Executive Management

Mark Blucher

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mark Blucher joined as Central 1’s President and CEO in January 2018.

Mark has had a successful career spanning more than 30 years in executive leadership roles including extensive experience in financial services across three countries. Prior to joining Central 1, Mark spent five years as the President and CEO of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, the second largest Insurance company in Canada. Prior to that, he spent 12 years in a number of executive positions at the Suncorp Group, a diversified Top 20 ASX listed financial services conglomerate in Australia.

In addition to his professional roles, Mark holds volunteer positions with a number of community organizations, including Vice Chair of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Chair of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and Governor of the Business Council of B.C.

Mark is an Associate of FINSIA and a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD.

Richard Beed

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

In April 2014, Richard Beed joined Central 1 as Senior-Vice President, Human Resources.

Richard brings more than 21 years of HR executive experience to his role, gained with major organizations, including Fujitsu and Nortel Networks. Prior to joining Central 1, Richard was Human Resources VP for Talent Solutions at Telus, where his portfolio included the employer brand and the employee lifecycle from recruitment through to succession planning. His accountabilities also included Telus’s diversity and inclusiveness mandates.

Prior HR leadership roles at Nortel Networks afforded Richard the opportunity to gain diverse experience living and working in the U.K., U.S. and now Canada. His leadership style is best described as open-minded, collaborative, engaging and empowering.

Richard holds a master’s degree in Personnel Management and an Applied Science degree from Kingston University in the U.K.

Dan Blue

Chief Financial Officer

The Board of Directors appointed Dan Blue to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on August 29, 2014. Blue had been interim CFO since June 9 following the departure of previous CFO and Senior Vice President Strategy, Helen Blackburn. He also served as interim CFO from August 2013 to January 2014 while Blackburn was in the role of interim President & CEO.

Dan joined Central 1 in 1999 as Assistant Controller. He then moved to AVP, Controller, and VP, Financial Reporting before assuming VP, Finance in 2012, with responsibilities for the long-term direction of Central 1’s Finance function, including ensuring that policies, systems, processes and staffing align with our organization’s corporate objectives.

Prior to joining Central 1, Dan was an audit manager with Grant Thornton LLP and managed audit engagements for a wide range of clients, including both public companies and financial institutions.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Dan is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Brent Clode

Chief Investment Officer

Brent joined Central 1 in July 2015, bringing 19 years of professional experience in banking and insurance. He is responsible for managing Central 1’s investment portfolio and liquidity functions, as well as overseeing Treasury and Funding, capital markets, commercial lending and system securitization.

Prior to joining Central 1, Brent spent the past seven years at Manulife Financial, most recently as Vice President of Treasury Risk Management, Funding & Liquidity Operations. He also spent 12 years at CIBC, serving in such roles as Executive Director, Treasury, Balance Sheet & Risk Management group; Director of US Finance for CIBC World Markets; and Director of the Treasury & Risk Management Finance division.

Brent holds an MBA in Finance from McMaster University and Bachelor of Arts in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

David Finnie

Chief Risk Officer

David Finnie joined Central 1 as Chief Risk Officer (CRO) in September 2014. He acts as the management resource on the Board’s Risk Review and Investment and Loan Committee and is responsible for overseeing Central 1’s integrated risk management framework and the implementation of risk management procedures.

David is a recognized risk management expert with more than 20 years of industry experience leading large multinational organizations and Fortune 500 companies. 

Prior to joining Central 1, David was Managing Director for the Global Risk Institute, where he was responsible for the organization’s mandate to advance risk education and professional development for practitioners, executives and Boards of Directors. He has also held several senior-level roles with financial institutions such as BMO Financial Group in Toronto and American Express in New York.

David has an MBA, with a specialization in Finance & Financial Accounting, from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He also has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

Marilyn Loewen Mauritz

Chief Transformation & Legal Officer

Marilyn joined Central 1’s executive team as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary in March 2015, and has also served as Interim President & CEO from July 2017 to January 2018.

She has over 20 years of experience in domestic and international corporate/commercial law in a diverse range of industries, including forestry, chemical and oil and gas. Prior to joining Central 1, Marilyn held the role of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Interfor Corporation, one of the largest lumber producers in North America.

Marilyn obtained her LL.B from the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University. An active member of the community, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of BC College of Registered Nurses, International Women’s Forum – BC Chapter and Vancouver Opera.