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 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.


Wendy Dobson

Co-director, Rotman Institute for International Business


Lisa Baiton

Lisa Baiton

Managing Director, Head of Global Public Affairs, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Milos Barutciski

Milos Barutciski

Partner, International Trade and Investment, BLG
Dan Ciuriak

Director and Principal, Ciuriak Consulting
John Curtis

Founding Chief Economist, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Gitane De Silva

Gitane De Silva

Alberta's Senior Representative to the U.S., Economic Development and Trade
Rick Ekstein

President and CEO, Phaze 3 Management

Chris Forbes

Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Victor Gomez

Director, Public Affairs, Sun Life Financial
Allan Gotlieb

Allan Gotlieb

Executive Chairman, Aurea Foundation; former Ambassador of Canada to the United States

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