About Ted

Ted Cadsby, MBA, CFA, ICD.D, is a corporate director, consultant to organizations, bestselling author and researcher, writer and speaker on tackling complex problems, and the human condition.

As the former executive vice president of Retail Distribution at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, he led 18,000 employees in banking and wealth management services. He also served as President and CEO of CIBC Securities Inc., Chairman of CIBC Trust Corp., and Chairman of CIBC Private Investment Counsel Inc., overseeing Canadian and international offices.

Ted has served as a corporate director on a number of boards, including Meridian Credit Union, ResMor Trust Company, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH), The Mutual Fund Dealer’s Association of Canada, The Investment Funds Institute of Canada, Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation, and has been a member of and chaired a variety of board committees. He is a Business Advisor to the Ted Rogers School of Management Leadership Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he is also the co-lead of its executive leadership program, Effective Leadership in Complex Times.

In addition to his two bestselling books on investing, Ted is the author of Closing the Mind Gap: Making Smarter Decisions in a Hyper-Complex World, and Hard to Be Human: Overcoming Our 5 Cognitive Design Flaws. He has written numerous articles for various publications, including The Globe and Mail and Harvard Business Review. Ted advises, teaches, and speaks on decision-making, leadership, and group effectiveness and has been extensively interviewed by the national media, including CBC’s The National and CTV National News.

Ted graduated as the medallist in philosophy from Queen’s University, completed his MBA at the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Sample of TV Interviews on Complexity

A sample of television interviews where Ted discusses the challenge of modern-day complexity and how to tackle it.

Clip of Leadership Conference Interview

A snapshot of a longer interview in which the moderator asks Ted to give an example from his professional career of applying the concepts of complexity to real life.

Sample of TV Interviews on Investing

A sample of television interviews where Ted is asked about the secret to successful investing and how to avoid common investing mistakes.

“Ted Cadsby has done us all a favour with this lucid tour of thinking through complexity.”

Roger Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

“Your keynote was identified in evaluations as one of the top 3 highlights of our conference, with comments such as ‘very inspiring’ and ‘perfect opener’.”

Robert P. Taylor, PhD, CEO of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada

“Brimming with insight, professionals in all fields will find Cadsby’s book highly valuable.”

Phil Rosenzweig, PhD, Professor of strategy and international management, IMD

“Cadsby’s ideas are vital … Read them and prosper.”

Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute

“Cadsby expertly outlines why humans possess instinctive responses and provides actionable tips..his presentation is creative and informative.”

Kirkus Book Reviews

“This wide-ranging book distills the latest research in complexity theory and cognitive science to think and act more effectively.” 

David Orrell, PhD, mathematician and best-selling author

“Loved Cadsby’s Closing the Mind Gap…must-read for anyone wanting to tackle complexity!”

Amanda Lang, Anchor of BNN Bloomberg

“Ted brought together insights in a compelling presentation that provided practical steps leaders can take.”

John Brewer, Director, The Conference Board of Canada

“A courageous synthesis of psychology, complexity and systems theory. Cadsby provides practical implications for improving decision-making.”

Gary Klein, PhD, Senior Scientist MacroCognition LLC

“William James said we are only half awake. Ted Cadsby shows there is a lot of scientific truth wrapped inside that metaphorical truth.”

Philip Tetlock, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Wharton School of Business

“A very sophisticated and extremely valuable read.”

Gordon Pape, best-selling author and investment commentator

“A must read for Canadians who are serious about investing.”

Moshe Milevsky, PhD, Professor of Finance, Schulich School of Business

“Ted’s case would make any fair judge rule: ‘Case closed.’ Readers who follow his advice will be duly enriched.”

John Bogle, Founder and Former Chairman of The Vanguard Group

“Ted Cadsby has provided a valuable addition to investment finance. This book can immediately be put into action.”

Eric Kirzner, PhD, Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management

“Ted’s speech provided very illuminating insight into cutting-edge research, as evidenced by the extended Q&A.”

Chris MacDonald, PhD, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University

“Cadsby draws masterfully on a wide range of scientific findings. His book is a remarkable wake-up call. We owe him thanks.”

Robin Hogarth, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra