Curtis Stange was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of ATB Financial on June 30, 2018. With courage, disciplined thought and precise action, he leads a team of 5,000 team members who are dedicated to ATB’s purpose—to make it possible for 800,000 clients and business owners.
With more than 35 years of experience in financial services, Curtis has led teams across diverse geographic markets and through various economic cycles. He has touched every major province in Canada—always with an inquisitive nature and a desire to get to know the people and places around him. Under his tenure, ATB Financial has grown to become the 8th largest financial institution in the country by assets, providing expert advice and capital to businesses to grow and prosper, with strong expertise and market share in energy, agriculture, and real estate. Curtis has helped to shape ATB’s client-focused culture—to become a financial partner that’s proactive, collaborative, excited to share expertise and explore new ways to bring possibilities to life. Through this dedication, ATB is consistently named as one of the best workplaces in Canada and one of the top financial institutions in the country when it comes to differentiating on client experience through its people.
Before becoming CEO, Curtis held a number of senior leadership roles at ATB Financial, as well as at one of Canada’s big five banks. He successfully led large-scale retail, wealth management and commercial banking throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, headed up a complex and massive conversion of a core banking system, created a new line of business focused on entrepreneurs and served as a Chief Client Officer. If there's one thing that his career has taught him, it's that people are at the heart of everything. Curtis is highly respected for his banking expertise, but more importantly, he is known as a great listener, communicator, and committed advocate for team members and clients.
Curtis is a Stanford alumnus and member of the Alberta Business Council, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Western Executive Council and the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Finance Action Council. He also chairs ATB Capital Markets and ATB Investor Services boards, serves on the Edmonton International Airport and Visa Canada advisory boards and co-chairs the STARS Air Ambulance board. As a strong advocate for mental health, Curtis is a driving force behind reducing stigma, building peer support and creating psychologically safe and healthy workplaces. He believes deeply in raising the collective well-being of society both to strengthen our social fabric as well as improve our economic future.