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24 | WINTER 2011
From the classroom to the boardroom, Jane Craighead
('80) has become one of Canada's most powerful women
By Raine Phythian
Jane Craighead graduated from Mount Allison with a
Bachelor of Commerce and held a job as a Chartered
Accountant (CA) just over 30 years ago. Today she is a
senior vice-president for a large multinational bank and
heralded as "one of Canada's most powerful women" by the
Women's Executive Network.
"It is a really good example of people following their passion
and ending up in places that you wouldn't have predicted,"
she says modestly.
As a Mount Allison student Craighead was president of
Bigelow House, VP Administrative for the SAC, and a stu-
dent representative on the University's Board of Regents.
She now appreciates the opportunity Mount Allison gave
her to work with some very prominent people at a young
age -- one being Canadian business icon Purdy Crawford
('52, Chancellor Emeritus), who she still works with occa-
sionally. "As a student you take for granted being on com-
mittees with such important people."
After graduation Craighead worked for a few years as a CA
and then completed a PhD in management at McGill
University. She became a successful academic, holding