Barbara is a respected, pace-setting senior leader, bringing the experience of successful multiple industry-shaping business launches and large, complex transformations that have redefined the employee and client experience in some of Canada’s largest companies.
Barbara was previously Head of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) in Canada, launching the Canadian arm and responsible for all of SVB’s activities, including strategy, business development, sales, risk management and operations. She has also served in various leadership roles including Senior Vice President of Network and Advisor Strategy in Personal and Commercial Banking at the Royal Bank of Canada, and Chief Operating Officer of the North American Commercial Banking Group at Bank of Montreal.
Known for being innovative, entrepreneurial, and a top talent magnet, Barbara believes in accountability and community relationships. She has been featured as one of the most influential Torontonians in Toronto Life magazine and remains an active advisor in Toronto’s growing and vibrant technology ecosystem.
In addition to her law degree and MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy and Economics from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Director Education Program.
Currently on the Board of Governors for the Royal Military College of Canada and a Member of University of Western Ontario’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, Barbara and her husband make sure their hockey and dance parent duties for their two talented teens also keep their family active and connected.
Barbara Dirks, LLB/MBA ’98
President and CEO, PCU