Paul Bates is a Senior Fellow with Cardus, and Assistant Professor of Leadership at McMaster Divinity College, following two years he spent as special advisor to the president at McMaster University.
Prior to this he was dean of the DeGroote School of Business, during the seven-year period when it tripled its number of doctoral candidates and doubled the enrolment in its MBA program.
A Chartered Professional Accountant, Bates has been a leader and educator in the Canadian business community for more than two decades. He is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and a part-time Commissioner at the Ontario Securities Commission, where he served on the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committees. He serves on and/or chairs numerous Boards of Directors in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
A veteran of the Canadian investment industry, Paul was recognized by Investment Executive Magazine in 2000 as Canada's most influential broker of the year. In 2002 Paul received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for community service and in 2003 Paul received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Rotman School of Management, together with an Arbour Award from the University of Toronto.
Paul's investment industry experience spans over two and a half decades, including 15 years in presidential roles at both start-up and large firms. His more recent role was as CEO of Charles Schwab Canada, acquired in 2002 by Scotiabank. At Schwab he led the development of "full-choice" brokerage, integrating self-managed brokerage services with advice offerings and discretionary portfolio management. He also served as a Governor for the Toronto Stock Exchange and as a Director for the Investment Dealers Association.