Sandra Sharman

Corporate Director

Ms. Sharman is Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, People, Culture and Brand at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”).  Ms. Sharman leads the Human Resources, Communications, Marketing and Enterprise Real Estate teams at CIBC, supporting execution of business strategy, transforming to a purpose-driven bank and enabling a world-class culture.

Ms. Sharman and her team are responsible for developing and delivering the Global Human Capital Strategy designed to challenge conventional thinking, drive business solutions and shape the culture of the bank. Her key areas of accountabilities also include workplace transformation, compensation and benefits, employee relations, policy and governance, talent management, marketing, corporate real estate, including the bank’s new global headquarters, CIBC Square, and all aspects of internal and external communications and public affairs, including government relations and awards.

A proven business leader with over 30 years of human resources and financial services experience in both Canada and the U.S., Ms. Sharman has played a lead role in shaping an inclusive and collaborative culture at CIBC, focused on empowering and enabling employees to reach their full potential. 

Ms. Sharman assumed the leadership of Human Resources at CIBC in 2014 and added accountability for communications and public affairs in 2017.  Since 2017, her portfolio has expanded to encompass purpose, brand, marketing and most recently, corporate real estate. Ms. Sharman earned her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Dalhousie University.

At TransAlta, Ms. Sharman is a member of the Governance, Safety and Sustainability Committee and the Human Resources Committee.