Mairead Lavery

Mairead Lavery

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA | PRESIDENT AND CEO OF EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA

Mairead Lavery joined Export Development Canada 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. Appointed President and CEO on February 5, 2019, Mairead is determined to see EDC help thousands more Canadian companies “go, grow and succeed internationally.”

Prior to EDC, Mairead 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.

Mairead 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.

Mairead is also the first woman to occupy EDC’s chief executive role in its 75-year history.

A native of Northern Ireland, with a degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, Mairead is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. In 2015, shortly after joining EDC, Mairead experienced another very personal and proud landmark when she became a Canadian citizen.

Mairead Lavery joined the ranks of Export Development Canada in 2014, as Senior Vice-President of the Business Development Group. Since arriving, she has been a staunch supporter of the Crown corporation and Canadian exporters. Appointed President and CEO on February 5, 2019, Mairead is committed to EDC helping thousands of other Canadian businesses “to break into, grow and succeed abroad.”

Prior to joining EDC, she held various executive positions at Bombardier, where she spent 16 years managing large and complex portfolios, including in the areas of finance, strategy, prospecting and organizational transformation. As soon as she started working at EDC, she focused on increasing the Company’s influence with Canadian exporters by identifying their needs and contributing to their national and global goals.

She is committed to social and environmental responsibility, particularly with regard to climate change, human rights and gender equality. She also believes in the importance of having a diverse and culturally inclusive workforce.

Mairead is the first woman to serve as CEO since EDC was founded 75 years ago.

She is originally from Northern Ireland, where she obtained a degree in Accounting and Management from Queen’s University, Belfast. Mairead is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. In 2015, shortly after her debut at EDC, she experienced another great moment, very personal this one, of which she is extremely proud: she became a Canadian citizen.

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