Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series - Karen Kinsley

The last installment of the 2009-10 Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series took place on February 4, 2010 and welcomed as guest speaker Karen Kinsley, FCA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Ms. Kinsley took part in a leadership discussion that was led by Dean Micheál Kelly and Carole Morris, Principal for Knightsbridge in Ottawa. Last October, Ms. Kinsley was named the 2009 CEO of the year by the Ottawa Business Journal.

For more information on the Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series, including a list of past speakers, click here.


Karen Kinsley was reappointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in April 2008. She was first appointed in June 2003.

Ms. Kinsley joined CMHC in 1987. She was appointed Vice-President, Finance in 1990 and Treasurer in June 1995. In November 1996, Ms. Kinsley became the Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, and in May 2000, was appointed Vice-President, Insurance and Securitization.
Prior to joining CMHC, Ms. Kinsley was Vice-President and Treasurer with two real estate development companies.

Ms. Kinsley received the Award of Excellence in 2004 from the Canadian Home Builders' Association in recognition of service to Canada's home building industry. In 2006, she was inducted into the Canadian Mortgage Hall of Fame by the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals in recognition of her service to the Canadian mortgage industry. She also received a 2008 Women’s Executive NetworkTM Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

Karen Kinsley holds a bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has also recently been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA) and awarded the 2009 CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Business Journal.