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December 5, 2019 – William Robson, President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, announces the re-appointment of Frank Swedlove as a Senior Fellow.

“Frank’s experience and accomplishments in the federal public service and in the financial services and insurance sectors are remarkable,” said Robson. “The C.D. Howe Institute has benefitted from his knowledge on many occasions, and we are delighted to continue our association with him.”

“It is a great honour and privilege to serve as a Senior Fellow with the C.D. Howe Institute,” said Swedlove. “Through my career I have valued its work and contributions to the public policy debate.  It has also never shied away from taking on the difficult issues of the day, thus promoting open and needed discussion within government and the private sector.”

Frank Swedlove is President of Swedlove Consulting Inc., a public policy consulting company.  From July 2007 to June 2017 he was President and CEO of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. Established in 1894, the CLHIA has 67 members accounting for 99 per cent of the life and health insurance in force in Canada.

Mr. Swedlove also served as the first Chair of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) from 2012 to 2014. The Federation represents the interests of the insurance industry worldwide with 38 Associations representing 87 per cent of the insurance premiums worldwide.

Previous to his involvement with the insurance industry, Mr. Swedlove had a lengthy career in public service.

In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Swedlove was President of the Financial Action Task Force, the international body headquartered in Paris responsible for the fight against global money laundering and terrorist financing.

Prior to that appointment, Mr. Swedlove served as a senior federal official. In his last position as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Financial Sector Policy Branch of the Department of Finance, Mr. Swedlove was the principal advisor to several Ministers of Finance regarding policy development on financial institutions and Canadian financial markets, playing a key role in issues throughout the sector and in international trade in financial services.

In previous positions at Finance, Mr. Swedlove was responsible for the 2001 financial sector review exercise, culminating in the total revamping of financial sector legislation. He was also the first Chair of the Committee on Trade in Financial Services of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, the Chair of the Negotiating Group on Financial Services in the Uruguay Round of the WTO, and lead negotiator for Canada in financial services at the NAFTA negotiations. Prior to joining Finance, Mr. Swedlove worked in the Industry and Energy departments of the federal government.

Mr. Swedlove is a recipient of both the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal for public service and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for service to the insurance industry.


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