Nora Aufreiter

Human Capital and Compensation Committee Chair


Nora Aufreiter is a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia, where she is human capital and compensation committee chair; The Kroger Company, where she sits on the financial policy and the public responsibilities committee; and Cadillac Fairview Property Trust, where she sits on the audit and compensation committees. She is also board chair for My Theresa Netherlands Holding Company which owns My, a Munich based digital luxury retailer. Nora previously served as a director of the Neiman Marcus Group (2014-2019) where she was chair of the digital and technology committee.

Nora also serves on several non-profit boards. She is vice chair of the board of directors of Unity Health Toronto, a network of 3 hospitals, where she also chairs the research and education committee. She is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Opera Company where Nora chairs the marketing committee and she is a member of the Dean’s advisory board for the Ivey Business School and their executive committee. Nora was a senior partner and director of McKinsey & Company where she worked for 27 years until she retired in June 2014. Nora was managing partner of the Toronto office of McKinsey’s Canadian practice from 2008 until 2012. She then led the Firm’s North American consumer digital practice until her retirement. Nora also previously led the North American retail practice, the North American branding and marketing organization service lines. She served on a number of the Firm’s global personnel committees to elect and evaluate partners. Throughout her career she worked extensively in Canada, the United States and internationally serving her clients in consumer-facing industries in retail, consumer, financial services, and energy.

Nora was the first woman partner and senior partner elected in Canada and among the first dozen women senior partners elected globally at McKinsey. In 2011, Nora was recognized as among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2018, she was awarded an honorary degree (LLM) from The University of Western Ontario.

Before joining McKinsey, Nora spent 3 years in financial services working in corporate finance and investment banking. She has an HBA in business administration from Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Nora lives in Toronto, Canada.