Steve Spooner, ICD.D, FCA
Director in Residence, Afternoon Session, April 28 and May 13, 2021
Director; Jamieson Wellness Inc., Docebo, E Automotive; Dean’s Advisory Board, Sprott School of Business at Carleton University; Past CFO, Mitel Networks
Steve Spooner is a Corporate Director, advisor to leadership teams and private equity firms and a seasoned tech industry leader.
He is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Jamieson Wellness (JWEL.TO), one of Canada’s most respected consumer products company. He is also a Director of Docebo (DCBO-T, DCBO-Q), a leading learning management software company which went public in 2019, where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation, Nominating & Governance Committee and the Capital Markets Special Committee.
He is also a director of privately held E-Automotive Inc, a leading provider of digital sales & marketing solutions for the automotive industry, and a Director of privately held Wellness Natural Inc., a consumer products management buyout, where he is Chairman of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
He is a past director & Audit Committee Chair of TSX-V listed Magor Corporation, an enterprise video software company and a past director of privately held Stream Intelligent Networks, a metropolitan area network services provider. Steve is also a former Director of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation where he served for 9 years, including as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and member of the Governance Committee and Executive Committee.
Mr. Spooner serves as a coach to CEO’s and also an advisor to leadership teams on such matters as going public, M&A, corporate strategy, governance, raising capital and driving operational excellence, in both SaaS and traditional business models. He is also a consultant to private equity firms on existing or potential portfolio investments and their leadership teams. As a former public company CFO and in his past and current audit committee chair roles, Steve has extensive experience with both IFRS and US GAAP reporting.
Mr. Spooner has over 35 years of operational leadership experience, having particular expertise in negotiating, structuring, financing and integrating complex acquisitions. He has developed and executed strategies to drive global growth as well as transforming companies to address business challenges and capitalize on changing market opportunities.
As CFO for Mitel Networks for 16 years, a $1.7B, 4000 person company, he had global responsibility for Finance, Legal, Information Technology, M&A and Investor Relations, until his retirement in 2019. Mr. Spooner’s prior experience includes roles as CEO, COO and CFO of both emerging and established technology industry players, including tenures at Digital, Wang, SHL Systemhouse, CrossKeys Systems, Stream Intelligent Networks and Wysdom.
Mr. Spooner is a member of the Sprott School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and holds the ICD.D designation (2009) from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
In 2018, Mr. Spooner was chosen as the inaugural “CFO of the Year” in Ottawa.