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Management and Governance

Governing Legislation

We adhere to the guidelines and regulations concerning the management and governance of Crown corporations set by the Treasury Board Secretariat of the Government of Canada. We report to Parliament through the Minister of International Trade and are subject to audits by the Auditor General.
Our mandate is spelled out in the Export Development Act. Under the Financial Administration Act, we are required to submit an annual Corporate Plan, which sets our performance measures and objectives, an Annual Report, which reports on our performance against these objectives, and an operating budget.

Legislative Review

EDC is subject to a Legislative Review by the Government of Canada every 10 years to ensure that its mandate and the Export Development Act meet the evolving needs of Canada’s exporters and investors. The next review will be conducted at the latest by June 2018 with a requirement to report to Parliament by June 2019. Also, in March 2014, new regulations amending the Export Development Canada Exercise of Certain Powers Regulations came into force that define how EDC can deploy its capabilities in support of transactions in Canada. These regulations are to be the object of a review three years after their entry into force.

Board of Directors

EDC is governed by a Board of Directors whose representatives are primarily from the private sector. The Board's responsibility is to supervise the direction and management of EDC and oversee our strategic direction as outlined in our Corporate Plan. Board members are appointed by the Government of Canada, and report to Parliament through the Minister for International Trade.

Board Members

Kevin Warn-Schindel
Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Warn-Schindel was appointed Chairman of EDC’s Board of Directors in June, 2013. Mr. Warn-Schindel is currently a Managing Director at HarbourVest Partners, LLC, a global private investment firm, where he leads the Real Assets investment program. Prior to this, he served 10 years as the Group Head and Managing Director of the OPTrust Private Markets Group, an investment unit of OPTrust. An investment management executive with extensive experience in global capital markets, he has held senior positions with Macquarie Bank Limited, an Australian investment bank, and RBC Capital Markets, the wholesale investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada.

Jacques Boivin
Quebec City, Quebec

Mr. Boivin was appointed to EDC’s Board of Directors in March 2009 and reappointed for a second term in October 2012. A member of the KSA, attorneys S.E.N.C.R.L. law firm in Lévis, Quebec, Mr. Boivin specializes in mergers and acquisitions, sales and financing, as well as bankruptcy and insolvency. He has also served as an instructor at the École du Barreau du Québec and is a member of the Barreau du Québec, the Canadian Bar Association and INSOL International. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Boivin is an active member of his community and serves as an administrator and director on the boards of directors for the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec – Université Laval, the Fondation Sourdine and the Association des fondations d’établissement de santé du Québec.

Jeff Burghardt
Oakville, Ontario

Mr. Burghardt was first appointed to EDC's Board of Directors in June 2008. He was reappointed for a second term in February 2012. He has worked in the agricultural industry for more than 30 years, including 13 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Prince Rupert Grain Ltd. and as Chair of the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation. A leading advocate for his region, Mr. Burghardt has served as an industry adviser to both federal and provincial governments on issues such as transportation, economic development, investment, healthcare and labour relations.

Herbert M. Clarke
St. John's, Newfoundland

Mr. Clarke was appointed to EDC's Board of Directors in 2009, and reappointed for a second term in October 2012. He has substantial experience in areas of public policy and industry/government relationships particularly relating to shipbuilding, marine construction, fish and fish products, and energy. He has held senior executive positions in both the fishing and mining industries and has served as Deputy Minister for several Departments of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, including as Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet.  Mr. Clarke has been a member of the Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, founding Chairman of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council, Public Review Commissioner for the White Rose Development Application, and Co-Chair for the Joint Review Panel for the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project. Mr. Clarke is President of HMC Associates Ltd., a private consulting and investment firm.

Heather J. Culbert
Calgary, Alberta

Heather Culbert was appointed to EDC’s Board of Directors in April 2015. With over 27 years in the oil and gas sector, Ms. Culbert has held senior management positions at Enerplus Corporation, Cody Energy, Suncor and for clients of her own IT Management Consulting firm. As Senior VP of Corporate Services with Enerplus, she developed significant expertise in all aspects of the oil and gas business, including a specialization in merger and acquisition integration, strategic planning and corporate performance.  Ms. Culbert is currently serving as Board Chair for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), on the a Strategic Advisory Board for the Charbonneau Cancer Research Institute, as an advisor for United Way World Leadership Council and past Board Chair of the United Way Calgary.  Heather is a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Computer Technology, a graduate of Queens Executive Program and was recently awarded a SAIT Honorary Bachelor of Science Degree.  In 2013 she was the recipient of the Doc Seaman Generosity of Spirit Award as an individual philanthropist, in 2005 she was the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal for Community Service, and in 2003 she was recognized as SAIT’s Distinguished Alumna.

Lindsay Gordon
Vancouver, British Colombia

Lindsay Gordon was appointed to EDC's Board of Directors in April 2014. Mr. Gordon spent 25 years with HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, including President and CEO for nine years and prior to this, he spent 10 years in senior roles with EDC. Mr. Gordon currently serves on a variety of Boards including HSBC France, HSBC Bermuda, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. He is also Chancellor of the University of British, a member of on the Presidents Group of the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation of British Columbia, a member of the Long Term Policy Committee of the Business Council of British Columbia, and Governor and Co-Founder of the CHILD Foundation. Mr. Gordon was a past Director for the CD Howe Institute, and was a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. Mr. Gordon was the 2010 recipient of the B’nai Brith Award of Merit for Outstanding Canadians and a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds a BA and MBA from the University of British Columbia.

Vikram Khurana
Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Khurana was appointed to EDC’s Board of Directors in April 2013. He is the founder and CEO of Leading System Consultants Inc., and has interests in other Asia-centric businesses. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Khurana worked with Toronto Dominion Bank. He has served on the board of numerous multinational companies and non-profit organizations and is currently a board member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APFC), Canada Post Foundation, and Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management. He was also a member of the Canada India CEO Forum. Mr. Khurana is an Engineering graduate from India and holds a Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary's University in Halifax.

Elliot Lifson
Montreal, Quebec

Elliot Lifson was appointed to EDC’s Board of Directors in March 2012. Mr. Lifson is Vice-Chairman of Peerless Clothing Inc. He is President of the Canadian Apparel Federation, and in addition to his duties with the Federation, he is a member of the Board of the Apparel Manufacturing Institute of Quebec and Director of Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec. As well, Mr. Lifson is Past Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Board of Trade and he currently sits on the Board in an advisory capacity. Mr. Lifson is also the Division Chair for the apparel sector of the Ministère du Développement Économique, Innovation et Exportation. Mr. Lifson sits on the Board of many charitable institutions and currently serves as Professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and has received its distinguished teaching award. Mr. Lifson was recently nominated to the Quebec Government Committee, Export Québec and is a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is a graduate in Law from the Université de Montréal and a member of the Quebec Bar. He received his MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Robert S. McLeese
Toronto, Ontario

Mr. McLeese was appointed to EDC’s Board of Directors in April 2015. He is the Founder and President of Toronto-based Access Capital Corp., a financial advisory firm specializing in the independent power industry, where he provides strategic and financing advice to buyers and sellers of alternative energy projects. Mr. McLeese is also Chairman and President of ACI Energy, Inc. which owns and operates two waste coal fueled power plants in the United States.  He is a past Director of Rand Capital Corporation, Buffalo, a past Advisory Board member of Fengate Capital and a past Director, Treasurer and Past President of APPrO (the Association of Power Producers of Ontario).  He is also a past Director of Creststreet Power and Income Fund, co-developer of wind projects in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Alberta.  Mr. McLeese is the recipient of the 2011 Probyn Prize for innovation in sustainable energy finance and a Recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Jason T. Stefanson
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mr. Stefanson was appointed to EDC’s Board of Directors in May 2014. He is currently Vice Chairman and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets in Western Canada, where he advises public, private and government clients. Prior to that he has been a senior executive at Ensis Capital Corporation, a manager of venture capital funds; at Assante Corporation, a wealth management firm; and at Canterbury Park Capital, L.P. a Western Canadian private equity fund.
Mr. Stefanson practiced corporate and securities law at Pitblado & Hoskin in Winnipeg, and has served on a number of private company and charitable, community and political boards. Mr. Stefanson attended the University of Manitoba Faculty of Arts, and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jeffrey Steiner
Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Steiner was appointed to EDC's Board of Directors in December 2010 and was reappointed in June 2014.  He is the founder & CEO of New Franchise Media Inc., a film & television development company.  Previously, Mr. Steiner served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO), and three years as a board member of the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario. Mr. Steiner currently serves as Co-Chair of the Canada-UAE Business Council.  He is an actively involved in the angel investor community in Ontario and is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO/WPO) Ontario Chapter, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Institute of Corporate Directors having earned an ICD.D corporate governance designation. Mr. Steiner also serves on various advisory boards of Canadian mining and technology companies listed on the Toronto stock exchange.

Darlene Thibault
Laval, Quebec

Ms. Thibault was first appointed to EDC's Board of Directors in January 2010 and was reappointed for a second term in February 2013. A Director of Equipment Leasing in the Corporate Finance Division at the Bank of Montreal since June 2015, Ms. Thibault was recruited to help build and launch a new product offering to add to BMO’s range of commercial services.  Ms. Thibault was with the Bank of Nova Scotia from 2005 to 2015 her last role being a Regional Director and Group Lead in the Specialized Financial Services where she managed the leasing portfolios as well as the Immigrant Investor Program for Eastern Canada and Quebec. A graduate from McGill University in the Faculty of Arts, her 20-year career in the financial industry has included positions at HSBC Bank, the Bank of Montreal, Bombardier Capital Ltd., AT&T Capital Canada Inc., and Pitney Bowes Leasing. Ms. Thibault is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Official annual report of Board activities

Executive Management Team

In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, the Executive Management Team plans and executes the business strategy as outlined in the Corporate Plan.

Executive Management Team

Benoit Daignault, President and Chief Executive OfficerBenoit Daignault
President and Chief Executive Officer

Benoit Daignault joined EDC in 2004. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO in February of 2014, he served as Senior Vice-President, Financing and Investments after serving as Senior Vice-President, Business Development. Before joining EDC, Mr. Daignault spent more than 10 years with General Electric Capital, where he held increasingly senior positions in both Canada and the U.S. Mr. Daignault has a Baccalaureate in Business Administration from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal and is a CFA charterholder. He completed the Proteus program of the London Business School and the Senior Executive Program of Columbia University. He currently serves on the boards of QG100 and the Conference Board of Canada.

Carl Burlock, Senior Vice-President and Global Head, Financing and InvestmentsCarl Burlock
Senior Vice-President and Global Head, Financing and Investments

Carl Burlock was appointed Senior Vice-President and Global Head, Financing and Investments in May 2014. Since joining EDC in 1997, Mr. Burlock most recently served as Vice-President, Commercial Markets and Small Business where he was responsible for account management and business development activities for Canadian businesses in the commercial and small business segments. He also served as Vice-President of HR Client Services, overseeing a broad portfolio of critical HR functions, Director of EDC’s Extractive and Resources Financing team, as well as various positions within EDC’s industry sector areas. Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Burlock spent nine years as a Mechanical Engineer for Nova Scotia Power Inc., primarily in mechanical design and construction. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Stephanie Butt Thibodeau, Senior Vice-President, Human ResourcesStephanie Butt Thibodeau
Senior Vice-President, Human Resources

Stephanie Butt Thibodeau was appointed to the role of Senior Vice-President, Human Resources in January 2016. She is responsible for the development of EDC’s people strategy to attract, engage and develop the talented employees who deliver on EDC’s vision and business objectives in support of Canadian trade. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Butt Thibodeau was the Vice President for HR Client Services. She joined EDC in 1995 and has held leadership roles in all of EDC’s core lines of business including financing, insurance and international business development. Ms. Butt Thibodeau holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and is a CFA charterholder.

Catherine Decarie, Senior Vice-President, Corporate AffairsCatherine Decarie
Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs

In her role as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Catherine Decarie leads critical corporate and business advisory functions that oversee EDC’s strategic relationships with government, media, private sector partners and civil society. Ms. Decarie sets the course for the organization’s external engagement and the sharing of EDC’s story with the public and key stakeholders.The Corporate Affairs group she manages includes Corporate Communications (both internal and external), Public Affairs, Legal Services and Corporate Social Responsibility. Since joining EDC in 2001 Ms. Decarie has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility. In 2013 she was named a member of the executive team, taking on the position of SVP Human Resources, a role she held until being appointed to her current position, in 2015. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1996, Ms. Decarie articled with McCarthy Tetrault and has held numerous legal and human resources positions within the Toronto head office of a national retailer. She earned her B.A. from Mount Allison University, her LL.B. from Queen’s University. Ms. Decarie is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of Columbia University and maintains her membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Al Hamdani, Senior Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, Enterprise Risk ManagementAl Hamdani
Senior Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, Enterprise Risk Management

Al Hamdani was appointed as Senior Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer in July 2015. In this capacity, Mr. Hamdani oversees EDC’s enterprise risk management activities including credit and market risk management, capital management, and compliance. Prior to this position, Mr. Hamdani served in various senior leadership roles at EDC including Vice-President and Head of EDC’s Risk Management Office overseeing EDC’s credit adjudication, loan portfolio management and capital and market risk management activities as well as Vice-President and Head of EDC’s Structured and Project Finance Group. Before joining EDC in 1999, Mr. Hamdani held positions at CIBC World Markets as well as the Bank of Canada. Mr. Hamdani has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Rotman School of Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Carleton University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Ken Kember, Senior Vice-President, Finance and Technology, and Chief Financial OfficerKen Kember
Senior Vice-President, Finance and Technology, and Chief Financial Officer

Ken Kember was appointed Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2009 and in 2016 assumed responsibility of EDC’s Technology Group. Mr. Kember leads the Finance organization which includes Treasury, Corporate Finance & Control, Loans Services, Corporate Accounts Receivable, and Corporate Services; and EDC’s Technology Group, which is responsible for technology solution delivery, support and infrastructure. Prior to joining EDC in 1995, he was a senior manager in the Accounting and Audit Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ottawa. Mr. Kember holds a B.A. and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of Columbia University. Mr. Kember serves on the board of Financial Executives International Canada.

Mairead Lavery, Senior Vice-President, Business DevelopmentMairead Lavery
Senior Vice-President, Business Development

Mairead Lavery was appointed as Senior Vice-President, Business Development in December 2014. Ms. Lavery is responsible for EDC’s business origination and client coverage through the network of EDC’s offices and representations in Canada and overseas, across all industry sectors, all product lines and all customer segments. Prior to joining EDC, Ms. Lavery worked at Bombardier for 16 years, where she held increasingly senior positions, managing teams of more than 500 employees. She served as Vice-President Finance and Vice-President Strategy, Business Development and Structured Finance for Bombardier’s Aerospace Group and most recently as Vice-President Transformation and Shared Services. A native of Northern Ireland, Ms. Lavery earned a degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland.

Derek Layne, Senior Vice-President, Strategy and InnovationDerek Layne
Senior Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation

Derek Layne was appointed Senior Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation in January 2016, having previously served as Senior Vice-President, Business Solutions and Innovation, since December 2011. In his current role Mr. Layne is responsible for leading the Corporation’s strategy development and managing the teams which support strategy execution. Mr. Layne served as EDC’s Chief Risk Officer from 2007 to 2011. Prior that he was a Vice President in EDC’s financing group. He has over 20 years of experience in underwriting international financing across various sectors. Prior to joining EDC in 1992, Mr. Layne worked for an engineering firm. Mr. Layne holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Carleton University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of Columbia University.

Jim McArdle, Senior Vice-President and SecretaryJim McArdle
Senior Vice-President and Chief Corporate Advisor

Jim McArdle assumed his role as Senior Vice-President and Chief Corporate Advisor in January 2016, after serving as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Secretary since January 2012, and Senior Vice-President, Legal Services and Secretary since 2006. Mr. McArdle is Secretary to the Board, Advisor to the President, and also responsible for EDC’s upcoming Legislative Review as well as implementation of the recently announced Development Finance Institution initiative. Mr. McArdle joined EDC as a Legal Counsel in 1993 and became Senior Legal Counsel in 1994. He was appointed General Counsel and Senior Assistant Secretary in July 2002. Prior to joining EDC, he was a member of a national Toronto law firm for 10 years and is a graduate of Western University and Columbia University's Senior Executive Program.

Clive Witter, Senior Vice-President, InsuranceClive Witter
Senior Vice-President, Insurance

Clive Witter was appointed as Senior Vice-President, Insurance in May 2012. Mr. Witter has 30 years of experience in finance and insurance, most of it in senior leadership positions. Originally from the United Kingdom, Mr. Witter has also worked in Canada, Ireland, Belgium, and Hong Kong. Prior to joining EDC, he worked for PWC and then AVIVA Composite Insurance Group, one of the world’s largest insurance companies. His most recent position was as Chief Operating Officer, Continental Europe for Willis International, General Insurance Brokers, based in London. A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Witter is a graduate of University College of Swansea, Wales. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Receivables Insurance Association of Canada.

Audit Committee of the Board of Directors

The Audit Committee is composed of directors independent of EDC management. This Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities related to financial matters, business ethics, environmental review and our Compliance Officer program. The Committee regularly meets independently with representatives of the Office of the Auditor General and EDC's internal auditors. The Terms of Reference for the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors outline the Committee's composition, purpose, areas of responsibility and related work and are reviewed on an annual basis.

Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector

EDC employees are required to abide by the public-sector-wide Values and Ethics Code. Scott Driscoll, EDC’s Compliance Officer, has been designated as the contact person for members of the public who may have reason to believe an EDC employee is not complying with the new public sector code. More information

Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Council

As part of our effort to continually improve our social responsibility practices, we created a Corporate Social Responsibility Advisory Council to provide advice and guidance on our CSR practices. For more information see Corporate Social Responsibility.

Annual Report

Navigating the Volatility - 2015 Annual Report

Detailed information on our performance measures and highlights.