Born in Abruzzo Italy in 1952, Berta Zaccardi immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada with her parents in 1961. She has a B.A. from the University of Manitoba and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Berta’s legal career started with a position as a staff lawyer at McQuesten Legal and Community Services in Hamilton, Ontario. After serving as legal counsel at Sterling Trust, she joined CMHC as a solicitor in 1982. Her career there spanned 24 years, during which she worked in legal services and held the positions of Director, Program Portfolio Management, General Manager of the Prairies and NWT Region, Director of the MBS Centre and General Manager of the Ontario Region. In 2002, she was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Services. She retired from CMHC in 2006.