Peter Lawler was appointed Executive Vice President, BDC Advisory Services in October 2016.
In this role, he is responsible for the full range of non-financial services that BDC offers to entrepreneurs.
Before assuming his current responsibilities, he was Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting—Ontario. There, he was responsible for the overall growth of the Ontario market and played a key role in the development of strategies for the automotive, technology, and food and beverage sectors. In 2014, he was appointed Acting Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Management. For the following year, he was responsible for BDC’s credit risk management and for the development and implementation of corporate strategies related to credit risk.
Since joining BDC in 1991, Mr. Lawler has held a variety of roles in business centre management as well as credit risk management, including Vice President and Area Manager, Eastern and Northern Ontario; and Assistant Vice President, Credit Risk Management.
In 2019, Mr. Lawler was appointed Board member of The Montreal Group, a global forum for development banks focused on micro, small and medium enterprises. He is also past President and Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association, and past Co-Chair of the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs National Awards and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Entrepreneurship Connections program in Ontario (part of ACCES Employment), which provides training, coaching and mentoring to new Canadian entrepreneurs.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. He has also completed Queen’s University’s Executive Program, Harvard University’s Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development Program and the Helios Leadership Program.