September 14, 2021 -

Equitable Life of Canada today announced leadership changes, as long tenured members of the executive team, Karen Mason, SVP Individual and Paul English, SVP Investments, have announced their intent to retire at the end of the year.

Donna Carbell will join Equitable Life in the role of Senior Vice President, Individual Insurance and Tara Proper will transition from her role as Vice President Capital Markets to Senior Vice President, Investments, effective immediately.   

“Ms. Carbell and Ms. Proper bring a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to a strong leadership team that is committed to leading a mutual company and providing superior products, service and support to policyholders, clients, employees and distribution partners,” said Fabien Jeudy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Equitable Life of Canada.  “We thank Ms. Mason and Mr. English for their significant impacts on delivering growth during their tenure.  We are leading industry growth year over year and are well positioned for further accelerated growth.”

Individual Insurance

Donna Carbell joins the executive leadership team as Senior Vice President, Individual Insurance, overseeing product development, distribution, marketing and client service for the line of business. Ms. Carbell’s more than 20 years' experience brings a wealth of cross functional industry knowledge to the executive team.  During her tenure at Manulife, Ms. Carbell was Head of Group Benefits, Customer Experience and had senior roles in Investments and Securities, Insurance, and Retirement.

Investments and Asset Management

Tara Proper has been appointed Senior Vice President, Investment, and will be responsible for leading the Equitable Asset Management Group, which manages the company’s overall investment portfolio and segregated funds. Ms. Proper has built her 24-year career at Equitable Life and brings valuable investment knowledge that has contributed to Equitable Life’s growth.  Over her tenure, Ms. Proper has served as Vice President Capital Markets, and other progressive roles within the Asset Management Group.   


About Equitable Life of Canada

Canadians have turned to Equitable Life since 1920 to protect what matters most. We work with independent advisors across Canada to offer individual insurance, savings & retirement, and group benefits solutions to meet your needs.

Equitable Life is not your typical financial services company. We have the knowledge, experience and ability to find solutions that work for you. We’re friendly, caring and interested in helping. As a mutual company, we are not driven by shareholder pressures for quarterly results. This allows us to focus on management strategies that foster prudent long-term growth, continuity and stability. We are dedicated to meeting our commitments to clients – now and in the future.


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