About Stephanie

Stephanie Bowman is a mom, an accountant, a former banker, and a respected community leader. She is an executive and a leader with heart, who collaborates with others to achieve both their team and individual goals.

Stephanie recently served as a member of the Board of the Bank of Canada. Prior to that, she was an executive with Scotiabank and a Partner with Ernst & Young, and has more than 25 years of experience leading large, international and diverse teams in Canada, the United States, and internationally. She is currently a Board Member of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (“CST”) and Empire Life, and serves as a volunteer Member of Canada’s Accounting Standards Oversight Council.

Stephanie is a strong believer in the value of community service and education to make the world a better place, and her goal is for everyone to have the opportunity to maximize their potential. Stephanie is a mentor with a particular interest in diversity and inclusion. She has been a speaker at numerous leadership networking events and has focused her volunteer and professional work on organizations that align with her values: to ensure financial health and a strong economy for Canada, build a more diverse and inclusive society, and advance post-secondary education. She is also a devoted “reducer, reuser and recycler” and began cycling to work in 2010.

Stephanie started her community service career around the age of 8, when she sold her aunt’s fudge door-to-door to raise money for children in need, in her hometown of London, Ontario. Stephanie’s parents were both raised on small Ontario farms, and they learned from their parents the values of hard work, education, and community service. Her Dad became an accountant and community leader; her mom is a nurse and devoted volunteer. Stephanie and her three younger brothers all found their own ways to use their talents to give back. During her youth, Stephanie also lived with her family in New Brunswick, where she had the good fortune to see Terry Fox on his Marathon of Hope in 1980. He became one of her heroes and she has been a participant in the Terry Fox Run and a supporter ever since.

Stephanie has also been a fundraiser for the United Way, and the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. She is a volunteer and past Treasurer of Lawrence Park Community Church (United Church of Canada). She serves as a volunteer mentor with Women in Governance, and is on the Board of Advisors for Women Innovator’s Network. She was a Board Member and Treasurer with Canadian Women’s Hockey League, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada, where she was recognized for her commitment to the Foundation, receiving the George deVeber and David Ornstein awards for distinguished service. She also served as Treasurer of Until the Last Child and as a consultant to the past Board Chair of the Women’s Centre of York Region.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Business Administration from Western University (Ivey Business School) and a Chartered Accountant designation. She is a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

When not working or volunteering, Stephanie can be found walking her dog, cycling with her family, and enjoying Ontario’s great outdoors. She and her husband have lived in Don Valley West for over 25 years; it is where they have built their life and raised their two children (and one poodle!), and are all actively involved in their community. They are proud to say they that both their children are pursuing post-secondary education.

I’m an accountant by training, and I’m also a people person; I want Ontario to invest in our people so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their goals. Stephanie Bowman