)
- Module 1: Accountability and Change in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 19-21, 2019)
- Module 2: Leadership and Strategy in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 3-5, 2019)
- Module 4: Effective Governance Under Complex Circumstances in Vancouver, BC (October 24-26, 2019)
- Module 3: Oversight and Finance in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (November 14-16, 2019)