Mr Ray Williams


Managing Director & Vice Chairman - Financial Markets, National Bank Financial

Mr. Williams is committed to community engagement, in particular in the area of diversity and inclusion efforts. He serves on leadership boards for various community and charitable organisations.

He is an outspoken champion of workplace diversity and is a Past & Founding President (2000) and continuing member of The Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) the pre-eminent professional trade organization for minorities in the financial services industry.

A firm believer in inspiring change within his community, Mr. Williams volunteers in various capacities as a mentor.

He is an avid cook having received his Culinary Certification from Toronto’s George Brown College Continuing Education programme in 2011.

Mr. Williams also completed and obtained his ICD.D designation (Institute of Corporate Directors certification) from the Institute of Corporate Directors in conjunction with The Rotman School of Management in March 2012.

He currently holds the position of Managing Director & Vice Chairman - Financial Markets (2019-), National Bank Financial.

He is also currently a:
Member Board of Directors, George Brown College Foundation (2021-);

Chair & Co-Founder, Black Opportunity Fund (2020-);
Executive in Residence, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (2021-);
Board Member, 100 Strong Foundation (2012-);
A Member of the Board of Directors of Voxtur Analytics (VXTR) (2021-);
A Member of the Board of Credigy – A fully owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada (2020-);

Formerly: Managing Director, Risk Management Solutions Group, Government & Institutional (2010-2018), Head & Managing Director, Institutional Derivatives Flow Sales (2008-2010), Managing Director (2004-2008),  National Bank Financial; Institutional Sale, CBID now Perimeter (2004-2005); VP, Institutional Sales, MGI Securities (2003-2004); Principal, Global Markets Group - FX Institutional Cash & Derivatives Sales (1998-2002), Principal, Global Markets Group - Interest Rate Derivatives Marketing (1995-1998), Bank of America.

Formerly:  Member of the Board, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (2007- 2013); Member of the Pension Investment Management Council - United Way (2006 -2011); Member of the Pension Investment Management Council – CPA Canada (2017 -2021).

A Member of the Board of Directors, The Canadian Ditchley Foundation.