“Since CMHC is now one of the largest financial institutions in Canada and the key backstop to the housing market, it would be useful to undertake a review aimed at ensuring that CMHC has a modern and effective governance structure and supervision, and assessing the scope for further strengthening its risk management,” said one of dozens of recommendations the IMF made in its annual report on the Canadian economy.
In the question and answer session they mentioned more oversight and supervision of the CMHC being needed several times, and remember we (Canada) are supposed to be the poster child for financial responsibility!
Board of Directors — Biographies
In accordance with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act, the CMHC Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the Corporation and the conduct of its business. The Board is comprised of ten members, including the Chairman, and the President and Chief Executive Officer.
Chair of the Board of Directors, CMHC
Principal, Chiesa Group
President and Chief Executive Officer
James A. Millar
National Capital Region
The Sussex Circle
André G. Plourde
President, Groupe immobilier de Montréal Inc.
E. Anne MacDonald
Pictou, Nova Scotia
Chief Financial Officer
Partner, Practical Plumbing Co. Ltd.
A rather small board considering the Hundreds of Billions which are at stake. Their background, from what I have gleaned from the CMHC web-site...
A developer, a CMHC employee and executive, a consultant, another developer, a real estate broker, a CA, a small town lawyer with RE/Wills and municipal experience, another developer, a partner of a plumbing and renovation company.
I am sure they are well meaning people. However I am not reassured. Neither it would seem is the IMF which has called for more supervision.
Where are the well-known Business and Economic Professors from U of T or McGill? Where is the seasoned insurance executive who has dealt with major losses? Where is the representative from the Canadian Tax Payers Association? WHERE is the significant representation of NON-housing interests? Why not have an a housing skeptic Economist like David Madani on the Board?
Would we only let Doctors and Nurses run the Ministry of Health? Of course not. Should the Minister of Health only ever be a doctor, and the Minister of Defence only ever be a soldier? Of course not. We need outside views to be heard too, especially when we all have to share in the liability.
Here is more of what the IMF had to say..