Who We Are

Meet the Management Team

Our Management Team is comprised of highly experienced executives, offering decades of financial and mortgage leadership amongst them.

Chadwick Westlake

Chadwick Westlake

Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer

Chadwick Westlake serves as the Bank's Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, leading all core finance functions, as well as the Bank's Treasury and securitization activities, Corporate Development, and Legal. He joined Equitable in 2020 following more than 18 years at Scotiabank in progressively senior roles, including Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Banking, and most recently Executive Vice-President of Enterprise Productivity and Canadian Banking Finance where he set the strategy and implementation of enterprise-wide productivity improvement. Leading with a true challenger mindset, Chadwick's experience driving revenue growth, reducing costs, and leading innovative and sustainable change are invaluable assets to this organization as it sets it sights on continued growth.

Jody Sperling

Jody Sperling

Senior Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jody began her career as a recruiter and has since accrued 20+ years of experience as an HR professional. Jody's extensive career includes several years in financial services. Most recently she was Manager of Human Resources at SunOpta Food Distribution Group. At the beginning of 2006, Jody joined Equitable where she currently heads the HR department as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Jody attended the University of Western Ontario.

Ron Tratch

Ron Tratch

Senior Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer

Ron Tratch currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Equitable Bank. Prior to the transition, he was Vice President Commercial Credit since 2011. Previously Ron held the position of Senior Vice President at GE Capital Canada and was a partner in a Private Equity firm. Throughout his 20 year career, Ron has focused on operations and business development in various areas including real estate, corporate and project finance, as well as leveraged acquisitions, proactive risk management and financial restructuring. Ron holds a BComm from the University of Calgary and is a CPA, CMA.

Darren Lorimer

Darren Lorimer

Senior Vice-President and Group Head, Commercial Banking

Mr. Lorimer joined Equitable Bank in 2015 as the Vice-President, Commercial Lending. Darren became part of the Equitable team following a 21-year tenure at TD Bank. During his time at TD, Darren held various roles, the most recent of which was Vice-President, Financial Restructuring Group. Darren brings a wealth of industry experience, having worked in business development, national accounts, and commercial risk management. Darren has his CFA designation, an HBA from Laurier, and attended the Ivey Executive Program at Western.

Dan Dickinson

Dan Dickinson

Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer

Dan is Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer at Equitable Bank in Toronto, Canada’s ninth-largest independent bank. He is responsible for all technology strategy, delivery, and related operations at Equitable.

Dan joined Equitable in 2013 as VP Digital Banking and launched EQ Bank, a digital-only bank, in January 2016. In January 2017 Dan took over technology for all aspects of Equitable Bank, and in 2018 also assumed responsibility for project delivery.

Prior to joining Equitable, Dan was Managing Director, Online & Mobile Banking at BMO Bank of Montreal, responsible for channels serving two million active customers. Throughout his 20+ years of banking and software experience, he has focused on the role technology plays in serving the customer, the employee, and the bank.

Dan received a BComm and an MBA from Dalhousie University. He grew up on a farm in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Mahima Poddar

Mahima Poddar

Senior Vice-President and Group Head, Personal Banking

As the Senior Vice-President & Group Head of Personal Banking at Equitable Bank, Mahima leads EQ Bank, Canada's leading digital bank, the Single-Family mortgage businesses, the decumulation lines of business in Reverse Mortgages and CSV Lending, Marketing, and the distribution of deposit products through the Financial Planning channel. Mahima joined Equitable in 2016 to lead the Corporate Development team, grew her mandate to include digital banking and marketing in 2019, and eventually to lead the Personal Banking division in 2020. Under her leadership, Equitable has acquired both Bennington Financial and the Maple Bank portfolio and introduced the decumulation lines of business; while EQ Bank surpassed $4 billion in total deposits, and successfully introduced a suite of new products and features.

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