Karen Maidment, Honorary Doctorate Recipient
The DeGroote School of Business conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Karen Maidment (BCom ’81), Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni Award recipient 2004, at the recent Spring convocation.
Karen Maidment has served in many senior roles in Canadian finance at organizations, including Clarica Life Insurance and the Bank of Montreal. A McMaster alumna, Maidment is a Chartered Accountant and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She is also a member of the Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame. In addition, Maidment was named the Financial Executives International Canada CFO of the Year in 2007. DeGroote is recognizing Maidment’s continuous achievements in the finance industry and her contributions to community through board appointments and philanthropic work.
As part of convocation week, Maidment provided advice for today’s graduates and important lessons about resilience.
The class of 2021 has experienced more change than any other graduating class in modern history. When you started your education, the world was already experiencing rapid technological and social change. But with an outbreak of a global pandemic, the pace has dramatically accelerated. During this time, the adjustments you made to your personal and academic lives has been significant. […] You are well-positioned to take on new challenges. Your formal education at McMaster combined with your experience during the pandemic make you strong, resilient and ready to take on the future.