Chief Financial Officer
Susan Johnson is the Chief Financial Officer of First Trust Portfolios Canada, joining in September 2017 with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, focusing on the wealth management sector. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Johnson held various executive positions. Most recently, she was Chief Financial Officer of Front Street Capital group of companies. Prior to that she was Vice-President Finance at Mackenzie Financial Corp. Previous to those positions, she was Vice-President Finance at CIBC and Chief Financial Officer for a number of CIBC asset management subsidiaries. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree from Queen’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Head of Distribution, Canada
Karl Cheong is Head of Distribution, Canada. Karl is an innovative and leading industry veteran who has been at the forefront of some of the industry's recent change. He was previously Vice President, and Head of Product, for Claymore Investments Inc. (acquired by Blackrock Asset Management Canada Limited), where the products he created were well received by the Street. Karl provides insightful market commentary on a variety of topics including current events and industry trends as a regular guest on BNN, and has also appeared on Bloomberg and Bloomberg Canada. Additionally, he has been featured in a variety of publications such as The Financial Post, Reuters, Morningstar, ETF Investing and The Investment Executive.
Mr. Cheong is bilingual, holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from McGill University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder (CFA®). Karl is also a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Toronto.