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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation adds new board members

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 9:33 AM | By Carolyn Gruske

Anne Giardini, an executive, lawyer, novelist and university chancellor, is one of the people named to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) board of directors. 

Giardini was formerly the president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited. She also served as the general counsel of the timberland and forest products company. 

Giardini has been on a number of boards including B.C.’s Council of Forest Industries, the Alberta Forest Products Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.  She was also on Simon Fraser University’s board of governors before becoming chancellor of the university in 2014.

In 2015 she received a Western Canada General Counsel lifetime achievement award.

Giardini will serve for a four-year term.

Other members named to the CMHC board are housing executive Derek Ballantyne who will serve as chair, Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society, banking executive Dana Ades Landy, L.-Daniel Gauvin, former senior vice-president and general manager of Caisse centrale Desjardins and Capital Desjardins Inc., Linda Morris, a non-profit organization executive, and banking executive Bruce Shirreff, who was reappointed.

“I am especially proud of this diverse and highly qualified group of directors, which will promote a vigorous board dynamic. With gender parity among our independent directors, this recent step in our ongoing transformation makes CMHC a world leader among large financial institutions,” said Evan Siddall, president and CEO of CMHC.