Holly Benson, a Chartered Accountant, was formerly the Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer for Peters & Co. Limited, and a member of its Board of Directors, until January 1, 2021, and continues to act in an advisory capacity with the firm. In her former role, she managed the Treasury and Operations department, having overall responsibility for the accounting, treasury and operations functions of the firm. This included financial reporting and tax, securities settlements and cage functions, as well as human resources. Ms. Benson was also Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of the firm’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Peters & Co. Equities Inc., a broker-dealer registered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ms. Benson graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and went on to complete her Chartered Accountants designation with Ernst & Young. During her time with Ernst & Young, Ms. Benson worked in the Corporate Audit group, specializing in the audits and reviews of oil & gas companies.
In June of 1995, Ms. Benson joined Peters & Co. as their Controller, and was appointed Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer in October of 1999. Ms. Benson has been involved in various industry committees, working groups and councils over the years. She has been a member of the Financial and Operations Advisory Section (FOAS) of IIROC and the FOAS Executive, including a term as its Chair. She also served on both the FOAS Capital Formula Subcommittee and the FOAS Operations Subcommittee and the Conduct, Compliance and Legal Advisory Section Committee of IIROC. Ms. Benson previously served as a member of the Alberta District Council of IIROC for over 10 years, including terms as Vice Chair and Chair. She is a member of IIROC’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.