|Peter Nesbitt [moderator], Senior Director, International Financing, Business Development & Sales, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)|
Peter Nesbitt leads the international financing effort for CCC’s Business Development Group. In this role, Peter sources capital and helps to structure projects requiring financing. Peter leverages his 25 years of corporate and capital markets experience and an extensive network of global banks, insurance, and export credit agencies.
Peter joined CCC in April 2021 and is based in Ottawa. Peter works closely with CCC’s Pursuit Teams to bring financial close to the projects CCC is pursuing. Solutions often take the form of direct loans to Sovereign buyers but may also take the form of supplier financing.
Prior to joining CCC, Peter was based in Asia for 26 years, most recently in Singapore where Peter headed BMO’s Corporate Banking and Trade Finance business across the region. Peter was a member of BMO Asia’s Executive Team and served as the Bank’s Chief Executive in Singapore.
Peter also worked for 11 years for Export Development Canada. His last position with EDC was as Regional Vice-President for Asia.
Peter has also worked internationally for Scotiabank (in India, Bangladesh and Toronto), Peregrine Capital (Hong Kong) and Canada Trust (Ontario).
Peter graduated with a master’s in business administration from Dalhousie University in Halifax Canada and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) and former member of the Singapore Institute of Directors (MSID).
Peter is a past board member of the Canada-China Business Council, the Canada-India Business Council and the Canada ASEAN Business Council.
|Bruce Crane, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Natural Resources, Asia Pacific, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)|
Bruce Crane leads Ontario Teachers’ infrastructure investing activities across Asia-Pacific and currently serves on the boards of Sydney Desalination Plant and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. Bruce joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2020 as one of the initial members of its new Singapore office, its 2nd in Asia after the Hong Kong office.
Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Bruce spent nearly 10 years at OMERS Infrastructure where he most recently led their investing efforts in Asia. Previously, he was based in New York where he focused on North & South America transport and energy related investments. While at OMERS, he served on Boards at Midland Cogeneration Ventures, Chicago Skyway, GNLQ Regas (Chile) and IndInfravit Tollroads (India). Prior to that, Bruce worked in Investment Banking at UBS (NYC) and Morgan Stanley (Houston) and earlier as a Field Engineer for Foster Wheeler (global).
Bruce holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.
|Mairead Lavery, President & CEO, Export Development Canada (EDC)|
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, Canada’s export credit agency has pursued ambitious objectives, achieving strong 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 Government of Canada’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 the Board Chair for the EDC subsidiary, FinDev Canada, Canada’s international development finance institution, and a Board member of Ontario Global 100, creating opportunities for business leaders of Ontario mid-sized companies to accelerate growth. She also sits on the advisory boards of Toronto Global Forum and Project Arrow, which is creating Canada’s original full-build, zero-emissions concept vehicle.
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.
|Robert Kwon, President & CEO, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC)|
Appointed to the position in March 2021, Bobby held multiple leadership positions, including as a member of the CCC’s Board of Directors since June 2018. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO of CCC, Bobby Kwon was the Chief Financial Officer of global corporation MediPharm Labs.
Previously, Mr. Kwon was Senior Vice President at George Weston Ltd., overseeing the Executive Chairman’s Office. Prior to this role, he worked at Unilever in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, in a number of senior finance and corporate positions – including CFO for the Canadian business and Chief of Staff to Group CEO in London. Before that Bobby was Director of Finance at Janssen Inc.
Mr. Kwon currently serves on the Advisory Board of CFO Leadership Program jointly developed by Odgers and Rotman School of Management. He has also served on the Boards of Unilever Canada Inc. and GS1 (Retail Sector).