As the head of our executive team, the President and CEO leads CDIC and is responsible for overseeing the effective functioning of the corporation’s business and affairs. The President and CEO ensures that in fulfilling the corporation’s objectives, employees act in a manner consistent with board policies and directions.
- Leah Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Chantal Richer, Chief Operating Officer
- Michael Mercer, Chief Data & Insurance Officer
- Gina Byrne, Chief Member Risk & Resolution
- Angela Roberge, Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief of Staff
- Christa Walker, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Legal Officer
- Camille Ringrose, Head, Finance, Operations & Chief Financial Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Leah Anderson was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation in August 2021.
Ms. Anderson began her public service career in 1993. Since 2016, Ms. Anderson held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Financial Sector Policy Branch at the Department of Finance Canada. In this role, she worked on policy related to financial sector issues, including financial system stability, housing finance, federal financial sector framework policies in areas such as deposit insurance, consumer protection, and retail payments oversight. Since the onset of the global pandemic, her work focused on the extraordinary financial system response and financial support initiatives for small business. She also worked on the Government of Canada’s debt management and foreign reserves programs. Following the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, as Director General, Ms. Anderson led the development of resolution strategies and tools for systemically important financial institutions.
Prior to her role in financial sector policy, Ms. Anderson was the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister at Finance Canada, where she worked on economic development policy and corporate finance across sectors, including the environment, natural resources, transportation, infrastructure, and innovation. She has also worked as a policy consultant to the financial sector.
Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Leah Anderson holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University.
Chantal M. Richer
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Richer was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) in January 2020. In this role, she is responsible for CDIC’s Corporate Governance & Stakeholder Affairs Group, which includes the oversight of policy, legal services, the Corporate Secretariat, finance & operations, communications, and global affairs. In addition to her COO duties, Ms. Richer was Administrative Head of CDIC from June 2021 to August 2021, leading the Corporation’s Executive Team while the Government completed its process of appointing a new Chief Executive Officer.
Ms. Richer represents CDIC at the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) where she currently sits as a member of the Executive Council (governing body) and the Council Committee on Core Principles and Research as well as the Strategic Goals Working Group. She is also vice-chair of the IADI Regional Committee of North America.
Prior to her role as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Richer was appointed as Vice-President Corporate Affairs and General Counsel in June 2015, and as Corporate Secretary in January 2018. In these latter roles, she was responsible for legal services, communications and public affairs, human resources, and the Corporate Secretariat. Ms. Richer joined CDIC in 2003 and has also served as Director, Legal Services and Managing Director, Policy.
Before joining CDIC, Ms. Richer was a partner at an Ottawa law firm where she practiced corporate, commercial and real estate law. A graduate of the University of Ottawa L.L.B in 1990, Ms. Richer was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992.
Chief Data and Insurance Officer
Mr. Mercer oversees all aspects of CDIC’s insurance operations including coverage, member compliance, premium administration and fast payment capabilities in the event of a member failure. Mr. Mercer also oversees CDIC’s digital transformation, payment modernization and data security initiatives.
Mr. Mercer joined CDIC in 2008 and has served on the executive team since 2015 where he led CDIC’s member risk and resolution activities. Prior to joining CDIC, Mr. Mercer worked in the private sector occupying increasingly senior risk management roles in banking institutions across Australia, UK, Europe and Canada. Mr. Mercer holds Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia, Perth.
Chief Member Risk and Resolution
Gina Byrne was appointed Chief Member Risk and Resolution in January 2020. In this role, Gina leads the assessment of member risk as well as CDIC’s preparedness, intervention and resolution activities in the event of member distress or failure.
In her previous role at CDIC, Ms. Byrne was Managing Director, Resolution Planning, where she led the development of resolution plans for CDIC’s Member Institutions, including the six domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs) in Canada. Prior to joining CDIC, she worked at KPMG and several financial service institutions.
Ms. Byrne holds an MBA from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and has her CPA, CA designation.
Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief of Staff
Angela Roberge is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of practice in human resources, client communications, labour relations and organizational effectiveness.
In addition to her Chief Human Resources Officer responsibilities, Ms. Roberge was appointed as CDIC’s Chief of Staff, in January 2021. Ms. Roberge has a distinguished career with CDIC, where she has held positions of increasing responsibility and complexity over the last 13 years, including Managing Director, Human Capital, Director Depositors Solutions, Communications.
Prior to joining CDIC, Ms. Roberge worked in various private sector industries including broadcasting, health care and high tech. She guest lectured regarding Employee Relations at Algonquin College.
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Legal Officer
Christa Walker took on her current role at CDIC in January 2020, where she provides support and advice to CDIC’s Board, acts as General Counsel to CDIC and is responsible for CDIC’ policy department, which proactively assesses, develops and proposes policy positions that advance CDIC’s mandate of protecting Canadian depositors.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Walker was the Managing Director of Strategy, Risk and Global Affairs where she had responsibility and oversight for transforming CDIC’s enterprise risk management framework and creating a Centre of Excellence for Crisis Simulations. Previously, she held the role of Senior Advisor where she led CDIC’s work on developing the legal framework and operational elements of the bail-in regime. She also served as a Director in CDIC’s Resolution Division where she developed and implemented CDIC’s foreign outreach program and was involved in preparing resolution guidance and resolution plans for Canada’s domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs).
Ms. Walker joined CDIC in 2008 as Senior Legal Counsel. Before then, she spent eight years in private practice at law firms in Australia and Canada where she practiced commercial litigation. She holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. in psychology from Queens University.
Head, Finance, Operations and Chief Financial Officer
Camille Ringrose was appointed Head, Finance, Operations and Chief Financial Officer in January 2020. Ms. Ringrose oversees CDIC’s finance operations, treasury and investment management, procurement, and corporate security and facilities. She has worked at CDIC for more than nine years in a variety of leadership roles including having oversight over Strategy, Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Reporting.
Ms. Ringrose is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Project Management Professional. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa (Cum Laude). Prior to joining CDIC, Ms. Ringrose worked at Deloitte occupying roles in financial audit and consulting, focusing on internal audit and internal controls implementation projects.