Speaker Profiles

Frank Swedlove

Frank Swedlove


Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association

Frank Swedlove is President of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.  Established in 1894, CLHIA has 65 members accounting for 99 per cent of the life and health insurance in force in Canada.

Mr. Swedlove joined CLHIA in July 2007 after spending the previous year as 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.

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