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.
- Peter Routledge, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Chantal Richer, Chief Operating Officer
- Michael Mercer, Chief Data & Insurance Officer
- Gina Byrne, Chief Member Risk & Resolution
- Angela Roberge, Head, People & Culture
- Tara Newman, Head, Corporate Strategy, Risk Management, Chief Risk Officer
- Christa Walker, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Legal Officer
- Camille Ringrose, Head, Finance, Operations & Chief Financial Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer
Peter Routledge was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) in November 2018. Mr. Routledge leads CDIC’s team of more than 140 professionals from a variety of disciplines whose work supports the corporation’s vision to earn the trust of Canadians as a global leader in deposit insurance and resolution.
Mr. Routledge has extensive experience in Canada’s financial sector. Prior to joining CDIC, he was a Senior Advisor at the Department of Finance where he provided advice on a range of policy issues including financial stability, housing finance, and competition in Canadian financial services.
Mr. Routledge has held a variety of leadership roles in the financial services industry, both in Canada and abroad. He served as managing director of research at National Bank Financial, where he led a team responsible for producing equity, fixed income, and derivatives research on Canadian financial institutions. Prior to that, Mr. Routledge led the Canadian Financial Institutions Group at Moody’s Canada, with responsibilities for covering issuers in the banking, life insurance, personal and commercial insurance and reinsurance industries in Canada and the United States.
Mr. Routledge holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Simon Fraser University.
Chantal M. Richer
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Richer joined the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) in 2003 and has since held roles of increasing responsibility at the Corporation, including Director, Legal Services and Managing Director, Policy.
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. Prior to that, Ms. Richer was appointed as Vice-President Corporate Affairs and General Counsel in June 2015, and as Corporate Secretary in January 2018. In this latter role, she was responsible for legal services, communications and public affairs, human resources, and the Corporate Secretariat.
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 as 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.
Head, People & Culture
Angela Roberge is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of practice in human resources, client communications, labour relations and organizational effectiveness. She has worked at CDIC for more than 12 years, taking on a variety of positions in increasingly seniority. Appointed to Head, People & Culture, in January 2020, Ms. Roberge also served as Managing Director, Human Capital, and Director of Depositor 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.
An Ottawa native and a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University, she speaks English, French and Italian, is Mental Health First Aid certified and a member in good standing with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).
Head, Corporate Strategy and Risk Management, Chief Risk Officer
Tara Newman leads a group of dedicated professionals that assess its enterprise risk, seek out strategic issues impacting CDIC’s mandate, and advance CDIC’s readiness through its Simulation Centre of Excellence. As Chief Risk Officer, she reports to CDIC’s Board of Directors and works closely with management to identify and assess risks faced by CDIC.
Ms. Newman joined CDIC in 2006 and has wide experience in leading several legal and operational teams at CDIC. As Director, Legal Services and then Director, Resolution Preparedness, Legal & Transactions, she was involved in multiple initiatives to advance CDIC’s resolution options and represented Canada at the Financial Stability Board’s Legal Experts group for several years. She brings significant expertise in CDIC’s deposit protection and resolution authority risks and responsibilities. Prior to joining CDIC, Tara practiced corporate and insolvency law.
Ms. Newman holds an L.LB. from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), a bachelor’s degree from Nipissing University, and is a member of the Global Risk Institute.
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.