The Board of Directors of Export Development Canada (EDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mairead Lavery to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment was made by the Government of Canada on February 5, 2019.
Ms. Lavery joined EDC in 2014 as Senior Vice-President for Business Development. From day one, she has been a passionate promoter of the Crown corporation and Canada’s exporters, and is determined to see EDC grow in its mandate: to help thousands of Canadian companies “go, grow and succeed internationally.”
Prior to joining EDC, Ms. Lavery held numerous executive roles at Bombardier. During sixteen years, she managed large and complex portfolios, including Finance, Strategy, Business Development and Business Transformation. Since coming to EDC, her focus has been on expanding the Crown corporation’s impact on behalf of Canadian exporters by understanding their needs and championing their objectives here in Canada and in markets around the world.
Ms. Lavery is committed to social and environmental responsibility, addressing in particular the challenges of climate change, human rights and gender equity. She also believes in the imperative of a diverse and culturally inclusive workforce.
Ms. Lavery is also the first woman chief executive of EDC in its 75-year history.
Ms. Lavery is a native of Northern Ireland, with a degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. In 2015, shortly after joining EDC, Ms. Lavery experienced another very personal and proud landmark when she became a Canadian citizen.
EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and financial products are used by more than 13,000 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide. EDC is financially self-sustaining and a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.