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
- Michael Mercer, Vice-President, Depositor Solutions and Chief Data and Insurance Officer
- Gina Byrne, Vice-President, Risk and Resolution
- Angela Roberge, Vice-President and Chief of Staff
- Christa Walker, Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and Head, Policy Integration
- Jordan Rosenbaum, Chief Financial Officer and Head, Business Integration
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. 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, Ms. Anderson holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University.
Vice-President, Depositor Solutions and Chief Data and Insurance Officer
Appointed to the CDIO role in January 2020, 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, enterprise technology 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.
Vice-President, Risk and Resolution
Appointed to the Risk and Resolution role in January 2020, Ms. Byrne has oversight of the assessment of member risk as well as CDIC’s preparedness, intervention and resolution activities in the event of member distress or failure. Ms. Byrne also oversees CDIC’s Centre of Excellence for Crisis Simulations.
In her previous roles at CDIC, Ms. Byrne 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.
Vice-President and Chief of Staff
Ms. Roberge is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of practice in, organizational effectiveness, strategy, communications, human resources and labour relations. With 15 years’ experience at CDIC she has proven herself to be a flexible leader, adapting quickly to ever-shifting corporate priorities and assuming oversight of more complex functions within the organization now including People & Culture, Communications & Stakeholder Relations, and Corporate Reporting & Planning in addition to Chief of Staff duties.
Prior to joining CDIC, Ms. Roberge worked in various private sector industries in policy and human resources roles in broadcasting, health care and high tech. She has been a guest lecturer at Algonquin College, is an HRPA member in good standing and holds a BA from the University of Ottawa and Industrial Relations certification from Queens University.
Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and Head, Policy Integration
Ms. Walker is an executive leader with over 22 years of legal and business experience in the private and public sector. She is Chief Legal Officer to CDIC, provides support and advice to CDIC’s Board, oversees Global Affairs, and is responsible for CDIC’s policy department, which proactively develops and proposes policy positions to advance CDIC’s mandate of protecting Canadian depositors and promoting financial stability.
Ms. Walker has held several senior positions at CDIC, including 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. She also led CDIC’s work on the legal and operational elements of the bail-in regime and was instrumental in developing resolution guidance for Canada’s domestic systemically important banks (D-SIBs).
Prior to CDIC, Ms. Walker spent eight years in private practice. She holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. in psychology from Queens University.
Chief Financial Officer and Head, Business Integration
Mr. Rosenbaum was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Head, Business Integration in September 2022. In this capacity, he oversees CDIC’s finance operations, treasury and investment management, procurement, corporate security and facilities.
Prior to joining CDIC in 2021, Mr. Rosenbaum held progressively senior finance roles in the financial services industry and was most recently the Chief Financial Officer for an Ontario credit union.
Mr. Rosenbaum is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) along with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University.