July 6, 2015

International Economic Policy Council

Canada’s prosperity is strongly dependent on  its access to international markets , and its ability to compete for international investment and talent. There is a critical need to ensure that Canada’s approach to international economic relations is proactive, strategic, and evidence-based.

The C.D. Howe Institute’s International Economic Policy program provides essential policy intelligence to policy and business leaders seeking to navigate the rapidly-evolving global competitive environment.

The Program  publishes  research papers and convenes  policy conferences, roundtables and informal events and discussions. There are three core areas of research: increasing Canada’s competitiveness by better capturing the benefits of open trade and investment; prioritizing and concluding successful trade and investment agreements; and understanding and influencing rules and issues affecting Canadians in the global marketplace.

The  Council provides guidance and support to the program and meets periodically to review and discuss its output and impact, and to discuss relevant issues as they arise. The Council is chaired by the Hon. Michael Wilson, former Canadian finance minister, industry minister, and ambassador to Washington. The program’s research and publication activities are led by Daniel Schwanen, an award-winning economist with an extensive track record of influential research on cross-border trade and investment matters.


The Hon. Michael Wilson, Chair, Barclays Capital Canada

Council Members

Catherine Cobden, Executive Vice President, Forest Products Association of Canada
John Curtis, Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute
Laura Dawson, President, Dawson Strategic
Gitane De Silva, Deputy Minister, Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations
Wendy Dobson, Rotman School of Management
Rick Ekstein, President and CEO, Weston Forest Products Inc.
Janice Fukakusa, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Royal Bank of Canada
Allan Gotlieb, Chairman, Aurea Foundation
Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, EDC
Michael Hart, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
Lawrence Herman, Cassels Brock LLP
Christine Hogan, Deputy Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs 
Ross Hornby, VP, Government Affairs and Policy, GE Canada 
Caroline Hughes, Director, Government Relations and Strategic Planning, Ford Motor Company of Canada
Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Jim Keon, Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association 
Hugh L. MacKinnon, Chairman and CEO, Bennett Jones LLP
Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, CN
Pierre Pyun, Vice President, Government Affairs, Bombardier
Victor Severino, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
TBD, Certified General Accountants of Ontario 
TBD Manulife Financial
Daniel Trefler, University of Toronto