Leadership Team

Meet Sagen™’s executive leadership—the heads of our household.

Stuart Levings, President and Chief Executive Officer at Sagen

Stuart Levings

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Levings assumed his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. Prior to that Mr. Levings served in the roles of Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, as well as Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Levings joined Sagen MI Canada in July 2000 as the Financial Controller and has also held positions in finance and product development, including five years as Chief Financial Officer. Before that, Mr. Levings spent seven years with Deloitte & Touche.

Mr. Levings holds a CPA, CA professional designation with over 20 years of professional experience in a variety of industry sectors. Mr. Levings holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of South Africa and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Philip Mayers, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Sagen

Philip Mayers

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Mayers became Chief Financial Officer of the Company in 2009. He has over 25 years of finance and general management experience in financial services businesses. Since joining the Company in 1995, Mr. Mayers has held several senior positions, including Vice President, Finance, Vice President, Operations, and Senior Vice President, Business Development. Prior to joining the Company, he held finance positions with Mortgage Insurance Company of Canada, Esso Petroleum Canada and Deloitte & Touche. He holds CPA, CA and CMA professional designations and has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo.

Debbie McPherson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Sagen

Debbie McPherson

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Ms. McPherson has over 30 years of experience and success in sales and quality management with the Company. As a member of Sagen MI Canada’s Senior Leadership Team, Ms. McPherson is responsible for developing and executing sales and marketing strategies that support business growth objectives and drive an exceptional customer experience. Over the years she has built a strong and reputable team of sales and marketing executives, analysts, trainers and regional account managers across the country. Ms. McPherson plays an active role in many industry organizations, including Mortgage Professionals Canada and the Canadian Real Estate Association. In October 2018, Ms. McPherson was honoured with her induction into the Canadian Mortgage Hall of Fame. She is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, The United Way and Home Suite Hope. Ms. McPherson graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Winsor MacDonnell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Sagen

Winsor Macdonell

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Macdonell is responsible for all of Sagen MI Canada’s legal and compliance matters, as well as government relations. Mr. Macdonell joined the Company in 1999. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1994. Prior to joining the Company, he spent three years in the life and property and casualty industry, and prior to that was in private practice. Mr. Macdonell received an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queens University in 1988 and his LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 1992 and his ICD.D in 2014.

Craig Sweeney, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Sagen

Craig Sweeney

Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Mr. Sweeney has more than 22 years of professional experience in the mortgage and banking industry. Since joining the Company in 1998, Mr. Sweeney has held senior positions in Operations and Business Development, including Director of Risk Operations and Director of Product Development. Mr. Sweeney received an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University in 1994.

Mary-Jo Hewat, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities at Sagen

Mary-Jo Hewat

Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities

Ms. Hewat brings over 20 years of human resources expertise spanning numerous industries and geographies. Ms. Hewat assumed her current role of Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities in May 2016. Prior to joining Sagen MI Canada, she was Senior Vice President, HR Business Partnerships at Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System as well as Vice President, Human Resources. Her career has also included senior HR roles with Sherritt and Hudson’s Bay. Ms. Hewat has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University. She also holds the Chartered Directors (C.Dir.) designation and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE). She also sits on the Advisory Council to Ryerson University’s Human Resource Management and Organizational Design Programs.

Jim Spitali, Senior Vice President, Operations at Sagen

Jim Spitali

Senior Vice President, Operations

Mr. Spitali has responsibility over the Company’s Loss Mitigation and Underwriting teams. Mr. Spitali has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services sector. Prior to joining the Company in 2015, Mr. Spitali held a variety of positions in retail banking, wealth management and sales strategy within CIBC and Meridian Credit Union. Mr. Spitali received an honours Bachelors of Business Administration from Brock University and an MBA from Dalhousie University. Mr. Spitali serves as a member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Halton Mississauga.

Ed Orlik

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mr. Orlik became the Chief Information Officer of the company in April 2022. He has over 23 years of software, data and technology experience across a number of different industries. Prior to joining Sagen MI Canada, he was the Chief Information Officer at Altus Group Limited and EVP Technology and Development for 8 years. His career also included a senior technology position at Katz Group Canada Ltd and progressive technology roles at Nortel Networks. Mr. Orlik has a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business with a specialization in the Management of Innovation and Technology and received a Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree specializing in Information Systems Management from the University of Waterloo.