Our People

FEI Canada is fortunate to be able to count on engaged volunteers and experienced, dedicated and creative staff.

Pete Pigott, CPA, CA – President and Chief Executive Officer

416-366-3007 ext. 5106

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As CEO, Pete’s mandate is focused on expanding FEI Canada’s presence and enhancing the value the association provides to the Canadian financial senior leadership. With over thirty years of financial leadership experience, Pete leads the team to meet the increasingly complex needs of its members, through research,

guidance and thought leadership on a broad range of current matters impacting the profession and shaping the careers of senior financial executives.

Jason Taylor, CPA, CA - Director, Financial Operations

416-366-3007 ext. 5115

Jason Taylor

Jason brings a diverse finance background to his role of Director, Financial Operations for FEI Canada.  He is responsible for the finance, corporate governance and IT functions of the organization. He is a member of various FEI Canada committees.  

Jason will work with the leadership team to drive the growth of the organization, ensuring that FEI Canada maintains its position as the prominent financial professionals group in Canada.

Laura Pacheco, MBA, CPA, CGA – Vice President, Research & Education

416-366-3007 ext. 5111

Laura acts as the Vice President, Research of FEI Canada. She manages FEI Canada’s research studies produced by the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation (CFERF), and strategic partnerships in driving and promoting thought leadership at FEI Canada.

She is involved in the following FEI Canada committees: CFERF Advisory Council, Programming & Sponsorship Committee.

Rita Plaskett – CMP, CMM – Director, Events

416-366-3007 ext. 5116


As Director of Events, Rita manages the Annual Conference, CFOY gala, CFO Leadership Beyond Finance and oversees the Events Manager and the programs within that role.  Rita works closely with all the committees involved in these events.

Stephen Ilkiw – Director, Sales

416-366-3007 ext. 5108

steve Ilkiwjpg As Director, Sales, Stephen oversees sponsorship opportunities at our annual conference, including breakfast seminars and exhibitors, and works with sponsors of Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award. He is currently on the Steering Committee for Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award.

Wendy Siegel – Director, Membership

416-366-3007 ext. 5120

As Director of Membership, Wendy will focus on attracting new members as well as the continued engagement and retention of FEI’s valued and current membership. With 20 years’ experience building cross-functional teams while working collaboratively to establish and maintain strategic partnerships, Wendy will contribute to FEI’s growth as it continues to establish itself as the leading association for senior finance executives across Canada.

Elvira Rago – Membership Associate

416-366-3007 ext. 5103

Elvira Rago has joined our national team as membership associate and is responsible for communicating and managing the members’ services programs, promoting membership benefits and marketing initiatives, while maintaining our database as FEI Canada continues to grow!

Felipe Cerqueira– Events Coordinator

416-366-3007 ext. 5123

As the Events Coordinator, Felipe works closely with the Director of Events on the Annual Conference, Canada’s CFO of the Year Award Gala and the logistics behind the CFO Leadership Beyond Finance program. Felipe also works closely with the VP, Research on the administration of the national breakfast seminars and webinars.

Pat Todd – Office Manager

416-366-3007 ext. 5113

As Office Manager, Pat provides accounting, reception, support for national event logistics, and support for Policy Forum, the Committee on Corporate Reporting, and CFERF.

Babar Ayyaz - ASA – Data Analyst

416-366-3007 ext. 5114

Utilizing his background in mathematics, finance and statistics while working closely with all team members, results to increase membership satisfaction and the overall FEI Canada experience.

FEI Canada Board contacts:

Jeff Shickele
Chair of Audit & Finance Committee

Tyrone Cotie
Chair of Governance Committee

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