July 1, 2015

About the C.D. Howe Institute

The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. It is Canada’s trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review. It is considered by many to be Canada’s most influential think tank.The Institute began life in 1958 when a group of prominent business and labour leaders organized the Private Planning Association of Canada to research and promote educational activities on issues related to public economic and social policy. In 1973, the PPAC’s assets and activities became part of the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation, created in 1961 to memorialize the late Right Honourable Clarence Decatur Howe. The new organization operated as the C.D. Howe Research Institute until 1982, when the Memorial Foundation chose to focus directly on memorializing C.D. Howe; the Institute then adopted its current name: the C.D. Howe Institute. The C.D. Howe Institute celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2008. The Chair of the Institute is Hugh L. MacKinnon; William B.P. Robson is President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Institute encourages participation in and support of its activities from business, organized labour, associations, the professions, and interested individuals. For further information, please contact the Institute’s Development Officer at membership@cdhowe.org. 

Credibility Where It Counts

The C.D. Howe Institute commands the attention and respect of Canada’s top opinion leaders and policymakers. The quality and pertinence of the Institute’s research, and its capacity to pull together decision makers for off-the-record discussions, is unequalled. There is no lack of supporting testimony:

“The Institute has done remarkable work over the years promoting sound economic policies and fiscal prudence, and I always value the opportunity to canvass your policy ideas.” — Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

“…It has become one of our country’s most recognized think tanks and has added much to the perspective of Canadians on a diverse range of subjects – from fiscal and monetary policy to economic growth and innovation.” — Dalton McGuinty, former Premier of Ontario

“Independent research is critical to debate, and the C.D. Howe Institute is a true Canadian jewel.” — Kevin G. Lynch, former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

“Toronto’s C.D. Howe Institute is generally recognized as the preferred outlet for research by Canada’s top academics and boasts an impressive record, particularly in monetary policy, taxation and free trade.” — Maclean’s

“More than any other think tank, the C.D. Howe Institute commands attention.” — National Post

“C. D. Howe is by far the best and most productive of Canada’s non-university think tanks.” — Jeffrey Simpson, columnist, Globe and Mail