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Chris Lay 

President & CEO Marsh Canada Limited

He sets the strategic priorities for the organization and oversees Marsh’s operations nationally and in 13 cities across Canada. In addition, he works closely with our fellow Marsh & McLennan operating companies -- Mercer, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman -- to develop operational synergies and facilitate and coordinate shared activities.


Since joining Marsh in 1984, Chris has held a variety of senior roles in London, the UK, EMEA, and globally. Most recently he was President, Global Captive Solutions with responsibility for Marsh’s industry leading Captive Solutions business.

He was named Head of Sales and Corporate Segment for the EMEA Region in 2005 and held this role until 2012 when he was named Business Development Leader for the International Division. He became Head of Global Sales in 2013.

Throughout his more than 30-year career with Marsh, Chris has held a variety of leadership, client management, sales, and broking positions.

Chris took on the role of President and CEO in July 2016.


  • Chris studied at University College in London where he obtained a BSc. (Econ) Hons.


  • He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.