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Executive Bios
Leadership Team
Steve Lessack
President – Canadian Division
Stewart International

Ozzy Abdel-Ati
Vice President – Commercial Business Development, Lender Relations & New Business Initiatives
Melanie L. Barlow
Vice President – Ontario and Western Canada Operations
Karen Decker
Senior Counsel
Vice President – Underwriting & Legal
Chief Privacy Officer

Frank A. Maggisano
Vice President - Claims & Quality Assurance
Jennifer McKay
Vice President - Business Development
Sacha Mitrakos
Vice President – Human Resources
Larry Thompson
Vice President – Finance (Canada) & International Controller

Julie Lévesque

Director - Québec Operations,
Vice President - Canada Division

Karen Decker, LL.B.
Senior Counsel
Vice President – Underwriting & Legal
Chief Privacy Officer

As Senior Counsel and Vice President – Underwriting, Karen Decker is responsible for underwriting large commercial transactions, introducing policy and underwriting changes and developing new underwriting products. Her team of underwriters has extensive experience in dealing with both residential and commercial transactions in all provinces and territories.


In addition Ms. Decker recently assumed the role of V.P. – Legal. As head of Stewart Title’s Canadian legal department, she is responsible for all corporate legal matters.


Ms. Decker joined Stewart Title in 1998 as Counsel for Underwriting and Business Development. In this role, she was responsible for both underwriting transactions and educating real estate lawyers about the benefits of title insurance.


Prior to joining the management team of Stewart Title, Ms. Decker was a sole practitioner in Toronto, Ontario focusing on real estate law.


Ms. Decker holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Carleton University. She earned her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and she was called to the Bar in 1997.


She is also a member of the networking group Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW) and enjoys both participating in and organizing women’s ice hockey.