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Assistant Vice President, Total Rewards, Canadian Western Bank (CWB)


Canadian Western Bank (CWB) provides expert advice and specialized financial services for business banking, personal banking, and wealth management.  Since 1984, they have grown from a single branch operating in Edmonton, Alberta to a western-based, federally regulated financial institution with a national presence.

Their relationship-based approach means that their people know their clients, the industries, and they ask the right questions to provide the right financial solutions. Through their network of branches, offices, and mobile relationship teams in more than 50 communities across Canada, they are helping their clients grow their businesses, manage their money and realize their financial potential.

Canadian Western Bank strives to build value for their people, their clients and their investors. They do this by holding true to the values that guide them. CWB puts people first and builds relationships with intention. They seek out and embrace new ideas, knowing that better is always possible. They know that how they do things is as important as what is done. And they harness the power of inclusion.

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Job Title:Assistant Vice President, Total Rewards
Reports to:Senior Assistant Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Operations
Direct Reports:3; Senior Manager, Total Rewards x 3
Indirect Reports:1; Compensation Specialist/Advisor
Location:Edmonton, AB (Head Office); position is open to other Canadian locations



The Assistant Vice President, Total Rewards reporting to the Senior Assistant Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Operations will be accountable to provide total rewards expertise for large business transformation initiatives, including compensation consultation support.

Among these responsibilities will be advising and coaching senior leaders and managers on compensation plans and incentive plan design, manage market data analysis, manage premium requests, support organization structure analysis, lead Total Reward projects and initiatives, and support other Human Resources projects contributing to the overall total rewards strategy.


Key Accountabilities


  • Direct leadership of up to three Senior Managers, Total Rewards professionals, indirect leadership of one Compensation Specialist, and management and oversight of various external compensation consultants or contract resources as applicable;
  • Inspire trust by being open, honest, and direct in communication, meeting commitments, and behaving ethically in all dealings;
  • Treat all stakeholders with professionalism, dignity, and respect and support an environment where people can contribute and excel;
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills that contribute to working effectively in a diverse working environment;
  • Accept responsibility and accountability for actions and results;
  • Make decisions guided by common sense and sound business judgment;
  • Prepare and regularly review annual goals and career development plan with the Senior AVP, Total Rewards & HR Operations, and other HR senior leaders;
  • Actively work to support the achievement of the strategic goals of the CWB Group through strong people management processes; and
  • Oversee and manage Total Rewards budget and provide input into annual fiscal budget projections/requirements.


Compensation Programs:

  • Ensure compensation programs, HR processes, and metrics are aligned with the strategic goals of the organization, providing a structure that supports the current business needs, analyzing affordability of existing/proposed programs, and anticipates and addresses the challenges and opportunities of the future;
  • Proactively develops strong relationships with key business partners and drives a culture of responsiveness and service related to total reward programs and practices;
  • Present concepts and strategies to Senior Leaders, Executive team, and Board of Directors, as applicable;
  • Provide expert advice on all aspects of compensation programs, policies, and initiatives, including sales incentive programs, short-term incentives, long-term incentives, and accountable for the development and implementation of innovative and effective compensation and total reward programs, policies, and practices that drive the attraction and retention of key talent and support CWB’s strategic direction and organizational values;
  • Lead the Total Rewards team to ensure expert advice on sales incentive program design, executive compensation, and organizational design is provided to senior business leaders and Executives;
  • Ensure CWB’s compensation and HR processes meet all pay equity and pay transparency-related legislation and compliance requirements, including OSFI, federal and provincial standards as appropriate;
  • Manage the monitoring and reporting of the effectiveness of compensation and total reward programs to measure the impact on individual and organizational performance and engagement. Oversee market research analysis and review industry best practices to design a competitive total rewards system that enables the business to attract, reward, and retain top talent and that meets governance best practices;
  • Ensure timely completion of all annual salary surveys, benchmark CWB compensation programs, update salary grids/ranges on a bi-annual basis, and manage the annual base salary review and STIP payout review process;
  • Manage and ensure governance of incentive programs for CWB Financial Group participants;
  • Coach business leaders related to the effective management of employee compensation initiatives/strategies and support creative ways to attract and retain key talent;
  • Accountable for all total reward-related submissions to the Board of Directors including quarterly reporting requirements and annual proxy circular; and
  • Support acquisition, integration, and divestiture activity as required.


Job Evaluation:

  • Accountable to oversee the job evaluation processes for all CWB non-executive positions, including timely evaluations and robust governance practices;
  • Ensure the Total Rewards team collaborates with business leaders and other HR team members in the development of job descriptions and ensure new and existing roles are evaluated and compensated in a systematic and consistent manner; and
  • Provide advice and counsel to HR Business Partners and senior leaders, as applicable, related to organizational design considerations.



  • Join a well-respected human resource team that has the resources and capacity to design and implement new processes and the opportunity to build and strengthen current processes;
  • A collaborative and people-focused executive team that is focused on innovation and new thinking in a growth-focused and dynamic business;
  • Opportunity to steward the growth of the Total Rewards department;
  • CWB is a growing progressive company interested in personal and professional growth; and
  • Winners of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture 2020 & recognized as one of 50 Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Places to Work.



Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Inspire trust, build cohesive and collaborative relationships with other business leaders in the organization and cohesion across teams;
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of CWB’s human resources system, policies, and procedures;
  • Lead the Total Rewards team in the design development and implementation of various sales incentive programs across the business;
  • Ensure CWB’s compensation and HR processes meet all pay equity and pay transparency-related legislation and compliance requirements, including OSFI, federal and provincial standards as appropriate;
  • Contribute to the redesign of CWB’s benefits program;
  • Manage the monitoring and reporting of the effectiveness of compensation and total reward programs to measure the impact on individual and organizational performance and engagement as the business grows;
  • Oversee compensation harmonization initiatives across multiple lines of businesses; and
  • Oversee market research analysis and review industry best practices to design a competitive total rewards system that enables the business to attract, reward, and retain top talent and that meets governance best practices.



The successful candidate will have the following:


  • University Degree specializing in Human Resources or equivalent experience;
  • A CCP/GRP/ACCP/MCCP certification is an asset; and
  • CPHR designation is preferred.


  • Minimum 10 – 15 years of total rewards experience, including direct leadership experience in a Total Rewards function;
  • Previous experience as an HR practitioner (generalist or specialist) is preferred;
  • Experience leading multiple projects, including planning, budgets, concept development and implementation;
  • Experience in people practice measurement;
  • Knowledge of industry total rewards best practices and trends;
  • Specific expertise in knowledge of sales incentive plan design, base salary and short-term variable compensation design, salary survey administration, executive compensation, long-term incentive program management and job evaluation expertise;
  • Working knowledge of total rewards legislation within both federal and provincial jurisdictions, human capital management systems, and organizational design principles;
  • Working knowledge of Workday HCM system would be preferred;
  • Pay equity and pay transparency knowledge and experience; and
  • Experience working in a corporate environment, and financial services experience would be an asset.


Competencies and Attributes

  • Accountability: Identifies implications and works to minimize any negative effects by developing contingencies or alternatives when commitments cannot be met and involve and/or alerts those affected. Uses resources (intellectual, material, time, technological) in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Agility: Responds in an open and receptive manner to changes in the work environment or work demands. Adjusts methods and approaches to effectively carry out tasks in situations of ambiguity and uncertainty. Adjusts style to respond appropriately to different and changing circumstances. Responds appropriately to different personal styles to provide positive and constructive input. Embraces change and demonstrates a willingness to learn new technology and processes.
  • Collaboration: Shares ideas freely and openly. Receives input from others. Recognizes when compromise is necessary while working towards consensus with a focus on outcomes which reflect the collective need.
  • Communication: Determines what information is to be communicated, when and to whom. Organizes a response based on an awareness of the content and intended audience. Shares information seeks feedback from others, and provides appropriate follow-up to ensure understanding of both the message and its intent. Expresses ideas respectfully and shares information in a clear and concise manner using the appropriate mode of communication.
  • Problem Solving and Analysis: Identifies issues and underlying components of the situation. Considers alternative solutions by weighing the potential risks and impact against the desired outcome. Recommends or implements, as necessary, the best solution(s) for resolving the problem. Requires strong analytical skills, with the ability to analyze detail and data, identify trends, set targets, and measure success. Must have a curiosity to dig deeper to look for what else matters and what we can do differently.
  • Relationship Builder: Requires consultative and collaborative work style, with strong interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills with the ability to build effective relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization. Encourages continual engagement across the team and within the organization to build collaborative partnerships across functions.
  • Results Focus: Demonstrates an ability to focus time and effort on day-to-day goals and objectives. Work towards agreed-upon goals and objectives in a timely manner. Sets priorities to constructively address the specific needs of stakeholders and ensure timely delivery. Stays focused and balances changing or competing priorities and responsibilities
  • Service Focus: Works effectively and cooperatively with all stakeholders to foster ongoing mutual respect and trust. Demonstrates an attitude of interest and care and approaches each situation with a positive outlook. Anticipates and responds to the needs and concerns of others.
  • Strong Stakeholder Management Skills: Requires effective communication skills with the ability to influence senior management and balance the needs of the business with the needs of the enterprise. Must demonstrate a high degree of professionalism and integrity.
  • Technically Savvy: Experience with HRIS platforms and can develop innovative solutions across all digital platforms while remaining at the forefront of emerging industry trends.
  • Time Management: Efficiently manages time and prioritization of multiple high-priority projects; thinks strategically and is focused on delivering qualitative results while being flexible and agile.



CWB is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse team benefits and enriches our work, our community, and is essential to operational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at the time of application. In accordance with provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Optimum Talent and CWB throughout the recruitment, selection, and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AEEE-221115 Assistant Vice President, Total Rewards, Canadian Western Bank (CWB) - AB - Edmonton and AreaCanada Wide (OTIAPPLY)

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