Kathy Thompson

Assistant Superintendent – National Security Sector

Kathy Thompson was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent for the new National Security Sector (NSS) on November 3, 2023.

In this role, she is responsible for developing the national security framework for OSFI to work with Government of Canada security and intelligence partners. She leads policy development and the provision of strategic advice and support to the Superintendent on national security matters related to Federally Regulated Financial Institutions.

Ms. Thompson has extensive experience in national security, intelligence, public safety, and law enforcement, with over 30 years of experience leading strategic and operational policy and functions, including over 22 years in the Canadian public service.

She has held senior executive positions in a variety of organizations, including as Associate Deputy Minister and Chief Administrative Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Associate Deputy Minister at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), and Assistant Deputy Minister for Public Safety Canada. She was also a Director General at the Communications Security Establishment Canada for close to 10 years.

Ms. Thompson also has experience working in the financial intelligence sector as an executive at the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), where she led the development of FINTRAC’s original regulatory, strategic, operational, and accountability framework and policies.

Ms. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts, Law and Psychology from Carleton University, with a focus on Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is an independent agency of the Government of Canada, established in 1987, to protect depositors, policyholders, financial institution creditors and pension plan members, while allowing financial institutions to compete and take reasonable risks.