Meet Sagen™’s executive leadership—the heads of our household.
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 the Company 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.
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 (“MICC”), 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.
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™’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. She is involved 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.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Macdonell is responsible for all of the Company’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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Sweeney has more than 18 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.
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™, she was Senior Vice President, HR Business Partnerships at Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) 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 is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) and a member of the Canadian Human Resources Professional Association. She also sits on the Advisory Council to Ryerson University’s Human Resource Management and Organizational Design Programs.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Mr. Spitali is the Senior Vice President, Operations. Previously, Mr. Spitali held the role of Vice President, Underwriting Operations. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Mr. Spitali is responsible for developing and executing strategies that optimize operational effectiveness while improving the customer experience. His focus is on driving productivity and operational efficiencies through innovation. With more than 17 years of financial services experience, Mr. Spitali has held various positions in Retail Banking, Wealth Management, and Sales Strategy with CIBC and Meridian. He is currently a Board Director with Habitat for Humanity, Halton, Mississauga. Mr. Spitali holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Brock University and an MBA from Dalhousie University.