Gerda grew up in Kingsville, Ontario on the southern tip of Ontario near Point Pelee.
She enjoys reading, gardening and dog walking.
- Graduated with a BA from McGill University; including one year abroad at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
- Graduated from Carleton University with an MA.
- Completed the CGA program in 1985 and has worked as an accountant primarily in small to medium-sized accounting firms.