Barbara G. Stymiest – WOMAN of ACTION™


A Celebration of Women™


is excited to share this Birthday Tribute to an Amazing Canadian pioneer in women’s authority in the world of global finance,

that should inspire every Woman on this Planet to Achieve, Know Your Own Worth and Take Charge!





Barbara G. Stymiest


…born June 13, 1956

Ms. Stymiest obtained her degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business…..

and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.



By 1992, BARBARA had worked her way to

S.V.P. and C.E.O;

at the ripe old age of 36!




The History of the Toronto Stock Exchange






This businesswoman held the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer 

of Nesbit Burns Inc. from 1992 to 1999.

It was during this time that she was the first woman to be Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange.



…..A MAN’S WORLD,  created by 24 MEN…..


Most people equate stock exchanges with New York or London, but they usually omit North America’s third largest stock exchange. The Toronto Stock Exchange has the distinction of being Canada’s largest stock exchage, and the world’s sixth largest. While the Toronto Stock Exchange trades mainly with Canadian and US companies, there are some other countries listed. The Toronto Stock Exchange operates as a division of the Toronto Stock Exchange Group. Toronto Stock Exchange offices can be found in many major Canadian cities including Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg but the main headquarters are in Toronto. One would think that, like the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange would be abbreviated to TSE. Although this was used in the past to denote the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSE is the current abbreviation of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The history of the Toronto Stock Exchange is a bit obscure. It is thought that the Toronto Stock Exchange sprung from an alliance of Toronto businessmen in 1852. Sadly, no records remain of their business dealings.



The official Toronto Stock Exchange was created in 1861 by 24 men at Masonic Hall, making it one of the newer stock exchanges. Still, the Toronto Stock Exchange was, and is, a force to be reckoned with. It has continued to grow, in both size and the volume of shares traded, in spite of the brief closure of the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1914 as a result of World War I.


The Toronto Stock Exchange was made even stronger in 1934 when it merged with its main competitor, the Standard Stock and Mining Exchange.


The past few decades have seen even more advancements in the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Computer Assisted Trading System was introduced to the Toronto Stock Exchange in the 70’s and this made trading even easier.



Twenty years later, the Toronto Stock Exchange fully entered the electronic age by closing its trading floor. This makes the Toronto Stock Exchange the second largest North American stock exchange to favor a virtual trading approach.


…continuing in its cutting edge decisions,

the Toronto Stock Exchange appointed Barbara G. Stymiest as the first female head of any stock exchange in North America in 1999.

….now Headed by a Woman

….138 years later…..

The Toronto Stock Exchange is responsible for the trading of all senior equities in Canada.



Junior equities are handled by the Canadian Venture Exchange.

The Toronto Stock Exchange continues to grow in strength, reaching an all-time high in April 2006.



In 1999 she, Barbara G. Stymiest,

 became President of the Toronto Stock Exchange!

Barbara G. Stymiest, Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology



Campaign Cabinet Chair Barbara Stymiest, (second front left) celebrates completion of Everything Humanly Possible:

The Campaign for Toronto Rehab with donors Jack Geller (left), and Al Pace and Kristin Morch.
Kristin is a member of the Foundation Board and Campaign Cabinet.



BARBARA…..the Philanthropist. 

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute recently appointed Dr. Alex Mihailidis to the newly created Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology. Made possible by donors to Everything Humanly Possible: The Campaign for Toronto Rehab in honour of the Campaign Chair, Dr. Mihailidis is developing intelligent assistive technologies and environments to enhance and enable function in older adults so that they can remain in their homes longer.

 Learn more about Dr. Mihailidis


In 2000, she was on the Top 10 list of Canadian Businesswomen presented by the National Post.

Barbara in the New Millenium, is as busy as ever!  

This WOMAN of ACTION contributes more and more to many as Group Head, Strategy, Treasury & Corporate Services of RBC,  

Barbara Stymiest is responsible for directing corporate functions including enterprise strategy, corporate development, corporate treasury, law, compliance, brand and communications, government relations and internal audit.


Together, this team focuses on the efficient use of RBC’s balance sheet and related funding, and on the increasingly complex, inter-related regulatory, reputational and other external stakeholder issues that affect RBC’s performance, reputation and growth opportunities. As a member of RBC’s Group Executive, Ms. Stymiest is one of nine executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC.

Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Stymiest was Chief Executive Officer of TSX Group, where she was responsible for overseeing the operations and leading the long-term strategic development of both the senior capital market – Toronto Stock Exchange and the junior capital market – TSX Venture Exchange. Prior to joining TSX, Ms. Stymiest was Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Bank of Montreal’s investment banking division.

Ms. Stymiest currently serves as a Director of RBC Dexia Investor Services Limited.


Research in Motion Limited,

Symcor Inc.,


Royal Ontario Museum


and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research .

She has also served on a number of professional and charitable organizations including:

the CICA’s Accounting Oversight Committee,

United Way Campaign Cabinet,

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation


and Hincks-Dellcrest Children’s Centre.

Coat of Arms, showing strength of a Lion …. the name STYMIEST shows Destiny.



Knows What she is Worth: SALARIES 




Ranked 25th of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune, 2006.


Credit @ History of T.S.E.:

Barbara on Vimeo:

A Celebration of Women™

Celebrates the Life of this Amazing Powerhouse,

a Woman of Business Savvy, Charity, Integrity and Power!

Brava, Barbara!


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