About Ted

Author Ted CadsbyTed Cadsby, MBA, CFA, ICD.D, is a corporate director, consultant to organizations, best-selling 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 and The Investment Funds Institute of Canada, 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 Ryerson 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 the forthcoming Hard To Be Human: Overcoming Our 5 Cognitive Design Flaws (October 12, 2021). 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 to avoid common investing mistakes.


More of Ted’s interviews and speeches

Don Tapscott endorsement
“Cadsby’s ideas are vital … Read them and prosper. “
Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute
Roger Martin endorsement
“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
Robert P. Taylor endorsement
“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
Amanda Lang endorsement
“Loved Cadsby’s Closing the Mind Gap … must-read for anyone wanting to tackle complexity!”
Amanda Lang, Anchor of BNN Bloomberg
Phil Rosenzweig endorsement
“Brimming with insight, professionals in all fields will find Cadsby’s book highly valuable.”
Phil Rosenzweig PhD, Professor of strategy and international management, IMD
John Brewer endorsement
“Ted brought together insights in a compelling presentation that provided practical steps leaders can take.”
John Brewer, Director, The Conference Board of Canada
Chris MacDonald endorsement
“Ted’s speech provided very illuminating insight into cutting-edge research, as evidenced by the extended Q&A.”
Chris MacDonald PhD, Director of Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University