Our People

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

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Pete Pigott, CPA, CA – President and CEO
416-366-3007 ext. 5106 ppigott@feicanada.org 

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Pete’s mandate is focused on expanding FEI Canada’s national presence and enhancing the value that the association provides to Canada’s senior financial executives.

Pete leads a team that is focused on meeting the increasingly complex needs of its members through research, guidance and thought leadership on a broad range of matters which currently impact financial executives, or, will likely impact them in the future.

Jason Taylor CPA, CA – Director, Financial Operations
16-366-3007 ext. 5115 jtaylor@feicanada.org 

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

Jason is also a member of various FEI Canada committees including
Jason works hand in hand 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 and Education
416-366-3007 ext. 5111 lpacheco@feicanada.org

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

Laura is also a member of a variety of FEI Canada committees, including the CFERF Advisory Council and the Programming and 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, Business Development and Sales
416-366-3007 ext. 5108 silkiw@feicanada.org

As Director, Sales, Stephen oversees sponsorship opportunities at all FEI Canada events including the annual conference, breakfast seminars, Leadership Beyond Finance Program and Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award. Steve also sits on the Steering Committee for Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award.

Wendy Siegel – Director, Membership

416-366-3007 ext. 5120 wsiegel@feicanada.org 

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

Elvira Rago – Membership Associate

416-366-3007 ext. 5103 erago@feicanada.org

As FEI Canada’s Membership associate, Elvira is responsible for communicating and managing the members’ services programs, promoting membership benefits and marketing initiatives, while maintaining our growing database.

Felipe Cerqueira – Events Manager
416-366-3007 ext. 5123 felipe@feicanada.org


As Events Manager, 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 logistics of the national breakfast seminars, FEI Canada Young Luminaries program and webinars.

Pat Todd – Office Manager

416-366-3007 ext. 5113 ptodd@feicanada.org

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

Thomas Rigg - Communications, Research and Education Coordinator

416-366-3007 ext. 5105 trigg@feicanada.org 

As Communications, Research and Education Coordinator, Thomas is responsible for all media relations and communications at the national office. Thomas produces monthly newsletters including the Xpress and the Finance and Accounting Review. He is also the lead editor on research studies, and supports our members in their research and advocacy activities, including the Policy Forum thought leadership committees. Thomas also supports the annual conference and serves on the Steering Committee for Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award.

Babar Ayyaz, ASA, ACIA – Data Analyst

416-366-3007 ext. 5114 bayyaz@feicanada.org

As the Data Analyst, Babar utilizes his background in mathematics, finance and statistics and works closely with all team members to help 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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