Speaker Profiles

Marianne Harrison

Marianne Harrison

President & CEO

Manulife Canada

Marianne Harrison is President and CEO of Manulife’s Canadian Division. She also sits on the Company’s Executive Committee.

In this role, Ms. Harrison is responsible for all aspects of the diversified and balanced insurance, investment and banking business provided by Manulife’s Canadian Division. Ms. Harrison is a key driver for cultural and operational change within the organization. Under her leadership, the company has moved from its traditional product focus to one that centres on the customer. Manulife has also secured numerous awards, including #1 Trusted Insurance Brand in Canada.

Before assuming her current position in January 2013, Ms. Harrison served for five years as President and General Manager for Long-Term Care Insurance for John Hancock Financial, Manulife’s U.S. division. With Ms. Harrison at the helm, John Hancock developed new, viable long-term care solutions in response to the challenges of the low interest rate environment.

Before joining John Hancock, Ms. Harrison served as Executive Vice President and Controller for Manulife in Toronto since 2003. She had overall accountability for external reporting to shareholders, regulators, and investor relations as well as internal management reporting.

Prior to joining Manulife, Ms. Harrison was Chief Financial Officer of Wealth Management at TD Bank Group after holding various positions there; before that she worked for PwC.

Ms. Harrison graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in English and she earned a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Canadian/Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants and became Fellow of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in 2016.

She sits on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s Standing Committee on Standards and Marketplace Relations.

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