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Keynote Series: Mairead Lavery, President & CEO of Export Development Canada

Feb 18, 2021
From 12 PM to 1 PM

Members of all chapters are welcome to register for this webinar.



An inflection point like no other, '21-'22 is shaping out to be a defining period for future growth. While structural change is a source of renewed optimism, Canadian entrepreneurs still have their work cut out. Equipping them with tools that evolve, in keeping with global market and political forces will be critical to reinforcing Canada's competitive edge.

YCIF is delighted to turn to our next guest Mairead Lavery, President & CEO of Export Development Canada and a former Bombardier executive. We look forward to drawing on her breadth of experience to learn about EDC's approach through radically different environments and in broad strokes, leading through crises, overcoming complex hurdles and staying focused on professional and personal end goals.

Join us in a couple weeks as we observe the world through Mairead's lens.

Have your questions ready!

When:               Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Time:                 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where:              Online, you'll receive the link to connect to the webinar shortly before it starts
Members:         FREE
Non-members: FREE

Meet our guest

Since joining Export Development Canada in 2014, Mairead Lavery has put values and ethics at the center of her leadership approach. Appointed President and CEO on February 5, 2019, Mairead set out three pillars for her leadership: Champion for Trade; Environmental, Social and Governance Responsibility; and Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. These values are the centerpiece of her – and EDC’s – business agenda.

Under her direction, EDC has pursued ambitious objectives, achieving unprecedented growth, and helping more Canadian companies do business in 200 markets around the world, while generating over $100 billion in trade and investment annually. In 2020, EDC became a major contributor to the Federal government’s COVID-19 economic response, helping deliver billions of dollars in liquidity to companies across Canada.

EDC also stands as the single largest financier of Canadian cleantech, a proud supporter of women-owned and women-led businesses, and regularly ranks among Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Mairead is also the Board Chair for the EDC subsidiary, FinDev Canada, Canada’s international development finance institution.

Prior to joining EDC, Mairead held executive roles at Bombardier, where she managed a range of large complex portfolios over a sixteen-year career. She is a native of Northern Ireland, has a degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She is also the first woman to occupy EDC’s chief executive role in its 75-plus year history.

In 2015, Mairead experienced another very proud milestone: becoming a Canadian citizen.


About YCIF

Young Canadians in Finance was founded by Paul Desmarais III and Michael Blickstead in 2006. The organization is present in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New York and Vancouver.

The Young Canadians in Finance network is a unique meeting place for young professionals and entrepreneurs who want to cultivate a network of privileged contacts and develop their skills through knowledge sharing experiences and networking.