Ms. Assunta Di Lorenzo was appointed Secretary to the Governor General and Herald Chancellor of Canada in January 2018. She received her commission as Deputy of the Governor General on January 23, 2018.
Ms. Di Lorenzo was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Italian parents, where she grew up with her sister and two brothers. She was awarded a scholarship to the United World College - Lester B. Pearson of the Pacific, in Victoria, British Columbia, where she earned an International Baccalaureate. She then pursued her studies in political science at McGill University and in law at the University of Ottawa. She later obtained an advanced management certificate and an executive development certificate from McGill University. Ms. Di Lorenzo is a member of the Law Society of Ontario as well as of the Barreau du Québec.
Ms. Di Lorenzo is a corporate lawyer and businesswoman with extensive experience in leading teams and providing strategic advice to heads of organizations, be it governmental, public or private, both locally and internationally. She practised law with some of Canada’s largest and most prominent law firms, starting the first ten years of her career as a securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer with Stikeman Elliott and Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright). Later, she became a partner of the law firms Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons) and of McMillan, where she provided advice on corporate governance and regulatory issues.
Ms. Di Lorenzo also spent more than twenty years as an executive of private and public entities. First, she was First Vice-President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of TAL Global Asset Management, the then investment management arm of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
She then held executive positions with federal and provincial governmental organizations: first, as First Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP), a federal Crown corporation investing pension fund assets worldwide and, until most recently, as Corporate Secretary and Executive Director, Corporate and Legal Affairs, of the Réseau de transport métropolitain (formerly, l’Agence métropolitaine de transport), a provincial public transit government agency providing rail and bus services to the greater Montreal area.
Ms. Di Lorenzo served as board member of the Montreal Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation for numerous years and is an alumna of Catalyst WomenOnBoard.
Ms. Di Lorenzo enjoys playing golf with her son who is studying law at the University of Montreal. Her interests include music, history and travel. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, and she can also speak some Polish.