Minister Ng announces reappointment of Mairead Lavery as president and chief executive officer of Export Development Canada

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December 1, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Export Development Canada (EDC) helps Canadian businesses reach and succeed in markets around the world by providing the products and services they need to grow.

EDC’s work is key in supporting a strong, sustainable and inclusive economy in Canada, creating good middle-class jobs at home and abroad and contributing to long-term growth.

To ensure EDC continues to have the strong leadership it needs to deliver on its mandate, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, today announced the reappointment of Mairead Lavery as EDC’s president and chief executive officer until February 4, 2025.

Ms. Lavery has served in these roles at EDC since February 5, 2019, having joined in 2014 as senior vice president of the Business Development Group.

During Ms. Lavery’s time leading EDC, she has played an integral role in supporting Canada’s pandemic response and has worked tirelessly to strengthen EDC’s support of Canadian businesses. Ms. Lavery has also overseen EDC’s ambitious climate change initiatives, including its objective to achieve net zero by 2050.

Her reappointment as president and CEO will enable EDC to continue its critical work helping Canadian businesses  reduce financial risk and succeed in new markets. 


“Canadian businesses know what they need, and it’s our job to listen and support them where we can. Export Development Canada, under the leadership of Mairead Lavery, has played an important role in achieving that goal by providing the tools, guidance and support needed for our businesses to take centre stage around the world. I’m pleased that the reappointment of Mairead Lavery as president and CEO of EDC will mean steadfast support for Canadian business leaders as they continue breaking down barriers and demonstrating Canadian excellence.”

- Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • EDC is Canada’s official export credit agency, providing a range of solutions that help Canadian companies of all sizes diversify and take on the world, including financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge and matchmaking connections. EDC also helps Canadian companies sell and invest abroad.

  • For 75 years, EDC has been providing unique trade knowledge and financial solutions to support and develop sustainable trade between Canada and the rest of the world and to enhance Canada’s competitiveness in the international marketplace. 

  • EDC has 19 offices across Canada and a network around the world, all with the focus of connecting with Canadian companies and helping them go, grow and succeed internationally.
  • EDC reports to Parliament through the minister of international trade, export promotion, small business and economic development.

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