Evan is President and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), a role he has held since 2014. Evan leads a team of housing experts who share a single mission: to help Canadians meet their housing needs. As CEO, Evan is especially passionate about growing leaders, and the merits of both a diverse workforce and the mental health of his colleagues.
Evan and his executive team have transformed CMHC into a high-performing, innovative, and ambitious organization with a vision of being at the heart of a world-leading housing system. CMHC has led the design of Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy, an ambitious $40 billion, 10-year plan to reduce housing need in Canada.
Evan came to public service after visiting Canadian battlefields and Vimy Ridge in northern France. He served first at the Bank of Canada, at the behest of former colleague Mark Carney, in 2010. Taking lessons from the global financial crisis of 2008 and his career in finance, Evan spearheaded the Bank’s efforts in establishing financial infrastructure to guard against systemic risks.
Evan worked at some of the world’s largest investment banking firms in Canada and the United States before joining the Bank. He also helped launch a private entrepreneurial venture, Side Launch Brewing Company, named 2016 Canadian Brewery of the Year.
Diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease in 2015, Evan is an advocate for healthy living. Inspired by the legendary cyclist Davis Phinney’s mantra to “live well today,” Evan is a member of Davis’s foundation board and co-founded the Growling Beaver Brevet cycling fundraiser.
He is an avid cyclist, a voracious reader, and a lifelong downhill skier. Evan wants to speak French better, lose his airline status, and one day write a book — in English. He has two grown children, and splits his time between Ottawa, Toronto and Collingwood, Ontario.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
- Human Rights Start at Home: Building a Stronger Foundation for Housing in Canada (Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg, June 12, 2018)
- Housing Policy for Shared Prosperity (OECD Policy Forum on Social Policy, Social Policy for Shared Prosperity: Embracing the Future, Montréal, May 14, 2018)
- Avoiding a Blind-Side Hit: Better Understanding Risk in the Credit Union Sector (2018 National Conference for Canada’s Credit Unions, Toronto, April 30, 2018)
- Too Much of a Good Thing: On Housing, Wealth and Intergenerational Inequity (Halifax Chamber of Commerce, April 26, 2018)
- It Takes a Village to Build a City: Housing Affordability as a Shared Responsibility (Northwind Professional Institute, Housing Finance Forum, Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, February 7, 2018)
- Designing a National Housing Strategy for Canada: Lessons Learned (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) National Housing Conference, November 26, 2017)
- Defending the Blue Line: Financial Stability and CMHC (Les Affaires Conference, Montreal, November 14, 2017)
- No Solitudes: A Canadian National Housing Strategy (Canadian Club of Toronto, June 1, 2017)
- CMHC in Motion: Becoming a World Leader in Housing Risk (Northwind Professional Institute, Cambridge, Ontario, February 1, 2017)
- Housing in Canada and the Imaginary City: Addressing Vulnerabilities, Data Gaps, and Affordability (Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, November 30, 2016)
- Forests and Trees: Housing Finance and Macro-prudential Policy in Canada (Bank of England, November 18, 2016)
- Why Housing Matters to Canada's North (Yukon and Whitehorse Chambers of Commerce, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 4, 2016)
- Why Housing Matters to Canada’s Financial Stability: Insights on Housing Market Risks and CMHC’s Financial Stability Role (CD Howe Institute, March 14, 2016)
- Why Housing Matters (Montreal Board of Trade, Montréal, December 3, 2015)
- The Risk Sharing Role of Financial Intermediaries: Housing and Beyond (Global Risk Institute, Montréal, September 19, 2014)
- Why CMHC (Canadian Home Builders’ Association Conference, Whistler, B.C., April 4, 2014)
- Government of Canada ensures continuity of leadership during period of transformation, announces extension of term for CMHC President (May 1, 2018)
- The Power List: 25 movers and shakers we’re buzzing about (Financial Post, October 5, 2017)
- Meet Evan Siddall, the CEO who remade the CMHC (Canadian Business, April 17, 2017)
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Motion (Harvard Business Review, November 22, 2016)
- Agent of Change: How the head of CMHC is shaking up a public institution (Globe and Mail Report on Business, June 17, 2016)
- Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (LL.B., 1990)
- University of Guelph (B.A., Management Economics, CSS 1987)
- Young Presidents Organization Presidents’ University, Harvard Business School (2011–2018)
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