Helen Polatajko

Technology Executive and Board Director

Helen has over 35 years of extensive experience in the technology services field, most recently responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of CIBC Mellon’s information technology function, as a member of the company’s executive committee. Prior to joining CIBC Mellon in 1998 as chief information officer, she was CIO at Mellon Financial’s Mortgage subsidiary in Houston, Texas.
She was featured on the cover of CIO Canada for an article titled “Fusing Business and Technology, served on the judging panel of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) for 5 years, as well as on the Canadian Advisory Board, of the CIO Executive Council. She currently is serving on the Advisory Committee of the Conference Board of Canada, Council of CIOs. Since 2008, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and since 2011, on the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Board of Directors, as Vice-Chair.

Helen has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Computing, acknowledging her achievements and contributions to information services and technology, and was the Executive Sponsor of WIN (Women’s Initiative Network) at CIBC Mellon.

She received her education from The University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, attaining a Bachelor in Science in Mathematics and Psychology degree, and graduated from The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. Helen also holds the certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.