Kevan Cowan is CEO of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAIO).
A seasoned financial services industry executive with wide-ranging strategic, management, operational, regulatory and policy roles across multiple business lines, Mr. Cowan was with the TMX Group Inc. from 1997 to 2015, serving as President of TSX Markets and Group Head Equities from 2008 and President of the TSX Venture Exchange from 2007 until 2008. Mr. Cowan’s positions within the TMX Group included strategy and business development for the TSX Venture Exchange as well as responsibility for domestic and international growth of the TSX Venture Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange.
He has extensive experience in regulatory and policy matters, having been a key participant in numerous and ongoing regulatory and policy developments as capital markets and the securities industry underwent significant transformation over the last two decades. Prior to joining the TMX Group, Kevan was a partner at Smith Lyons LLP (now part of Gowling WLG), where he practiced corporate securities law. During that time, he led and executed a wide range of securities and corporate law transactions and served as corporate counsel to private and public corporations.
Mr. Cowan has served on many boards and in advisory roles, including the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (Past Chair of the Board), IIROC (director), the Calgary Economic Development Investment Advisory Committee, TMX Group affiliates, and the OSC Small Business Advisory Committee.