Canada’s human capital challenges are receiving increasing attention from policymakers, businesses and the general public. Education, skills development, immigration, advancing technology, income support and the functioning of the labour market are shaping economic growth and the prosperity of Canadians. Further, whatever success Canada has enjoyed in terms of generating opportunities overall, our economy would benefit from better outcomes among parts of the population – including indigenous peoples, women, new residents, people with disabilities, and others – that have not shared as fully as they could in societal gains. Better public policies would allow individuals greater opportunity to build their skills and utilize new innovations to reach their full potential.

The C.D. Howe Institute’s Human Capital Policy Council is composed of leading experts from the public sector, business and academia, who help guide the program. Its role is to support and advise the Institute’s research and events forming the Human Capital Policy Program, and through it foster better human capital policy in Canada.

Co-Chairs

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor

Chair, RBC Board of Directors
Neil Yeates

Neil Yeates

Former Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Members

Melanie Burns

SVP, Human Resources, TD Bank Group
Ross Finnie

School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

Graham Flack

Deputy Minister, Employment and Social Development Canada

Jane Friesen

Associate Professor, Director, Centre for Education Research and Policy, Department of Economics

Helena Gottschling

Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC
Andrew Heisz

Andrew Heisz

Assistant Director, Income Statistics Division, Statistics Canada
Claudia Hepburn

Claudia Hepburn

Chief Executive Officer, Windmill Microlending
John Hepburn

CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs
Aliza Lakhani

Aliza Lakhani

CEO and Regional Dean, Toronto Campus, Northeastern University

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