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.


Kathleen Taylor

Chair, RBC Board of Directors

Neil Yeates

Former Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Immigration Canada


Tammy Alamrieh

Head of Government and Public Affairs, McDonald's Canada

Fiona Bertram

Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Accenture

Daniel Brown

Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Economist, Ontario Ministry of Finance

Christiane Fox

Deputy Minister, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Jane Friesen

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

Stephen Harrington

Partner, Human Capital and National Lead, Workforce Strategy, Deloitte

Andrew Heisz

Director, Centre for Income and Socioeconomic Well-being Statistics, Social, Health and Labour Statistics Field

Claudia Hepburn

Chief Executive Officer, Windmill Microlending

John Hepburn

CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

Jodi Kasten

General Manager and Vice President of Sales for Canada, Mexico, and Brazil,


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