Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer
In her dual role of SVP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Nicola Wealth, Danielle contributes to the identification, development, and execution of Nicola Wealth’s strategic initiatives including the firm’s ongoing national expansion strategy. She couples her passion for innovative and creative business strategies with her legal skills cultivated through many roles covering 25 years in financial services.
Danielle thrives on bringing cross functional teams together to learn and execute collaboratively. Prior to joining Nicola Wealth, Danielle worked for the Canadian Banking Association, CIBC, UBS and two private asset management companies navigating legal, regulatory and operational issues increasingly focused on digital innovation.
In addition to her work, Danielle enthusiastically gives back to her profession and her community. In April 2020 she was appointed to serve on the University of Toronto Governing Council. Danielle is the Chair of 100 Women in Finance Canada, a global organization with over 15,000 members committed to empowering women working in the finance industry to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. She is a former Co-Chair of the Manager’s Only Committee for the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Canada and continues to contribute to the asset management professional community through speaking engagements at industry conferences. In 2018 Danielle joined the board of directors of Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions, a managing general insurance agency incorporated to provide cyber insurance products, consulting and loss control services to insurance agents and brokers.
Danielle graduated from the University of British Columbia with her LL.B and is called to the bar in both British Columbia and Ontario. When not at the office you can find her enjoying and active life in Toronto with her husband Matt and her three daughters Emma, Phoebe and Madison.
Question & Answers
Health and happiness. Pretty simple in concept, but like everything it requires effort to execute well. My goal is to take some positive steps towards that DREAM each day!
Favourite music genre?
I am an 80's and 90's girl, and I will always have a soft spot for Blue Rodeo, A-ha, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, New Order, The Proclaimers, Hootie & The Blowfish, the Wallflowers, The Goo Goo Dolls…….
Double digits - that means above 10 and don’t infer that it’s anywhere close to that. My real golf handicap is that I get bored halfway through and lose focus, but I love the scenery.
I can’t live without..
My… dog. Actually I meant to say my amazing family! Although they talk back to me and the dog can’t.
Favourite sport to play?
I am a recreational tennis junkie with skiing (on a nice day with good snow) a very close second.
Words my mother taught me
Ignore “dress casual” and wear high heels for any important meeting.
Where is your dream vacation spot?
Somewhere warm and fun. A place where I never really figure out where the kitchen is but the food is fantastic. Somewhere cold and fun, where I also never figure out where the kitchen is.