24 SANDRA STUART
CEO, HSBC CANADA PREVIOUSLY #24, 2014
Stuart is a textbook
case of promoting from within. The Vancouver native started as a parttime teller with HSBC Canada more than 37 years ago, and in 2015 she became the first female CEO of a major Canadian bank—and the only CEO of a big bank based west of Toronto. As part of HSBC’S global leadership team, Stuart has advocated the multinational’s strategic support for a low-carbon economy; in April, HSBC announced it would no longer finance new oil sands projects or pipelines.