Gareth Nichols – Regional Director, Western Ontario
Gareth has over 25 years of international finance experience working in both public and private companies, including both high growth and corporate turnarounds. As well as his role as the Regional Director for Western Ontario, he serves as a part-time CFO for a number of growing companies in the region and volunteers as Vice Chair of the Impact Investments Due Diligence Committee for the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.
Gareth’s roles have involved a number of different sectors, including software, telecommunications infrastructure, financial services, mobile communications, food, capital equipment and long term contracts. He has worked for Marconi plc, Cadbury Schweppes plc, FKI plc and Research in Motion (Blackberry) and was recently the group CFO for a large private financial services group.
Gareth has led a number of margin improvement initiatives focused on procurement and operational efficiency and effectiveness throughout the product lifecycle and has worked with a number of companies to develop planning processes, management reporting and KPIs. As well as his operational expertise, he also has significant corporate governance experience having served as a director and corporate secretary, developed risk management processes, improved internal controls.
A Chartered Accountant, Gareth has a B.Eng in Production Engineering and Production Management from the University of Nottingham, England.